Mound 13

Cathedral shaped mounds located in the Ivory Coast.

Height: ~2m

Species

  • Macrotermes bellicosus

Shape Classes

  • Cathedral

Location

GPS
6° 13' N, 5° 1' 60" W
Elevation
50m
Conditions
Coconut Plantation
Köppen Class
Aw

Climate

50C°

Warmest Month:34.1C°

Mean Temperature:26.9C°

Coldest Month:21C°

0C°

On average, 1200mm of rain fall here each year, with 520mm (or 43.33%) of that falling during this locations' wettest quarter.

Local Soil

The local soil is typic tropaquept, which is primarily composed of kaolinite and smectite. (Abe 2007)
LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
1791110

Sources

Jouquet, P., Tessier, D., and Lepage, M. (2004). "The soil structural stability of termite nests: role of clays in Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) mound soils." European journal of soil biology., 40(1), 23-29.

Abe, S. S., Masunaga, T., Yamamoto, S., Honna, T., and Wakatsuki, T. (2006). "Comprehensive assessment of the clay mineralogical composition of lowland soils in West Africa." Soil Science & Plant Nutrition, 52(4), 479-488.

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: Photo Credit: Pascal Jouquet http://photos.afes.fr/picture.php?/329