Residential Rainfed Cropland Anthromes near Normandy, France
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Rainfed croplands with substantial human populations

The residential rainfed croplands anthrome consists of areas where crops are grown primarily using rainwater (cropland ≥20%; irrigation < 20%) in coexistence with residential areas (10≤ population per square kilometer < 100). This anthrome is characterized by the dominance of human-made surfaces such as buildings, roads, and irrigation canals, intermixed with agricultural fields. Residential rainfed croplands produce the highest percentage of food calories of all anthrome classes. Residential rainfed croplands have the largest land area within the cropland anthrome class and the sixth largest land area percentage globally. This anthrome class also has the largest population percentage of the cropland class and the sixth largest population percentage globally. Residential rainfed croplands rank ninth and seventh out of the twenty anthrome classes for percentage of protected area and key biodiversity areas, respectively. This anthrome stores the fifth largest percentage of carbon compared to the other anthrome classes and the most within the cropland level.

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Residential Rainfed Cropland Anthromes near Normandy, France (Le Mont Criquet, 14590 Ouilly-du-Houley, France) © JH.Bernard. Permission granted.