Recent, relic and buried soils in the forefield of Werenskiold Glacier, SW Spitsbergen
Cezary Kabała , Justyna Zapart
AbstractSoils, having a well-developed sequence of A and Bw horizons, are widespread on the uplifted marine terrace 8-12 m a.s.l. in the proximity of Nottinghambukta Bay. The present-day origin of these soils is however questionable, while similarly developed soils, but buried under the cover of the youngest till were found on a forefield of the Werenskiold Glacier. To quantify an intensity of the soil-forming process under present climate conditions of SW Spitsbergen, the chronosequence of soils developed from the Recent, up to 70 year-old moraines, was studied on the forefield of Werenskiold Glacier. Significant dissolution of CaCO3, decrease of pH, leaching of calcium and magnesium, increase of amorphous iron content, as well as an accumulation of organic matter and initial formation of aggregate soil structure were observed within the surface layer of recent till. The 70 year-long period of pedogenesis was, however, too short for a distinct morphological differentiation of the subsurface B horizon. It is concluded, that deep and structural Bw horizons of some surface and buried soils are relicts of a much longer period of relatively warm climate before the last transgression of glaciers.
|Journal series||Polish Polar Research, ISSN 0138-0338, e-ISSN 2081-8262, (A 15 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.85|
|Keywords in English||Arctic; Glacier forefield; Marine terrace; Soil development; Svalbard|
|Publication indicators||= 18; = 18; : 2009 = 0.972; : 2010 = 0.767 (2) - 2013=1.164 (5)|
|Citation count*||25 (2020-07-01)|
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