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Maxwell Christopher Brown receives grant from the Watanabe Trust Fund at the University of Iceland

Nine students and four scholars from diverse academic fields at both Icelandic and Japanese universities, received grants from the Watanabe Trust Fund at the University of Iceland. The total amount of grants allocated at a ceremony at the University of Iceland on 27 April was close to eleven million Icelandic Krona. Toshizo Watanabe, founder of the fund and his wife, Hidemi Watanabe both attended the ceremony.

New paper: The world’s earliest Aral-Sea type disaster: the decline of the Loulan Kingdom in the Tarim Basin by Steffen Mischke et al.

The world´s earliest Aral-Sea type disaster: the decline of the Loulan Kingdom in the Tarim Basin

The paper, which was published in Scientific Reports, tells that man created an environmental disaster similar to the current Aral Sea crisis already 1800 years ago. The man-made environmental deterioration occured in ancient China (during the Han Dynasty) and caused the decline of a kingdom in the Tarim Basin (which is in the northwesternmost part of China).

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