Relationship Between Geologic Parent Materail and Growth of Foret Trees in the Gölhisar Basin in SW Anatolia, Turkey.

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Altunbaş S., Atalay İ., Siler M.

APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, vol.17, no.7, pp.11085-11106, 2019 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.11085-11106
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes



Gölhisar Basin which is located in the southern part of Lak es Region, in SW of Turkey

contains four main geolo gic parent materials composed of serpentine peridotite, Mesozoic limestone,

Neogene marl deposit and Quaternary colluvial deposit on which Calabrian pine ( Pinus brutia ) and

Anatolian black pine ( Pinus nigr a subsp. pallasiana ) grow. Tree productivity and/or growth rate is

considerably different on these parent materials. This is mainly related to the weathering degree of

serpentine peridotite, stratification and compactness of marl deposit and the crack stru cture of limestone.

For example, the productive Cal abrian pine ( Pinus brutia ) trees grow on the deeply weathered serpentine

peridotite parent material in the Gölhisar basin. Draft appearances of Calabrian pines are found on

exposed peridotite serpentine in sloping areas. Besides, tree biomass is low on com pact marl deposit due

to the fact that taproot development of trees is mostly prevented by the compact marl deposit and

horizontal marl layers. The productivity of Calabrian pine and black pine ( Pinus brut ia ) trees on the

limestone is higher than on the ma rl deposit and low weathered serpentine in the study area, in general.

The aim of this study is to illustrate the importance of parent materials containing serpentine peridotite,

limestone, marl and colluv ial deposits on the growth of Pinus brutia and Pinu s nigra trees in the Gölhisar



tree growth, serpentine weathering, biome classification