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Mariners of the Lost Sea

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Science  10 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6167, pp. 130-132
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6167.130

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At its peak 50 million years ago, the shallow Paratethys Sea covered much of Eurasia. By charting its rise and fall, researchers hope to solve the riddle of how Central Asia became the desolate land it is today.

  • * Jane Qiu is a writer in Beijing. Her trip to Tajikistan was supported by a journalism fellowship from the European Geosciences Union.

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