A shepherd since his childhood, 60-year-old Kamil Gurel reckoned he knew the terrain on the southern edge of
…The drop in water table levels – averaging 27 metres across the plateau in the last 25 years – has had disastrous effects. Dozens of lakes have disappeared, taking their wildfowl with them. Others, including the 1,500sq km salt lake that lies in the centre of the plain, are shrinking fast. "If things go on as they are now," Mr Nalbantcilar said, "the whole plain will be a desert within 30 years."
Climate change is part of the problem. Always low, rainfall over the plateau now appears to be decreasing. A recent UN report described the region as acutely sensitive to global warming. But the real source of the depletion is to be found the length of the road connecting
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