(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Krotovinas — soil archives of steppe landscape history

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PIETSCH D. (1) ;
(1) Chair of Physical Geography and Soil Science, Research Area Geography, Univ., Tübingen, ALLEMAGNE


Krotovinas, the burrows of small mammals, are common phenomena in steppe landscapes, and for a long time they have been a major point of discussions about the genesis of Holocene Chernozems. Using the example of the Upper Palaeolithic excavations Kostiënki and Borshchevo in the Middle Russian Steppe an integrative soil scientific approach highlights the importance of burrowing small mammals and of krotovina fillings resulting from both bioturbation and soil erosion in the Late Pleistocene. Based on field and laboratory data of sediments inside and outside krotovinas and 14C dating results from 2 sections, this systematic approach demonstrates the high value of the burrow fillings : Krotovinas are valuable archives if stratigraphical ambiguities are to be solved


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 104 [pp. 257-264]

Bibliographic references : 35 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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