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Costa Rican Ecosystems$
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Maarten Kappelle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226121505

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.001.0001

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Soils of Costa Rica: An Agroecological Approach

Soils of Costa Rica: An Agroecological Approach

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(p.64) Chapter 4 Soils of Costa Rica: An Agroecological Approach
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Costa Rican Ecosystems
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Alfredo Alvarado

Rafael Mata

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.003.0004

The variability of the soils of Costa Rica is almost as large as the number of different agroecosystems developed to match with the varied ecological niches. This chapter presents an analysis of each of these soil types, as well as the relationships that plants, animals, and human activity have with Costa Rican soil. The chapter first provides a history of national and international study of Costa Rican soil, and then continues to summarize the types of areas occupied by each major soil type. This discussion includes the mineralogical, physical, and nutritional characteristics and geographical distribution of each type of soil, as well as its relation to humans, such as the crops that planted in it and the practices that could be applied to best use it to its productive potential. The chapter further documents the effects of the mutual environmental relationships between soils and the many different types of organisms that live in and around them, which naturally leave imprints in soil formation, nutrient recycling, and environmental biodegradation of organic residues.

Keywords:   Costa Rica, soil, erosion, nutrient availability, agroecosystems, soil science, agriculture

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