Special Issue "Geochemistry of Landscape and Soil"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology and Hydrogeology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nikolay Kasimov
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Department of Landscape Geochemistry and Soil Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation
Interests: landscape geochemistry; geochemical barriers; heavy metals and metalloids; soil catena; elements partitioning; aquatic systems; road dust
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minkina
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Department of Soil Science and Land Resources Evaluation, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation
Interests: soil chemistry; biogeochemistry; soil contamination
Dr. Ivan Semenkov
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Department of Landscape Geochemistry and Soil Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation
Interests: landscape geochemistry; partition; transport impacts on the environment
Dr. Carla Sofia Santos Ferreira
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Research Center for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (CERNAS), Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: land degradation; soil and water quality; surface hydrology; nature based solutions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change and environmental pollution affect the equilibrium that has developed over a long period of time in the biosphere. Landscapes are an interface layer between the atmosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and humans. Soils as a reflection of the landscape are at the forefront of these interactions, as they play an integral and decisive role in the provision of numerous ecosystem services. The unceasing development of advanced analytical techniques continues to change how questions on soil geochemistry and structure can be addressed, from nano- and micro-scales to the landscape and catchment scale.

This Special Issue of Water, entitled “Geochemistry of Landscape and Soil”, welcomes papers that describe field, experimental, and modeling studies related to the natural and human-caused balance of substances in the system “rocks–soils–aerosols–surface waters–bottom sediments–biota–people" and the adaptation of soils and landscapes to changing environments.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • an interdisciplinary understanding of how soils and landscapes function as media that provide for the migration and accumulation of substances;
  • adaptation of the migration and accumulation of substances to changing environments in landscapes and soils;
  • processes and mechanisms by which soils react to, and interact with, changes imposed by the wider environment or by direct human intervention (e.g., climate change, land-use, or management practice);
  • human health in connection with soils and landscapes: hidden hunger, endemic diseases, environmental pollution, etc.;
  • novel approaches, techniques, and methods for obtaining a new understanding of geochemical Earth-surface processes, especially in landscape catenas and river basins;
  • geochemical partition of heavy metals and metalloids in landscapes and soils; and
  • geochemical mitigation of soil and landscape degradation and enhancements in the supply of ecosystem services.

Prof. Dr. Nikolay Kasimov
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minkina
Dr. Ivan Semenkov
Dr. Carla Sofia Santos Ferreira
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • environmental geochemistry
  • soil pollution
  • catena
  • potentially toxic elements
  • hidden hunger
  • endemic diseases
  • earth-surface processes
  • partition
  • landscape degradation
  • ecosystem services

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Investigation into Freezing Point Depression in Soil Caused by NaCl Solution
Water 2020, 12(8), 2232; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12082232 - 08 Aug 2020
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Engineering practices illustrate that the water phase change in soil causes severe damage to roads, canals, airport runways and other buildings. The freezing point is an important indicator to judge whether the soil is frozen or not. Up to now, the influence of [...] Read more.
Engineering practices illustrate that the water phase change in soil causes severe damage to roads, canals, airport runways and other buildings. The freezing point is an important indicator to judge whether the soil is frozen or not. Up to now, the influence of salt on the freezing point is still not well described. To resolve this problem, a series of freezing point tests for saline soil were conducted in the laboratory. Based on the relationship between the freezing point and the water activity, a thermodynamic model considering the excess Gibbs energy was proposed for predicting the freezing point of saline soil by inducing the UNIQUAC (universal quasi-chemical) model. The experimental results show that the initial water content has little influence on the freezing point if the initial water content is higher than the critical water content, while the freezing point decreases with the decrease of the water content if the initial water content is lower than the critical water content. Moreover, it is found that the freezing point is related to the energy status of liquid water in saline soils and it decreases with the increase of the salt concentration. Moreover, the freezing point depression of saline soil is mainly caused by the decrease of water activity. Compared with the other two terms, the residual term, accounting for the molecular interactions, has an obvious influence on the water activity. This result is helpful for understanding how salt concentration affects the freezing point of saline soil and provides a reference for engineering construction in saline soil areas. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geochemistry of Landscape and Soil)
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