Susan D. BLUM

Sun-dappled sitting platform in the garden home of a Uygur family in the Turpan oasis, Xinjiang Uygur, China. Grape vines provide shelter from the Taklamakan desert sun and heat. Turpan is located in a great depression 76 meters (250 feet) below sea level. Water for the oasis is carried from the Heavenly Mountains hundreds of miles underground in a karez irrigation system to permit life to grow on the desert. Uygur people are a

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