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[自然百科] 2013-12-21 古格:消失的西藏王朝—24

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[Homework]2013-12-21 古格:消失的西藏王朝—24

Research shows that the climite in west Tibet has been steadly changing over the past millenium, and that man has been on a losing end of an age-old battle with nature.-Areas that were once moist and relatively lush are now dry and have become deserts. And in Guge this process has all the more intensified. It's because it's located in the rain shadow of Asia's greatest mountain ranges.
Evidence of this on-going force, known as desertification, comes from satellite photograhpies so once a* fields now abandoned. But not all of them moved away. In the middle of the desert-like conditions that surround modern Tsaparang, there are still a few places with enough moisture to grow barley. The fall of Guge kingdom might not have been triggered by just one majoy military campaign, but rather from a long-term sustained insult from mother nature herself.
Even today, 400 years after the fall of the citadel, nature is still battling with the remaining few farmers, struggling to eke out the existance from the land. The farmers explain to John that they have been trying to grow barley in these fields. During the time of the Guge kingdom, they say the water level was much higher than what it is now. And lack of water has now driven them to the lower areas right next to the river. The demise of the Guge kingdom was the end of a line of Tibetan monarches that stretched from 1630 back to 200 years AD, but the legacy of Guge lives on in festivities, like this annual horse fair.
As they would have centuries ago, Buddhist monks are on hand to bless the j*, wishing them a successful and safe endeavor.
Participants dip their fingers into beer and flick it heavenward, a sign of gratitude and an offering to the divine.
But it is when the wrests begin that we are reminded of the lineage of these hardy men.

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