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Middle East: Early Signs of Collapse

Posted by feww on July 5, 2010


Yellow Rust Damages Crops in the Middle East

A severe infection of yellow rust has hit crops in wheat-growing regions in northern Syria, Iraq and southern Turkey, after a “crippling drought” that had lasted for nearly 3 years.

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(4 MB, JPEG) Image acquired March 22, 2010 – April 6, 2010

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(3 MB, JPEG). Image acquired May 25, 2010 – June 9, 2010

“The top image shows conditions between March 22 and April 6, 2010, compared to the average for the same period in 2000-2009. The lower image shows conditions for May 25 through June 9, 2010, compared to average. Places where plants were growing better or faster than average are green, while areas with less healthy plants are brown. ” The two maps are based on vegetation index data from MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Source: NASA E/O

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