22 Jan '12, 11pm

NASA Earth Observato Agricultural Patterns, Quebec: Is that a tapestry or an agricultural scene from Canada?

Like an image of a woven tapestry, this astronaut photograph highlights an extensive pattern of agricultural fields in southeastern Quebec, Canada. The region, known as the Chaudière-Appalaches, is located midway between Quebec City (the provincial capital) and the border with the United States (specifically, Maine). Agriculture is a significant component of Quebec’s industries, and more than 50 percent of the food produced or processed within the province is consumed there (as of 2008, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ). The tapestry pattern is due to the fact that the agricultural fields are closely tied to access roads, with rectangular fields extending outwards perpendicular to the roadways. A similar pattern—embedded within a different social, historical, and economic context—can be seen in the Rondonia region of western Brazil. Snow cover highlights the ...

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