China’s deserts taking over as they expand into vast sea of sand

Nearly 20 percent of China is desert, and it’s expanding — by one estimate to 21,000 square miles more desert than in 1975, about the size of Croatia. The Tengger Desert is merging with two other deserts to form a vast sea of sand that could become uninhabitable.


UMaine professor dies conducting research in Antarctica

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the...


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