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Institutional and policy shifts on the Mongolian Plateau have led to major changes in human practices and the natural world. Traditional nomadism and other pastoral lifestyles have been replaced by urban habitation, which has led to the abandonment of rural villages such as the one shown here. As part of BioScience's Special Section on Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Jiquan Chen and his colleagues address the forces that led to these shifts and the resultant socioeconomic and physical alterations. Photograph: Jiquan Chen.
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