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Title: Enhancing ethno-pedology: integrated approaches to Kanuri and Shuwa Arab definitions in the Kala–Balge region, northeast Nigeria
Author(s): Adderley, W Paul
Simpson, Ian
Kirscht, Holger
Adam, Mohammed
Spencer, Joel Q
Sanderson, David C W
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Keywords: Nigeria
Lake Chad
Shuwa Arab
Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating
Issue Date: Sep-2004
Citation: Adderley WP, Simpson I, Kirscht H, Adam M, Spencer JQ & Sanderson DCW (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.
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 ethnopedological soil classification can be enhanced by integrating it with scientifically defined soil properties and chronologies. These observations carry major implications for the application of ethnopedology approaches to land management development and the understanding of landscape history.
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