24 Jun '11, 9pm

What made Conservancy scientist Eloise Kendy brave -10° F temperatures in Mongolia? The answer involves boots

What made Conservancy scientist Eloise Kendy brave -10° F temperatures in Mongolia? The answer involves boots

Freshwater scientist Eloise Kendy models a pair of Mongolian riding boots obtained on a trip to Ulaanbaatar. © Eloise Kendy/TNC It was cold. Very cold. As she shivered her way through a sprawling outdoor market, Eloise Kendy — a freshwater scientist with The Nature Conservancy — looked longingly at boots hawked by a local shoe vendor. These weren’t just any boots. They were Mongolian riding boots: the perfect balance between sleek and tough, the kind of boots that last a lifetime. And they would be useful for keeping the Mongolian winter’s biting, -10° F weather at bay. Kendy was in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia , taking a brief tourism break from a weeklong work trip to examine the possibilities for conserving the country’s freshwater resources. Despite the intense cold, the ground around the market was bone-dry. She was painfully aware that Mongolia’s water supply...

Full article: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/asiaandthepa...

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