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geophagia

[‚jē·ə′fā·jə]
(zoology)
Soil ingestion by animals.
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Soils with even small amounts of sodium have been repeatedly positively correlated with geophagy in some South and North American vertebrates (Emmons and Stark.
The soil was administered by gavage based on the daily limits considered by the US Environmental Protection Agency [USEPA] (1996), which admits the voluntary ingestion of 10 g of soil in a single geophagy event, considering a human weighing 70 kg.
Geissler PW, Shulman CE, Prince RJ, Mutemi W, Mzani C, Friis H and B Lowe Geophagy, iron status and anaemia among pregnant women on the coast of Kenya.
Geophagy can vary seasonally and geographically, and could serve different purposes for different taxa.
Henry and Kwong, "Why is Geophagy Treated Like Dirt?
Geophagy by large mammals at natural licks in the rain forest of Dzanga National Park, Central African Republic.
Worldwide research has demonstrated the existence and importance of local knowledge systems about soils and mineral materials, not only related to agriculture, including other behavioral realms, such as craftsmanship, fisheries, healing practices, building construction, mining, ritual body painting, salt production, and geophagy, among others.
Mineral Licks, Geophagy, and Biogeochemistry of North American Ungulates.
In a practice known as geophagy, the earth is also ingested directly or mixed with water and drunk.
These costs, while modest, together with the recognition that geophagy is an indicator of physiological stress, provide additional justification for maintaining deer populations in the park at ecologically-sound levels.
berlandieri exhibiting geophagy during direct observations and radiography.