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Belgorod State University - The late Pleistocene and Holocene soils in the Parana - Plata river basin as objects of paleo-ecological and paleo-climatic reconstructions

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Date of filling in 15.03.2007
Organization name Belgorod State University
Organization adress ul. Pobedy 85, 308015, Belgorod, RF
Department/Unit Geologic-geographical Faculty, Chair of nature management and earth cadastre
Contact person Chendev Yuriy, DSc, Professor
Phone +7-4722-301177
Fax +7-4722-301174
E-Mail Chendev@bsu.edu.ru;
Web-site http://www.bsu.edu.ru
Organization type
  • Research
  • Education
Special Programme
Environment (including climate change) (ENV)
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Topic number The late Pleistocene and Holocene soils in the Parana - Plata river basin as objects of paleo-ecological and paleo-climatic reconstructions
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Expertise offered In a number of methods for study of the geographic ambience evolution the method of soil chronosequences has an important significance. The method is consisted of combined study of unequal-age paleo-soils and their modern natural analogs. Comparison of properties of the modern (full - holocene) soils with ancient soils makes it possible to establish of bioclimatic situations and other factors of natural environment evolution. The greater quantity of unequal-age soils is studied in the concrete territory, the more complete information about changes in time of climate, soils, vegetation and other components of natural landscapes becomes. Problems to be solved: The essence of proposal project consists in development and a comparative study in the Parana-Plata river basin of modern soils and series of soils, "switched off" from the soil formation process in different times during the period between late Pleistocene - early Holocene and XVII-XVIII centuries. The objects, by which it can be to reveal the paleo-soils, are following: depressions of natural erosion net (above-floodplain terraces, flood lands of rivers and bottom of beams), loess geological baring, territory with eolian relief (sandy dunes, etc.), high earthen ejections of the digging animals, archaeological monuments of different historical epochs. Good safety have holocene paleo-soils, buried under the earthen mounds of heavy granulometric composition with thickness of more than 1,5 meter. In the Europe such soils were studied by the author of the project claim under artificial earthen mounds (barrows and shafts of ancient fortifications) of the periods of eneolith, bronze and early iron epochs. Besides a field study of soil profiles it will be need to collect soils samples for vary laboratory analyses. The radio carbon analysis of the organic remnants in soils and soil humus is in their turn. For the completeness of made paleo-ecological and paleo-climatic reconstructions by comparative study of modern and unequal-age soils there would be very importantly participation in the project apart of soil scientist (author of the claim) the biologists, which manage the procedures of the palynological and phitolithic analysis of geological deposits.
Expected results:
  1. Creation of the bank of paleo-soil data (unequal-age paleo-soils, the soil indicators of changes in time of the bioclimatic situations in late Pleistocene and Holocene).
  2. Reconstructions of changes in the time of climate, vegetation and soils in the Parana- Plata river basin within different ecosystems of a modern period: forests, steppes, sections with the shallow bedding of ground water (bottom of beams, the flood lands of rivers, the swampy sections).
Scientific keywords Late Pleistocene Holocene buried soils evolution of soils paleoclimate paleo-climatic reconstructions
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