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Village Anthromes


Village anthromes are where rural populations are densest, agriculture is most intensive, and landscapes include towns and even small cities.  This class includes six anthromes including Rice Villages, Irrigated Villages, Cropped & Pastoral Villages, Pastoral Villages, Rainfed Villages, and Rainfed Mosaic Villages.  Villages are both densely populated and intensively cropped, while also incorporating a mix of urban area, forest, and cultivated lands.  There is a strong tendency for food produced in these anthromes to be consumed locally.  In many cases the conventional ecoregions found within village anthromes overlap, and most of these are in Asia, where they are home to the large rural populations of China and India.


Rice Villages

Irrigated Villages

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Cropped & Pastoral Villages

Pastoral Villages

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Rainfed Villages

Rainfed Mosaic Villages

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Created by:

Andrew Petit de Mange & Kelly Kennedy

Based on: Anthropogenic Biomes of the World

Ellis, E. C. and N. Ramankutty. 2008. Putting people in the map: anthropogenic biomes of the world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(8):439-447 doi:10.1890/070062. [download]