Skip to main content
Log in

Pedogeochemical indication of sustainable land use at the Privolzhskaya irrigation system (Saratov Region)

  • Systematic Study of Arid Territories
  • Published:
Arid Ecosystems Aims and scope Submit manuscript


Soil cover and landscape-geochemical features of the Privolzhskaya irrigation system (Saratov Volga) are described. The sustainable functioning of this irrigation system in the conditions of the absence of artificial drainage is noted that is explained as a result of the specifics of geomorphologic structure of the area within the ancient flood plain and deltaic landscapes of former Volga river and its tributaries. A number of assumptions are made about the role of paleo features of local landscapes in the redistribution of ground and infiltrated flow from irrigated lands. In particular, the assumption that ancient bottoms of estuaries and lagoons, composed of marine clays and overlapped with latest loamy deposits are acting as natural intermediate reservoirs of drainage waters. The phenomenon of “red spot” on multispectral (3–5–7 channels) Landsat images is described, presumably associated with the additional soil moistening in the zone of lateral subsurface migration of infiltrated irrigation water.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others


  • Grozdova, O.I. and Savel’ev, A.F., Kompleksnyi tekhnicheskii proekt II ocheredi stroitel’stva privolzhskoi orositel’noi sistemy v Saratovskoi oblasti (Complex Technical Project of the Second Phase of Construction of the Privolzhskaya Irrigation System in Saratov Oblast), Moscow, 1974, vol. 1, book 5.

  • Kust, G.S., Opustynivanie: printsipy ekologo-geneticheskoi otsenki i kartografirovaniya (Desertification: The Principles of Ecological and Genetic Assessment and Mapping), Moscow: Mosk. Gos. Univ., 1999.

    Google Scholar 

  • Kust, G.S., Rozov, S.Yu., Kutuzova, N.D., Bolysheva, T.N., Stoma, G.V., Makarov, I.B., Tseits, M.A., Devin, B.A., Andreeva, O.V., and Marchuk, E.V., Soil and Ecological Characteristics of Growing Soybeans in Chernozem Soils of Krasnodar Krai, Dokl. Ekol. Pochvoved., 2008, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 1–527.

    Google Scholar 

  • Mamin, V.F. and Ostremskii, M.R., Reclamation of Estuaries Formed on Khvalynsk Chocolate Clays, in Oroshenie i melioratsiya pochv v Povolzh’e (Irrigation and Reclamation of Soils in the Volga Region), Shirokov, B.G., Ed., Volgograd. 1982, pp. 56–74.

  • Oroshaemye chernozemy (Irrigated Chernozem Soils), Rozanov, B.G., Ed., Moscow: Izd. MGU., 1989.

    Google Scholar 

  • Soil Survey Division Staff. Soil Survey Manual, Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Handbook 18, 1993, Available on-line

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to G. S. Kust.

Additional information

Original Russian Text © G.S. Kust, S.Yu. Rozov, G.V. Stoma, P.V. Andreev, 2011, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 2(47), pp. 5–17.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Kust, G.S., Rozov, S.Y., Stoma, G.V. et al. Pedogeochemical indication of sustainable land use at the Privolzhskaya irrigation system (Saratov Region). Arid Ecosyst 1, 74–82 (2011).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: