No conspiracies here. This post is literally about dirt.
The soil of Yemen!
I am no expert on this topic, so I have done some research and am putting what I’m reading to maps and photos and videos to make it look more interesting. Cool? Cool.
Knowledge thanks to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
First up… Yemen’s coastal plains.
In the south of the city of Ta’izz (Taiz), the Tihama area is arid, trees and people are extremely rare. (Photo by COLLART Hervé/Sygma via Getty Images)
Along this area of the coast, the soil might be “alluvial fans or coarse inter-wadi soils”. What is an alluvial fan? More on this from National Geographic:
An alluvial fan is a triangle-shaped deposit of gravel, sand, and even smaller pieces of sediment, such as silt. This sediment is called alluvium.
Alluvial fans can be found on other planets too, including Mars. They’re created by flowing water carrying alluvium through mountains and hills. Once it reaches the plains, the water fans out and deposits the sediment.
As for the inter-wadi areas of the coastal plains, the landscape is “dominated by dunes” and the soil is sandy, subject to wind erosion.
The wadis of the eastern plains have a loamy soil, which is a rich soil of sand and silt. Good for beekeeping! Did you know honey is used in love potions? After 9/11, the Bush administration thought honey shops in Yemen might be used as fronts for Al Qaeda.
Also, be on the lookout for amazing architecture!
Wadi Doan Palace in Yemen. (Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Moving along to Yemen’s highlands, this soil is good for agriculture. From the World Wildlife Foundation:
A tradition of high-mountain agriculture spanning two thousand years has produced a spectacular terraced landscape on the steep mountain slopes. However, this has eliminated much of the forest and woodland cover and only scattered patches of woodland now survive.
Crops grow on steep hillside terraces in Djebel Sabir after the arrival of rain. | Location: Djebel Sabir, Yemen. (Photo by COLLART Hervé/Sygma via Getty Images)
And now for the grand finale of this post, since I really have no idea what else I can say about the ground, an adventure around Yemen’s highlands. Get an up close look at the soil.
Thula, one of the places visited in this video, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List. Not just a building or two, but THE ENTIRE TOWN.
An off the road adventure in the northern Yemenite highlands of Kuhlan, a little known area with surprising people and landscape. Then the city of Thula: centuries old bricks , onix windows and a water reservoir where young kids dive.