The age of deposition of accumulative fan sediments in Serteyka River Valley (Western Russia)


  • Ginter, A. 1
  • Piech, W. 2
  • Krapiec, M. 3
  • Moska, P. 4
  • Sikorski, J. 5
  • Hrynowiecka, A. 6
  • Stachowicz-Rybka, R. 7
  • Mroczkowska, A. 2, 8
  • Mazurkevich, A. 9
  • Kittel, P. 2
  • 1 University of Lodz, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Institute of Archaeology, Laboratory of Spectrometry and Thermoluminescence Dating, Lodz, Poland
    2 University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Department of Geomorphology and Palaeogeography, Lodz, Poland
    3 AGH – University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, Krakow, Poland
    4 Institute of Physics, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
    5 Institute of Physics Centre for Science and Education Department of Radioisotopes GADAM Centre of Excellence, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
    6 Gdansk Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, Marine Geology Branch, Gdansk, Poland
    7 W. Szafer Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland
    8 Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Past Landscape Dynamics Laboratory, Warsaw, Poland
    9 The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia



Geochronology, Little Ice Age, Human impact, Agrotechnical activity, Hillslope processes


In the region of the Serteyka River, an extensive accumulative fan was studied. The main goal of the research is an attempt to reconstruct the palaeogeographic development of erosive cuts in Western Russia. The geological structure of the fan and its surroundings was recognized. The fan is built by deluvium sediments, which can be divided into: lower diluvium unit, middle diluvium unit and upper diluvium unit. The top of the fan is built by tillage diamicton. The fan was formed at the earliest from the 2nd half of the 17th century (during the Little Ice Age pessimum). Samples were taken for AMS, OSL, Pb210 dating to determine the phases of fans development. The AMS dating produced mixed results. This was due to the redeposition of the material. Using the OSL method, two samples were dated from the bottom of the clastic fan deposits. Dates from the Neolithic period were obtained, additionally in inversion. It was caused by inaccurate bleaching of the quartz grains. The top part of the fan was dated using the Pb210 method. Slope sediments can be extremely difficult to dating. This may be due to the redeposition of the material, the presence of hiatuses and inaccurate bleaching of samples. The individual units of deluvium sediments differ in colour, structural and textural features.