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Amazonian Dark Earths: Explorations in Space and Time [Hardcover]

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The regenerative qualities identified in prehistoric, anthropogenic Amazonian dark earths suggest that notoriously infertile tropical soils can be greatly improved. Soil enhancement practices by ancient Amerindians allowed them to intensively cultivate the land, without needing to continually clear new fields from forest. As increasing populations place ever greater pressure on tropical forests, this legacy of rich, "living" soils warrants further study in the search for high-yield, land intensive, yet sustainable forms of management. This volume's international group of contributors provides a variety of stances centering on aspects of the origin, distribution, variability, persistence, and use of Amazonian dark earths.

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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 24, 2004
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540007547  
ISBN13  9783540007548  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Bruno Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography at the University of Bayreuth. For over seven years he has been conducting Amazonian dark earth research from a soil science perspective including soil fertility, sustainability, and archaeology aspects.

Dr. William Woods is Professor in the Department of Geography and Director of the Archaeology Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For over thirty years he has been conducting prehistoric and historic settlement-subsistence research in the eastern United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Bruno Glaser has an academic affiliation as follows - Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.

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this siteian dark earths are a type of soil that has long been known in the this site but whose origins have been disputed for many years. Over the last 10-15 years there has been a consensus that these are anthropogenic soils created by agricultural and social methods of old indian cultures in the this site.

This book is a compilation of significant academic articles on this siteian dark earths. The most active academics in dark earth study are represented, as well as a good array for sites are studies, from the Tapajós, Negro, Solimoes, and Napo river basins. Also studies are done on the composition of these soils and their anti fungicidal and fertile properties. The most interesting feature of these soils is their continued extraordinary fertility even many centuries after they were formed.

Dark earths are an interesting phenomenon that may hold the key to productive agriculture in the this site basin, as opposed to common slash and burn techniques that are so devastating to the region.

This book is not a lively account of dark earths, but a scholarly text. For someone interested in dark earths from a less technical background, I recommend "1491" by Charles Mann, in which there is a significant portion on dark earths. This book is for those seeking a deeper knowledge of the subject.

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