Soil Evolution Under Dry Meadows in a Boreal climate: The Moscow Dry Meadow Experimental Site

  • Elena Yakimenko
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 38)


Dry meadows are known to be a constant but unstable component of the forest landscape. For the most part they appear as a result of human activity in place of woodlands or ploughed lands; more rarely as a result of secondary successions. It is known that grasslands in a boreal climate cannot persist for long without human interference because of natural reforestation. The persistence of a meadow life is determined by land management practices such as haymaking or grazing which prevent forest invasion; abandoned meadows become reforested.


Soil Organic Matter Humus Content Humus Horizon Meadow Soil Land Management Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Yakimenko
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  1. 1.Scientific Centre for GeoecologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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