Regional Monitoring of Natural Environment 2004, No 5, 235-247
PERIGLACIAL PAST AND GEOECOLOGICAL PRESENT IN GERMAN LOWER MOUNTAIN RANGES
Katen from Taunus, Odenwald and Fulda-Werra Region reflect the relation of the periglacial sequence of soliflux covers with the terrain relief. This regularity is characteristic for the whole area of the Central German Uplands. In compliance with the instruction for the Soil Survey Description (AG Boden 1994) each slope covers are qualified as: bottom, central and main. These covers have an essential influence on contemporary geoecological conditions. First and foremost, they influence spatial differentiation of soils. The geological substrata influences the mechanical and mineralogical composition of each covers and in the same time the geoecological relations within the terrain. The quality of present habitats was shaped by the Pleistocene soliflux processes along with cryoturbation mixing of the local and allochtonic material.