The 10 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

Published April 7, 2014
Updated February 27, 2024

Dangerous Places: Minqin County, China

Minqin County

Source: China Daily

China’s Minqin County has the distinction of being an ever-diminishing oasis trapped between two deserts. The drought-ridden area is afflicted with 130 days of wind and dust each year as the surrounding deserts continue gobbling up what little greenery is left.

Since 1950, the desert has covered more than 100 square miles of the county and as of 2004, the desert was approaching Minqin at a rate of 10 meters per year. With such unlivable land and an increasingly vulnerable population, the Chinese government has rightly deemed Minqin an ecological disaster area and has started to relocate the more than two million people who call it home.

Minqin China

Source: China.Org

Mamta Bhatt
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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