Study of Holocene aeolian morpholithogenesis of the eastern coast of the White Sea using georadiolocation and palaeolimnological methods


  • Repkina, T.Yu. 1, 2
  • Leontiev, P.A. 2
  • Kublitskiy , Yu.A. 2
  • Krekhov, A.K. 3
  • Gurinov, A.L. 1, 4
  • Vyatkin, E.D. 2
  • Orlov, A.V. 2
  • Lugovoy, N.N. 1, 5
  • 1 Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, 29 Staromonetnyy lane, Moscow, 119017, Russia
    2 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, 48 Naberezhnaya reki Moyki, St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia
    3 St. Petersburg State University, 7-9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia
    4 Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable Ecosystems, Agrarian-Technological Institute, Russian Friendship University of Russia, 6 Miklukho- Maklaya Str., Moscow, 117198, Russia
    5 Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1 Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russia



aeolian morpholithogenesis, Holocene, palaeolimnology, White Sea, Zimniy bereg, Kaninsky bereg


Holocene aeolian topography and sediments were investigated at two key sites on the Zimny Bereg and one key site on the Kanin coast of the White Sea. Field work included ground penetration radar profiling, paleolimnological and geomorphological study, as well as aerial imagery and topography surveys. Analytical studies including grain-size, geochemical and diatom analyses and radiocarbon dating of lake sediment cores were performed. Accumulative aeolian relief was formed in areas with a positive coastal-marine sediment balance. The sands are brought in by a longshore drift or river discharge. The aeolian topography and the number of stages of aeolian activation vary across the key areas. The present-time coastal dunes have been forming since the late or middle Holocene, when relative sea level became close to contemporary levels.