AP Human Geography : Major Bioclimatic Zones

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Example Question #51 : Agriculture, Food Production, & Rural Land Use

What is another term for rice fields?

Possible Answers:

Pad cakes

Paddies

Pancakes

Rice cakes

Correct answer:

Paddies

Explanation:

Paddies are another name for rice fields. We can see these especially in various Asian countries, where rice is a staple food and agricultural feature.

Example Question #51 : Agriculture, Food Production, & Rural Land Use

Which of the following agricultural systems, often used in the rainforest climate regime where soil quality is poor, can be sustainable at small scale and long fallow times?

Possible Answers:

slash and burn

commercial

subsistence

nomadic herding

organic

Correct answer:

slash and burn

Explanation:

Slash and burn agriculture is an adaptation to the poor soil quality in rainforest climate regimes and is sustainable at small scales with long fallow times. Slashing and burning vegetation adds nutrients to the soil that can be used to grow food. Long fallow times are necessary to allow vegetation to grow so that it can once again be slashed and burned to recharge the nutrient levels in the soil.

While subsistence agriculture is a good answer, it is not the best answer because subsistence farming does not require long fallow times to be sustainable. Commercial farming is not viable at small scales or with long fallow times because both of these constraints reduce the profit that can be made from a tract of land. Organic agriculture is not a good choice because it does not require long fallow times or small scale to be sustainable. Nomadic herding is a type of agriculture related to keeping livestock. Nomadic herding is not a good answer choice here because it is not well adapted to the poor soil quality found in rainforest climate zones and does not require long fallow times.

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