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Agricultural Landscape and State
Credit & Copyright: Dr. Bruce G.
Explanation: It is November and late afternoon in the extensively converted agricultural landscapes of Nei Mongol or Inner Mongolia, in northern interior China. Below, long shadows are cast by the low sun over a stark land of crops and tree rows lining the fields and roadways. This is one of dozens, hundreds, of state-run farm villages.
original woodlands and wetlands of the region have been utterly tamed, converted,
to produce food and other goods. In my explorations of this austere
scene, I encounter very little native wildlife, save for black-billed magpies,
crows, and house sparrows. The native biodiversity seems to have been
other groups throughout the world are similarly pursuing such balanced
management, so that the future -- and its agricultural landscapes -- may be
rich with food resources and natural
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