Benjamin CarlsonDecember 16, 2013 02:05
NAIMAN QI, INNER MONGOLIA, China — Over the last three years, San Qinghai has had to dig four new wells, each one deeper than the last. The village's old stone wells used to go down 30 feet. But the 31-year-old Mongolian farmer and shepherd’s new wells descend 140 feet. Squinting, San pointed to several acres of dry, brittle corn behind his house. He said he lost a third of his crop this year. "The winters have been getting colder, and there hasn't been much rain," he said. "I'm worried that the sandstorms will destroy my crops. It's been getting worse."