Comprehensive analysis of palaeosol horizons as a key in reconstructing continental environments of the late Permian and Early Triassic times in the Central European Basin.

This project employs an integrated set of research methodologies (including sedimentological, geochemical, mineralogical and palaeoecological analysis) to characterise alluvial and palaeosol horizons from Holy Cross Mountains (Poland) and Bavaria (Germany). Sedimentological analysis allows to reconstruct palaeoenvironmental conditions of soil formation whereas mineralogical/geochemical and palaeobotanical data are used for reconstruction of climate dynamics at the time of the one of the biggest biota crises at the end of the Permian/Triassic transition that caused almost 90% of the marine and 75% of terrestrial fauna and flora to become extinct.