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The Desertscraper Revitalizes Arid Desert as It Rolls Across It

 - Jul 8, 2016
The Desertscraper is a connected series of titanic nomadic farms that rolls across enormous tracts of arid land in order to prevent man-made desertification. The concept, designed by architects Yungi Jung and Jeong Gwang Hwang, is a response to the 12 million hectares of land that are lost each year as deserts in rural areas expand.

The five nomadic farms within the Desertscraper use greenhouses and "plant pot modules" to grow hardy, location-specific greenery year round. As the cylindrical unit rolls across the desert, these nomadic farms plant their output behind them.

On the front side, the massive structure will break up sere, hard-packed soil while gathering any dead plant and animal matter that would otherwise contribute to CO2 in the environment. This waste will then be used as compost in the Desertscraper's farms.

The concept was designed to tackle desertification in China.