Landscape reading


Try to assess your own landscape observation by doing the following exercises. You can use the gallery of photos.


How many landscape units did you identify during your landscape observation ? Click on the button "solution" to check the answer.


It is not wrong to see more than one landscape unit. But on this landscape the biophysical environment looks to be rather homogenous. For instance, there is no particular topography and we cannot see any differences in water availability. So it is not really necessary to define landscape units.

However, if it is not due to agro-ecological constraints, we will have to understand the reasons why farmers choose to plant different crops.


What elements did you see or not see during your observation ? Once you have completed the following activity, click on the button "solution" below.

Elements of observation

If you found at least four good answers in "yes", then you succeeded in your landscape observation !

Concerning the topography: there is no particular thing to observe. It is more or less the same on all the landscape, contributing to its homogeneity, so you could drag the label in all boxes.

Concerning water network, you could drag the label in either "yes" or "hardly". Water resources are not directly visible in this landscape, this is why maybe you did not actually see it. However the cultivation of fruit trees is always associated with a water network for irrigation, either natural or artificial. You could assume that irrigation structures can be found elsewhere in this landscape (e.g. artifical water ponds). It is part of landscape reading to describe what you cannot see and yet is very likely to be present according to your previous observations !

Once you have achieved your self-assessment, have a look at the teacher's proposition on the next page.

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