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Build a Rice Paddy

  • By Rick Groleau
  • Posted 12.18.00
  • NOVA

Terraced rice paddies, masterpieces of ancient engineering, have existed in China, the Philippines, and elsewhere for as long as two millennia. The building of these stepped paddies—done without the aid of machinery—is no minor undertaking. How, then, do farmers construct them? Here, follow the evolution of a new paddy.

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See how farmers have traditionally constructed elegant and sturdy terraces for growing rice.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Japan's Secret Garden.

Sources

Primary source: Ethnographic Atlas of Ifugao, by Harold C. Conklin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980.

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