anthropic horizon

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The surface horizon of a mineral soil that is produced by very long periods of cultivation and fertilization by humans. It is dark brown in colour, contains at least 1% organic carbon, is relatively deep (more than 50 cm), has a base saturation of more than 50%, and has more than 250 ppm P2O5 soluble in 1% citric acid. The name is from the Greek anthropos meaning ‘human’.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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