Picture Story: The Ruin of a Great Chinese River

August 13, 2014

By David Walker

© Ian Teh

Quarry and Temple, Bayin, Gansu, China. Quarries producing limestone, used for construction and steel-making processes, are common features of industrial towns.

China’s modernization is often celebrated by images of progress: gleaming new skyscrapers, bullet trains, and a rising middle class. But since 2006, photographer Ian Teh has been exploring what he calls the undercurrents of China’s economic and industrial progress, especially the country’s rapid environmental degradation. On the eve of Earth Day this spring, MSNBC.com published “Yellow River: China’s environmental sorrow,”...

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