May 6, 2014

Yuanyang Rice Paddies, China

Photograph by John Qu, National Geographic Your Shot

Staple food for half the people on Earth, rice has grown in paddies like these in Yuanyang, Yunnan Province, for centuries. Within paddy walls, standing water shields soil from drying and erosion.

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