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“Two security personnel and two hostages were killed, and one other security officer was injured in the attack, which began around midday Monday in Hotan, a small, remote oasis city on the edge of the Taklamakan desert, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.”
“For a long time, the Tocharian civilization was lost from sight as wars and the shifting sands of the Taklamakan desert destroyed them and most of their artifacts.”
“They converted an area the size of Israel to farmland by irrigating arid plains or requisitioning land from Uighurs.16 In the Taklamakan desert, grain yields reportedly quadrupled in four years, from 1.5 million kilograms in 1966 to 6.5 million kilograms by 1970.”
“With it went the Tarim tiger, the large-headed fish, huge numbers of Bactrian camels, and a greenbelt of poplar forests.21 With the tree barrier gone, the Taklamakan and Kum Tagh deserts joined up, forcing bingtuan units to abandon their barracks and fields.”
“As described by Wikipedia, the highway crosses the Taklamakan desert from north to south.”
“Between 1902 and 1914 the German Ethnological Institute sent repeated expeditions into the great Taklamakan desert of Central Asia, in search of ancient manuscripts that had survived destruction due to the arid climate of the Tarim Basin.”
“As far as I know, which is not much at all, “Taklamakan” is the third and final story in The Chattanooga Stories.”
“Anyway, “Taklamakan” follows Spider Pete, a Shadowrun like punk techboy spy want-a-be.”
“From there I hitched a ride with a Chinese truck across the foreboding Taklamakan desert to Urumqi, then hired a Chinese taxi to Lhasa, the fabled capital of Tibet.”
“Is it in the depths of the Taklamakan desert, in an unknown oasis surrounded by a few hardy Dulan junipers known only to dendroclimatologists seeking temperature proxies?”
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