Terra Preta: Amazonian anthropogenic soils

 Photo: Wenceslau Teixeira

'Terra Preta' ('black earth' or 'black soil' in Portuguese) are fertile anthropogenic soils found in the Amazon region. In this section, you will find basic information about these soils, their origins, properties, uses, and their connection with 'biochar'.


What is Terra Preta?

The origin of Terra Preta

How is Terra Preta currently being used?

Terra Preta and the 'domestication of Amazonia' before European conquest

Terra Preta and biochar: are they the same thing?

Legacies of Terra Preta on Amazonian forests 







Photo: Wenceslau Teixeira

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