The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter

The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter
The cold country like Canada has only one desert and is also the smallest desert on earth.

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Carcross in Yukon, Canada at first glance doesn't really look like a desert. It is hard to believe that there is a desert with a width of 600 m, covered with snow in the winter. But according to BBC, this tiny desert also contains many mysteries waiting for people to discover.
The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter
Not only is it located in Canada, a country of cold, but also by the tiny area of only 2.59 km2. Photo: BBC.
For travelers or scientists who have visited deserts and sand dunes in Oman, Marocco, Nambia or Egypt, Carcross makes them feel confusing. Keith Wolfe Smarch, a wood carver living in Carcross, said the area was even more mysterious to the locals.

According to Keith, the Carcross village was formed 4,500 years ago at an intersection between the lakes of Bennett and Nares. Nature has created a land bridge, thereby forming a trap for people to hunt. The giant reindeer herds in the jungle will cross here. The nomads, the Tlingit and the Tagish tribes often camp by the nearby Natasaheen river for hunting - so the town is called Carcross (caribou is a reindeer, cross means to cross).
The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter
The landscape around the desert has always been an endless source of inspiration for Keith to create works of art. Photo: BBC.
As Carcross increasingly grows, the number of visitors to the unique desert in Yukon is also increasing. Originally named Naataase Heen (meaning "narrow-flowing water"), Carcross is a place frequented by people. There are several white-painted churches, a general department store, cabins hung with elk and axes left from the Klondike era when steamships filled with miners came to find gold near the cities of Dawson and Atlin. But today, the village has changed.

Now, every weekend the village sees sports lovers flocking here to play sand sports. In the summer, the sand dunes are a place of competition for 4 wheels racers, sandhill climbers or sandboarders, and a haven for sheep, mountain goats and deer.

"I brought the kids here to skate and they enjoyed it," said Jennifer Glyka, a mother from the area. “Although growing up in Yukon, I still feel strange sliding down an ice-covered sand dune. I never heard of this place when I was a kid. ”
The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter
At a time when the snow is completely covered, the desert becomes a paradise for tourists to ski. Photo: Terre Boréale.
For scientists, Carcross is a problem that has not yet fully solved. According to geologist Panya Lipovsky from the Yukon Geological Survey Center, the uniqueness of this desert is the result of 10,000 years of natural fluctuations. Yukon froze about 11,000 to 24,000 years ago, with ice up to 1 km thick. As the ice began to melt, the ice sheets began to withdraw from the south bank, leaving the southern Yukon with barren valleys.

Over time, the water level drops left beaches and strips of land between the valleys. Then, the sand was blown here thanks to the violent winds from the northwest that gave birth to one of the most incredible deserts in the world.

The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter The mystery of the world's smallest desert that freezes in the winter Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on October 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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