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Satellite Imagery of our earthworks in Mecca  RSS feed

 
Neal Spackman
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I was trying to embed this but the code was failing for some reason. Here's the link:

http://binged.it/1iZzsvt

I would love for all you permies to take a look and see if we can't come up with something better. What you're looking at is series of earthworks that are supposed to (over time) convert a flash flood into a more workable source of water for growing trees on.
 
Joshua Parke
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Impressive. I was looking on google maps to see if there was a more current image......it's not, but it does have an earlier picture where one can compare the two, to see how much you've all done.
I like the site too.....I was viewing the pictures and when I came across the toad I said, in a surprised voice to myself....." it's a toad!" Shows just how very little I know, I wouldn't assume that a toad would be found in such an area.

I really enjoy seeing these types of projects. I'm very happy to see what it will develop into in the coming years.
 
Jennifer Wadsworth
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Wow Neal - that's quite a shot!
 
David Livingston
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Neal
Nice pictures . I wonder if you saw something geoff lawton saw when he visited Petra . When he came across ten of miles of ancient swales. I remember years ago see a documentry that talked about water being transported across the desert in underground tunnels in pre roman times . Is there anything like that in this region you are ?

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Neal Spackman
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Hey folks,

there are some qanat systems in Taif, which is the city up in the mountains just east of here, but the geology of our immediate area doesn't really allow for it. I was really surprised to see the toad by our swales as well.
 
John Elliott
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Neal Spackman wrote: I was really surprised to see the toad by our swales as well.


Toads are not strangers to the desert; they just spend the dry times underground. If you've made it wet enough for the toad to come out, you're doing something right!
 
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