Primary succession on phosphogypsum dumps (Gomel Chemical Plant, Belarus)

Primary succession on phosphogypsum dumps (Gomel Chemical Plant, Belarus) ISSN 1067-4136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2006, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 210–212. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006. Original Russian Text © A.P. Gusev, 2006, published in Ekologiya, 2006, No. 3, pp. 232–235. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS Primary Succession on Phosphogypsum Dumps (Gomel Chemical Plant, Belarus) A. P. Gusev Frantsisk Skorina State University, ul. Sovetskaya 104, Gomel, 246019 Belarus; e-mail: Received May 24, 2005 DOI: 10.1134/S1067413606030118 Key words: succession, phosphogypsum, dumps, plant cover. Technogenic landscapes are widespread in areas is moderately continental, average annual air tempera- under development. When industrial activities cease, ture is 6.2°C, and annual precipitation is 610 mm. successions begin in these landscapes, which lead to the About 70% of precipitation falls from April to October. formation of regeneration ecosystems (Pochvoobrazo- Humidity coefficient is 1.1–1.2. vanie…, 1979; Isakov et al., 1980). Successions on The purpose of this study was to analyze primary technogenic substrates can be regarded as primary succession in vegetation growing on a toxic techno- (Rabotnov, 1983). Specific plant communities formed genic substrate (phosphogypsum) and, in particular, to as a result of these successions are the product of the describe the species composition and ecological struc- anthropogenic evolution of vegetation (Mirkin, 1985). ture of plant Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Primary succession on phosphogypsum dumps (Gomel Chemical Plant, Belarus)

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