By William I. Woods (auth.), Johannes Lehmann, Dirse C. Kern, Brund Glaser, William I. Wodos (eds.)
Amazonian darkish Earths will not be just a testomony to the vanished civilizations of the Amazon Basin, yet may supply the reply to how the massive, refined societies have been in a position to maintain extensive agriculture in an atmosphere with in general infertile soils. in the community referred to as Terra Preta de Indio or Indian black earth, those anomalous soils are even this present day fertile and hugely efficient. even though essentially linked to pre-European settlements questions stay no matter if the darkish Earths have been deliberately produced or simply a derivative of habitation actions. This ebook presents a entire overview of our present knowing of those attention-grabbing soils: their starting place, houses, and administration via time. those new and multidisciplinary views via top specialists on Amazonian darkish Earths may perhaps pave the way in which for the following revolution of soil administration within the humid tropics.
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Without rich alluvial soils, long-term agriculture may have been entirely dependent upon Dark Earth (ADE) technology. 3. PRE-EUROPEAN RIVERINE SETTLEMENT AND CULTIVATION The prevailing image of pre-European cultivation in upland Amazonian forests (terra firme) is that of shifting cultivation with periods of short cropping and long fallowing. This is the dominant pattern for both native peoples and settlers today. However, a revisionist model has been suggested, a landscape of semi-permanent fields intermingled with fruit orchards, managed fallows, house gardens, and brief bush fallows, with semi-permanent villages, some numbering thousands of people, surrounded by zones of forest manipulated by hunting and gathering activities (Denevan, 1998; 2001).
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1992). Analyses of soils, pollen, phytoliths, plant remains, ceramics, and C-14 dating indicate nearly continuous human occupation of one site for 800 years; the creation of fertile, brown anthropogenic soils; and intensive agroforestry systems with maize, manioc, and fruit trees. Most large archaeological sites along the main rivers are located where the primary river channels, navigable year round, impinge against the bluffs, not where the channels were in mid-stream and inaccessible from the bluffs.