Katie Orlinsky@katieorlinsky

Photographer

https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/photography/proof/2018/04/extreme-winter-mongolia-dzud-environment-science

The sun sets on Sergelen and his best friend. Uvs, Mongolia. 2018.
Thanks for following along through some of my journey in Mongolia this past winter, it was a privilege to document this amazing country. I hope with enough attention, assistance and planning the disasterous effects of the dzud extreme weather crises can be managed and mitigated and that the people of Mongolia can live a happy, free and peaceful life. @iamcaritas @natgeo


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Animals graze along the Mongolian countryside during an extremely cold winter. Local herders worry their undernourished animals may not survive the season. January 2018.


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Flying across Mongolia from the country's capital Ulaanbaatar to Uvs, Provence on the Siberian border. I'll be sharing my work from Mongolia this past winter for one more day! Thanks for following along and you can read/see more from following the link in my bio @iamcaritas @natgeo


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Ulaangom, the capital of Uvs Provence, Mongolia.


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Munkhaanan, 4 years old, outside his family yurt in Uvs, Mongolia.


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A peak inside the yurts of Mongolian children in the Uvs Provence.


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Goats line the hillside in Uvs, Mongolia.
The Uvs region experienced a dzud this winter, an emergency related to extreme weather conditions and mass die off of livestock.


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The animal pen next to nomadic herder B. Gombojav and family in Uvs, Mongolia. The temperatures in parts of Mongolia lthis past January were around -58, cold enough for animals to freeze or starve because they can’t graze. Meanwhile in the ever increasing heat and drought of the summer, animals struggle to gain the weight they need to endure the brutal winter.
I traveled to Mongolia with @iamcaritas to document yet another “Dzud,” an emergency related to extreme weather conditions, and the traditional way of life for nomadic herders. ‬you can see more on @natgeo link in bio.


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Davaadorj, 36, herds his animals on sunny -50 day in Uvs, Mongolia. ‪I traveled to Mongolia with @iamcaritas to document yet another “Dzud,” an emergency related to extreme weather conditions, and the traditional way of life for nomadic herders. ‬you can see more on @natgeo link in bio.


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This week I will be sharing work from Mongolia recently published in @natgeo (link in bio). Nomadic herder Davaadorg's livestock in Uvs, Mongolia. This past January I had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling to Mongolia, however I wish the reason why was under different circumstances. I was there with the aid organization @iamcaritas to document yet another "Dzud”- an emergency related to extreme weather conditions where severely cold winters kill off millions of livestock, and devastate the livelihood and already fragile way of life for nomadic herders.


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What a beautiful night on the ice. Congratulations to all 3(!) of the crews who harvested a whale last night (into today). I haven't been to Barrow in two years and had almost forgotten the contagious, magical feeling of joy this time of year brings to the community. Also I was blown away by how many people kindly remembered me with hugs, offers of unalik (fresh, boiled whale skin and blubber), burgers, coffee, and embarrassing stories about the last time I was here.


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Utqiagvik bound! It's been too long ✈️🌊❄️🐋💙


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