Construction: limit China's sand mining

Authors: Chen, Yushun

Sand mining in China has been massively stepped up over several decades to make the concrete and cement needed for the country's boom in urbanization infrastructure. The scale of this activity in the Yangtze River basin, for example, has destroyed crucial spawning, feeding and rearing grounds for its aquatic organisms, contributing to the demise of unique species such as the now-extinct Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) and the endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis ssp. asiaeorientalis).

Volume: 550
Issue: 1
Pages: 457 - 457
Published Online: 2016
Journal: NATURE
Full Text Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/550457c