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UN World Soil Day And The Year of The Pulse Crops

Proba-V captured the Sahara desert located in the Fezzan region to the southwest of Libya in this 300m resolution image.

Soil provides important living space for humans, vegetation and wildlife, as illustrated in our recent blogs on Land Cover Mapping with Proba-V, with the increasing competition between multiple land uses. The soil is a major contributor to the water management (e.g. soil sealing), our climate (carbon sequestration), health (e.g. contamination) as well as in cultural services.

This year, United Nations World Soil Day draws particular attention to the issues affecting soils, and in particular, the major contributions that increase the production of pulse crops by fixing nitrogen levels and boosting soil fertility - a true symbiosis, that links well within UN-FAO's International Year of the Pulses.

This week Proba-V image shows us the inhospitable Sahara desert, where a sprinkling of remote oasis enabled ancient towns and villages to thrive. More recently, the northern and southern borders of Sahara are the scene of significant developmental efforts dedicated to combat desertification and contribute to a land-degradation free world.

Fezzan region, Libya

© ESA-BELSPO 2017, produced by VITO
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