China Water and Soil History Network Blog

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Maps of China from European Soil Data Centre

Access these fascinating maps (and a few others) on the European Soil Data Centre website. Geological Map of China (1989). Soil Map of the People’s Republic of China. [Revised Version Based on the FAO/Unesco...

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Jing River Dam Project, Shaanxi

Future Dam Site in the Jing River Valley. Source: Sigurd Eliassen, Dragon Wang’s River (New York: J. Day Co., 1957). This StoryMap uses a series of historical photographs to illustrate the transformation of a...

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Rural Landscapes in Gansu and Qinghai

These StoryMaps contain photographs depicting agriculture, the environment, and land use in Gansu 甘肃 and Qinghai 青海 provinces from 1932-1940. The images come from the Carter D. Holton Collection at the Harvard-Yenching Library. Photographs...

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Shaanxi, Gansu, and Ningxia, 1936

This StoryMap contains a series of photographs depicting agriculture, the environment, and land use in Northwest China’s Shaanxi 陕西, Gansu 甘肃, and Ningxia 宁夏 provinces in 1936. The images come from a photograph album...

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Lowdermilk Sichuan Photographs 2

I have finished another ArcGIS map containing a second set of photographs that Lowdermilk took in Sichuan Province 四川省 at the conclusion of his 1943 survey. Walter C. Lowdermilk Sichuan Photographs 2 Fujiang 涪江...

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Virtual Repeat Photography in Sichuan

In my previous post, I mentioned that attempts to do historical-current repeat photography to facilitate environmental history research might benefit from crowdsourcing. After Stevan Harrell brought that post to the attention of his colleague...

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Lowdermilk Huajialing Photographs 1

Many of the images in the Walter C. Lowdermilk collection at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library come from Huajialing 华家岭 in Gansu Province 甘肃省’s Tongwei County 通渭县, where Lowdermilk took numerous pictures of terraced slopes...

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Walter C. Lowdermilk Qinghai Photographs

These two maps contain over 100 photographs taken in Qinghai 青海 by Walter C. Lowdermilk during his 1943 survey of northwest China. In addition to some truly breathtaking vistas, the first set features images...

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Walter C. Lowdermilk Gansu Corridor Photographs

Click the link below to view an ArcGIS map containing 60 photographs taken by Lowdermilk in August 1943 while travelling in Northwest China’s Gansu corridor (河西走廊). Walter C. Lowdermilk Gansu Corridor Photographs I am...

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Walter C. Lowdermilk Sichuan Photographs 1

I have finished another ArcGIS map containing the photos that Lowdermilk took in Sichuan Province 四川省 before and during the first leg of his 1943 trip from southwest to northwest China. You can access...