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Soil erosion area in China drops by nearly 1m sq km

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-06-13

An aerial view shows a view of the Yellow River bed in Luoyang, Central China's Henan province. [Photo by Zeng Xianping/for]


BEIJING - China has reported a decrease in the area affected by soil erosion in 2020 as the country's environment continued to improve.

The total area of land with soil erosion was 2.69 million square km last year, down 977,600 square km from the peak in the 1980s, according to data from the Ministry of Water Resources.

The area affected by soil erosion in 2020 was down 18,100 square km, or 0.67 percent, from the 2019 level, said the ministry, which carried out the monitoring of soil erosion across the country last year.

The area of soil eroded by water stood at 1.12 million square km in 2020, decreasing by 1.3 percent from 2019, while the area affected by wind erosion reached 1.57 million square km, down 0.21 percent.



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