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mound,

prehistoric earthwork erected as a memorial or landmark over a burial place, a defensive embankment, or a site for ceremonial or religious rites or other functions. Such structures are found in many parts of the world, but the name is applied in particular to those of North America, ascribed to a people known as Mound BuildersMound Builders,
in North American archaeology, name given to those people who built mounds in a large area from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mts.
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. Sometimes the term is also applied to heaps of community refuse, as in shell moundshell mound,
in archaeology, a mound consisting largely of the shells of edible mollusks. It is a kind of kitchen midden found in various parts of the world.
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mound

[mau̇nd]
(geology)
A low, isolated, rounded natural hill, usually of earth. Also known as tuft.
A structure built by fossil colonial organisms.

mound

1. a small natural hill
2. Archaeol another word for barrow
3. an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc., as used for defence
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1) for signs of above-ground activity indicated by mounding (Andersen 1988; Jones et al.
The least values of SOC, N, P, K, Ca and Mg contents recorded for compacted furrows was attributable to removal of organic matter from surface soil during mounding or ridging which left less fertile subsoil on the surface in addition to erosion and leaching.
Experimental studies that excluded gophers from prairies provide additional evidence for these shifts in community structure: forbs typically become less common in the absence of mounding (Laycock and Richardson, 1975; Williams and Cameron, 1986).
Low-growing, mounding perennials are dear to the heart of just about any gardener.