A long-term assessment of theYangtze finless porpoise in a heavily mined lake in China, has made some disturbing discoveries.
In only a decade, the mining has significantly restricted the porpoise’s habitat, compromised its population connectivity, and destroyed its nearshore habitats.
The researchers hope their findings will promote government accountability and raise general awareness of the plight of the animal.
Sand has for some time been second only to water as the planet’s most heavily extracted resource, with huge implications for habitat health and biodiversity.
The findings of the research team from the Chinese Academy of Science are now published in the proceedings of the Royal Society.
Lead photo; The Yangtze finless porpoise feeds in Poyang Lake, where sand is heavily mined. Photo by Huigong Yu.
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