Slope Ecology and Active Layer in the Central Yamal Peninsula, West Siberia, Russia

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This data set contains slope ecology parameters from Western Siberia, including morphology, lithology, soil-vegetation cover, depth of thaw, and chemical composition of landslide slopes. The study site comprises a highly-dissected alluvial-lacustrine-marine plain in which a number of hazardous processes operate, such as thermal erosion and landsliding. Active layer detachments were active in August 1989, and this produced 400 new landslides in the area of 10 square km. Field measurements were conducted at each of the landslides, as well as aerial photographs of the larger slides. These data were collected at Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) Program Network Site ID R5.

Geographic Coverage


Spatial Coordinates:
N: 70.283°     S: 70.283°     E: 68.9°     W: 68.9°    

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1988-08-01
Stop Date: 2002-09-30

Location Keywords


Science Keywords

  • Biosphere Vegetation Plant Characteristics
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Land Surface Erosion/Sedimentation Landslides
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Chemistry
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Ground Water Drainage
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Ground Water Groundwater Chemistry

Ancillary Keywords

  • Active Layer
  • Dendrochronology
  • Plant chemistry
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Slope Processes
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Soil-water chemistry
  • Trial pits
  • Vegetation complexes

Data Center

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA


Distribution Format: Microsoft Excel

Distribution Format: Paper


Marina O. Leibman
Phone: 7-095-215-8666
Fax: 7-095-135-6582
Contact Address:

  • Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moscow department of Earth Cryosphere Institute
  • Vavilov str., 30/6

City: Moscow
Postal Code: GSP-1, 119
Country: Russia

Natalia Ukraintseva
Phone: 7-095-912-7112
Fax: 7-095-932-8836
Contact Address:

  • Moscow State University
  • Faculty of Geography
  • Leninskiye Gory

City: Moscow
Postal Code: GSP-2, 119
Country: Russia

Alexandr Kizyakov
Phone: 7-095-135-9920
Fax: 7-095-135-6582
Contact Address:

  • Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moscow department of Earth Cryosphere Institute
  • Vavilov str., 30/6

City: Moscow
Postal Code: GSP-1, 119
Country: Russia

Ksenia Ermokhina
Contact Address:

    Country: Russia

    Irina Streletskaya
    Phone: 7-095-9393673
    Fax: 7-095-9328836
    Contact Address:

    • M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University
    • Faculty of Geography
    • MSU, Leninskie Gory

    City: Moscow
    Postal Code: 119992
    Country: Russia


    Leibman, M.O., Kizyakov, A.I., Sulerzhitsky, L.D., Zaretskaya, N.E. 2003. Dynamics of the landslide slopes and mechanism of their development on Yamal peninsula, Russia. Proceedings of the International Conference on Permafrost, Zurich 21-25 July 2003. A.A.Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands (in press).

    Leibman M.O. 2001. Procedures and results of active-layer measurements in marine saline deposits of Central Yamal. Earth Cryosphere V(3): 17-24. Leibman M.O., Archegova I.B., Gorlanova L.A., Kizyakov A.I. 2000. Stages of cryogenic landslides on Yugorsky and Yamal Peninsulas. Earth Cryosphere, IV(4): 67-75 (In Russian).

    Leibman, M.O. 1998. Active layer depth measurements in marine saline clayey deposits of Yamal Peninsula, Russia: procedure and interpretation of results. Permafrost. Seventh International Conference, June 23-27, 1998, Proceedings, Yellowknife, Canada: 635-639.

    Leibman, M.O., Streletskaya, I.D., Konyakhin M.A. 1997. Estimation of the dynamics of the surface at Bovanenkovo gas field (Central Yamal) during the period 1949-1990. Geomorphologia, 2: 45-48 (In Russian).

    Leibman, M.O., Streletskaya, I.D. 1997. Land-slide induced changes in the chemical composition of active layer soils and surface-water run-off, Yamal Peninsula, Russia. I.K.Iskandar, E.A.Wright, J.K.Radke, B.S.Sharratt, P.H.Groenevelt, and L.D.Hinzman (eds.) Proc.of the International Symposium on Physics, Chemistry, and Ecology of Seasonally Frozen Soils, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 10-12, 1997, CRREL Special Report 97-10, CRREL, Hanover: 120-126.

    Leibman, M.O., Streletskaya, I.D. 1996. Migration of chemical elements and ions in the active layer and upper part of permafrost in connection with thermodenudation processes on Yamal Peninsula. Proc. of the First conference of Russian geocryologists, book 2. Moscow: Faculty of Geology MSU: 390 -398 (In Russian).

    Leibman, M.O., Egorov, I.P. 1996. Climatic and environmental controls of cryogenic landslides, Yamal, Russia. Landslides. Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam: 1941-1946.

    Leibman, M.O. 1995. Preliminary results of cryogenic landslides study on Yamal Peninsula, Russia. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 6: 259-264.

    Leibman, M.O. 1994. Cryogenic landslides and their interaction with linear constructions on Yamal Peninsula, Russia. In: D.W.Smith and D.C.Sego (eds.) Proc. of the 7th International Cold Regions Engineering Specialty Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: 865-869.

    Leibman, M.O., Rivkin F.M., Saveliev V.S. 1993. Hydrogeological aspects of cryogenic slides on the Yamal Peninsula. International Permafrost Conference, Sixth, Beijing. Proceedings 1: 380-382.

    Leibman, M.O., Rivkin F.M., and Streletskaya I.D. 1993. Chemical and physical features of the active layer as related to landslides on Yamal Peninsula. Joint Russian-American Seminar on Cryopedology and Global Change, Pushchino, 1992. Post-Seminar Proceedings: 257-262. Leibman, M.O., Lakhtina O.V., Miklyaev S.M., Titova I.R. 1991. Peculiarities of cryogenic processes expansion and their role in relief formation at the Western Yamal. In: Denudation in Permafrost Zone. Moscow: Nauka, p. 92-99 (in Russian). Romanovskii, N.N., Gravis G.F., Melnikov E.S., Leibman M.O. 1996. Periglacial processes as geoindicators in the cryolithozone. In: A.R.Berger, W.J.Iams (eds.). Geoindicators. Assessing rapid environmental changes in earth systems. A.A.Balkema publisher, Rotterdam: 47-68.

    Ukraintseva N.G., Streletskaya I.D., Ermokhina K.A. and Yermakov S.Yu. 2003. Geochemical properties of plant-soil-permafrost system at landslide slopes, Yamal, Russia. Proceedings of the International Conference on Permafrost, Zurich 21-25 July 2003. A.A.Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands (in press). Ukraintseva N.G., Leibman M.O., Streletskaya I.D., Yermokhina K.A., Smetanin H.H. 2002. Monitoring of the landslide on saline frozen deposits in typical tundra subzone (Yamal, Bovanenkovo Gas-field area). Proc. of the International conference on ecology of northern territories of Russia. Problems, prediction of situation, ways of development, solutions. Archangels, 17 - 22 June 2002,in 2 books, book 1: 832-837. Archangels: Institute of ecology of the North Curb RA'S. Ukraintseva, N.G., Leibman, M.O., and Streletskaya, I.D. 2000. Peculiarities of Landslide Process in Saline Frozen Deposits of Central Yamal, Russia. In: E. Broomed et al. (eds.) Landslides in research, theory and practice. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Landslides, Cardiff UK 26-30 June 2000, 3: 1495-1500. London: Thomas Tel ford.

    Ukraintseva N.G., Leibman M.O. 2000. Productivity of willow-shrub tundra in connection with landslide activity. In: '30th Arctic Workshop', ISHTAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO USA, March 15-19 2000, 150-152.

    Ukraintseva N.G., and Streletskaya I.D. 1999. Landscape indication of surface soil on West Yamal landslide slopes. In K.A. Yankton, I. I. Mama (eds.), Loons Moscow State University Landscape School: Traditions, Achievements, Future, 120-129. Moscow: RU SAKI (In Russian).

    Ukraintseva, N.G. 1998. Distribution of shrub tundra on Yamal. Biogeography, materials of Moscow Center of Russian Geographical Society, Moscow, ARGO Publisher, V0.0, 46-53 (in Russian).
    Ukraintseva, N.G. 1997. Willows tundra of Yamal as the indicator of salinity of superficial sediments. Results of basic research of Earth cryosphere in Arctic and Subarctic. Novosibirsk: Nauka Publisher, 182-187 (in Russian).

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