Mound 4

Cathedral shaped mound located in Burkina Faso.

Shape Classes

  • Cathedral

Location

GPS
11° 20' N, 3° 54' 60" W
Elevation
300m
Conditions
Savannah
Köppen Class
Aw

Climate

50C°

Warmest Month:37.9C°

Mean Temperature:27.8C°

Coldest Month:16.7C°

0C°

On average, 960mm of rain fall here each year, with 622mm (or 64.79%) of that falling during this locations' wettest quarter.

Local Soil

The local soil is primarily lixisol.
LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
1372836
ISRIC – World Soil Information, 2013. Soil property maps of Africa at 1 km. Available for download at www.isric.org.

Mound Soil

The clay was found to be an inactive kaolinite.
LocationSand [%]Silt [%]Clay [%]
1464410
Shepard, F.P., 1954, Nomenclature based on sand-silt-clay ratios: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 24, p. 151-158.

Additional Notes

Note that the soil textures of the local and mound soil are non-comparable, as they use different soil classification systems.

Sources

Millogo, Y., Hajjaji, M., and Morel, J. C. (2011). "Physical properties, microstructure and mineralogy of termite mound material considered as construction materials." Applied Clay Science, 52(1-2), 160-164.

ISRIC – World Soil Information, 2013. Soil property maps of Africa at 1 km. Available for download at www.isric.org.

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: Millogo, Y., Hajjaji, M., and Morel, J. C. (2011). "Physical properties, microstructure and mineralogy of termite mound material considered as construction materials." Applied Clay Science, 52(1-2), 160-164.