January 17, 2016

Ejin Qi, Inner Mongolia

Photograph by George Steinmetz, National Geographic

A woman and a toddler trudge through an immense pile of just picked cotton near Ejin Qi in Inner Mongolia. Cotton is a main crop in this region; however, farming and crop cultivation have become increasingly difficult due to overgrazing, overcultivation, and diversion of water flow by water resource development projects.

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