The monograph (“Geoeolian morpho-lithogenesis and methodological aspects of its research”) proposed for consideration requires certain explanations, which should be helpful for a deeper understanding of the material presented.
Some “non-monographic” features of the text are due to the fact that at first the text was compiled as a dissertation, however, for several reasons, the text was recompiled to a monograph. The source of the text was a large number of working texts and draft articles that were completed beginning with 1994 but for various reasons, they were not published, and this explains some of the stylistic heterogeneity of the text.
The structure of the monograph is somewhat non-standard, not only for dissertation work, but also for monographs, but this has objective reasons. It is not spontaneous, since the work has been thoroughly re-labored several times (since 2013). And at the end there was such a structure, which even now seems to me the most balanced and harmonious.
One of the main reasons for such non-standard structure content of the text is, in particular, the high level of novelty of the material. And this new look at the formation of the loess Ovruch Island resulted in no less fundamentally new views on the genesis and patterns of the spread of loess and non-loess (in particular, Polissya) regions. Moreover, further analysis led to the conclusion that all the most important signs of the Quaternary cover (lithological composition, thickness, stratigraphic structure, etc.) are completely controlled and determined by the peculiarities of the new factor – the properties of the earth’s crust to attract or repel atmospheric dust. At the same time, this property changes in both the “temporal” and spatial sense.
The monograph consists of two relatively independent parts – 1) the actual new view on the subaerial (geoeolian) morpho-lithogenesis and 2) the theoretical basis of the new views. The main attention is paid to the first part, while the components of the theoretical foundations (Paleogeographic Approach) are presented in the thesis-stating style and without substantiation of each of them. The need for a theoretical block is certainly important, since the substantiation of most of the provisions of geool morpho-lithogenesis is possible only within the framework of individual provisions or the general bases of the Paleogeographic Approach.
Now, most of the theoretical concepts presented are adequately covered in dozens of publications, and the author regards this section as a brief, structured summary for the subsequent assembly of an exhaustively complete theoretical foundations of the Ukrainian School of Paleogeographic Research. Each component of these theoretical foundations is planned to be published as a separate monograph (the next work is being prepared on neotectogenesis). In essence, the geo-science topic should be final in a series of such works, however, Fate forced us to lay out our own scientific achievements in reverse order, so to speak, “from the end” – from the Geoeolian theme to “Neotectonic”, “Stage” and, finally, “Documentary” scientific fields.
The compilation of the text was first accompanied by “headlines-crib” (to facilitate orientation on it and for repeated restructuring of the text), which were planned to be removed after the completion it. However, on the advice of the editors, I decided to leave these auxiliary titles.
A significant amount of information turned out to be unknown to me before writing the monograph, however, this is exactly made it possible to reveal extremely important and interesting aspects of the paleogeographic development of various aspects of nature – from the deep structure of the lithosphere to the modern soil cover and electrical phenomena as in the surface part and in the whole earth atmosphere. I am sure that at least a third of the text will be as new and interesting for specialists in most areas of Earth sciences, as it is for me.
Now a few words about the author. He began his scientific activity in 1986 as part of the founding school under the guidance of remarkable specialists and founders of the Ukrainian school of Paleogeographic Research, which was founded by M. F. Veklych (since 1968).
I am the author of several columns of stratigraphic schemes for Quaternary and Pliocene sediments of Ukraine (1993). Co-author of four sets of State Geological Map-200 (author of Quaternary sediments and accompanying texts) and a set of 3 sheets of State Geological Map–50. The took part in many thematic works of stratigraphic content (Carpathian, Transcarpathian, Black Sea coast and shelf, Ukrainian shield, etc.). As a member of the Scientific Editorial Board (state authority for quality control of geological maps), I analyze the results of all research and mapping of Quaternary and Late Cenozoic formations according to the Geological Map-200 State program (almost 2/3 of Ukraine’s territory is currently mapped, see diagram on the cover).
On the initiative and with the participation of the author, more than 7 regulatory documents regulating the implementation of state geological studies in Ukraine were also developed. An active member of the Quaternary Stratigraphic Commission of Ukraine and a member of the Ukrainian Center INQUA.
In this paper, almost all the own research results of the Quaternary (more precisely, Late Cenozoic) formations of the author are summarized with varying degrees of detail.
It would also be interesting to receive feedback on the “Scheme …” and terminological appendix, which are the brief and definitive basis of many conceptual elements of paleogeographic content.
Strangely enough, but I propose to begin the text with a “Conclusion,” in which I summarized almost all the essential aspects of the monograph.
I wish the readers that this work would inspire and encourage them to give birth to new views and discoveries in their own scientific fields.
Sincerely, Yurii Maksymovych Veklych