Ukrainian Antarctic journal

No 14 (2015): Ukrainian Antarctic Journal

Determination of thе soil-permafrost border in two maritime Antarctic regions on thе base of vertical electric sounding data

E.V. Abakumov
Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
I. Yu. Parnikoza
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Zabolotnogo Str., 150, Kyiv, 03680, Ukraine
Published January 12, 2016
  • electric resistivity,
  • permafrost,
  • soils,
  • maritime Antarctica,
  • active layer


The deepness of soil-permafrost layer was measured bу vertical electrical resistivity sounding. It has been revealed that the deepness of active layer оn the Point Thomas oasis , King George lsland is in average about 100-150 cm, while оn the Argentine lslands it is 40-50 cm, which is caused bу climatic conditions. Weak soils of the Argentine Islands are connected to permafrost via the massive rock, while in case of Point Thomas oasis (King-George Island) fine-coarsy gravel soils are underlayed directly bу permafrost.