Geomorphology and soils of Apid Island, Inopacan, Leyte, Philippines

Jan Grenz1, Sandra Zukunft2 and Victor B. Asio3


The island of Apid was most probably formed during the Upper Pleistocene as a barrier reef resting on volcanic rock. Two main types of soil can be found there: Rendzic Leptosols in the rocky interior and Arenosols on the sandy beach. Soil sample taken on the island showed low nutrient contents and a very low capacity to store plant-available water. Therefore, conditions for agricultural land-use are not very favorable.

Keywords: Apid Island. Ecological properties. Geomorphology. soils.

Annals of Tropical Research 21:(1999)
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