Holocene erosion and deposition within a small catchment of the northeastern Borisoglebsk Upland (Central European Russia)

V. R. Belyaev, E. V. Garankina, I. G. Shorkunov, E. A. Konstantinov, A. V. Rusakov, Yu V. Shishkina, P. V. Andreev, T. A. Verlova

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During the Holocene, interfluvial landscapes of European plains have experienced alternating periods of relative stability and significant shifts in climate, soil and geomorphological development. Assumed to be an arena of major transformation their evolutionary model is not entirely resolved yet. Based on lithostratigraphic, geomorphologic and soil survey, new results on the Holocene dynamics of fluvial and related processes including landscape stabilization phases for one of the gully catchments draining the Borisoglebsk Upland northeastern slope towards the Nero Lake are presented. Common absence of the early Holocene deposits can be explained by generally negative sediment budget of the catchment. Nevertheless, continuous erosion was not likely whether rare climatic extremes probably were the case. A series of middle Holocene dates obtained by analyzing total organic carbon from organic-accumulative layers of buried soils, lake gyttja and peats highlights strong evidence of the synchronous phase of landscape stabilization in both upper and lower parts of the Puzhbol catchment accompanied by active infilling of small erosion cuts in its middle part. The upper part of the Puzhbol Gully fan sediment shows clear evidence of synchronous accumulation of agrogenic colluvium and gully alluvium since XIIth Century on top of the lake terrace deposits.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012002
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Feb 2020
Event5th International Conference on Ecosystem dynamics in the Holocene - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 11 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


  • Budget control
  • Deposits
  • Dynamics
  • Ecosystems
  • Erosion
  • Lakes
  • Landforms
  • Organic carbon
  • runoff
  • Soil surveys
  • soils


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