Loess and Environment

Selected papers published on the occasion of the XII th International Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), Ottawa 1987

Ed.: Márton Pécsi

1987. 144 pages, 56 figures, 10 tables, Catena ISBN 978-3-923381-08-1, US-ISBN 978-1-59326-217-4, 17x24cm, 560 g
Language: English

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There are several recent developments, scientific and practical demands which underline the need for a comprehensive approach to loess research. It should be emphasized that fertile soils formed during the Holocene on loess and other loose materials accumulated under the different Pleistocene environments; 80 per cent of world corn output is harvested from these soils. At the same time,the cultivation of loess regions easily leads to the erosion of the soil and the porous sediment; under technical establishments collapse occasionally occurs along with compaction and landslides. For this latter reason, the design and foundation of constructions necessites special care and involves extra costs. The characteristic properties, structure and material composition, and origin of loess, the overlying soils and the intercalated paleosols between loess horizons, fossil plants, animals and early man remains, their dating, paleoenvironments and, last but not least, the problems of providing the buildings on loess terrain with safe foundations are all important issues studied by a host of experts in various disciplines.
A forum to such interdisciplinary topics is provided in this volume where the papers published present some recent methods in loess research for various purposes, the results of instrumented analyses, laboratory and field experiments and the application of the achievements in local studies and also in regional or continental comparison.

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Wang Yongyan, Lin Zaiguan, Lei Xiangyi & Wang Shujie
Fabric and other physico-mechanical properties of loess
in Shaanxi Province, China 1
J.P. Lautridou, M. Masson & R. Voiment
Loess et géotechnique: L’exemple des limons de Normandie 11
A.J. Lutenegger
In situ shear strength of friable loess 27
Wen Qizhong, Diao Guiyi & Yu Suhua
Geochemical environment of loess in China 35
W. Tillmanns & K. Brunnacker
The lithology and origin of loess in western central Europe 47
A. Velichko & T.D. Morozova
The role of loess-paleosols formation in the study of the regularities
of pedogenesis 55
H. Maruszczak
Stratigraphy of European loesses of the Saalian age:
Was the inter-Saalian a warm interstadial or a cold interglacial? 67
J. Buraczynski & J. Butrym
Thermoluminescence stratigraphy of the loess in the southern Rhinegraben 81
M. Pécsi & Gy Hahn
Paleosol stratotypes in the upper pleistocene loess at Basaharc, Hungary 95
A.G. Wintle
Thermoluminescence dating of loess 103
A. Billard, E. Derbyshire, J. Shaw & T. Rolph
New data on the sedimentology and magnetostratigraphy of the loessic silts at Saint Vallier, Drôme, France 117
G. Coude-Gaussen & S. Balescu
Etude comparée de loess périglaciaires et péridesertiques: premiers
résultats d’un examen des grains de quartz au microscope électronique
à balayage 129