[PAST EVENT] Dark Earths: Conservation and Development in Amazonia.

October 1, 2012
All day
School of Education, Holly Room
301 Monticello Ave
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
When the Spanish explorer Orellana (1541) sailed down the Amazon from Ecuador he observed large settlements on the bluffs above the river. The population numbers were supported by agriculture on rich dark earths which had, in part, been created by human activity.

European diseases soon reduced the native population numbers but the soils survive and are a rich resource, if conserved and used wisely in modern development.

Antoinette WinklerPrins is an associate professor of geography at Michigan State University and program director of the National Science Foundation's Geography and Spatial Science Program.

Time of this lecture TBA.

[[eastefanik, Beth Stefanik]], Communications Manager, Reves Center for International Studies