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Stable isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon and the age of palsa nearby the urban-type settlement of Yeletsky, northeast of Bolshezemelskaya tundra
Budantseva Nadine Arkad'evna

PhD in Geography

Senior Scientific Associate, the faculty of Geography, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

119992, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Leninskie Gory, 1, stroenie 19



Chizhova Yuliya Nikolaevna

PhD in Geography

Senior Scientific Associate, Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences

119991, Russia, Moscow, Staromonetnyi Pereulok Street 17



Bludushkina Lyubov' Bakhtiyarovna

Engineer, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University 

119991, Russia, Moscow, Leninskie Gory Street 1, office #2007

Vasil'chuk Yurii Kirillovich

Doctor of Geology and Mineralogy

Professor, the department of Geochemistry of Landscapes and Geography of Soils, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University 

119991, Russia, Moscow, Leninskie Gory Street 1, office #2009



This article considers the migration frost mounds (palsa) in the settlement of Yeletsky in the northeast of Bolshezemelskaya tundra. The new radiocarbon dating on the frost mounds of various size and different stages of development within the boundaries of massif explored by the authors in 2000 and 2015. The work meticulously examines the representative 3m high frost mound with no signs of destruction, covered with peat having capacity over 1m. The object of the research is defined by the goal to characterize the conditions of peat accumulation and identify the moisture sources that form the upper part of the ice core. For the radiocarbon dating was selected the thawed peat on the top or shoulder of the mound. In the shafts was minutely (at intervals of 5-10cm) selected the peat for identifying the concentration of carbon and nitrogen and isotopic composition of carbon and nitrogen. From the bottom of the shaft using the electric ice auger MORA-ICE was drilled the wellbore in frozen peat and the underlying frozen loam, as well as selected the ice lenses. The determination of isotopic composition of oxygen and hydrogen of ice were conducted using the mass spectometer Delta-V; radiocarbon dating of the peat carried out in laboratory of archeological technology of the Institute of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The scientific novelty consists in the comprehensive approach towards exploring the peat deposit covering the frost mound.

Keywords: hydrogen, oxygen, segregated ice, nitrogen, carbon, isotopes, radiocarbon age, peat, palsa, deuterium excess



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