A 600-foot “garbage patch” takes over China’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and overwhelms local nomads who are tasked with cleaning it.

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Garbage mountains in the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in northwestern China can threaten wildlife in the region, including the near-threatened Tibetan antelope. Xinhua News Agency / Getty Images

A huge pile of garbage can destroy the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve. UNESCO World Heritage Site In northwestern China Reported by Economic Observer on Sunday. This site, sometimes called “The Third Pole,” The tallest and largest plateau in the world.

According to a Beijing-based newspaper, one of the most devastated areas is the 656-foot-long and 65-foot-wide “garbage patch,” which covers everything from plastic, cans, and paint buckets to dead sheep and yaks. It’s clogged.

Garbage belt runs Qinghai public road, A national highway frequently used by tourists and long-distance truck drivers.

Hundreds of local nomads were called in by authorities to help with cleaning, but reportedly struggled to get the job done due to the sheer volume of garbage. South China Morning Post..

A local nomad, Tsering Khumbu, who was asked for help, told Post that only about 200 people live near the litter zone and that waste has accumulated for years due to the lack of landfills nearby. Told.

He also added that Hoh Xil’s gas stations, restaurants and car repair shops are also plagued by huge amounts of garbage.

Independent geologist and explorer Yang Yong told the post that the garbage situation in the area “has not improved for years.”

Garbage swells have raised concerns about wildlife in nature reserves. 230 species of animals, Including Tibetan antelope.

Li Junsheng, Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental and Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences, said: Global Times Garbage can poison animals and humans and pollute local water.

He called for the amendment and publication of laws governing human activity in the region as soon as possible.

In Hoh Xil’s frigid climate, temperatures are below freezing throughout the year and can drop to -49 ° F (-45 ° C).

The reserve, which is almost uninhabitable, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

It is part of China’s first national park, Sanjiangyuan National Nature ReserveCovers a total of 47,500 square miles.

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