Sandstorms Eating Away at China’s Great Wall – AP

AP warns that the western sections of China’s Great Wall encountered the damage and “may disappear entirely in 20 years.” From MSNBC:

…”Frequent storms not only eroded the mud, but also cracked the wall and caused it to collapse or break down,” Xinhua quoted archaeologist Zhou Shengrui as saying.

One of the most threatened sections of the wall runs through Minqin county in Gansu province along the ancient Silk Road trade route. Unlike the better-known stone and brick sections around Beijing, the wall in Gansu is made of less-resilient packed earth that easily erodes….[Full Text]

[Image: Hikers walk on a crumbling section of the Great Wall north of Beijing, via MSNBC]

August 29, 2007 2:10 PM
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