Assessing natural and cultural influence on soil in remnant tropical woodlands

Chi Yung JIM, Michael W H CHAN

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Abstract

Rural Hong Kong contains culturally protected enclaves of remnant woodlands that provide sanctuary for vegetation, wildlife and soil. This study focuses on the influence of natural and cultural factors on soil properties in woodlands with different human activities. At each of the nine selected sites, two pits were dug to collect soil samples for analysis of 24 physical and chemical properties. Analyses of variance between soil attributes and site factors suggest the prominence of woodland size, and important contribution of topography, aspect and parent material. Soil indicators of human impacts and the tenacity of woodland soil towards anthropogenic disturbance were demonstrated. Copyright © 2004 Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-18
JournalArea
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

Citation

Jim, C. Y., & Chan, M. W. H. (2004). Assessing natural and cultural influence on soil in remnant tropical woodlands. Area, 36(1), 6-18. doi: 10.1111/j.0004-0894.2004.00209.x

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Soil-forming factor
  • Analysis of variance
  • Remnant woodland
  • Human impact
  • Soil genesis

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