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China’s "Black Sea" expands to the maximum in 52 years
update:November 14,2017

Nov. 14, 2017 -- The surface area of the Har Lake, also called the Black Sea, has reached its maximum in the past 52 years, according to the Qinghai Meteorological Research Institute.

The monthly rainfall around the Har Lake between June and September this year is 1.9 to 2 times more than that in the same period of past years.

Besides the glacier melting, the rising rainfall since May this year is the main reason for the expansion of the lake, according to weather experts.

The expansion will increase moisture in the air and improve the living environment of wildlife plants and animals and birds, said Liu Baokang, senior engineer of the Qinghai Meteorological Research Institute.

Located on the northeast edge of Qaidam Basin, the Har Lake is the biggest lake in Qaidam Basin, the third biggest lake in Qinghai Province and also one of the oldest and well-preserved wetland ecosystems in northern China.

By: Jia Puyu

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