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Factors Controlling Pre-Columbian and Early Historic Maize Productivity in the American Southwest, Part 2: The Chaco Halo, Mesa Verde, Pajarito Plateau/Bandelier, and Zuni Archaeological Regions

Dates

Year
2011

Citation

Benson, Larry V, 2011, Factors Controlling Pre-Columbian and Early Historic Maize Productivity in the American Southwest, Part 2: The Chaco Halo, Mesa Verde, Pajarito Plateau/Bandelier, and Zuni Archaeological Regions: Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, v. 18, iss. 1, p. 61-109.

Summary

Chemical and nutrient analyses of 471 soil samples from 161 sites within four archaeological regions (Pajarito Plateau/Bandelier, Zuni, Mesa Verde, and the Chaco Halo) were combined with historical climate data in order to evaluate the agricultural productivity of each region. In addition, maize productivity and field-life calculations were performed using organic-nitrogen (N) values from the upper 50 cm of soil in each region and a range (1–3%/year) of N-mineralization rates. The end-member values of this range were assumed representative of dry and wet climate states. With respect to precipitation and heat, the Pajarito Plateau area has excellent agricultural potential; the agricultural potentials of the Zuni and Mesa Verde regions [...]

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Author :
Benson, Larry V

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  • USGS National Research Program

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Added to ScienceBase on Mon Apr 22 12:37:19 MDT 2013 by processing file <b>Former Project Tropical and Arid Regions Climate.xml</b> in item <a href="https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337b">https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337b</a>

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.1007/s10816-010-9083-y

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