The new issues of the Estonian Academy Publishers scientific journals Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, Estonian Journal of Archaeology, Oil Shale, Linguistica Uralica, TRAMES and Acta Historica Tallinnensia were published. There are several important research results presented, including from Estonian researchers.
Brief reviews of journals:
TRAMES. A JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
The new issue of Trames presents two articles by Estonian authors and four by foreign authors. The Estonians examine how a slum area is turning into a middle-class desirable urban area on the example of Tartu Supilinn (Nele Nutt et al.), and pose a question about Europe's future after the end of Covid-19 pandemic (Martin Aidnik).
An article from Iran describes the usage of the image of a mirror as a symbol in mystical poetry and in Islamic art (Golnar Alibabaei).
The last three contributions all belong to the field of political science. The authors from USA, Malaysia and Pakistan tackle the relations between Hindus and Muslims in India regarding the issue of holy cows (Muhammad Akram et al.).
The other two articles investigate Middle Eastern politics from different points of view. The author from Iraq tackles the influence of Salafism on Saudi-Arabian politics (Kardo Rached). The joint work by Israeli authors looks at the Iran and Saudi-Arabia rivalry on the basis of the relations between Sunnis and Shiites (Ronen A. Cohen and Gadi Hitman).
In the June issue of Linguistica Uralica, Yulia Normanskaya (Moscow) and Natalia Dubrovskaya (Tomsk) investigate “Yellow-green-blue” languages in Eurasia. This is a comprehensive study on colour terms in the semantic areas of yellow, green and blue on the basis of data from Uralic languages, with Selkup and its dialects as a starting point. As the analysis shows, the system of the colour terms of the aboriginal peoples of Siberia is different from that of the well-described systems of Indo-European languages.
The full texts of the articles can be found HERE.
In this issue of Oil Shale one can read a comprehensive article on desulfurization, denitrogenation and deoxygenation of shale oil. This article is published in memory of Senior Researcher Heino Rang, a talented researcher and memorable colleague, who compiled the initial version of this article.
New knowledge about the properties of ash in the oil shale industry is presented in a joint article of Tallinn University of Technology and the Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics „The composition and properties of ash in the context of the modernisation of oil shale industry”.
In the June issue there is an “In Memoriam” tribute dedicated to the Grand Old Manof Estonian geosciences, the long-term editor-in-chief of the magazine (2003-2018) Anto Raukas.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
The new issue of Proceedings presents a total of nine articles from many different subjects such as philosophy of technology, ring theory, catalytic cracking, electronic & communication engineering, topological algebras, coating and tribology, bridge management, power quality analysis, mitigation of seal-fishery conflict.
Markus Vetemaa et al. analyse the total cost of damage caused by seals in the Estonian coastal fisheries. During the last decades the number of grey seals Halichoerus grypus has increased more than tenfold in the Baltic Sea, which has created increasing problems to the coastal fisheries. In the current study, 151 Estonian coastal fishermen were interviewed to sum all direct and indirect monetary losses.
Marc Hight and Ulrich Norbisrath analyse the social nature of technological innovations. Sander Sein et al. have studied optimisation of bridge management.
The full texts of the articles can be found HERE.
ESTONIAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY
The first issue of the 25th volume of the Estonian Journal of Archaeology publishes research results of Estonian, Latvian and Russian authors, who focus on the analysis of ancient burial places. They examine burial groups that are significant for our Bronze Age chronology and cultural history at the lower course of River Daugava in Reznes cemetery and in Jõelähtme near Tallinn, also a unique burial site in Rosson on the eastern bank of River Narva from the migration period.
ACTA HISTORICA TALLINNENSIA
The recent issue of Acta Historica Tallinnensia (vol. 27 no 1) is dedicated to the transnational explorations of Estonian history. The English-language special issue was guest edited by Karsten Brüggemann, Professor of Estonian and General History at Tallinn University.
ESTONIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES
The Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences published second issue of the 70th anniversary volume in June 2021. This issue focuses on basement rocks, tectonics and crustal deformations in Estonia and the eastern Baltic region.
The paper by Alvar Soesoo and co-authors provides new data on geochemistry and ore mineralogy of Jõhvi magnetite gneisses from NE Estonia. This rock complex constitutes a potential georesource and shows geological similarities with the minerals-rich units of the Bergslagen area in Sweden. The paper revealed that the Jõhvi magnetite gneisses formed from mixed sedimentary-volcanic rocks under the pressure range of 3-5 kbar and temperatures between 650-750 °C during the Svecofennian orogeny, 1.8-2 billion years ago.
Igor Tuuling and Kairi Põldsaar provide an up-to-date review of the tectonic history of the eastern part of the Early Paleozoic Baltic sedimentary basin. A tectonically active fault zone in Latvia and southern Estonia was related to the Caledonian orogeny determining the configuration of the basin. Initially the fault zone corresponded to subsidence and a depression but developed into an uplift when Baltica and Laurentia continents collided during the Silurian.
The paper by Tarmo Kall and co-authors presents a new 3D crustal deformation model for Estonia. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data allow to measure and calculate both vertical and horizontal movements. The movements are fastest in NWEstonia, where vertical uplift reaches 3 mm/year and horizontal movement 1 mm/year. The new model helps to better assess climate-change-driven coastal vulnerabilities and may serve as a basis for switching to dynamic coordinate reference system in the future.
Next issues of the journals Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, Oil Shale, Linguistica Uralica ja TRAMES will be published in September. Estonian Journal of Archaeology and Acta Historica Tallinnensia will be available in December.
Estonian Academy Publishers would welcome receiving new manuscripts. More information can be found on the journal’s’ websites.