FORCES OF NA­TURE

Newsweek International - - MONGOLIA -

Between the vi­cious sand­storms of the Gobi Desert and the sub­freez­ing win­ters, for­ti­tude is es­sen­tial. In win­ter, the only sus­te­nance is “meat, fat, flour and Mon­gol vodka,” says La­grange. “The only an­i­mals that sur­vive the cold are camels, yak, rein­deer, goats and sheep.” Few roads out­side the city are paved; peo­ple travel on a net­work of rugged dirt paths. When lakes freeze solid, they drive across to save time. La­grange cap­tured this scene in 2006, on Khövs­göl Lake, af­ter a warmer wind weak­ened the ice. “Af­ter three pas­sen­gers jumped out of the truck, the driver re­turned to save some per­sonal be­long­ings. As he climbed in, there was a deaf­en­ing crack, and he ran for his life.”

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