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The deterioration of Mediterranean farmland patrimony

ScienceDaily (February 28, 2011)

The deterioration of Mediterranean farmland patrimony

ScienceDaily (February 28, 2011)

The traditionally irrigated Mediterranean landscape has suffered an important loss of the cultural and ecological patrimony that it holds, especially as a result of the modernization of the traditional watering networks established throughout this countryside, according to researchers.

Photographs of the Murcia farmland taken from the Cabezo de Monteagudo at the beginning of the past century and in 2008. The most important difference is the intense housing development, as well as the different type of farming : horticulture in the old photo and fruit trees in the more recent one. In short, the photos reveal the graphic chronicle of how an agricultural landscape has become a suburban landscape. Credit : Image courtesy of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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