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Eye-witness accounts and plowing farmlands

September 2001 (approx.)

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Top photo: Discussing our project with the local residents and interviewing eye-witnesses was an important part of our work.

Bottom photo: It is necessary to document sedimentary deposits as soon after the tsunami as possible, for the need to rebuild communities and reestablish agricultural areas will often destroy valuable data. Many inundated farmlands had already been plowed before the survey team arrived and others were plowed during or soon after the survey collected data.