A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands
A Place Against Time is an ethnographically focused environmental study of Montane, New Guinea, where people were among the world's first to cultivate crops some ten millennia ago, and where today an enduring agricultural condition continues. It arranges its account of climate, vegetation topography and geology according to their relationship with the soils of the region occupied by Wola speakers in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, in the Western Pacific. This book breaks new intellectual ground as an ethno-environmental investigation with a soils perspective, ethno-pedology being a little researched topic to date.
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THE CLIMATE FACTOR
the spectre of famine
THE LAND RESOURCES FACTOR
the costs of erosion
THE BIOTIC FACTOR
demons to regrowth
nutrient cycling and decomposition
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abandoned agricultural altitude areas assessment biomass Bleeker cane grass carbon casuarina cations Chapter classes classification clay compost comprise considerable crop cultivars cycle decline demon earth oven ebenjip environment environmental erosion evidence factors feature gaimb gardens gley soils grassland growth Guinea highlands horizon Horwar howma hundbiy increase iyba land leaching levels limestone litter locations mineral moray nais mounds nitrogen notably nutrients occur organic matter content pandans Papua New Guinea parent material particularly phosphate phosphorus pigs plants pombray potassium production rain rainfall range rates reduce regime regrowth relatively ritual rock roots secondary semgenk shifting cultivation Sillitoe slope social soil fertility soil loss soil resources sometimes structure subsoil suggests surface sweet potato taro temperatures tephra throughfall tion topsoil trees tropical tuber tuber yield valley variation vary vegetational communities volcanic ash weather weeds Wola region