Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 459–467 | Cite as

Soils of the northern part of the Subpolar Urals: Morphology, physicochemical properties, and carbon and nitrogen pools

  • A. A. DymovEmail author
  • E. V. Zhangurov
  • V. V. Startsev
Genesis and Geography of Soils


The morphology and physicochemical properties of mountain-tundra and mountain-forest soils of the Subpolar Urals are analyzed. Gleyic humus-illuvial podburs, in combination with humus-illuvial podburs and raw-humus gleyzems, predominate in the mountain-tundra zone; permafrost-affected gleyzems and peat gleyzems with a shallow (30–50 cm) permafrost table are developed on colluvial fans at the foots-lopes. Iron-illuvial podzols, iron-illuvial svetlozems, eluviated burozems, texture-differentiated podzolic soils with a microprofile of a podzol, and gleyed peat-podzolic soils occur in the mountain-forest zone. The organic carbon and nitrogen pools in the soils considerably vary depending on the soil type and local landscape conditions. The organic carbon pool stored in the upper 50 cm of the soil profile varies from 7.7 to 39.3 kg/m2 in the mountain-tundra soils and from 6.5 to 11.8 kg/m2 in the mountain-forest soils. The corresponding values for the nitrogen pool are 0.4–2.4 and 0.4–0.8 kg/m2, respectively.


northernmost taiga Yugyd Va National Park carbon and nitrogen pools in soils 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Dymov
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. V. Zhangurov
    • 1
  • V. V. Startsev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biology, Komi Science Center, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesSyktyvkar, Komi RepublicRussia

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