Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 43, Issue 11, pp 1238–1243 | Cite as

Parent materials enriched in organic matter in the northeast of Russia

  • S. V. GubinEmail author
  • A. A. Veremeeva
Genesis and Geography of Soils


The distribution, development, and properties of the sedimentary parent materials in the northeastern sector of the Russian Arctic and Subarctic regions are discussed. Vast areas in this sector are occupied by deposits of the Ice Complex that were formed in the Late Pleistocene and have been preserved in the frozen state up to the present time. The processes of synlithogenic pedogenesis took an active part in the formation of these deposits; owing to them, the sediments are enriched in organic matter. A larger part of this organic matter is represented by fine plant detritus. In the course of the thermokarst processes and partial thawing of these deposits in the Holocene, the organic matter content in the upper part of the Ice Complex has somewhat decreased, and its qualitative composition has changed. The soil profiles developing from these deposits inherit the relict organic matter.


Holocene EURASIAN Soil Science Late Pleistocene Marine Isotopic Stage Tundra Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia

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