Monday, July 29, 2013

Botswana's soil


Botswana's soil was collected by Neil Stepanich on December 25th, 2004 at Okavango Delta Chef's Island.

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Life expectancy at birth : 53 ( 51 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,533


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Suriname October 2004


Nick Bosustow collected soil in Paramaribo on October 3rd, 2004.

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Life Expectancy at birth : 71 ( 60 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,708


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Uruguay 2004





Lisbeth Bosshart collected soil at Cerro de Montevideo Hill on December 23rd 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 76 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $13,819

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Afghanistan



The soil for Afghanistan was gathered at the birthplace of Jalalludin Rumi on August 19th, 2004 by Abdullah Akbar.

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Life expectancy at birth : 49 ( 31 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $586

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gross National Happiness

Reva Gupta, Tshoki Choden and Larry Schwartz collected soil from Bhutan in June of 2008.  I sent Reva a soil bottle necklace containing all the soils collected since 2003.  Asking her later if she had any reactions from friends about the necklace, she responded :

"I have gotten lots of comments about the necklace.  Most of all people think it is super cool, a little piece of the entire world.  I was asked once if I felt connected to the rest of the world while wearing the necklace.  People also really like the concept of mixing the soil, although that lead to a criticism as well, where someone noted that the uniqueness of each sample is destroyed when it is mixed---people really talk about it like they talk about immigration and the experience of being an immigrant.  All these cultures brought to one place and so much of the uniqueness of each culture is lost.  I counter that to say that something new is created."

Reva and her colleagues were actually stationed in India at the time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ghana 2004


Scott Crosby collected soil on August 15th, 2004 at Accra.

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Life expectancy at birth : 64 ( 46 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,570

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Scott collecting again


Scott Methvin gathered the soil on August 12th, 2004 at Cruise Port Archeological site.

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Life expectancy at birth : 82 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $21,269

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

bad news for Burkina Faso

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec13/burkinafaso_07-10.html

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Japan's soil collection


Shirley Himes gathered the soil from the 1st Shogun Castle, near Tokyo on August 9th, 2004.

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Life Expectancy:  83 ( 63 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011: $46,407

Friday, July 5, 2013

Iran collection --- not easy!


The Iran collection was completed by Mehdi Zahedi on July 23, 2004.  Gathering the earth was easy----getting it back was not.  Besides the usual USDA soil permits, I was required to apply for a license from the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control to bring the dirt to the U.S.

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Life Expectancy at birth : 73 ( 45 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $6,977






Wednesday, July 3, 2013

troubled Egypt at Tahrir Square


Nehal collecting soil from Tahrir Square on February 26th 2011.  Tahrir Square experienced the protests that lead to Mubarek's exit.   The area today is still troubled-- this time over Morsi.
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Life Expectancy at birth : 73 ( 46 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $2,801