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Satellite image showcases centuries of desertification in India

Satellite image showcases centuries of desertification in India

Science
June 16 (UPI) -- A new image from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite showcases the extreme aridity of India's Thar Desert.Geologic and archaeological analysis suggests the region, which encompasses more than 123,000 square miles in India and Pakistan, was once green and lush. Centuries of farms have depleted water resources and taxed the soil, slowly drying out the land.Today, the region is dotted by dunes. The false-color image features the city of Bikaner. Sand dunes and irrigation-supported farms surround the city.Life is tough for farmers in the region. Desertification spreads as dry desert sands are blown by winds onto more fertile nearby acreage, degrading the soil.Though irrigation has been used to further develop agricultural lands, India's government has ...
China deploys new tank in Tibet, near India border

China deploys new tank in Tibet, near India border

World
June 12 (UPI) -- China deployed its latest military tank, the Xinqingtan, in an area of Tibet near the Indian border.Chinese news site Guancha reported Monday Beijing is increasing military buildup in Tibet in a show of force designed to deter the Indian military.An integrated brigade of the People's Liberation Army in Tibet deployed an unidentified number of the new tanks, according Chinese state-owned television network CCTV.Guancha stated the Xinqingtan's technology and firepower is "far more advanced" than the Russia-made T-90S tanks deployed by India.The deployment of the tanks expands the Tibet-based unit and has increased their fighting power, the news site reported.Light-duty main battle tanks with commensurate firepower are also being tested in Tibet, but the report did not provid...