How was the classification of soil done in ancient india??

Asked by Jaydip | 31st May, 2017, 12:59: PM

Expert Answer:

In ancient India since people did not have scientific knowledge of the chemical properties of soil- the way we know it today, it was not the soil but the lands which were classified into various categories. Lands were divided into various categories based on the fertility of the soil and the nature of the terrain. For example, in ancient Hindu literary texts, lands have been divided into following categories:
  • Urvara Lands (lands with fertile soil)
  • Khila lands (barren lands)
  • Sakravati (lands with sandy soil)
  • Saadvala (lands with grass)
  • Nadimaatraka (lands watered by rivers)
  • Aranya (forest lands with forest soils)
There were other sub categories of lands also depending mainly upon the nature and the fertility of the soil.

Answered by Social Science Expert | 31st May, 2017, 03:23: PM

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