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Assessing natural and cultural influence on soil in remnant tropical woodlands

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Rural Hong Kong contains culturally protected enclaves of remnant woodlands that provide sanctuary for vegetation, wildlife and soil. This study focuses on the influence of natural and cultural factors on soil properties in woodlands with different human activities. At each of the nine selected sites, two pits were dug to collect soil samples for analysis of 24 physical and chemical properties. Analyses of variance between soil attributes and site factors suggest the prominence of woodland size, and important contribution of topography, aspect and parent material. Soil indicators of human impacts and the tenacity of woodland soil towards anthropogenic disturbance were demonstrated.

Keywords: Hong Kong; analysis of variance; human impact; remnant woodland; soil genesis; soil-forming factor

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2004


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