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Missing explorers get back in touch

TWO Chinese explorers reestablished contact with home yesterday after reportedly disappearing in the Sahara Desert for three days.

Jin Feibao called his wife, saying he and his partner were crossing a mountain in the southern Sahara, said Xu Hongyan, head of communications at their home base in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.

Their satellite telephone had failed in the extreme heat and time differences caused difficulties in calling China, Jin said. Jin, an experienced explorer, and geologist Fei Xuan are researching desertification control measures for China's environment protection campaign.


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