Naturdenkmal Stempelsbuche

Soil profile of the sampling site Naturdenkmal Stempelsbuche in the National Park Harz; Photo: FhG IME
Soil profile Naturdenkmal Stempelsbuche; Photo: FhG IME
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The sampling site Naturdenkmal Stempelsbuche is located in a spruce forest within the catchment area of the upper Ilse river at an altitude of 640 m.

The sampling site is characterised by a high variability in soil types which can be put down to the high ratio of rocks (greater than 40 % of the area). Cambisols, stagnosols, podsols, and rocky humus soils are present next to many transitional soil types. Rocky humus soils are found on top of stones and rocks, whereas the more developed soil types only occur in the chasms between rocks.

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Soil Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.


Metals Eighty percent of all elements on earth are metals
Nonmetals Only eighteen elements in the periodic table
Chlorohydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least one covalently bonded chlorine atom
DDT and metabolites Toxic and persistent organochloropesticide
Hexachlorocyclohexane Several isomeric compounds among the group of chlorinated hydrocarbons
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least three condensed six-membered rings
Supplementary parameters Additional information for the interpretation of contamination data

Sampling period

2002 - 2014

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