Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsGobi Desert
IN THE NEWS

Gobi Desert

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
August 24, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Song Guorong's genealogy gets hazy just a few generations before his own. But follow it back further--by 2,000 years--and he'll tell you exactly who lies at the root of his family tree. "I know my ancestors were Romans," the lanky 39-year-old says in a matter-of-fact voice as he navigates the rutted lanes of this dusty hamlet deep in China's interior. It's a remarkable claim to make, in a place as far east of Rome as New York is west.
ARTICLES BY DATE
TRAVEL
January 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
SAFETY Workshop Experts will offer tips on how to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger and learn simple ways to help avoid it. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tustin store, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555 for Northridge; (714) 505-0205 for Tustin. MONGOLIA Presentation Tom Getz will present a digital slide show featuring Ulan Bator, Mongolia's capital, the steppes and the Gobi Desert.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
A treasure trove of remarkably well-preserved dinosaur fossils in the Brown Hills region of Mongolia's Gobi Desert was created not by windstorms, as researchers had previously believed, but by avalanches of water-soaked sands. The fossil repository, discovered in 1993, was apparently created when the animals were buried alive by a catastrophic event that precluded destruction of the bodies by scavengers or the elements.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- It's bad enough to go from roaming the earth as a fearsome predator to being uprooted and dragged across three continents, but to end up in a basement in Queens? No wonder the Tyrannosaurus bataar was broken up. Literally. But not for long. Prosecutors and customs officials Monday loaded up boxes containing chunks of the 70-million-year-old dinosaur to ship him home to Mongolia, ending an odyssey driven by fossil hunters whose attempt to sell the skeleton led to their downfall and Tyrannosaurus bataar 's resurrection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1998
Two new specimens of an early mammal called Deltatheridium, discovered in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, are providing insight into the early history of marsupials, animals that carry newborns in a pouch. The 80-million-year-old fossils provide the first clear evidence that Deltatheridiums were in fact marsupial, a proposition that has been controversial, a team from the American Museum of Natural History reports in today's Nature. The fossils' teeth indicate they are marsupial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Malcolm C. McKenna, who led the American Museum of Natural History's paleontology division for four decades and who played a key role in reopening the fossil-rich Gobi Desert to western scientists, died March 3 in Boulder, Colo. The Claremont native was 77. A broken hip had exacerbated a series of health problems, family members said.
NEWS
August 6, 1991 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You could almost feel the earth move. For a brief interlude here, on the vast, empty steppes of the Gobi Desert, James A. Baker III, the tightly controlled, all-business secretary of state, finally unwound and became a tourist. Standing at dusk on a big open field, Baker demolished a kebab of grilled beef, then took his skewer and waved it in a circle at passersby, like a little boy playing D'Artagnan in the Three Musketeers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A grand sweeping adventure set along the Silk Road in AD 700 China, "Warriors of Heaven & Earth" combines many elements of the classic trek western with the pageantry and mysticism of Asian period sagas. This is not surprising because its gifted director He Ping is known as the pioneer of the Chinese western.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1992
"Baker shocked by a still unpublished audit . . ." decides to use commercial flights on U.S. trips to his ranch, etc. Remarkable since the State Department has stonewalled my request, under the Freedom of Information Act, for over a year for the identical information! What about Baker's holiday visits with his entourage to Outer Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, etc. I am still awaiting a response. ABRAHAM GOTTFRIED Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2001
Re "You Call That Surviving?" (by John Rabe, Jan. 27): The most astounding story of man against the elements I have ever heard of is told in the book "The Long Walk," by Slavomir Rawicz. Rawicz and a small group of fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in 1941, then walked out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and over the Himalayas to British India. They faced extremes of cold, heat, hunger and thirst, and several died along the way--all because they wanted to be free.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
The urgent message went well beyond Robert Painter's usual areas of legal expertise - personal injury, commercial disputes, medical malpractice. In less than 48 hours, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar , a fierce cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex , would be up for auction. "Sorry for the late notice," the email said. "Is there anything we can do to legally stop this?" The president of Mongolia, whom Painter had met 10 years before at a public policy conference, was now asking the Houston lawyer to block the sale of a fossil that scientists believed had been looted from the Gobi Desert.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Leon Logothetis
“Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” --Author unknown I am within spitting distance of the end of the Mongol Rally , this 10,000-mile road trip adventure that began July 14 in Britain and, with luck, will end in Ulan Bator , Mongolia . After five weeks of grueling driving I can taste the glory. But before I start celebrating--even though we may be as close as 60 miles from the endpoint--I remind myself that many teams have not made it. Car troubles.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leon Logothetis
“No one can whistle a symphony.” H. E. Luccock I'm usually the one stranded on the side of the road, but not this time. We - Steve Priovolos, my co-driver, and I  - were driving down a Mongolian dirt track that masquerades as a main road, and I was reminded that I am not the only chap who has a love-hate relationship with his car on this Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. As I've mentioned - numerous times - my knowledge of cars is limited to turning the engine on and turning the engine off. Yet on this day, I found myself coming to the rescue of a Mongolian family stranded in the scorching heat of the Gobi desert.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2010 | By Robert Faggen
In Search of My Homeland A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp Er Tai Gao Translated by Robert Dorsett and David Pollard Ecco: 272 pp., $24.99 Painter and philosopher Er Tai Gao's story of his experiences as an artist and political prisoner in Mao Tse-tung's China bears the somewhat incongruous title "In Search of My Homeland: A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp." Perhaps Gao is being ironic or perhaps something has been lost in translation. The homeland Gao brings so vividly to life is the annihilating Gobi Desert, where he was interred first from 1957 to '59 as a slave laborer among the "monsters and demons" of the regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2009 | Bob Pool
She's navigated the world of Los Angeles' elite for eight decades -- weekending at Hearst Castle at San Simeon with William Randolph Hearst, riding horses with friends at her family ranch above the boulevard that bears her father's name, partying at posh gatherings from Newport Beach to Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Malcolm C. McKenna, who led the American Museum of Natural History's paleontology division for four decades and who played a key role in reopening the fossil-rich Gobi Desert to western scientists, died March 3 in Boulder, Colo. The Claremont native was 77. A broken hip had exacerbated a series of health problems, family members said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998
A bizarre, 70-million-year-old fossil skull discovered in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia shows an advanced stage in the evolutionary transition of dinosaurs into birds, researchers report today in the journal Nature. The find by a team from the American Museum of Natural History and George Washington University, coupled with a finding reported Wednesday, provides strong new evidence that dinosaurs did evolve from birds.
TRAVEL
January 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
SAFETY Workshop Experts will offer tips on how to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger and learn simple ways to help avoid it. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tustin store, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555 for Northridge; (714) 505-0205 for Tustin. MONGOLIA Presentation Tom Getz will present a digital slide show featuring Ulan Bator, Mongolia's capital, the steppes and the Gobi Desert.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A grand sweeping adventure set along the Silk Road in AD 700 China, "Warriors of Heaven & Earth" combines many elements of the classic trek western with the pageantry and mysticism of Asian period sagas. This is not surprising because its gifted director He Ping is known as the pioneer of the Chinese western.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | Al Martinez
The only excuse I can offer is that I had never been to Cerritos before. Like Kuala Lumpur and Alpha Centauri, Cerritos was just someplace out there that I never had an occasion to visit. Then came Sunday and Arlo Guthrie. I am a folk-singer junkie and have been ever since Pete Seeger gave Joe McCarthy the finger sometime in the 1950s. So when I heard that Guthrie was going to appear at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, I began saving up. Arlo, his daddy, Woody, and Seeger used to hang out in Topanga, not far from where I live, drinking beer and smoking them funny cigarettes and plunkin' away on their $12 guitars.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|