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Loess & Palaeosols

Palaeosols Russia

Researcher: Dr Norm Catto

Alternating windblown loess and palaeosols indicate changes in climate. In southern and central Russia, the successions extend from modern-day chernozems and kastanozems to sediments pre-dating MIS 17. Studies include:

  • analysis of East Asian monsoonal influences on loess deposition and soil development, Altai
  • analysis of Mediterranean climate influence on soil development, Sea of Azov coast
  • analysis of shifts in wind direction from MIS 17 to the present
  • investigation of magnetic susceptibility and its relationship to genetic processes
  • implications for climate and habitat for plants, animals, and humans