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Jan 17, 2020
1:40PM

Climate change threatens Afghanistan's archaeological treasures

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In Afghanistan, the archaeological treasures of  Bamiyan province are facing a new and possibly a daunting threat of climate change. Nestled in the heart of the Hindu Kush mountains, the Bamiyan valley's spring snow-melts, is putting this historic art and architecture at
risk of destruction.

Afghan officials were warned in a 2016 United Nations report that the structures may collapse and suffer from severe erosion due to conditions directly linked to climate change. Director of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan Philippe Marquis, who has explored and worked in the region for decades, told Media that Afghanistan, is very fragile geologically, especially as vegetation cover has greatly diminished due to deforestation. The archaeologist readily admitted that erosion is increasing, but believes the real danger comes from human influence at the site, including looters, who are rampant in Afghanistan.

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