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Ancient system nourishes parched land

Updated: 2023-04-08 10:29 ( China Daily )
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A farmer clears silt and debris in an underground channel in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, which will transfer much-needed water from the melted ice on the Tianshan Mountains. [Photo/Xinhua]

Located at the southern foot of the Tianshan Mountains, Turpan in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is one of the driest and hottest places in China. Its average annual precipitation is only 16 millimeters, while the evaporation rate measures 3,000 mm.

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