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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