Why It Matters
Can we learn from our dirty past?
Other than simply having a visually appealing look, this landscape has a functional purpose as well. What do you think that it is?
- Around the world and throughout history, civilizations, like the Incas, have developed terracing. Here is an image of terracing at Machu Picchu: Why do you think that they created these terraces?
- Here is an example of how terracing is used in Guinea for farming: http://wws.peacecorps.gov/wws/multimedia/slideshows/gna_jacobs.cfm How does a terrace work to limit soil erosion? What tools do the people in Guinea use to measure the slope? Why is it essential to have these terraces?
- What other communities are using terrace farming? Research a community that is using terrace farming. Include in your report where the community is geographically located, what they are farming, and why terrace farming is necessary. As a class, you could create an interactive map displaying all of the researched communities. To get you started: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Farming-Like-the-Incas.html?c=y&story=fullstory
- Explore Europe’s soil types and textures through the European Soil Data Center MapViewer (http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/wrb/). Once you familiarize yourself with the site, propose a site in Europe that could benefit from terrace farming. Provide along with your proposed site an explanation that includes a connection between the soil type/texture and the need for terracing.
Alexson Scheppa Peisino. WikiMedia. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMachu_Picchu03.jpg
Steven Jacobson. Peace Corps. http://wws.peacecorps.gov/wws/multimedia/slideshows/gna_jacobs.cfm?
Cynthia Graber. Smithsonian.com. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Farming-Like-the-Incas.html?c=y&story=fullstory
European Soil Data Center. European Commission Joint Research Center. http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/wrb/