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Snowless dzud threatens Mongolian nomadic families

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Snowless dzud threatens Mongolian nomadic families

The administrations of Mongolia’s 21 provinces have reported that winter preparation is nearly 90 percent completed. However, less snow has fallen than usual this winter which has caused a ‘dry dzud’ in some parts of the country. Severe winters that kill large numbers of livestock are so common in Mongolia that there is a special word for the phenomenon: dzud. Different categories of dzud exist: white, for heavy snow that prevents animals from reaching forage; black, for lack of precipitation and long, thirsty months; iron, for winters with a short thaw and subsequent hard freeze that locks up pastures in ice; and cold, for extremely low temperatures that cause animals to burn through their fat reserves.

Currently, the Gobi and steppes of Mongolia are experiencing a snowless winter. The national meteorological agency reports that there will be dust storms and high winds in Mongolia in March.

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