Scientists followed the journey of water through the Tarim Basin from the rivers at the edge of the valley to the desert aquifers under the basin. They found that as water moved through irrigated fields, the water gathered dissolved carbon and moved it deep underground.
Credit: Yan Li

‘Carbon sink’ detected underneath world’s deserts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The world’s deserts may be storing some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, a new study suggests. Massive aquifers underneath deserts could hold more carbon than all the plants on land, according to the new research. Humans add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere through fossil fuel combustion and deforestation.…

More solar linkages to climate variations

From Pierre Gosselin’s No Tricks Zone: Oases of the Chinese Taklamakan Desert Greened Up In Sync With Solar Millenial Cycles by Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt The Taklamakan Desert is the 2nd world’s largest sand desert after the Rub el-Khali Desert in Saudi Arabia. A Chinese-Australian team of scientists lead by Keliang Zhao of the…