Latest Gobi Desert Stories

2011-05-04 08:25:00

The Asiatic wild ass in the Mongolian Gobi Considerable attention is currently being paid to the conservation of migratory birds, as such species may face threats not only in their breeding and wintering areas but also en route between them.  But many mammals are also migratory and because most of them are unable to fly they face a number of additional challenges to survive.  Fresh light on their difficulties is shed by recent work in the group of Chris Walzer at the Research...

2009-03-16 08:15:00

A herd of young birdlike dinosaurs met their death on the muddy margins of a lake some 90 million years ago, according to a team of Chinese and American paleontologists that excavated the site in the Gobi Desert in western Inner Mongolia. The sudden death of the herd in a mud trap provides a rare snapshot of social behavior. Composed entirely of juveniles of a single species of ornithomimid dinosaur (Sinornithomimus dongi), the herd suggests that immature individuals were left to fend for...

2008-08-03 09:00:16

Text of report in English by Mongolian news agency Montsame website [by S. Batbayar] Ulaanbaatar: South Gobi Energy Resources Ltd announced that higher than expected coal deposits have been discovered at its Ovoot Tolgoi site [central-southern Mongolia, near Chinese border]. A new report shows that Ovoot Tolgoi's West Field now contains coal deposits of 193.2m tonnes, with an additional inferred coal deposit of 138.8m tonnes of coal. Explorations were drilled to depths of 250 metres....

2008-07-24 09:00:55

Excerpt from report in English by Mongolian newspaper The UB Post website on 24 July [by B. Bulgamaa] Thursday, 24 July: Twenty-eight per cent of Mongolia is covered under exploration and mining licences, research by the Open Society Forum shows. Licence numbers during the last seven months has increased by 356 as of June 2008, and there are now 4,717 exploration and mining licences issued compared to the 4,361 issued in November 2007. The number of licences increased by 73 for mining and...

2006-05-05 04:25:00

BEIJING -- Chinese technicians have artificially generated heavy rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The Chinese capital was hit by a fierce wind storm last month which left the city cloaked in sand, much of it scooped up from the Gobi desert. The Beijing Weather Modification Office responded Thursday with a major cloud seeding operation. "A total of 163 pieces of cigarette-like sticks containing silver iodide were burned and...

2006-04-18 02:32:19

SEOUL (Reuters) - A sand storm that covered homes and streets in the Chinese capital with a brownish-yellow dust has clogged the air over the Korean peninsula, weather officials said on Tuesday. The dust storm was weak over parts of central and northern South Korea, including the capital Seoul, the South's Meteorological Administration said, adding that it was much more severe in North Korea. South Korean authorities are yet to issue a health warning. Northern China continued to...

2006-04-10 06:44:02

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police rescued more than 100 tourists trapped in buses during a heavy sandstorm in China's remote northwest, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The storm swept up the desert sands on Sunday in the Xinjiang autonomous region, leaving four buses stranded on a highway across the Gobi Desert near the oasis town of Turpan. "Twenty-one officers ... rescued the Chinese and foreign tourists using military all-terrain vehicles," Xinhua said. "On their way to the site, they...

2006-01-25 06:55:16

PHOENIX (AP) - An exchange program between the Nature Conservancy and the Mongolian government is trying to preserve some of the planet's best remaining grassland ecosystems. "Arizona and Mongolia have in common these large swaths of grasslands that are rapidly disappearing due to the same types of threats, like development and mining," said Greg Gamble, a program manager for the Nature Conservancy who visited Mongolia last year. He said protecting Arizona's grasslands will help preserve...

2005-10-10 16:20:00

BEIJING -- China plans to launch two astronauts into orbit Wednesday for a mission lasting several days that is meant to seal its status as an emerging space power. The mission, which reportedly could last up to five days, is more ambitious and riskier than China's first manned space flight two years ago, which lasted just 21 1/2 hours. Foreign reporters are barred from the remote base in the Gobi Desert in China's northwest. A handful of Chinese journalists, including some from Hong Kong,...

Latest Gobi Desert Reference Libraries

Mongolian death worm
2013-11-27 09:51:18

The Mongolian death worm is a cryptid that is claimed to inhabit the Gobi Desert. It lives underground in hibernation except for the months of June and July. It will surface from its underground habitat when it rains and soaks the ground. It is alleged to kill its prey from a distance. It either sprays an acidic venom that dissolves anything it touches, or by an electrical discharge. According to legend, touching the worm will cause severe pain or instant death. Locals have claimed that...

2010-02-03 16:14:24

Nomingia is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period. It was discovered in the Bugin Tsav Beds around the Gobi Desert. It is named for the Nomingiin Gobi, which is part of the nearby Gobi Desert. It was described in 2000 based on several skeletal fragments. The type species is N. gobiensis. Nomingia was a medium-sized theropod with beaked jaws and possibly a display crest. Nomingia is characterized by the fused vertebrae at the end of the tail that forms a unique mass....

2009-08-18 22:05:50

Citipati, meaning "funeral pyre lord", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Mongolia. It is known from the Djadokhta Formation in the Gobi Desert. It is one of the best known oviraptorids thanks to a number of well preserved fossils, some of which have been found in brooding positions on top of egg nests. These findings help solidify the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds. It was first described by James M. Clark, Mark Norell, and Rinchen...

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