Journal : Acta Geologica Polonica
Article : The application of malacological analysis in the study of slope deposits: late Pleistocene and Holocene of the Podhale Basin (Carpathians, Poland)

Authors :
Wójcik, K.
Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Rakowiecka 4, PL-00-864 Warsaw, Poland,,
Matyszkiewicz, J.
AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, al. Mickiewicza 30; 30-059 Kraków,,
Kochman, A.
AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, al. Mickiewicza 30; 30-059 Kraków,,
Rzepa, G.
AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, al. Mickiewicza 30; 30-059 Kraków,,
Gołębiowska, B.
AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, al. Mickiewicza 30; 30-059 Kraków,,
Krajewski, M.
AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, al. Mickiewicza 30; 30-059 Kraków,,
Gaidzik, K.
University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Earth Sciences, ul. Będzińska 60; 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland,,
Żaba, J.
University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Earth Sciences, ul. Będzińska 60; 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland,,
Worobiec, G.
Department of Palaeobotany, W. Szafer Institute of Botany PAS, Lubicz 46, PL-31-512 Kraków, Poland,,
Jach, R.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, PL-30-063 Kraków, Poland,,
Machaniec, E.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, PL-30-063 Kraków, Poland,,
Uchman, A.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, PL-30-063 Kraków, Poland,,
Worobiec, E.
Department of Palaeobotany, W. Szafer Institute of Botany PAS, Lubicz 46, PL-31-512 Kraków, Poland,,
Al-Amri, A. M.
Department of Geology & Geophysics, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,,
Alexandrowicz, W. P.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, Chair of General Geology and Geotourism, Al Mickiewicza 30, PL-30-059 Kraków,,
Abstract : Slope deposits developed on calcareous sandstone and limestone formations in the eastern part of the Podhale Basin (Carpathians) were studied. In total, the analysis included fifteen profiles of such sediments, which revealed the presence of abundant malacofaunas comprising 39 mollusc species. Five faunistic assemblages differing in species composition and structure were defined in the material studied. Individual assemblages correspond to different climatic and environmental conditions, thereby making it possible to interpret the features of the sedimentary environments and specify the age of the deposits. Faunas with Pupilla loessica and Pupilla sterri containing species typical of loess formations are characteristic of deposits from the coldest phase of the last Glacial period (MIS 2). A fauna with Vertigo genesii, with a large proportion of cold-loving and moisture-loving taxa, is typical of the Younger Dryas. Associations that are dominated by shade-loving species, with Discus ruderatus and Discus perspectivus, correspond to the early and middle Holocene respectively. The investigations show that malacological analysis can be successfully applied to the research into slope deposits, enabling both the depositional conditions and the age of the sediments to be determined.

Keywords : mięczaki, zespół mięczaków, osady stokowe, późny plejstocen, holocen, Polska Południowa, molluscs, molluscan assemblage, Slope deposits, Late Pleistocene, Holocene, Southern Poland,
Publishing house : Faculty of Geology of the University of Warsaw
Publication date : 2015
Number : Vol. 65, no. 2
Page : 245 – 261

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