China's largest freshwater lake - Poyang Lake in Jiangxi
province - is fast drying-up and might soon become a prairie
or a desert due to drought. Chinese scientists are reporting
with alarm that more parts of Poyang Lake have dried up leaving
huge swathes of grassland in areas once inundated by up to 25
meters of water. That depth has been reduced on average to only
eight meters and even this level is in danger since water levels
have fallen continuously.