Mongolia

Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world
Cities around the world are grappling with air pollution but the small capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst.

Meet Mongolia’s top female palaeontologist

Bolortsetseg Minjin got a place on an expedition as a cook – she found fossils instead
Mongolia has one of the richest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. When the dinosaurs died out the sand of the Gobi desert would cover them up and preserve their remains. And yet there are very few palaeontologists – dinosaur experts – in Mongolia. Bolortsetseg Minjin is one of the most prominent women in the field. Her father was also a palaeontologist, but when she was younger she didn’t really understand what he did for a living, only that he would disappear off to the Gobi desert for long periods of time, and that she was always disappointed with the quality of the gifts he brought back with him. 

Image: Bolortsetseg Minjin and her dad
Credit: Bolortsetseg Minjin

'The Ultimate Test of Endurance' - Four Desert Races over Four Continents

Jacqui Bell is pushing herself to the limit by competing in the 4 Desert Grand Slam
The 4 Deserts Grand Slam does what it says on the tin...

Across the Sahara -- that's Egypt, Jordan and Namibia; The Gobi March -- China and Mongolia; The Atacama Crossing -- Chile and The Last Desert -- Antarctica 

Each Race is 250 kilometres long and has to be completed within seven days. 23-year-old Australian Jacqui Bell is competing and, now three quarters of the way through, she's been telling Sportshour how brutal it has been so far.

Photo: Jacqui Bell (Instagram @jacquiabell)
Mongol Rally: Manchester to Russia in a Fiat Panda
Drone footage captured the journey through 41 countries to Ulan-Ude for the Mongol Rally.

Dreaming of becoming a wrestler

Young Mongolian men aspire to be champion wrestlers
A Mongolian saying is if you have a boy, you wish him to become a wrestler. Roger Hearing has been meeting young men participating in the Naadam celebrations in Ulaanbaatar and talks to them about why they are attracted to the sport.
(Image: Roger Hearing and a Mongolian wrestler with his dad, Credit: BBC)

Mongolia looks forward to a technological future

Diversifying away from mining is key to Mongolia's economic survival
Mongolia depends heavily on mining for much of its income and traditional herding is still a big part of the economy. But these can be unreliable as a source of national wealth and Mongolia is now looking to follow the example of countries like South Korea, Malaysia and China who have used technology to boost their wealth. Joshua Thorpe has been talking to entrepreneurs at the Hub Innovation Centre in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, about their work.
(Image: employees at Hub Innovation Centre, Mongolia Picture credit: BBC)

Giving people power through rap music

Mongolian rapper Erka wants his songs to energise people
Music has always been a big part of life in Mongolia and these days, rap is increasingly popular, fuelled in part by the harsh experience of many young people living in the capital Ulaanbaatar. The BBC's Roger Hearing met one of Mongolia's biggest rap stars, Erka, to find out what moves him.
(Image: Rap star Erka and Roger Hearing, Image credit:BBC)