Paleontological Journal

, Volume 52, Issue 10, pp 1088–1097 | Cite as

Paleosols and Weathering Crusts of the Middle-Late Devonian in the Mikhailovskii Quarry (Kursk Magnetic Anomaly)

  • A. O. AlekseevEmail author
  • T. V. Alekseeva
  • P. B. Kabanov
  • P. I. Kalinin


Devonian deposits in the Mikhailovskii Mining and Processing Plant quarry comprising weathering crusts and paleosols have been studied. Comparative analysis of the morphological, geochemical, and mineralogical properties of paleosols and weathering crusts allows revealing differences primarily due to biotic processes in soils and vital activity of plants and microorganisms. The presence of root systems, plant imprints, spore diversity, and horizontal profile manifested in the formation of humus-accumulative horizon, the profile differentiation of clay minerals, and the profile distribution of geochemical indices and ratios are key characteristics classifying the objects of study as paleosols.


Central Devonian Field paleosols geochemical weathering indices mineralogy soil organic matter 



We thank the directorship and geological service of the Mikhailovskii MPP for the opportunities and assistance in the collection of field data.

The work was supported in part by the Program of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Evolution of the Organic World and Planetary Processes.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. O. Alekseev
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. V. Alekseeva
    • 1
  • P. B. Kabanov
    • 1
  • P. I. Kalinin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems, Russian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia

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