Mound 21

Dome shaped mounds located in Nigeria.

Height: 1.4m

Species

  • Macrotermes bellicosus

Shape Classes

  • Dome

Location

GPS
9° 39' N, 6° E
Conditions
Savannah Valley
Köppen Class
Aw

Climate

50C°

Warmest Month:38.4C°

Mean Temperature:23C°

Coldest Month:19C°

0C°

On average, 1100mm of rain fall here each year, with 704mm (or 64%) of that falling during this locations' wettest quarter.

Local Soil

The local soil includes Lixic Stagnosols and Lixic Planosols (valley bottom), and Cutanic Lixisols (upland).
LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
Valley Bottom65296
Upland5973

Mound Soil

LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
Valley Bottom603010
Upland661123

Additional Notes

Mounds at the bottom of the valley were found to be less developed and dome-like in structure; upland mounds were well developed and cathedral-like.

Sources

Abe, S. S., Yamamoto, S., and Wakatsuki, T. (2009). "ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Physicochemical and morphological properties of termite (Macrotermes bellicosus) mounds and surrounding pedons on a toposequence of an inland valley in the southern Guinea savanna zone of Nigeria." Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 55(4), 514-522.

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: Abe, S. S., Yamamoto, S., and Wakatsuki, T. (2009). "ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Physicochemical and morphological properties of termite (Macrotermes bellicosus) mounds and surrounding pedons on a toposequence of an inland valley in the southern Guinea savanna zone of Nigeria." Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 55(4), 514-522.