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  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 031, Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu
    Thorp Collection 031, Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu

    Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 055, Future Erosion - Trenches in Claypan  Nanjing, Jiangsu
    Thorp Collection 055, Future Erosion - Trenches in Claypan Nanjing, Jiangsu

    Thorp Collection, Future Erosion - Trenches in Claypan Nanjing, Jiangsu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 059, Dried ducks, Juian, Zhejiang.
    Thorp Collection 059, Dried ducks, Juian, Zhejiang.

    Thorp Collection, Dried ducks, Juian, Zhejiang. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 160, View Fr. Hill Yichang.
    Thorp Collection 160, View Fr. Hill Yichang.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 108,  Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 108, Gansu.

    Gansu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanatin and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 14, Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower.
    Landscapes of Japan, 14, Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower.

    Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower. -- Flat land is scarce and very valuable in Japan. It is the most productive agricultural land, and also the easiest land upon which to build. Consequently. there is great competition and tension between development and agricultural interests. As the population increases and more people move from rural to urban areas, Japanese cities continue to expand and an increasing proportion of flat land is lost to agricultural and other uses.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 019, view Chongqing-Chengdu, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 019, view Chongqing-Chengdu, Sichuan

    View Chongqing-Chengdu, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 057, Rice Lands, Wuautow, Zhejiang.
    Thorp Collection 057, Rice Lands, Wuautow, Zhejiang.

    Thorp Collection, Rice Lands, Wuautow, Zhejiang. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 106,  Lake caused by landslide, Gansu
    Thorp Collection 106, Lake caused by landslide, Gansu

    Lake caused by landslide, Gansu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanatin and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 072, Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 072, Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li.

    Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of the image I.D. No. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 054, Salty accumulation due to seepage
    Thorp Collection 054, Salty accumulation due to seepage

    Thorp Collection, Salty accumulation due to seepage. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 180, Alluvial Lana, Kwannsian.
    Thorp Collection 180, Alluvial Lana, Kwannsian.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Rinden Kanost Collection, Japan, 1951:  Rice processing
    Rinden Kanost Collection, Japan, 1951: Rice processing

    Arthur Rinden's description: "We [in the US, 1951] eat four times as much protein as the average Japanese. Puffed rice made on the spot by an itinerant processor. He puffs the rice supplied to him."

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 09, Alluvial flatlands, floodplain of Kitakami River, Hiraizumi.
    Landscapes of Japan, 09, Alluvial flatlands, floodplain of Kitakami River, Hiraizumi.

    Alluvial flatlands, floodplain of Kitakami River, Hiraizumi. -- Flat land is scarce in Japan and is mostly the result of stream action, though shoreline processes have produced some flat areas along the coast. Here, as its gradient, velocity and consequently its ability to transport sediment decreased, the Kitakami River has deposited sediment eroded from nearby mountain ranges. Most alluvial floodplains like this in Japan are small and linear in shape. Higher flat terraces paralleling the stream may be present if old floodplain surfaces have been uplifted and dissected by a rejuvenated and newly downcutting stream. -- Flat land is important in Japan because it is both the best agricultural land and the best site for cities and towns.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 08, Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.
    Landscapes of Japan, 08, Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.

    Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range. -- Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, is nearly circular in shape and about three and one-half miles across. It is nearly 1,400 feet deep and occupies a large depression of volcanic origin, called a caldera. This depression has steeply sloping sides and a mostly flat bottom. The caldera formed when huge amounts of volcanic material were erupted leading to the collapse of the resulting volcano into the vacated, empty chamber below. At least one small cone, formed by later volcanic activity, rises above the lake floor, but not to the lake surface. There are other calderas in Japan, including Lake Towada north of Morioka. Crater Lake in Oregon is a similar feature in the United States.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 10, Rice fields, Kanto Plain (Japan's largest), near Narita Airport.
    Landscapes of Japan, 10, Rice fields, Kanto Plain (Japan's largest), near Narita Airport.

    Rice fields, Kanto Plain (Japan's largest), near Narita Airport. -- The Kanto Plain is the largest of Japan's coastal lowland plains with an area of about 8,000 square miles (this is about equal to a square 70 miles on a side). The slide shows the multiple uses of flat land in Japan. Rice fields, gardens, roads, villages and towns and an international airport all compete for part of this lowland area.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Rice Cultivation, harvesting rice
  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Rice cultivation, planting by hand
  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Vegetable plots within an urban setting
    Japan, 1951: Vegetable plots within an urban setting

    The dominant landscape in Japan is still rural. More than half of the arable land is given over to rice cultivation, and 90% of the laborers are farmers. But 84% of the land area is mountainous- which means that each acre of tillable land must support 3,400 persons. The comparable figure for China is 1,400 while for the U.S. it is only 270 persons. --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script" was to accompany a slide show of the images for his family and others.

  • Thumbnail for Farmers in Japan
    Farmers in Japan

    There was a chore for everyone including the undernourished horse. The farmers accepted poverty as inevitable and were slow to accept change, even if it meant improving their lot.

  • Thumbnail for Wet Market
    Wet Market

    The Wet Market is like a Farmer's Market. There are fish and fresh produce. Located in Chinatown, Singapore.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 046, effect of salt on cotton, E. Jiangsu
    Thorp Collection 046, effect of salt on cotton, E. Jiangsu

    Effect of salt on cotton, E. Jiangsu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 111, Tibetan Broderland Qinghai.
    Thorp Collection 111, Tibetan Broderland Qinghai.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 105, Village - Terraced hills, Gansu
    Thorp Collection 105, Village - Terraced hills, Gansu

    Village - Terraced hills, Gansu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanatin and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 124, Wooded Mountains and cultivated valleys, Liupenshan, Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 124, Wooded Mountains and cultivated valleys, Liupenshan, Gansu.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.