reduce the extent to whichveldt is selectively grazed by confining a relatively large number of animals toa small proportion of the veldt so as to offer them little opportunity toselect.
The first area receiving government research support is theestimation of sustainable production (carrying capacity), which was deemedimportant, as government attempted to enforce restrictions on the numbers oflivestock on freehold properties. Grazing trials (mainly on-station), attemptedto determine sustainable production levels, using a number of ecological andanimal performance indices. Ecological indices that were measured to assesslivestock impact on the rangeland included plant species composition, plantvigour and biomass production. In general, on-station trials did not permit theapplication of extreme treatments that would be appropriate to test theecosystem. Researchers were reluctant to be perceived to be degrading astate-owned resource and trials were frequently terminated within thetime-frames of system run-down. Conclusions for each veldt type vary enormously,but we would like to elaborate on those delivered for the semi -arid grasslandsof the Eastern Cape.
Bradbury won the Pulitzer prize in 2004 for his literary work, like “The Veldt.” The overall theme of Bradbury’s short stories and novels is that the world is undergoing a "too rapid and pervasive technologi...
That's 's "The Veldt" in a nutshell: it's the story of a couple of kids who have an awesome new tech toy—a virtual reality room, like the holodeck on Star Trek. (Be prepared—we're going to talk about Star Trek a bunch.) And these crazy kids use this new technology to get rid of their parents.
But the 1950s in America is about more than TVs; it's about vacuum cleaners and new refrigerators and dishwashers. If you have an afternoon, watch some on YouTube and see how companies marketed new and better stuff to make our lives easier and more convenient. So "The Veldt" isn't just about TV and kids; it's about how we loved to buy handy gadgets without worrying about what they might do to our lives.
Bradbury published "The Veldt" in his short story collection in 1951, and it has been in print ever since. But it first appeared in 1950 in the , which was a very respectable magazine, not like the science fiction pulps. It didn't, for example, have aliens stealing naked Earthwomen, like those other science fiction magazines. It had Norman Rockwell covers about how America was supposed to be. (Just check out the in which Bradbury's story was featured.)
In “The Veldt”, George Hadley is a loving father who buys his kids, Wendy and Peter, all the best new technology, including a nursery where the children’s thoughts are projected onto the walls....
But the thing is, "The Veldt" is not at all about how America was supposed to be. It's about how bad America could be—that is, if we let our gadgets take over our lives. So consider this one a warning to all you parents out there: don't let your kids watch too much TV. They just might try to feed you to virtual lions. And no, we're not joking.
Because new technology can often be scary. It can promise to make your life easier and better, but it might come with hidden costs, too. That's what "The Veldt" is all about: new technology and its hidden costs. And this worry isn't something that we left behind in the '50s; just a couple years ago someone (smart) published an article called . We want to say no because we're major Googlers ourselves, but new technology can change the way you think and even remember info. Our brains don't have to work as hard, because with things like GPS, distances and directions are judged for us. That function is no longer required of our minds.
Just as the parents have depended on the veldt to keep their children entertained, the circle turns vicious when the children basically disown their parents.
We may look at this story and think that Bradbury is worrying over nothing. (TV isn't that bad.) Or we might read "The Veldt" and find it horrifyingly familiar. (What does Google diabolically have planned for us next? Internet in our eyeballs?) Sure, Bradbury's story may be very 1950s in some ways, but it's pretty universal, too. So read it. Just don't go into the nursery.
In this statement that he used from Thomas Hobbes is states, “As in other things, so in men, not the seller but the buyer determines the price.” Furthermore the consumer makes the chose it makes and allows th...
South Africa has a unique combination of natural resources,climatic environments and ethnic groups, making it an interesting andchallenging country. Grasslands are a major component of the natural vegetation,with the biome comprising some 295 233 km2 of the central regions ofthe country, and adjoining and extending into most of the major biomes (forest,savannah, thicket, Nama-karoo) in the region. This interface between grasslandsand other biomes contributes substantially to their floristic and faunaldiversity and to the important role they play in the agricultural economy. Thegrasslands of South Africa are also the home to most of the human population,with the mining and other industrial complexes of Gauteng (formerly theWitwatersrand) being located on the high-veldt grasslands. This proximity tolarge human populations and their associated markets, as well the climaticenvironment, which favours commercial, rainfed agriculture, has had a largeimpact on the native grasslands. Millions of hectares have been ploughed andconverted into dryland cultivation for the production of maize, oilseed, milletand other commercial rainfed crops. Commercial ranching of cattle and sheep forthe markets in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State has placed pressure on thegrasslands, resulting in changes in species composition and productionpotential. However these trends are not ubiquitous, and millions of hectares ofnative grassland still occur.
The Great Escarpment, whichforms the major barrier to moisture reaching the interior, together with thecentral high-veldt, contain most of the high elevation grasslands. The majorurban, mining and agricultural activities take place in the central high-veldt,which lies at 1 600-1 700 m above sea level.