Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 44, Issue 12, pp 1304–1314 | Cite as

Palevye (pale) soils of Central Yakutia: Genetic specificity, properties, and classification

  • R. V. DesyatkinEmail author
  • S. N. Lesovaya
  • M. V. Okoneshnikova
  • T. S. Zaitseva
Genesis and Geography of Soils


Permafrost-affected palevye (pale) soils of Central Yakutia are developed from mantle calcareous deposits of different textures and are characterized by the common mica-chloritic association of clay minerals with a higher content of chlorite in comparison with the soils developed from mantle loams and loess-like loams in the European part of Russia. In the pale soils, the distribution of clay minerals in the profile has an even pattern in the loamy variants and a differentiated pattern typical of podzols in the loamy sandy variants. Data on the chemical extracts and Mössbauer spectroscopy indicate that the iron in the pale soils is mainly fixed in silicate minerals. The content of nonsilicate iron represented by the amorphous and weakly crystallized compounds in the pale soils is relatively low. The humus-accumulative horizon in these soils is close to the gray-humus (soddy) AY horizon according to its acid-base characteristics (the soil pH and the degree of base saturation) despite the presence of exchangeable sodium and the shallow occurrence of the calcareous horizon.


Humus Chlorite EURASIAN Soil Science Clay Fraction Physical Clay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. V. Desyatkin
    • 1
  • S. N. Lesovaya
    • 2
  • M. V. Okoneshnikova
    • 1
  • T. S. Zaitseva
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Biological Problems of the Cryolithozone, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYakutskRussia
  2. 2.Department of Geography and GeoecologySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Precambrian Geology and GeochronologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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