Amazonian Dark Earths: Explorations in Space and Time

  • Bruno Glaser
  • William I. Woods

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. William I. Woods, Bruno Glaser
    Pages 1-8
  3. Dirse Clara Kern, Marcondes Lima da Costa, Francisco Juvenal Lima Frazão
    Pages 19-28
  4. Thomas P. Myers
    Pages 67-94
  5. Maria de Lourdes Pinheiro Ruivo, Ewerton da Silva Cunha, Dirse Clara Kern
    Pages 95-111
  6. Johannes Lehmann, Carla Vabose Campos, Jeferson Luiz Vasconselos de Macêdo, Laura German
    Pages 113-123
  7. Eduardo Goés Neves, James B. Petersen, Robert N. Bartone, Michael J. Heckenberger
    Pages 125-134
  8. Fabiola Andréa Silva, Lilian Rebellato
    Pages 159-167
  9. Christoph Steiner, Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira, Wolfgang Zech
    Pages 183-193
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 213-216

About this book


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 cultivate the land intensively, 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. The international group of contributors to this volume provides a variety of stances centering on aspects of the origin, distribution, variability, persistence, and use of Amazonian dark earths.


Amazonian dark earths Böden Böden, anthropogen Böden, tropische Landwirtschaft Landwirtschaft, nachhaltig Schwarzerden, amazonische development evolution fertility fertility, soil forest lake soil tropical forests

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Glaser
    • 1
  • William I. Woods
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Soil Science and Soil GeographyUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographySouthern Illinois UniversityEdwardsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05640-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05683-7
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