Fruška Gora mountainous environments – assessing the impact of geological setting and land use on soil properties

Authors

  • Tamara Đorđević University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade
  • Milica Kašanin-Grubin University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Center of Chemistry,Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade
  • Gordana Dj Gajica University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Center of Chemistry,Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade
  • Zorica Popović University of Belgrade, Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11000 Belgrade
  • Rada Matić University of Belgrade, Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11000 Belgrade
  • Ljuba Josić Public Enterprise “National park Fruška gora“,Trg Zmaj Jove 1, Sremska Kamenica
  • Milan Milenković University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade
  • Aleksandar Lazarević University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade
  • Branimir Jovančićević University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2298/JSC151014001D

Keywords:

soil, environmental changes, rock type, land cover

Abstract

On a global scale, it was found that the surface of the vulnerable land and land affected by degradation has been increasing in the last decades and that unsustainable land management is one of the key drivers of land degrad­ation. In order to assess the effect that these changes have on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to realize appropriate planning and management act­ions for the conservation of the environment, it is essential to identify and quantify changes caused by land degradation. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of the geological setting, i.e., the type of bedrock, and land use on the physicochemical properties of soil in the vulnerable moun­tainous areas of Fruška Gora. For the purpose of this study, 30 soil samples were collected from a depth of 0–20 cm at four locations on the Fruška Gora Mt. The geological setting was serpentinite and marl and land cover was forest and meadow. The following soil properties were determined: pH, redox poten­tial (Eh), electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS), concen­tra­tions of available cations Ca, Mg, K, Na, contents of organic carbon (Corg) and nitrogen (N). The correlation between the obtained parameters was tested with two-way ANOVA and principal component analyses (PCA). All of the obtained results indicated that the soil physicochemical properties depended on the geological setting and that rock composition has to be taken into consider­ation during land management.

Author Biography

Milan Milenković, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Studentskitrg 12–16, 11000 Belgrade

Published

2016-05-19

How to Cite

[1]
T. Đorđević, “Fruška Gora mountainous environments – assessing the impact of geological setting and land use on soil properties”, J. Serb. Chem. Soc., vol. 81, no. 4, pp. 459–468, May 2016.

Issue

Section

Environmental Chemistry

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