Founded in 1898, and located in Belgium, this museum is dedicated to Africa and "plays an active role in the sustainable development of Africa and aspires to be a centre for collaboration and reflection on today's Africa and the challenges it faces." The Natural Sciences Collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is available only in English and is meant to be used as primary material for researchers. The collection is divided up between "Biology" and "Earth Sciences". Visitors will find the "African Geographic Pictures" under the Earth Sciences link to be interesting, as they provide the ability to search the collection or browse by feature or country. It should be noted that the stated master themes of all of the images are "sustainability in agriculture and forestry", "hazardous geomorphic events" and physical and human geography. If in the "African Geographic Pictures" section, visitors search by country and choose Ethiopia, for instance, 598 images will come up, and about one fifth of them are agriculture-related. One particularly compelling photo of the verdant Abyssinian highlands at the end of the farming season shows farm buildings of stone that would look like ancient ruins, were they in disrepair.


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