Organic matter of sediments of South Chukotka

Boris Aparin, Alexander Grabovsky, Elena Sukhacheva, Elena Mingareeva, Svetlana Janson, Evgeny Shevchuk, Vitaly Terleev, Aleksandr Nikonorov, Luka Akimov

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The article discusses data on paleosol, mineralogy, and paleobotany obtained as a result of studying material collected from the Maastricht-Early Paleocene sediments of the Tanyurer Formation of South Chukotka. The burial of organic matter in the sedimentary rock of the Tanyurer Formation is associated with deflationary processes during the period of activation of volcanic activity. On the drained volcanic plateau of soil formation, a sod humus-accumulative process prevailed under the steppe vegetation. Humic substance dispersed in sedimentary rock was represented by a group of humins resistant to microbial decomposition. As a result of exposure to high pressures and temperatures, the colloidal form of humus was transformed into kerogen. Organic compounds (cellulose, lignin) in the plant tissue of buried tree trunks were replaced by silicon compounds. Weathering processes have affected the thin surface layer of dense sedimentary rock. Under the influence of the temperature and humidity gradient, loosening of loose rock and disintegration of clots of colloidal forms of humus occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2020
Event2019 Key Trends in Transportation Innovation, KTTI 2019 - Khabarovsk
Duration: 24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019


Conference2019 Key Trends in Transportation Innovation, KTTI 2019
CountryRussian Federation

Scopus subject areas

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

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