LoessFest2018: “Diversity of Loess: Properties, Stratigraphy, Origin and Regional Features”

Country: Russian Federation

City: Volgograd

Abstr. due: 01.05.2018

Dates: 23.09.18 — 29.09.18

Area Of Sciences: Geology and mineralogy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: Будет доступен на www.loessfest2018.ru; контакты группы INQUA: http://www.dgt.pmf.uns.ac.rs/inqua-lo

Organizers: The Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group of International Union of Quaternary Research

 

The Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group of  International  Union  for  Quaternary  Research  are  pleased  to  invite  you  to  participate  in  International conference in Loess research –  LoessFest2018:  “Diversity  of  Loess:  Properties,  Stratigraphy, Origin and Regional Features” .

LoessFest2018 will be held in Volgograd, Russian Federation from 23 rd  to 29 th  of September  2018. The conference is jointly organized by the INQUA Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian  Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group in order to bring the international communities  together  to  solve  a  number  of  contentious  issues  involving  stratigraphy,  geochronology,  geological history, archaeology and climate change in loess regions. 

The  main  goal  of  the  Loessfest2018  is  to  facilitate  cross-disciplinary  and  cross-regional  correlation of geological, archaeological, environmental, and anthropological records in loess- paleosol sequences.

Loessfest2018 will also focus on observation of geological characteristics of Quaternary sections  in Lower Volga valley, describing the eventful palaeogeographical history of the region and  loess-paleosol  formation  in  an  area  under  an  active  transgressive-regressive  regime  of  the  Caspian Sea and fluctuations of Volga River. The sections scheduled to be visited during the  field trip show the stratigraphy and palaeogeography of the northern Eurasian Pleistocene, they  contain a unique record of major regional and continental phenomena (e.g. glacial-interglacial  cycles of the East-European plain, the Caucasus and Central Asia), as well as of global climate  change. The loess record in the Lower Volga region covers the Late Quaternary period and  highlights  dust  accumulation  from  different  sources,  such  as  Volga River,  Middle and  Late  Quaternary glacial deposits of East European plain, Central Asian deserts and Caspian Sea.

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SESSIONS 

1. Geochemistry and provenance of loess 

2. Geochronology of loess/paleosol sequences and dust MAR 

3. Loess/paleosol stratigraphy 

4. Loess as a paleoclimate archive 

5. Environmental evolution based on the study of paleosols  

6. Engineering geology of loess regions 

7. Loess in the changing landscape of the Caspian Sea

Information source:http://www.dgt.pmf.uns.ac.rs/inqua-loess/

Conference Web-Site: http://www.geogr.msu.ru/science/conf/Loessfest2018_First_Letter.pdf