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Notes on the Geography of Pakistan: Rural Punjab

The Punjab is the irrigated heart of Pakistan, and some day this website should take a closer look at this land of one-time jungle and of British irrigation colonies. 

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The British made the Punjab--that is, they built the canals that made it a granary.  Here, part of the Chenab system.

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There's plenty of life left in this old irrigation department's inspection bungalows.

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Nearby, two teens harvest mixed and irrigated grains.

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A "pucca nucca," or well-built channel divider. A little mud and the circular plug can be moved from one side to the other. Will the farmers take turns, as they are supposed to? It seems that Pakistani farmers are more disciplined than those to the east, perhaps because farmers know that a man who feels dishonored is likely to take lethal corrective action.

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Not that the systems work perfectly. Excess irrigation has brought the water-table to the surface here. The water evaporates and leaves a salt crust, white as snow.


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