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Appreciating loess landscapes through history; the basis of modern loess geotourism in the Vojvodina region of north Serbia

Djordjije A. Vasiljevic, Slobodan B. Markovic and Miroslav D. Vujicic
Appreciating loess landscapes through history; the basis of modern loess geotourism in the Vojvodina region of north Serbia (in Appreciating physical landscapes; three hundred years of geotourism, T. A. Hose (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (November 2014) 417

Abstract

Loess is wind-blown sediment that covers extensive areas in the middle latitudes. Much of the loess in Eastern and Central-Eastern Europe has been redeposited by the River Danube and its tributaries. The case study area (Vojvodina region) encompasses the confluence area of the Danube, Sava and Tisa rivers. This region includes the most complete and the thickest loess-palaeosol sequences found in Europe, a valuable record of palaeo-climates over the past two million years only recognized in the closing decades of the twentieth century. Long before then however, several enthusiasts, engineers and travellers recognized and appreciated loess as a significant natural phenomenon. Among them was Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli (1658-1730) who gave the first scientific description of European loess in his outstanding multivolume work Danubius Pannonico Mysicus where he drew and explained notable loess-palaeosol exposures along the Danube River. Many other loess observations were also recorded by a number of international travellers, whose illustrated travelogues (mainly published in the nineteenth century) mentioned and illustrated loess observations along the Danube and its major tributaries. This chapter explores the interplay of scientific loess research and its geo-historical literary aspects as the foundations of modern loess geotourism.


ISSN: 0305-8719
EISSN: 2041-4927
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 417
Title: Appreciating loess landscapes through history; the basis of modern loess geotourism in the Vojvodina region of north Serbia
Title: Appreciating physical landscapes; three hundred years of geotourism
Affiliation: University of Novi Sad, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad, Serbia
Published: 20141103
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
Number of pages: 11
References: 34
Accession Number: 2014-105184
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
N44°37'60" - N46°08'60", E18°49'60" - E21°34'60"
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201452
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