Turning badlands into fields
by Irene Marzolff, Dep. of Physical Geography, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This mustard field in the Lower Chambal Valley, India, was once a deeply dissected badland. A sub-catchment of the main ravine system was levelled with bulldozers by successive removal of ridgetops, oversteepening of side-slopes and infilling of ravine bottoms. The topography of the reclaimed field is uneven with lower parts remaining in the old thalweg positions; farmers expect eroded soil to accumulate here and increase soil fertility over the next years.
Taken on 4
Submitted on 22 April 2015
Credit: Irene Marzolff (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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