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By William I. Woods, Bruno Glaser (auth.), Dr. Bruno Glaser, Professor William I. Woods (eds.)

The regenerative traits pointed out in prehistoric, anthropogenic Amazonian darkish earths recommend that notoriously infertile tropical soils should be significantly superior. Soil enhancement practices by means of historic Amerindians allowed them to domesticate the land intensively, with no need to continually transparent new fields from wooded area. As expanding populations position ever larger strain on tropical forests, this legacy of wealthy, 'living' soils warrants additional learn within the look for high-yield, land-intensive, but sustainable kinds of administration. The overseas staff of individuals to this quantity presents a number of stances centering on points of the beginning, distribution, variability, patience, and use of Amazonian darkish earths.

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2. Within each setting, the margin of the central channel of the Negro River and all corresponding tributaries were researched to gather data from diverse physiographic zones. Fig. 2. Lower Rio Negro, with sites of intensive sampling A Geographical Method for Anthrosol Characterization in Amazonia 37 The three settings include: (1) "Novo Airäo:' a 10-mile stretch of the Rio Negro between the municipal center of Novo Airäo and the Igarape da Sobrado (a medium-sized tributary); (2) "Rio Jau:' a 10-mile stretch of the Rio Negro encompassing the mouth of the Jau River; and (3) "Boca do Rio Branco:' a 10-mile stretch opposite the mouth of the Branco River.

Despite their frequency, ABEs arenot shown on existing Amazonian soil maps because of the limited area that each comprises (Silva et al. 1970). The A horizon, which corresponds to the ABE layer, extends 40-60 cm deep on average, but in certain cases it can reach up to 2m. lt contains human occupation remains (ceramic fragments, lithic artifacts, and charcoal) through all of its thickness (Hartt 1885). Generally, ABEs are located on non-floodable ground (terra firm e). The soils are well drained, often near rivers, creeks, or lakes, and almost always in a topographic position that permits a good view of the area as a whole.

Mario Sitio Mulata Gumercindo Nonato Heck-S Cap. 30 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 42 L. A. 2. Downward migration of total phosphorus as a function of texture and tillage Horizon Mean, Mean, Mean, Mean, H1 H2 H3 H4 Mean percentage of P in Hx: ( 1) As a function of texture Sandy soils Clay soils (2) As a function of use Max. tillage Min. 5 0 impacts result from soil tillage. These use histories and distribution patterns were utilized to extrapolate vertical P distributions on those sites for which samples from the site center were only taken from the epipedon.

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