Note the large-scale planning evident in the image taken from over 30,000 feet, the extensive commercial infrastructure, including significant warehousing, and transshipment facilities, and the numerous blue roofs, common in modern Chinese cities.
Chicago on the Yangtze– Foreign Policy
Photo Tour– FP
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The Japanese landscape reveals the essential character of the people who created it over the centuries. It is supremely well organized, with each feature laid out to maximize efficiency of use. In the above image, one may observe dense settlement grouped in distinct units interspersed throughout the almost incredibly regular and well formed agricultural space. The overall effect created by this landuse pattern puts one in mind of a circuit board, with its variety of components organized and laid out with deliberate efficiency.
Although rain is scarce, the generous fogs that roll in from the Gulf of Aden provide enough moisture to support plant and animal life on the southern coastal margin of the Arabian peninsula. Agriculture and human exploitation threaten this delicate ecosystem. Because arable land in the region is highly valuable, it is intensively cultivated wherever possible, even in the most precarious and ecologically sensitive areas.