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Rice Fields Of Asia: From Above and Below
Monday, November 28th, 2011

For such a small grain, rice feeds an awful lot of people — 3.5 billion of them to be exact. Take a look at the grandeur of the rice paddies where this crucial grain comes of age. The following series of photographs are paired with aerial satellite views of their locations. After visit GlobalPost's ongoing look at a tiny grain with a giant footprint: Rice 2.0.
 

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Yuanyang, southwest China.

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Terrace paddy fields are covered in morning mist in Yuanyang, southwest China's Yunnan province. Dec. 2010.

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A farmer of the Hani ethnic group works at the terraces in Yuanyang County, Yunnan Province, China. Feb. 10, 2006.

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Nigata, Japan.

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Rice terraces are seen at Matsudai Tanada region in Niigata, Japan. May 13, 2008.

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Aomori prefecture, northern Japan. Images in the rice (similar to photo 7 & 8) can be seen at the center of photo.

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A large artwork of an ancient battle story between a warrior monk and a heroic little swordsman is displayed on a rice field, which attracts summer vacationers, at Inakadate village in Aomori prefecture, northern Japan. July 28, 2010. The huge art, measuring 143 x 104m, was created by more than 1,000 villagers and volunteers using rice plants in five different colours, white, red, green, yellow and purple.

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A large artwork of an ancient Japanese folktale, "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", displayed on a rice field to attract summer vacationers in the village of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture, northern Japan. Aug. 27, 2011.

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Kunming, Yunnan province, China.

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A Chinese villager uses her mule to carry barrels of water collected from an underground well miles away from her village during a severe drought in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. March 31, 2010.

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Cagsawa, Philippines. Located near the Mayon Volcano, a lava flow can be seen in the upper-left corner of the photo.

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School children cross a rice field as the Mayon volcano is seen in the background, in Cagsawa village, Albay province. July 17, 2006.

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Cagsawa, Philippines. Photo shows the Mayon Volcano.

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Farmers plant rice near the foothills of Mayon volcano as it spews ash into the air in Camalig town, Albay province, southeast of Manila. Dec. 24, 2009.

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Near Banaue city, Ifugao city.

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A view of a rice paddy along the mountain slopes of Banaue city, Ifugao province, north of Manila. April 16, 2008.

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Farmers plant rice on rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao province, north of Manila. April 14, 2008.

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South of Nagaland, India.

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Tribal Naga farmers work in their water bedded rice paddy fields on the arrival of the monsoon at Kiwema Village, some 20 kms from Kohima, the capital city of the north eastern state of Nagaland. June 3, 2011.

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Near Cao Pha village, Vietnam.

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Farmers work on a terraced rice field in Cao Pha village, in Vietnam's northern remote district of Mu Cang Chai, 225 miles northwest of Hanoi. Sept. 26, 2009.

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La Pan Tan village, Vietnam.

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Ethnic H'Mong farmers work on terraced rice field in La Pan Tan village, in Vietnam's northern remote district of Mu Cang Chai, 225 miles northwest of Hanoi. Sept. 27, 2009.

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Near Agartala, India.

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An Indian farmer and his son walk over their parched paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala. May 14, 2009.

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