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Terra preta found in Asia


Date: 04/06/2012


Indigenous people of the Amazon produced rich agricultural soil by adding charcoal, manure, and animal bones to the otherwise nutrient-poor dirt of the world's greatest rainforest. The inputs allowed early indigenous people to farm their terra preta, or dark earth, sustainably in the Amazon. To date such practices are only known from the Amazon and parts of Africa. Mongabay reports in a recent paper in the open access journal Forests scientists in Indonesian Borneo documents the first evidence of terra preta in Asia. (Mongabay, 14/5/2012)

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