Capsule · The news app for modern leaders

Trends and Insights

illustration image for the article
8 Jan 2024

The Great Wall of China Has a 'Living Skin' That Enhances Its Stability

Recent research reveals biocrusts, comprising microorganisms like cyanobacteria and moss, [cover over two-thirds of the Great Wall of China]('s Ming Dynasty sections, significantly enhancing its strength. These biocrusts protect the wall by stabilizing soil and increasing durability. Led by soil scientist Bo Xiao, the study highlights biocrusts' potential as a natural safeguard against deterioration, suggesting their cultivation could preserve other heritage sites.