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Catena?? Help needed

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Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:03 am Unread post
Hi forumites, I am trying to understand what a catena is and what the relevance of it is.

I have looked at this address, http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/co ... adwick.pdf

and read the document there but still am unable to fully understand the catena. Any help of simple explanations would be great.

Thanks. Robm
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Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:19 am Unread post
You might have more luck searching for 'catenary' instead of 'catena'.
I couldn't find anything with a quick Google of 'catenary landscape'


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Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:04 am Unread post
Hi robm

As to the exact meaning of the word I cannot assist. It is used in Kruger to describe the area to the west of Tshokwane to around Orpen gate: "low rolling" landscape, mother rock granite, fairly dry with low-medium carrying capacity

Hope this helps!


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Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:07 am Unread post
Catena in Latin/Italian means chain and that is most probably the meaning in the study.


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Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:07 am Unread post
UKWAZI wrote
I know about a soil cantena... This means the specific sequence in which you will encounter different soil types in a given area. Eg. Gravely soil at the top of a hill, sand a bit lower down, then a seep line (usually indicated by Silver Cluster Leaves and Gwarri Bushes, followed by a brackish flat and then a drainage line.

That is also my understanding of a 'catena'.


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Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:25 am Unread post
Yes - the sequence of soils on a slope - and depending on your level of study as simple as the explanation above, or far more complicated with specific types of soils etc.....! Try googling Gertenbach for detailed descriptions of soil catenas.
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