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Home to more than 50 million people, the famous Loess Plateau in north-central China takes its name from the thick, silt-like sediment Loess. Through prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert and the Yellow River systems, the plateau is formed largely by forces of wind and water, alternately depositing dust or removing dust in the region over the last 2.6 million years. In the recent decade, climate change has intensified the forces of change through wind and water. Drought-induced dust storms are becoming more frequent. In response to these climate effects, the project aims to capture loess’ movement through the escarpment regions of the plateau, sifting loess through the air while measuring its deposition frequency and intensity by collection over a series of undulating surfaces. These surfaces begin as simple armatures and start to accumulate with loess over time, with the aid of contoured forms that change the speed of the wind, allowing loess to collect and settle. The surfaces are further treated and tested with altered mesh fabrics so that sand can appear suspended and experiential effects of sand as a material can be observed. Eventually, the device becomes completely encased in loess, fossilized to become part of the plateau.

The Loess Collector