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Arctic soil development in proglacial zones and on marine terraces in Central Spitsbergen

The project will focus on the development of soil properties in Arctic regions. Previous research showed that this development goes much faster than is expected, according to the temperature in those regions. Two students from Wageningen University will perform field work on Svalbard for their master theses on this subject. One student focuses on

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2014-08-01

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2014-08-30

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  • cryosphere / frozen ground / periglacial processes
  • cryosphere / frozen ground / talik
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The project will focus on the development of soil properties in Arctic regions. Previous research showed that this development goes much faster than is expected, according to the temperature in those regions. Two students from Wageningen University will perform field work on Svalbard for their master theses on this subject. One student focuses on the processes behind the soil development. The other student focuses on the modelling of these processes in space and time. The two areas of interest are areas with retreating glaciers and marine terraces. Both areas contain developing soils, only with a different time-scale. The maximum age of the soils in the proglacial areas is 100 years. The marine terraces soils reach up to 5000 years. The fieldwork involves the description of the currently occurring soils according to standard procedures. Furthermore sediment samples will be taken to measure textural properties and accurately date the age of the sediment in the Netherlands Centre for Luminescence dating back in Wageningen.

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