Enhancing ethno-pedology: integrated approaches to Kanuri and Shuwa Arab definitions in the Kala–Balge region, northeast Nigeria

Adderley, P.W., Simpson, I.A., Kirscht, H., Adam, M., Spencer, J.Q. and Sanderson, D. (2004) Enhancing ethno-pedology: integrated approaches to Kanuri and Shuwa Arab definitions in the Kala–Balge region, northeast Nigeria. CATENA, 58(1), pp. 41-64. (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2003.12.003)

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Abstract

Ethno-pedology, the systematic definition and classification of indigenous technical knowledge of soil attributes, has often ignored scientific knowledge of soil properties. This paper considers one ethno-pedological class, cesa–goz soils, managed by Kanuri and Shuwa Arab peoples in the Kala–Balge region, northeast Nigeria. Soil micromorphology demonstrates that these soils have been managed in different ways over extended periods, defined by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. This has resulted in discrete soil types, indicating that ethno-pedological soil classification can be enhanced by integrating it with scientifically defined soil properties and chronologies. These observations carry major implications for the application of ethno-pedology approaches to land management development and the understanding of landscape history.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Ethno-pedology, soil classification, Shuwa Arab, Kanuri Manuring Soil micromorphology Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sanderson, Professor David
Authors: Adderley, P.W., Simpson, I.A., Kirscht, H., Adam, M., Spencer, J.Q., and Sanderson, D.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:CATENA
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0341-8162

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