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Author Sillitoe, Paul, 1949-

Title A Place Against Time : Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (465 pages)
Series Studies in Environmental Anthropology
Studies in environmental anthropology.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of maps; List of figures; List of tables; List of plates; Preface; Section I INTRODUCTION; Chapter 1 Environmental ethnoscience: land use, soils and society; Chapter 2 Rotating land not crops: shifting cultivation and sweet potato; Section II THE CLIMATE FACTOR; Chapter 3 Ethnometeorology: the climate; Chapter 4 Coping with climatic variations: the spectre of famine; Section III THE LAND RESOURCES FACTOR; Chapter 5 Ethnogeoscience: topography and geology; Chapter 6 Living with land loss: the costs of erosion
APPENDIX Glossary of Wola environmental termsREFERENCES; INDEX
Section IV THE BIOTIC FACTORChapter 7 Ethnobotany: the plants and vegetation communities; Chapter 8 Contending with forest and fallow: demons to regrowth; Chapter 9 Into the soil: nutrient cycling and decomposition; Section V THE SOIL; Chapter 10 Ethnopedology: the soils; Chapter 11 Keeping up with soil status: the implications of variability; Chapter 12 Out of the soil: fertility under cultivation; Section VI CONCLUSION; Chapter 13 Mounds of soil: grounds for sound land resource management; Chapter 14 Racing with time: degradation or conservation?
Summary 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-pedolog
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Subject Agricultural ecology -- Papua New Guinea.
Agricultural systems -- Environmental aspects -- Papua New Guinea.
Soils -- Papua New Guinea.
Traditional farming -- Papua New Guinea.
Wola (Papua New Guinean people) -- Agriculture.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1134377460 (electronic bk.)
9781134377466 (electronic bk.)