Monday, November 8, 2010

Mayan agricultural landscapes

The Maya provide another interesting example of human-modified landscapes. Research by Timothy Beach and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach suggests that 100s of km of swamps were transformed into fertile farmland through a series of drainage canals. Interesting stuff.

Inevitably, it reminds me of this:
"We live in a bloody swamp. We need all the land we can get!"

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