Geology, geography and global energy

Scientific and Technical Journal

Geo-ecological processes as a factor influencing urbanity systems: the city of Tuapse

2013. №1, pp. 106-111

Antoshkina Yelena V. - Associate Professor, Kuban State University, 149 Stavropolskaya st., Krasnodar, Russian Federation, 350040,

The article discusses the conditions and hazards of geological processes and their role in shaping geo-ecological situations, with a particular focus on the city of Tuapse (located in Krasnodar Krai, the Russian Federation). Currently, the municipality is facing increasing, often catastrophic, anthropogenic pressures on its natural systems, causing untold damage to the environment and the population. At this stage, the critique says that natural conditions and anthropogenic stresses have played a major role in influencing the ongoing relief and relief-forming procedures. Subsequently, the paper describes the geographic features of Tuapse. A major port in the south of Russia, the city has developed fuel, food, timber and oil refining industries. Moreover, the city, the document relates, has one of the largest coastal basins of the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik and Sukhumi. Nevertheless, the nature and structure of the rocks composing the coastal terrain limit the suitability of this area for substantial expansion of urban enterprise without a large capital investment. The study opines that from the perspective of urban requirements, Tuapse has ’limited availability.’ On one hand, its total area of urban land (3340 ha) has not changed since 1970, while on the other, it contains limited territory suitable or available for development. These facts not only hinder Tuapse’s development, they diminish its capacity for functional differentiation (such as port growth, storage tanks and transport-access roads). Finally, all of the suitable construction sites are located in river valleys or on marine terraces with slopes of up to 10 degrees and water tables of more than two m.

Key words: geo-ecology,natural resources,urbanity system,limiting factors,landslides