Check Out This Lake That Somehow Exists In The Middle Of The Desert In China

Check Out This Lake That Somehow Exists In The Middle Of The Desert In China
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Crescent Lake, a tiny spring amidst sand dunes in the middle of China, has existed for 2,000 years despite nearly disappearing at one point.

The lake is 218m long from east to west and 54m wide from north to south, and is made up of pure spring water.

The spring, less than 4 miles from the city of Dunhuang, still serves as an oasis for those living near it, especially since the government has begun to refill it.

With desertification decreasing the depth of the oasis, the spring went from a depth of 5 meters in the 1960s to less than one meter in the early 1990s.

The area surrounding the oasis almost looks Photoshopped, as grass and trees garnish the area amidst massive sand dunes.

The government decided to intervene in 2006 by refilling the oasis with water, and due to this intervention, the spring has increased in depth since.

The site is a hotspot for tourists, attracting people to ride camels and take photos of to the geographic anomaly.

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