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Hugging the Persian Gulf’s salt-rich coast, the United Arab Emirates is the world’s second-largest desalinator. On a daily basis, seawater is cleansed of the equivalent of about 4,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools of sodium chloride — which is then poured back into the ocean as a concentrated brine — in order to supply the country with clean drinking water. To support the industrial treatment plants, a vast network of roadways and power grids have been built. These structures encroach upon and threaten the arid region’s natural salt flats, called sabkhas, which function as both integral habitats and carbon sinks sequestering CO2.

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