The analysis of relationship between microclimate and microbial carbon-dioxide production in the soils of the Tapolca and Gömör-Tornai karst terrains, Hungary

János Móga, Klaudia Kiss, A. Borsodi, Mária Szabó, Daniela Strat, Bódai Barbara

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In the karst areas, the epikarst system is a very sensitive environment, due to its position at the interface between soil and vadose zone. The epikarst is a weathered zone that develops as a re-sult of both abiotic and biotic process-es. In this paper we present the result of the complex investigations of epikarst zone which overlap dolines within two typical karst areas (Gömör-Torna and Tapolca) from Hungary, based on multi-criteria analysis techniques (microbiological activity as-sessed as biomass amount and CO2 production, seasonality of air and soil microclimate, slope orientation and exposition), in order to reveal control factors of karst processes, the territori-al and local distinctions of karst disso-lution that occur in the epikarst zone. The data were compared, taking into account the human activities' impact on both sampled study areas. After four years of monitoring, the results show that there are significant season-al and diurnal variations of physical, chemical and biotic parameters of soil that cover and affect the epikarst zone. Spatial variations of these parameters were recorded as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-43
Number of pages13
JournalForum Geografic
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018



  • CO2 production
  • Epikarst
  • Karst corrosion
  • Microclimate
  • Soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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