Edited by William Woods, Wenceslau Teixeira, Johannes Lehmann, Christoph Steiner, Antoinette WinklerPrins, and Lilian Rebellato. Springer Science, Berlin, Germany. 2009. 502 pp. Hardcover, $279. ISBN: 9781402090301, e-ISBN: 9781402090318.

Amazonian Dark Earths (ADE), also called terra preta, are black, carbon-rich, anthropogenic soils with chemical and physical characteristics strikingly different from the Oxisols and Ultisols that surround them in the Amazon region. They have attracted global scientific attention in recent decades as their age, history, and capacities for sustainable crop production and long-term carbon storage have become better understood. Reinventing terra preta technology has the potential to increase terrestrial carbon sequestration...

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