GlobalAtlanta: Taking the Slow Train to Mongolia

Mongolia is on a mineral-fueled dash to modernity. Vast deposits of coal, gold and copper lie beneath its steppe, like magnets pulling foreign companies to the country. Projections put its economy growing at as much as 15 percent this year, reaching more than 20 percent annually sometime in the next five years, mostly thanks to resource exports to neighboring China. Rapid changes are expected for the environment and traditionally nomadic culture. But when I decided to travel to Mongolia, I wanted to take it slow, betting that a plodding Soviet-era train would provide a unique window on the country’s development. To read the full article, click hereTaking the Slow Train to Mongolia

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