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Precious Resource
Photograph by Robert Clark

A farmer in Xinjiang labors beside one of many irrigation pipes, called karez, that bring water from nearby mountains to agricultural areas in the Turpan Depression. The pipes provide a modern solution to an ancient problem suffered during Han times, when the local people were forced to abandon whole towns because of drought or changes in the course of fickle rivers.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome 100F
Lens: 17-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: A dust storm had created a large, warm-colored, soft cloud cover.
Time of Day: 2 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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