Mound 12

Cathedral shaped mounds located in Ghana.

Height: 3-4m (Site 1), 2-4m (Site 2)

Cone shaped mounds were found in the same area and were significantly more prevalent.

Shape Classes

  • Cathedral

Location

GPS
5° 39' 33" N, 0° 11' 36" E
Elevation
125m
Conditions
Grassland/Coastal Savannah
Köppen Class
Aw

Climate

50C°

Warmest Month:31.6C°

Mean Temperature:28C°

Coldest Month:21.1C°

0C°

On average, 900mm of rain fall here each year, with 450mm (or 50%) of that falling during this locations' wettest quarter.

Local Soil

The local soil was tested in two locations. Upslope there was a sandy loam consisting of Rhodic Acrisol (Site 1); downslope there was a sandy clay loam consisting of Haplic Acrisol (Site 2). All clay was found to be relatively low activity.
LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
1611524
2541035

Mound Soil

LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
152939
248844

Sources

Dowuona, G. N. N. (2012). "Characteristics of termite mounds and associated Acrisols in the coastal savanna zone of Ghana and impact on hydraulic conductivity." Natural Science, 04(07), 423-437.

Hijmans, R.J., S.E. Cameron, J.L. Parra, P.G. Jones and A. Jarvis, 2005. Very high resolution interpolated climate surfaces for global land areas. International Journal of Climatology 25: 1965-1978.

Peel MC, Finlayson BL & McMahon TA (2007), Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1633-1644.

Photo Source: Dowuona, G. N. N. (2012). "Characteristics of termite mounds and associated Acrisols in the coastal savanna zone of Ghana and impact on hydraulic conductivity." Natural Science, 04(07), 423-437.