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Central European Geology
Authors:
Zoltán Kern
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Mátyás Árvai
,
Petru Urdea
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Fabian Timofte
,
Eszter Antalfi
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Sándor Fehér
,
Tamás Bartyik
, and
György Sipos

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Visiting three gravel pits and three natural outcrops across the Mureş/Maros Alluvial Fan, 58 samples were collected from subfossil driftwood recovered from coarse-grained fluvial sediment layers, while no subfossil wood was found at three additional gravel pits. Dendrochronological and radiocarbon analysis of these relict wood can support the temporal extension of the regional dendrochronological reference datasets and their dating can provide a useful contribution to the reconstruction of the landscape evolution of the Mureş/Maros Alluvial Fan. The tree-ring widths of the subfossil samples were measured. Dendrochronological synchronization resulted in two oak chronologies which encompassed five, and two reliably cross-dated series covering 191 years (MURchr1) and 127 years (MURchr2), respectively. Based on the 14C ages the subfossil driftwood material represents Middle and Late Holocene ages. The occasionally up to 6 m-thick fluvial sediment covering relatively young, < 1000-yr-old wood, indicates intense accumulation at the apex of the Mureş/Maros Alluvial Fan, which explains the documented rapid and significant Holocene avulsions.

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Soil science, a relatively young field of research with a history of fewer than two centuries, experienced an exponential expansion in scientific output in the last decades. While the output of all sub-disciplines is growing, research efforts in these sub-disciplines differ, reflecting the importance of the subjects. The broadening focus of soil science can be detected by the content of the increasing number and diverting thematic sessions of the World Soil Science Congresses, which are held every four years since the beginning of the 20th century. The structure of the current world congress is supposed to reflect the contemporary understanding of the internal structure of soil science, including its subdivision by major themes. Considering these soil themes/sub-disciplines, we assessed the evolution of soil science in the last three decades using scientific publications as indicators. Furthermore, we evaluated the inter-linkages of soil topics within soil research using network analysis and assessed the contribution of science to the broader fields of studies, from agriculture to engineering and environmental sciences. Results show that scientific interest towards all sub-disciplines is exploding, but environment-related topics, including subjects related to climate and contamination, show an even sharper increase. As far as the internal structure of soil science is concerned, research efforts are organised around the major topics of microbiology, soil contamination, nutrients, soil physics and water management. Our study reveals that currently the highest interest towards soil is coming from ecology and environmental sciences, followed by agriculture, engineering, geology and plant sciences, respectively.

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Central European Geology
Authors:
György Czuppon
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Attila Demény
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Szabolcs Leél-Őssy
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József Stieber
,
Mihály Óvári
,
Péter Dobosy
,
Ágnes Berentés
, and
Richard Kovács

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In this study, already published and new monitoring data are compiled from the Baradla and Béke caves in the Aggtelek Karst, from the Vacska Cave in the Pilis Mountains as well as from the Szemlőhegy and Pálvölgy caves in the Buda Hills. Recent investigations (2019–2020) include monitoring of climatological parameters (e.g., temperature, CO2) measured inside and outside the caves, and the chemical, trace element and stable isotopic compositions of drip waters. In the Baradla Cave, the main focus of the investigation was on the stable isotope composition and the temperature measurements of drip water. In the Vacska Cave, which belongs to the Ajándék-Ariadne cave system, CO2 measurements and drip water collection were conducted in order to perform chemical and stable isotope measurements. In the Szemlőhegy and Pálvölgy caves, the chemical and stable isotope compositions of drip waters at six sites were determined. These datasets were used to characterize the studied caves and the hydrological processes taking place in the karst, and to trace anthropogenic influences. Climatological investigation revealed seasonality in CO2 concentration related to outside temperature variation, indicating a variable ventilation regime in the caves. In addition, the contributions of the winter and summer precipitation to the drip water were also estimated, in order to evaluate the main infiltration period. The knowledge of these parameters plays a crucial role in constraining the carbonate precipitation within the cave. Thus, the dataset compiled in this study can provide a basis for the interpretation of speleothem-based proxies.

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In the Middle Anisian, extensional tectonic movements led to the development of isolated carbonate platforms in the area of the southwestern part of the Transdanubian Range. The platforms are made up of meter-scale peritidal–lagoonal cycles bounded by subaerial exposure surfaces. One of the platform successions (Tagyon Platform) consists predominantly of limestone that contains partially and completely dolomitized intervals, whereas the other one (Kádárta Platform) is completely dolomitized. Drowning of the platforms took place in the latest Pelsonian to the early Illyrian interval when submarine highs came into existence and then condensed pelagic carbonate successions with volcanic tuff interbeds were deposited on the top of the drowned platforms from the late Illyrian up to the late Ladinian. The comparative study of dolomitization of the coeval platforms, affected by different diagenetic histories, is discussed in the current paper. Traces of probably microbially-mediated early dolomitization were preserved in the slightly dolomitized successions of the Tagyon Platform. This might also have been present in the successions of the Kádárta Platform, but was overprinted by geothermal dolomitization along the basinward platform margin and by pervasive reflux dolomitization in the internal parts of the platform. The Carnian evolution of the two submarine highs was different, and this may have significantly influenced the grade of the shallow to deeper burial dolomitization.

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The foliated low-grade metamorphic rocks of the Triassic Bagolyhegy Metarhyolite Formation, mainly of pyroclastic origin, host post-metamorphic quartz-albite veins containing abundant tourmaline and occasionally rutile/ilmenite. The study of the Ti-oxide-mineralized veins with SEM-EDX revealed an unusual mineral assemblage comprising fine-grained Nb–Ta-bearing oxides (columbite-tantalite series, fluorcalciomicrolite and other Nb–Ti–Y–Fe-REE-oxide minerals) intergrown with Nb-rich polymorphs of TiO2 (anatase, rutile), ilmenite and zircon enriched with hafnium. This high field strength elements (HFSE)-bearing paragenesis is unexpected in this lithology, and was not described from any formation in the Paleozoic-Mesozoic rock suite of the Bükk Mountains (NE Hungary) before. The host metavolcanics are significantly depleted in all HFSE compared to the typical concentrations in felsic volcanics and the mineralized quartz-albite veins have even lower Ti–Nb–Ta concentration than the host rock, so the mineralization does not mean any enrichment. From proximal outcrops of the Triassic Szentistvánhegy Metavolcanics, potassic metasomatized lenses with albite-quartz vein fillings containing rutile/ilmenite are known. We studied them for comparison, but they only contain REE mineralization (allanite-monazite-xenotime); the Nb–Ta-content of Ti-oxide minerals is undetectably low. LA-ICP-MS measurements for U–Pb dating of Hf-rich zircon of the Nb–Ta-rich mineral assemblage gave 71.5 ± 5.9 Ma as lower intercept age while dating of allanite of the REE mineralized quartz-albite veins gave 113 ± 11 Ma as lower intercept age. The REE-bearing vein fillings formed during a separate mineralization phase in the Early Cretaceous, while the Nb–Ta mineralization was formed by post-metamorphic alkaline fluids in the Late Cretaceous., controlled by fault zones and fractures.

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Agrokémia és Talajtan
Authors:
Márta Birkás
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István Balla
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Csaba Gyuricza
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Zoltán Kende
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Gergő Péter Kovács
, and
Attila Percze

A magyar talajművelésben a kezdetektől az 1900-as évek közepéig a hagyományos szántásos rendszerek domináltak. Az ekék tökéletesedése révén a mélyebb szántások hozzájárultak a talajminőség romlásához.

Az 1900-as évek első évtizedeiben a külföldön kidolgozott művelési módszerek még kevesek érdeklődését keltették fel, azonban a szántásnál kedvezőbb körülmények létrehozása érdemi figyelmet keltett.

Az 1970-es évektől a talajvédő művelés Magyarországon is kedvező fogadtatásra talált. Kísérletekkel igazolódott, hogy a direktvetés előnyei – folyamatosság esetén – a hatodik-hetedik évtől észlelhetők. A mulcshagyó művelés kultivátor alkalmazása esetén rövidebb idő alatt nyújtotta a várt talajvédelmi előnyöket, ennek tudható be a gyorsabb terjedése. A kultivátoros művelés értékét a felszínvédő mulcshagyás, a talajminőség megóvás és a biológiailag aktív talaj erősítette meg.

Az időjáráshoz kapcsolható szélsőségek megjelenése az 1980-as évektől újabb művelési megoldások felé fordították a figyelmet. A talajlazítás a vízbefogadás és tárolás, a mulcshagyás, valamint a növények mélyebb gyökerezése révén került a korábbinál szélesebb körű alkalmazásra. A sávos művelési rendszer a nemzetközileg bizonyított eredmények hátterével számos magyar gazdálkodónál is sikeressé vált.

A magyar talajművelés előrehaladásában a talajközpontú szemlélet kiszélesedése, a növényközpontú szemlélet felváltása révén eredményezett kedvező változásokat a talajállapot javulásában.

Tekintettel a talajok sokféleségére és a talajállapot eltéréseire, jelenleg a termőhelyhez, talajhoz adaptált művelési rendszer alkalmazása látszik eredményesnek. Az időjárási szélsőségek fokozódása általában és adott termőhelyen is rangsorba állítja a lehetséges módszereket. A korábban jónak tartott megoldások, beleértve a szántást, ugyanis már egyre kevésbé biztonságosak.

A talajkímélő művelés iránti érdeklődés közel százhúsz évre tekint vissza Magyarországon. Sajátos, de az előrehaladás és a visszatartás tényezői a talajművelésben párhuzamosan jelentek meg az eltelt évek alatt. A művelési előrehaladást visszafogó tényezők között a sok évtized óta fennálló hiedelmek voltak a leginkább hátráltatók, mivel figyelmen kívül maradt a talajvédelem, továbbá a klímaváltozással kapcsolatos veszélyek enyhítésének igénye. Az előrehaladást a talajvédelem felvállalása, a gazdálkodási színvonal emelésének esélye és a klímakár csökkentés kényszere mozdította elő. Az előrehaladást alátámasztó tényezők között legfontosabbak a talajállapot tartós javulása és a klíma eredetű károk enyhítése, továbbá a termés biztonság megtartása és javulása.

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