Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Der Ezor, Syria

The north Syrian plain is a land of rain-fed agriculture supplemented by irrigation.  The availability of water makes of northern Syria a breadbasket.  There is a downside, however:  salination.  When halite crystals take over, the land is ruined.  No, it's not the remains of a spring snow; it's salt.  Corners of fields, poorly drained, are especially vulnerable.  [1993]

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