2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Fang Qianhua

Nangfang Dushi Daily / Southern Metropolis Daily

01 January, 2007

The leaf of a rare variety of nanmu tree, just one of the plants considered endangered by rising waters caused by the Three Gorges Dam project. The world's largest dam and hydroelectric facility has had an enormous environmental impact, leading to the displacement of over 1.13 million people, the flooding of archaeological sites and problems with algae and water pollution. Plant life is also threatened. Garden sanctuaries have been set up to harbor species transplanted from inundated areas. As the third and fourth stages of the project got underway, officials, previously reticent on the effect of the dam on the ecosystem, began to express concern over environmental matters.

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Fang Qianhua

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