Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
SOIL, 2, 221–240, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-221-2016

Special issue: Soil as a record of the past

SOIL, 2, 221–240, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-221-2016
Original research article
07 Jun 2016
Original research article | 07 Jun 2016

Arctic soil development on a series of marine terraces on central Spitsbergen, Svalbard: a combined geochronology, fieldwork and modelling approach

W. Marijn van der Meij et al.

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This study combined fieldwork, geochronology and modelling to get a better understanding of Arctic soil development on a landscape scale. Main processes are aeolian deposition, physical and chemical weathering and silt translocation. Discrepancies between model results and field observations showed that soil and landscape development is not as straightforward as we hypothesized. Interactions between landscape processes and soil processes have resulted in a complex soil pattern in the landscape.