Understanding terra preta: broader environmental implications of anthrosol use

  • Title: Understanding terra preta: broader environmental implications of anthrosol use
    Author: Hendrickson, Halle
    Year: 2015
    Faculty Advisor: Gililand, Krista
    Keyword(s): terra preta, biochar technology, carbon sequestrian
    Description: Recent archaeological discoveries in the Amazon region are altering common perceptions on pre-Columbian indigenous populations as well as our understanding of Amazonian ecology. The presence of terra preta soil scattered throughout the Amazon Basin carries major implications – both for pre-Columbian indigenous populations of the region and for modern-day agricultural practices in the tropics. In a rapidly changing physical world, with the effects of deforestation and increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, the potential of anthropogenic soils and biochar are incredibly valuable.
    Notes: Presented on December 3, 2015 at the environmental archaeology student poster session (ANTH 411) at MacEwan University Library in Edmonton, Alberta.
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Type of Item: Undergraduate Presentations
    Language: English

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