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In Depth: How Saving Poyang Lake Will Alter a Complex Ecosystem

By Kang Jia and Denise Jia
2022年07月21日 19:40
Structure to keep water from draining into the Yangtze River during the winter would affect 1 million migratory birds, endangered finless dolphins, fish and plant life
Poyang Lake in the dry season in November 2021. Photo: VCG

June was the wet season for Poyang Lake, China’s largest body of freshwater located in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. The lakebed near Changlin, a village on the west side of the lake, was covered with water. Giant trees growing near the bank were flooded nearly to treetop. This is the planned site for the construction of a 13 billion yuan ($2 billion) barrier between the lake and the Yangtze River.

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