Monday, June 9, 2008

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Ukraine, Poland
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The unique transformation of the former USSR into today's modern states has had a profound effect on the layout of the land in Ukraine. These images show a notable difference in the agricultural land use patterns between Poland and Ukraine, probably reflecting different policies and approaches to land use. Of particular interest are the sizes and patterns of the agricultural fields in the two countries.

Though the town of Novovolyns'k has not changed appreciably in size, an apparent change in the approach to land use in Ukraine has taken place; in the 2000 image, larger fields have been divided, following the pattern in Poland. The satellite images reveal quite vividly the contrast in land-use practices between the individual farms of Poland and Ukraine's former state farm planning, and how the latter has changed over time.
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