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Stealing Africa - Why Poverty? documentary 58 #globalisation #neoliberalism

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Seeds of A Revolution » 21st Century African Land Rush

Seeds of A Revolution » 21st Century African Land Rush | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Interesting map about farming land lending to other countries in Africa. Impossible to find the original source, but is attricuted to the Financial Times. 

 

Here is a link to the image (in low res) without political content (UN related): http://new.uneca.org/lpi/africanlandrush.aspx ;

 

Tags: Africa, agriculture, unit 5 agriculture.


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The TRUE Size Of Africa - An Erroneous Map Misled Us For 500 Years!

The TRUE Size Of Africa - An Erroneous Map Misled Us For 500 Years! | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The map shows how Africa (30,3 million km⊃2;) is larger than the combination of China (9,6 million km⊃2;), the US (9,4 million km⊃2;), Western Europe (4,9 million km⊃2;), India (3,2 million km⊃2;) and Argentina (2,8 million km⊃2;), three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles (map gives no surface for these last two areas). Map Source

The Peters Projection World Map


The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors.

The earth is round. The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections. Each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses. Choosing among them is an exercise in values clarification: you have to decide what's important to you. That is generally determined by the way you intend to use the map. The Peters Projection is an area accurate map. - See more at: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/04/the-true-size-of-africa-erroneous-map.html#sthash.faoavt3e.61TU0ZBQ.dpuf


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Rudolf Kabutz's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:36 PM

The medium of mapping greatly influenced perspectives. How do our present mediums of audio, video and text influence the perspectives of our present media users?

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Pirate Threat Grows Worse off West Africa

Pirate Threat Grows Worse off West Africa | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The US must increase its intelligence- gathering capacity in Africa 15-fold in the short term to counter the threat posed by regional Islamic extremist groups and maritime piracy, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, according to a top US general.

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East Africa has become hot property for the oil industry since huge gas finds off the shores of Tanzania and Mozambique | Directors Talk

East Africa has become hot property for the oil industry since huge gas finds off the shores of Tanzania and Mozambique | Directors Talk | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

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7 Pictures of African Animals Getting their Groove on | Safari Interactive Magazine Blog.

7 Pictures of African Animals Getting their Groove on | Safari Interactive Magazine Blog. | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
7 Pictures of African Animals Getting their Groove on http://t.co/U2erkLbaDc via @ag_safari

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Emma Murphy's curator insight, September 24, 2013 9:35 PM

 I highly recommend taking a look at these photos! The photography was incredible and the clever, amusing subtitles were very entertaining! Who was the photographer? Where can I see more of these photos? I loved this article! 

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Rhino poachers arrested

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JOHANNESBURG - Eight suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Mpumalanga, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday.

 

Five suspects were arrested on Wednesday en route to Timbavati Private Game Reserve, said spokesman Paul Daphne in a statement.

 

Daphne said the men were found in possession of a high calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

 

The Timbavati Group had been put under heavy surveillance for three weeks, following a joint operation between the Kruger National Park (KNP), Mpumalanga Tourism and SANParks....


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It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering

It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Six days ago, the people of Spain’s most prosperous region, Catalonia, voted overwhelmingly for parties favouring the breaking away from Spanish rule.

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Ireland to Build One of Europe's Largest Mosques

Ireland to Build One of Europe's Largest Mosques | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The massive €40 million ($50 million) "Islamic Cultural Center" will be built on a six-acre site in Clongriffin, a new and as yet unfinished suburb at the northern edge of Dublin.

According to the Dublin City Council, which approved the project on March 7, the Clongriffin Mosque will consist of: (a) a three-story domed mosque and cultural centre with towering minarets; (b) a two-story conference centre including a reception foyer, conference room, restaurant, banquet hall, kitchens and ancillary accommodation; (c) a three-story 16-classroom primary school and a two-story 12-classroom secondary school; (d) a two-story fitness centre with a gym, sauna, steam room and an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool; (e) a bookshop, library and mortuary; and (f) three four-story blocks of two-bedroom apartments with ground floor shops.

The Clongriffin Mosque will cater to some of the 30,000 Muslims living in Dublin, which is home to around 60% of the estimated 50,000 Muslims living in Ireland.

 

Although the number of Muslims in Ireland is relatively small (1.07% of the overall population), when compared to other European countries, the rate of growth of the Muslim population in Ireland has surged exponentially (1,170%) over the past 20 years, and Islam is now the fastest growing religion in the country. The total population of Ireland is 4.6 million.

According to Irish census data for 1991, the number of Muslims in the country was 3,875. After 1991, the Muslim population jumped, due to the arrival of Muslim refugees and asylum seekers from Bosnia, Kosovo and Somalia.

According to the Irish census data for 2002, the number of Muslims was 19,147; by 2006, that number had swelled to 32,539. In the 2011 census, the number of Muslims was 49,204.

Ireland's Muslim population is projected to almost triple over the next twenty years, according to the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center. A report entitled: The Future of the Global Muslim Population: Projections for 2010-2030 forecasts that there will be 125,000 Muslims living in Ireland by 2030.

The Clongriffin Mosque is being promoted by a Dublin-based Muslim organization called the Dublin Welfare Society Limited, an opaque group that was incorporated in April 2010 and has no formal activities other than to lobby for the mosque project.

The mega-mosque will be developed by a local real estate mogul, Gerry Gannon, on extensive land he owns at Clongriffin. According to the Irish Times, the project is a "coup" for Gannon, who hopes to sell hundreds and possibly thousands of newly built homes to Muslim families using the cultural centre.
Clongriffin is located about 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of Dublin.

Also known as the North Fringe, most of the land on which Clongriffin is being built was previously farmland. In July 2003, the Dublin City Council granted permission to begin developing a new suburb comprising houses and apartments, as well as schools, retail stores, supermarkets and a multi-screen cinema.

But construction in Clongriffin came to an abrupt halt after the Irish property bubble burst in 2009, and the country needed to be rescued in November 2010 with an €85 billion ($109 billion) bailout by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Before Ireland's real estate crash, Gannon invested millions of euros on developing Clongriffin, including the construction of a railway station linking the suburb to downtown Dublin.

With the approval of the mega-mosque project, Clongriffin suddenly has a new lease on life... and so does Gannon.
Planning documents show that the Dublin City Council has approved the construction of 3,678 new homes near where the mega-mosque will be built.

Gannon hopes the Clongriffin Mosque will fuel demand for the homes he is eager to sell.
But critics worry that Clongriffin is in danger of becoming an exclusively Islamic suburb on the outskirts of Dublin where Muslims will establish a parallel society rather than integrate.

 

An Islamist website called "Islamic Vanguards: Spearheading Ireland's Transition" recently warned that Gannon's greed would be Ireland's undoing: "If there's one thing the west yearns, it is money.

For it has worshiped this false god without fail for as long as they have departed from the worship of the true God. And it is this weakness, nay addiction that will see what they hold precious being wrenched from their spindly hands.

Already as we speak vast swathes of the London metropolis are in Muslim hands, Dublin is set to follow as the wealth that Allah has blessed His servants with is used to reclaim the land for His glory."

In any event, the Clongriffin Mosque will not be the only mega-mosque in town: the new mosque on the northern edge of Dublin will compete with another mega-mosque, located in Clonskeagh on the southern edge of Dublin.

The mosque complex at Clonskeagh, which also goes by the name "Islamic Cultural Center," has been in operation since 1996. Its sprawling four-acre campus was financed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai.

The Clonskeagh Mosque is home to the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), an Islamist group which seeks to have Islamic Sharia law recognized throughout Europe.

The ECFR is an integral part of the Brussels-based Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), an umbrella group that unites more than 30 Muslim Brotherhood organizations in Europe, and acts as the main vehicle for propagating Muslim Brotherhood ideology in Europe.

The ECFR is chaired by the Egyptian-born, Qatari-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the influential Islamic scholar who is also a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Qaradawi -- a spiritual advisor for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas who has defended suicide attacks against Jews as "martyrdom in the name of Allah" -- has been banned from entering Great Britain and the United States.

 

Al-Qaradawi speaks openly about the goals of Islam: "What remains, then, is to conquer Rome. (...) This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice. (...) Conquest through Dawa [proselytizing] that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through our Dawa."

According to a leaked US State Department memo dated July 7, 2006, the Muslim Brotherhood is stronger in Ireland than anywhere in the world outside of Qatar, and al-Qaradawi "runs Islam in Ireland."

The Muslim Brotherhood, which is heavily influenced by the extremist ideology of Wahhabism, subsidized by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, may be about to tighten its grip over Islam in Ireland even further.

 

Rumours abound that the new mega-mosque at Clongriffin will be financed by Qatar, which has been engaged in a multi-million euro spending spree to spread Wahhabi Islam around Europe.

Wahhabism -- which not only discourages Muslim integration in the West, but actively encourages jihad against non-Muslims -- threatens to radicalize Muslim immigrants in Ireland, according to the Irish Times.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who has long cultivated an image as a pro-Western reformist and modernizer, has vowed to "spare no effort" to spread the fundamentalist teachings of Wahhabi Islam across "the whole world."

 

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Goodbye Spain, Hello Europe?

Goodbye Spain, Hello Europe? | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

A time traveller hopping from Barcelona in 2008 to the same city in 2013 could be forgiven for thinking his TARDIS had jumped a few decades into the future. Where Spanish flags once fluttered proudly to celebrate the country’s first win in the European Football Cup since 1964, a mosaic of defiant estelades (the pro-independence version of the Catalan flag) now brightly colours the balconies of Barcelona’s most important arteries. Where nationalist demonstrations once struggled to hit the 300,000 mark, now they easily smash through the 1.5 million barrier. And, most importantly, where barely a fifth of Catalans favoured independence, now support for it now consistently exceeds two thirds of those expressing an opinion in polls...


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Europe Has Become A Totalitarian State | Zero Hedge

Cyprus is absolutely the template for Europe now. It is just that the template is far worse than what is narrowly imagined.
 
It is not the small nation of Cyprus nor is it that the specifics of the criminality that was transacted in Cyprus which is any sort of template. This is not the center of the issue. It is what Cyprus means and the horrible implications of what took place.
 
I cannot issue a stern enough warning here. No words that I write will adequately embrace the transgression that has taken place in Cyprus. Any thought that you have that the Cyprus experience is a lone and isolated event that will not be repeated, in some form in the future, is going to be proven wrong.


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GROUNDBREAKING REPORT | How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements

GROUNDBREAKING REPORT | How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Rights Forum | Dec 4, 2012 (Translation from original Dutch resource at The Rights Forum) End of october 2012, 22 European social organisations presented the report "Trading Peace Away- How Eur...

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Scientists observe 'tragic experiment' of tsunami debris

Scientists observe 'tragic experiment' of tsunami debris | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Jeff Larson has seen just about everything wash up on the shores of Santa Cruz: bottles, toys, shotgun shells, busted surfboards and fishing floats that looked like they had bobbed across the Pacific.

 

This is just another long-term 'after-shock' of the tsunami that devasted Japan over 1 year ago. 


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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.

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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 11:06 AM

This article has a message about the view of struggling in eastern and western cultures, and how this affects learning.  As an aspiring teacher, I found this very instructive.  The examples used were good and I really find myself wanting to read more on this topic.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2:20 PM

In this article the resources or lack there of are a huge issue for the children in these schools. It makes me think of our society and the technology and other resources that we have aviable to and dont think twice about compared to this society that has nothing. This also triggered my mind of a prospective teacher as to thinking of the differnces between learning styles in the regions.

Malcolm Haines's curator insight, September 21, 12:20 AM

This is an important time in world history for learning how we all learn. Ultimately East vs West on the cultural field will no longer apply.

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The Top Ten places to visit in Africa

The Top Ten places to visit in Africa | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Africa has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller. We've compiled a list of the must-see places any trip should include.

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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 5:18 PM

Although Africa does not have the greatest economic structure, it has beauty throughout. Here are the top 10 locations to visit in Africa that will take your breath away!

Cam E's curator insight, March 18, 12:54 PM

I always have to re-scoop these when I see them for different regions, as followers will already know, it's a big desire of mine to see most countries in the world, and natural/ancient environments are my favorite.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 8:23 PM

Just like the rest of these scoops, this is filled with awesome vacation and tourist spots. This bridge overlooks a fabulous waterfall that everyone should get to see something like it in their lives.

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Stealing Africa - Why Poverty? documentary 58 #globalisation #neoliberalism

How much profit is fair? To find out more and get teaching resources, go to www.whypoverty.net Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rat...

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The Great Green Wall Of Africa -- A 4,000 Mile Defense Against Climate Change | PlanetSave

The Great Green Wall Of Africa -- A 4,000 Mile Defense Against Climate Change | PlanetSave | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

One of the most unique large-scale international climate change projects is underway in Africa. A 4,000 mile “wall of trees” is being constructed across the east-west axis of the continent as a defense against rapid, expanding desertification of the Sahara.

 

 


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Out of Africa – Did the Colonial Powers ever Really Leave?

Out of Africa – Did the Colonial Powers ever Really Leave? | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Africa may have achieved independence, but the old colonial ties are still important as France’s decision to send troops to Mali to fight Islamist extremists shows.

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 25, 12:59 PM

Colonial ties are still very prevalent due to Europe's dependence upon the resources of Africa. European countries like England and France invest billions in Africa, not to help those African nations, but to build infrastructure for resource extraction or to keep governments stable. Though the true exploitation of Africa has ended, the current situation certainly has the ring of exploitation as the people of Europe enjoy the diamonds and chocolate harvested by the multitudes of impoverished people of Africa.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 4:04 PM

Colony powers are still located within Africa. Just because Africa is technically independent doesn't mean that British Colonial power isn't still in place.

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Wildlife Genocide: The African Rhino

The illegal slaughter of these majestic beasts has caused outrage globally - and rightly so. Animals are being lost on an almost daily basis. In 2013 there have been in excess of 273 rhino slayings in South Africa alone.

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Secessions That Will Redraw Europe

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On November 25, Catalonia, the richest region of Spain, will hold regional elections. Artur Mas, the leader of the regional government, is campaigning on a platform demanding more autonomy for Catalonia.

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2 Googles: 1 for Europe and 1 for everyone else

2 Googles: 1 for Europe and 1 for everyone else | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

There soon could be two Googles: one built for Europeans, with links to rival search engines and labels alerting users whenever Google is featuring its own products. And another version for everyone else, with none of those consumer-friendly features.


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Travel North To South Europe On The Train With Your Motorcycle | Bikes in the Fast Lane

Travel North To South Europe On The Train With Your Motorcycle |  Bikes in the Fast Lane | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Travel North To South Europe On The Train With Your Motorcycle...

Usually the trip is the reward, not the destination when travelling on a motorcycle. But at times you need to start your holiday at the destination, and not have to worry about the trip getting there.

If, for example you live in the North-Middle of Europe (BeNeLux, UK, Germany, North France) and want to spend some time in the South of France or Northern part of Italy, although it's a great motorcycle ride, it's a LONG distance. The trip will eat in your holiday days, and tire you out. It's almost like when you arrive, you need to turn around and head back home again....more


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Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging 

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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 11:46 AM

This video makes a good point about where we arbitrarily draw lines on a map.  He uses different groupings to show how silly this can be.  His point is that Eastern Europe no longer really exists and we should no longer use the term.  He then suggests a few different terms to use to group countries in Europe.  My favorite was the grouping called Scared of Russia.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 7:17 AM

This video shows how difficult it is to categorize and group regions together. We tend categorize Eastern Europe as a group due to former political affiliations with the Soviet Union, but this is unfair as these nations are varied ethnically, economically, and politically. Plus, most, if not all, of these nations resented Soviet rule and grouping them due to it is somewhat insulting. Other groupings are not as neat on a map. For example, grouping Europe economically shows a couple Eastern European countries in the upper half and a number of Western European countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece in the lower half.

James Hobson's curator insight, October 9, 10:29 PM

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Should the term "Eastern Europe" be done away with? My opinion is yes *and* no. Being such a politically-influenced term (e.g. the Soviet Union) and that many of these countries have changed greatly since the days of the Soviet Union, avoiding the term would help to lesson discrimination of the region. However, my partial "yes" coms from the fact that these countries are still a part of the European continent and comprise its eastern half. So in a strictly geo-relational way I see nothing wrong with the use of this term. Avoiding it completely could just lead to unnecessary confusion.

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Switzerland shuts the door on EU migrants: A new 'us vs. them' in Europe?

Switzerland shuts the door on EU migrants: A new 'us vs. them' in Europe? | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
News that Switzerland is capping residence permits for Western Europeans reached the Monitor's Europe bureau chief as she was having her own intolerable immigration experience.

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Shanghai: 1990 vs. 2010

Shanghai: 1990 vs. 2010 | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Globalization has hit...hard and fast. 


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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:02 PM

Shanghai could arguably be the best example of globalization in the world today. In the span of 20 years, it has gone from a sparse city with some commerce on the river to a major urban center with the skyscrapers and neon lights. The transformation between the two images is staggering and it's easy to see the resemblance between current day Shanghai and it's partner globalized cities like New York and Seoul.

Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 11:23 AM

Apart from what can be said about the process of Globalization, this is just impressive under the lens of what can be done in 20 years to change the skylines and landscapes of an area. Notice the lack of vegetation in the second picture, and while it may just be an effect of the different time of day or season, they sky seems a lot more fogged in the second picture, possibly due to pollution.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 14, 6:35 PM

Shanghai has transformed and globalized so quickly in the last twenty years that it doesn't even look like that same place. Skies that were once seen are now blocked by skyscrapers. Buildings that still remain are overpowered and do not stand out like they once did.

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Terraced Rice Fields

Terraced Rice Fields | World Regional Geography | Scoop.it
See a photo of an aerial view of a terraced rice field in China and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:14 AM

This image shows is one of the more beautiful cultural landscapes that shows the great extent of agricultural  modifications of the environment.  National Geographic's photo of the day is a great source for images that start class discussions and can enliven class content. You may download a high resolution version of the image here

 

Tags: National Geographic, agriculture, landscape, China.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:42 PM

Rice fields are pretty neat. You need to be one meticulous person to be able to build these fields. The shapes of them and the erosion that occurs to the oldest ones form interesting patterns. These ariel shots are worthwhile looking at and seeing where exactly the rice is growing is cool.