Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 641–653 | Cite as

Variation in the acid-base parameters of automorphic loamy soils in the taiga and tundra zones of the Komi Republic

  • E. V. Shamrikova
  • V. G. Kazakov
  • T. A. Sokolova
Soil Chemistry


A database for the main genetic horizons of loamy automorphic soddy-podzolic, typical podzolic, gley-podzolic, and surface-gley tundra soils of the Komi Republic was developed on the basis of the available archive and literature data and unpublished results of the authors. The database included the following parameters: the pHwater and pHKCl, the exchangeable and total acidity, and the degree of SEC saturation. All the parameters were characterized by normal distribution types. The variation coefficients V for the pHwater and pHKCl were <10%. For the exchangeable and total acidities and the degree of SEC saturation, the V values varied among the soils and horizons in the range of 10–50%. The greatest differences in the acid-base properties of all the soils were revealed between the groups of organic horizons, the eluvial horizons, and the B horizon by the cluster analysis. Between the separate subtypes of podzolic soils, the maximum differences were observed in the organic and, to a lesser extent, eluvial horizons; the B horizons of the different soils in the taiga and tundra zones did not significantly differ in these terms. For the entire profiles, the highest similarity was found between the typical podzolic and gley-podzolic soils, which were more similar to the automorphic soils of the tundra zone than to soddy-podzolic soils.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Shamrikova
    • 1
  • V. G. Kazakov
    • 1
  • T. A. Sokolova
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biology, Komi Research Center, Urals DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesSyktyvkarRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of Soil ScienceMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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