Friday, 12 August 2011
Life on the Loess Plateau
The Loess Plateau is in north west China, a huge area about the size of France. The soil, the loess, was created by glaciers 2 million years ago, and has been perfect for agriculture but very susceptible to erosion. The distinctive yellow colour of the Yellow Sea and the Yellow River is the result of this erosion. What was once lush forest is now a dry and desert-like area with a poor economy.
You can see a very interesting video on the area from China Green.
The people living there traditionally live in caves, but they aren't natural caves. There are three types: some are built into natural slopes sometimes at several levels; some are built "standalone" with soil covering them up; and others are built into the walls of an excavated pit.
The main advantage of this type of dwelling is that the temperature stays relatively stable - cool in summer and warm in winter.
Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.