Wednesday 18 January 2012

Kites found in Iraq

Today in a new section of high resolution imagery in Google Earth, we found the first kites recorded in Iraq (to our knowledge).
Distribution of newly found Kites in north-west Iraq - the border with Syria is left of picture. Click to enlarge.
These kites are very similar in design to those found not far away in the limestone steppe of Syria, and continue a distribution along the edge of a ridge. They are very difficult to distinguish in the landscape due to the colour of soil and their deteriorated state (most have no tails surviving). Of particular note is the prominance of the 'hides' surrounding the heads.
Head of Kite found in north-west Iraq. Click to enlarge.
Head of Kite in north-east Syria. Click to enlarge.

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