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7 The View From Above: A History Of Land Use In Guquka And Koloni, 1938-1996

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This chapter explores how the two villages of Guquka and Koloni and their surrounding landscapes have changed physically over time, principally as revealed in two series of aerial photographs but also by integrating and comparing what the authors learn from those images with other sources of historical information. The chapter goals were to see how land use practices had changed in each of the three major categories of land: residential, arable and rangeland. In Guquka the degree of decline in cultivation after 1949 was roughly comparable to that in Koloni. The earliest photos of Guquka also confirm a long history of severe gully erosion on the slopes above the village. Some of these gullies extend down into the arable fields and even into the residential area. In contrast, Koloni shows less active gully erosion.

Keywords: aerial photographs; arable fields; gully erosion; Guquka; Koloni; landscapes; residential area



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