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The Tatra Mts.

The conference field excursion will take two days, staring with an evening arrival to Zakopane - a resort situated at the feet of the Tatra Mountains - the highest part of the Carpathians (2655 m a.s.l.) and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe with alpine environment.

The first day will comprise a trip to the Tatra National Park, and an evening bonfire party. The second day will take the participants back to Kraków through the flysch part of the Carpathians and the Carpathian Foothills. The trip is supposed to end at c. 16.00-17.00.

Scientific topics of the field excursion:

day 1: functioning of soils above the timberline (including soil protection and remediation issues), contemporary frost processes in the alpine belt, climatogenic origin of humus and specifity of soil-forming processes in the alpine and subalpine belts, soils developed on Pleistocene moraines

day 2: imprint of Pleistocene solifluction processes in the soils of the flysch part of the Carpathians, genesis and transformation of illuvial horizons of the soils formed from loess

Required equipment: weather in the Tatras is unpredictable even in the summer. At the end of August it is usually warm c. 15-20 degrees Celsius, but there may well be the first snow or a fierce thunderstorm. We recommend waterproof tourist apparel and solid boots.

During the field sessions participants will be accommodated in Zakopane (August 27/28 and 28/29).

6th ICC Kraków 2013