note: xmbotl = smolder/smokey/mo-sky/mosquito
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ref. (Ecology book)The next species
I just read that Amazon rainforest natives traditionally used a unique form of slash & burn farming, cutting small openings first to semi-dry the damp understory, then burned smoldering low fires, resulting in a partially charred ground layer this greatly enriched the impoverished acidic rainforest soil, because it left a layer of organic/fertile Terra Preta = black charcoal soil
this is very different from the usual modern method of slash & burn using chainsaws to remove the high-value trees and much of the canopy then sun dry the soil and then light hot fires to burn off all the vegetation leaving an ASH layer which is mineral-rich but soon washes away leaving sunbaked crusty soil.
I had never heard of the Terra Preta method before, some rainforest farmers do this repeatedly producing soils richer than Kansas topsoil! This is excellent forage/gather/garden management of rainforests, and I wonder if it is practiced elsewhere. I was trained to view all slash & burn (swidden) agriculture negatively, (due to often excessive erosion of topsoil) so I have to revise my views on it.
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Note from the lioness, at Egyptsearch:
Australian Aboriginal words
cf dog gudaga (Mbabaram) vs Yeeli & Eli (cf ari/elo=yellow dog/kelev)
cf fire Kambo
[* The vowels marked with a grave accent are long, those with an acute are short.]