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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750228/radionuclides-and-soil-properties-as-indicators-of-glacier-retreat-in-a-recently-deglaciated-permafrost-environment-of-the-maritime-antarctica
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Ana Navas, Marc Oliva, Jesús Ruiz-Fernández, Leticia Gaspar, Laura Quijano, Iván Lizaga
Many ice-free environments in Maritime Antarctica are undergoing rapid and substantial environmental changes in response to recent climate trends. This is the case of Elephant Point (Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, SSI), where the glacier retreat recorded during the last six decades exposed 17% of this small peninsula, namely a moraine extending from the western to the eastern coastlines and a relatively flat proglacial surface. In the southern margin of the peninsula, a sequence of Holocene raised beaches and several bedrock plateaus are also distributed...
July 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735090/impacts-of-the-2003-and-2015-summer-heatwaves-on-permafrost-affected-rock-walls-in-the-mont-blanc-massif
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L Ravanel, F Magnin, P Deline
Rockfall is one of the main geomorphological processes that affects the evolution and stability of rock-walls. At high elevations, rockfall is largely climate-driven, very probably because of the warming of rock-wall permafrost. So with the ongoing global warming that drives the degradation of permafrost, the related hazards for people and infrastructure could continue to increase. The heatwave of summer 2015, which affected Western Europe from the end of June to August, had a serious impact on the stability of high-altitude rock-walls, including those in the Mont Blanc massif...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704670/cryo-conditioned-rocky-coast-systems-a-case-study-from-wilczekodden-svalbard
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M C Strzelecki, M Kasprzak, M Lim, Z M Swirad, M Jaskólski, Ł Pawłowski, P Modzel
This paper presents the results of an investigation into the processes controlling development of a cryo-conditioned rock coast system in Hornsund, Svalbard. A suite of nested geomorphological and geophysical methods have been applied to characterise the functioning of rock cliffs and shore platforms influenced by lithological control and geomorphic processes driven by polar coast environments. Electrical resistivity tomosgraphy (ERT) surveys have been used to investigate permafrost control on rock coast dynamics and reveal the strong interaction with marine processes in High Arctic coastal settings...
July 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700595/origin-of-mounds-in-the-pantanal-wetlands-an-integrated-approach-between-geomorphology-pedogenesis-ecology-and-soil-micromorphology
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Jairo Calderari de Oliveira Junior, Raphael Moreira Beirigo, Mariane Chiapini, Alexandre Ferreira do Nascimento, Eduardo Guimarães Couto, Pablo Vidal-Torrado
Vegetated mounds are an important geomorphological feature of the Pantanal, where the influence of floods dictates not only hydropedological processes, but also the distribution and ecology of the flora and fauna. This work aimed to identify factors and processes that influence the formation and spatial distribution of the mounds, which are commonly associated with termite activity. In order to characterize pedological processes, macro and micro morphological descriptions, satellite image interpretation, dating of the sandy sedimentary material using OSL and carbon dating using 14C AMS were carried out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683427/impacts-of-climate-warming-on-the-frozen-ground-and-eco-hydrology-in-the-yellow-river-source-region-china
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Yue Qin, Dawen Yang, Bing Gao, Taihua Wang, Jinsong Chen, Yun Chen, Yuhan Wang, Guanheng Zheng
The Yellow River source region is located in the transition region between permafrost and seasonally frozen ground on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The region has experienced severe climate change, especially air temperature increases, in past decades. In this study, we employed a geomorphology-based eco-hydrological model (GBEHM) to assess the impacts of climate change on the frozen ground and eco-hydrological processes in the region. Based on a long-term simulation from 1981 to 2015, we found that the areal mean maximum thickness of seasonally frozen ground ranged from 1...
July 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640340/terrestrial-impact-structures-as-geoheritage-an-assessment-method-of-their-scientific-value-and-its-application-to-brazil
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Joana P Sánchez, José B R Brilha
Terrestrial impact structures are geological and geomorphological features with particular importance to understand the history and evolution of the planet. Impact structures are scattered around the world but in many countries these features are under threat, essentially due to anthropic factors. Impact structures with higher scientific value should be considered as geological heritage and, consequently, be subjected to geoconservation strategies. In order to select the most important impact structures to be properly conserved and managed, this paper proposes a quantitative assessment method of the scientific value of these structures...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628816/are-calanco-landforms-similar-to-river-basins
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N A Caraballo-Arias, V Ferro
In the past badlands have been often considered as ideal field laboratories for studying landscape evolution because of their geometrical similarity to larger fluvial systems. For a given hydrological process, no scientific proof exists that badlands can be considered a model of river basin prototypes. In this paper the measurements carried out on 45 Sicilian calanchi, a type of badlands that appears as a small-scale hydrographic unit, are used to establish their morphological similarity with river systems whose data are available in the literature...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607068/how-temporal-patterns-in-rainfall-determine-the-geomorphology-and-carbon-fluxes-of-tropical-peatlands
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Alexander R Cobb, Alison M Hoyt, Laure Gandois, Jangarun Eri, René Dommain, Kamariah Abu Salim, Fuu Ming Kai, Nur Salihah Haji Su'ut, Charles F Harvey
Tropical peatlands now emit hundreds of megatons of carbon dioxide per year because of human disruption of the feedbacks that link peat accumulation and groundwater hydrology. However, no quantitative theory has existed for how patterns of carbon storage and release accompanying growth and subsidence of tropical peatlands are affected by climate and disturbance. Using comprehensive data from a pristine peatland in Brunei Darussalam, we show how rainfall and groundwater flow determine a shape parameter (the Laplacian of the peat surface elevation) that specifies, under a given rainfall regime, the ultimate, stable morphology, and hence carbon storage, of a tropical peatland within a network of rivers or canals...
June 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595980/significance-of-beach-geomorphology-on-fecal-indicator-bacteria-levels
#9
Allison Donahue, Zhixuan Feng, Elizabeth Kelly, Ad Reniers, Helena M Solo-Gabriele
Large databases of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) measurements are available for coastal waters. With the assistance of satellite imagery, we illustrated the power of assessing data for many sites by evaluating beach features such as geomorphology, distance from rivers and canals, presence of piers and causeways, and degree of urbanization coupled with the enterococci FIB database for the state of Florida. We found that beach geomorphology was the primary characteristic associated with enterococci levels that exceeded regulatory guidelines...
August 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585038/power-analysis-as-a-tool-to-identify-statistically-informative-indicators-for-monitoring-coral-reef-disturbances
#10
Simon Van Wynsberge, Antoine Gilbert, Nicolas Guillemot, Tom Heintz, Laura Tremblay-Boyer
Extensive biological field surveys are costly and time consuming. To optimize sampling and ensure regular monitoring on the long term, identifying informative indicators of anthropogenic disturbances is a priority. In this study, we used 1800 candidate indicators by combining metrics measured from coral, fish, and macro-invertebrate assemblages surveyed from 2006 to 2012 in the vicinity of an ongoing mining project in the Voh-Koné-Pouembout lagoon, New Caledonia. We performed a power analysis to identify a subset of indicators which would best discriminate temporal changes due to a simulated chronic anthropogenic impact...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566740/quaternary-fluvial-terraces-of-the-tiber-valley-geochronologic-and-geometric-constraints-on-the-back-arc-magmatism-related-uplift-in-central-italy
#11
Fabrizio Marra, Fabio Florindo, Carmelo Petronio
Through a geomorphological study relying on statistically assessed classes of hilltop elevations, we reconstruct a suite of paleo-surfaces along the Tiber River Valley north of Rome that we identify as fluvial terraces formed by interplay between global sea-level fluctuations and regional upift. Using biostratigraphic constraints provided by marine through continental deposits of Santernian age, we recognize the oldest terrace in this area, corresponding to an early coastal plain of late Santernian-Emilian age...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554116/riparian-vegetation-in-the-alpine-connectome-terrestrial-aquatic-and-terrestrial-terrestrial-interactions
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Dragos G Zaharescu, Antonio Palanca-Soler, Peter S Hooda, Catalin Tanase, Carmen I Burghelea, Richard N Lester
Alpine regions are under increased attention worldwide for their critical role in early biogeochemical cycles, their high sensitivity to environmental change, and as repositories of natural resources of high quality. Their riparian ecosystems, at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial environments, play important geochemical functions in the watershed and are biodiversity hotspots, despite a harsh climate and topographic setting. With climate change rapidly affecting the alpine biome, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the extent of interactions between riparian surface, lake and catchment environments...
May 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554020/mechanism-of-removal-and-retention-of-heavy-metals-from-the-acid-mine-drainage-to-coastal-wetland-in-the-patagonian-marsh
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Yanina L Idaszkin, Eleonora Carol, Alvarez María Del Pilar
The attenuation of the acid mine drainage is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the mining industry worldwide. Mining waste deposits from an ancient metallurgical extraction of heavy metals were found near to the San Antonio marsh in Patagonia. The aim of this work was to determinate which mechanisms regulate the mobilization and retention of metals by acid drainage. A geological and geomorphological survey was carried out and samples from the mining waste deposits and the marsh were collected to determine soil texture, Eh pH, organic matter, Cu, Pb, Zn and Fe content, and soil mineralogical composition...
May 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552919/methods-for-acquiring-data-on-terrain-geomorphology-course-geometry-and-kinematics-of-competitors-runs-in-alpine-skiing-a-historical-review
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Włodzimierz S Erdmann, Vassilis Giovanis, Piotr Aschenbrenner, Vaios Kiriakis, Andrzej Suchanowski
PURPOSE: This paper aims at the description and comparison of methods of topographic analysis of racing courses at all disciplines of alpine skiing sports for the purposes of obtaining: terrain geomorphology (snowless and with snow), course geometry, and competitors' runs. METHODS: The review presents specific methods and instruments according to the order of their historical appearance as follows: (1) azimuth method with the use of a compass, tape and goniometer instruments; (2) optical method with geodetic theodolite, laser and photocells; (3) triangulation method with the aid of a tape and goniometer; (4) image method with the use of video cameras; (5) differential global positioning system and carrier phase global positioning system methods...
2017: Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535602/quantifying-postglacial-sediment-storage-and-denudation-rates-in-a-small-alpine-catchment-of-the-f%C3%A4-g%C3%A4-ra%C3%A8-mountains-romania
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Adrian C Ardelean, Alexandru Onaca, Petru Urdea, Adriana Sărășan
The study of sediment production, transport, storage and discharge in alpine drainage basins is an essential prerequisite for a better understanding of the postglacial evolution of the alpine landscape. To get an overview on sediment production and alpine landscape evolution in Romania, the current study presents the first alpine sediment storage quantification in the Romanian Carpathians. Postglacial denudation was quantified within the small alpine catchment of the Doamnei Valley (3.62km(2)), located in the central part of the Făgăraș Mountains...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523791/genetic-assessment-of-the-effects-of-streamscape-succession-on-coho-salmon-oncorhynchus-kisutch-colonization-in-recently-deglaciated-streams
#16
K T Scribner, C Soiseth, J McGuire, G K Sage, L Thorsteinson, J L Nielsen, E Knudsen
Measures of genetic diversity within and among populations and historical geomorphological data on stream landscapes were used in model simulations based on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) to examine hypotheses of the relative importance of stream features (geomorphology and age) associated with colonization events and gene flow for coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch breeding in recently deglaciated streams (50-240 years b.p.) in Glacier Bay National Park (GBNP), Alaska. Population estimates of genetic diversity including heterozygosity and allelic richness declined significantly and monotonically from the oldest and largest to youngest and smallest GBNP streams...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505366/bacterioplankton-assemblages-in-coastal-ponds-reflect-the-influence-of-hydrology-and-geomorphological-setting
#17
Megan J Huggett, Christopher R J Kavazos, Rachele Bernasconi, Robert Czarnik, Pierre Horwitz
The factors that shape microbial community assembly in aquatic ecosystems have been widely studied; yet it is still unclear how distinct communities within a connected landscape influence one another. Coastal lakes are recipients of, and thus are connected to, both marine and terrestrial environments. Thus, they may host microbial assemblages that reflect the relative degree of influence by, and connectivity to, either system. In order to address this idea, we interrogated microbial community diversity at 49 sites in seven ponds in two seasons in the Lake MacLeod basin, a system fed by seawater flowing inland through underground karst...
June 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498991/population-differentiation-in-common-walnut-juglans-regia-l-across-major-parts-of-its-native-range-insights-from-molecular-and-morphometric-data
#18
Wladimir Roor, Heino Konrad, Davletbek Mamadjanov, Thomas Geburek
Juglans regia is an economically highly important species for fruit and wood production in the warm temperate and subtropical zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Besides the natural influence of climatic and geomorphological barriers, its genetic structure has been strongly modified by humans and the population history is still unclear. For this reason, we investigated mainly natural walnut populations across the Eurasian continent on a molecular (44 populations, 581 trees) and morphometric level (23 populations, 1391 ripe nuts)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462018/glacial-allopatry-vs-postglacial-parapatry-and-peripatry-the-case-of-hedgehogs
#19
Barbora Černa Bolfíková, Kristýna Eliášová, Miroslava Loudová, Boris Kryštufek, Petros Lymberakis, Attila D Sándor, Pavel Hulva
Although hedgehogs are well-known examples of postglacial recolonisation, the specific processes that shape their population structures have not been examined by detailed sampling and fast-evolving genetic markers in combination with model based clustering methods. This study aims to analyse the impacts of isolation within glacial refugia and of postglacial expansion on the population structure of the Northern White-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus). It also discusses the role of the processes at edges of species distribution in its evolutionary history...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455820/a-review-of-source-tracking-techniques-for-fine-sediment-within-a-catchment
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Zhuo Guan, Xiang-Yu Tang, Jae E Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Zhihong Xu, Taku Nishimura, Brian J Reid
Excessive transport of fine sediment, and its associated pollutants, can cause detrimental impacts in aquatic environments. It is therefore important to perform accurate sediment source apportionment to identify hot spots of soil erosion. Various tracers have been adopted, often in combination, to identify sediment source type and its spatial origin; these include fallout radionuclides, geochemical tracers, mineral magnetic properties and bulk and compound-specific stable isotopes. In this review, the applicability of these techniques to particular settings and their advantages and limitations are reviewed...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
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