In 1995, research on permafrost and contemporaneous periglacial processes focused on the following regions: the Polish Antarctic Stations on King George Island; the western coast of Spitsbergen in the Recherche Fjord (Expedition of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin); Kaffioyra Plateau (Expedition of Nicolai Copernici University of Torun) and the Polish Polar Station of Hornsund. Research also continued on slope processes in an area where discontinuous permafrost is present on the Kola Peninsula, with the cooperation of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and the Institute of Marine Biology in Murmansk.
In October 1995 the XXII Symposium of the Polar Club of the Polish Geographical Society took place. This was dedicated to Professor Alfred Jahn, eminent geomorphologist and polar scholar (who frequently represented Poland in the IPA), in celebration of his 80th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, a book was published entitled Unity of Arctic and Antarctic Natural Environment containing 20 papers (165 pages, published by the University of Wroclaw). Much of the authors' interests were in the abiotic and biotic elements of the periglacial environment.
In December 1995, a scientific polar session took place in Lublin. Its theme was Contemporaneous and Pleistocene Problems of the Periglacial Zone, and it was organized by the Department of Geomorphology of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and the Permafrost Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. This brought forth another publication in the series Geographical Expeditions to Spitsbergen (28 contributions, 240 pages, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin).
The journal Biuletyn Peryglacjalny, published in Lódz (Societas Scientiarum Lodzensis) and edited by Professor Anna Dylik, made its reappearance. Members of the editing body are: RO. van Everdingen, J.S. Gozdzik, G. Hoppe, A. Jahn, L. King, H. Klatkowa, V.N. Konishchev, K. Pekala , A. Pissart, R Raynal, N.N. Romanovskii, A. Srodon, and A.L. Washburn. The latest issue (no. 34) is in print, and the next (no. 35) is planned for late 1996. It indudes the following problems: morphogenetic periglacial processes of the Quaternary (paleogeographical assessment); contemporary periglacial processes and the reaction of the periglacial environment to anthropogenic forces; problems of terminology, discussion concerning new terms and their correct usage, terminological misuse etc.; and reviews of recent publications. Biuletyn Peryglacjalny is published in English (with a French summary) or in French (with a summary in English).
Submitted by Kazimierz Pekala (firstname.lastname@example.org)