TRACES: YELLOW RIVER
Brick Factory. Lanzhou, Gansu, China. 2011
A factory making concrete bricks is located on the outskirts of the city centre. Since 1949 Lanzhou has morphed from the capital of a poverty-stricken province into the heart of a major industrial area.
The northern regions of China are poorly endowed with water and at the same time are rich in coal reserves. The 12th Five-Year Plan by the Chinese Government has set up most of the coal power bases in the north, north-west and north-east of the country. Heavy industry in this area has meant a high consumption of coal and water. Based on current figures, it is estimated that the 2015 development of the coal industry in the west will consume up to 10-billion cubic metres of water, approximately a quarter of the annual flow of the Yellow River.