Soils of the Serengeti Woodlands, Tanzania

T. Jager

    Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

    Abstract

    Soils were surveyed in the woodlands of the Serengeti National Park in north-west Tanzania. The Serengeti Woodlands have been covered by volcanic deposits that have influenced chemical properties to a large extent. Physical characteristics were studied too in detail. The distribution of woodland and grassland correlated with infiltration rate and depth the moisture front reached after infiltration. A neutron probe was used for the soil moisture study. Especially in grassland areas frequented by large herds of herbivores, effective rainfall was less than half the actual rainfall. Mineralogical studies revealed that the clay fraction of the soils of the Serengeti Woodlands consisted almost entirely of X-ray amorphous material.<p/>
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Bennema, J., Promotor
    Award date8 Jan 1982
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 1982

    Keywords

    • soil science
    • geomorphology
    • landscape
    • geology
    • plants
    • habitats
    • environment
    • animals
    • territory
    • meteorological factors
    • natural history
    • protection
    • nature conservation
    • soil surveys
    • maps
    • tanzania
    • natural landscape
    • earth sciences
    • nature

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    Jager, T. (1982). Soils of the Serengeti Woodlands, Tanzania. Wageningen: Pudoc.