The Mojave desert in the USA and the Thar Desert of India have very different uses. How do humans manage these environments? And what effect does the economic status of the country have on their development?
- Popular tourist spot Las Vegas is situated in the Mojave Desert and is sustained by water diverted from nearby Lake Mead.
- Despite annual revenue of $5.8 billion, the casino resort has had an adverse effect on the local ecosystem, creating noise and light pollution.
- The Thar, in India, is the world's most populated desert, mainly used for agriculture, with irrigation provided by the Indira Gandhi Canal.
- Minerals such as gypsum and limestone are also mined in the region, which is heavily polluting areas of land.
This may seem like one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet.
But subtropical deserts around the world have become home to large human populations.
More - and less - economically developed countries use desert land in different ways, with differing effects on the natural environment...
MEDC - more economically developed country
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