02 Apr '17, 10pm

Agriculture on the Ethiopian Plateau

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station centered this photograph on numerous, densely packed agricultural fields on a high plateau (about 8 kilometers in diameter) amidst lowlands. Taken at the end of the dry season, the photograph shows fallow, rain-fed fields (brown and tan)—except around the margins, where forested villages have access to river water. The largest village in the scene is Sciovele. Thin river channels run through long floodplains that arc around the fields. These floodplains are part of a wide, low-lying wetland system that supports both swamp vegetation and another set of fields where crops thrive through the dry season. Farmers in the lower wetlands take advantage of flood-recession agriculture , where wet-season rainwater drains more slowly and is available for plant growth even in the middle of the dry season. The wetlands are part of the ...

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