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Sample records for late pleistocene stratigraphy

  1. Glacial stratigraphy of the Bulkley River region: A depositional framework for the late Pleistocene in central British Columbia

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    Stumpf, A.J.; Broster, B.E.; Levson, V.M.

    2004-01-01

    A depositional framework for late Pleistocene sediments in central British Columbia was developed from the composite stratigraphy of glacial sediments found in the Bulkley River region. Nonglacial deposits correlated to the Olympia Nonglacial Interval, are overlain in succession by sub-till, ice-advance sediments, Late Wisconsinan (Fraser Glaciation) till, and late-glacial sediments. Due to local erosion and depositional variability, some of the units are not continuous throughout the region and differ locally in their thickness and complexity. At the onset of the Fraser Glaciation, ice advance was marked by rising base levels in rivers, lake ponding, and ice marginal sub-aqueous deposition. Physiography and glacier dynamics influenced the position of drainage outlets, direction of water flow, and ponding. The region was completely ice covered during this glaciation and ice-flow directions were variable, being dominantly influenced by the migrating position of ice divides. Deglaciation was marked by the widespread deposition of fine-grained sediments in proglacial lakes and glaciofluvial sands and gravels at locations with unrestricted drainage.

  2. Late Pleistocene glacial stratigraphy of the Kumara-Moana region, West Coast of South Island, New Zealand

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    Barrows, Timothy T.; Almond, Peter; Rose, Robert; Keith Fifield, L.; Mills, Stephanie C.; Tims, Stephen G.

    2013-08-01

    On the South Island of New Zealand, large piedmont glaciers descended from an ice cap on the Southern Alps onto the coastal plain of the West Coast during the late Pleistocene. The series of moraine belts and outwash plains left by the Taramakau glacier are used as a type section for interpreting the glacial geology and timing of major climatic events of New Zealand and also as a benchmark for comparison with the wider Southern Hemisphere. In this paper we review the chronology of advances by the Taramakau glacier during the last or Otira Glaciation using a combination of exposure dating using the cosmogenic nuclides 10Be and 36Cl, and tephrochronology. We document three distinct glacial maxima, represented by the Loopline, Larrikins and Moana Formations, separated by brief interstadials. We find that the Loopline Formation, originally attributed to Oxygen Isotope Chronozone 4, is much younger than previously thought, with an advance culminating around 24,900 ± 800 yr. The widespread late Pleistocene Kawakawa/Oruanui tephra stratigraphically lies immediately above it. This Formation has the same age previously attributed to the older part of the Larrikins Formation. Dating of the Larrikins Formation demonstrates there is no longer a basis for subdividing it into older and younger phases with an advance lasting about 1000 years between 20,800 ± 500 to 20,000 ± 400 yr. The Moana Formation represents the deposits of the last major advance of ice at 17,300 ± 500 yr and is younger than expected based on limited previous dating. The timing of major piedmont glaciation is restricted to between ˜25,000 and 17,000 yr and this interval corresponds to a time of regionally cold sea surface temperatures, expansion of grasslands at the expense of forest on South Island, and hemisphere wide glaciation.

  3. A consistent magnetic polarity stratigraphy of late Neogene to Quaternary fluvial sediments from the Heidelberg Basin (Germany): A new time frame for the Plio-Pleistocene palaeoclimatic evolution of the Rhine Basin

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    Scheidt, Stephanie; Hambach, Ulrich; Rolf, Christian

    2015-04-01

    This work presents the results of a magnetostratigraphic survey performed on 1150 m of core material from three sites within the Heidelberg Basin. The cores intersect one of the thickest continuous accumulations of Plio-Pleistocene fluvial sediments in western Central Europe. The resultant magnetic polarity stratigraphy includes every Quaternary polarity chron, thereby providing constant age constraint down to the Gauss-Matuyama Boundary (2.58 Ma). Older deposits cannot be unequivocally dated; instead, various age-depth models are discussed. We base our chronostratigraphic interpretation of the successions tentatively on three assumptions. A) The accommodation was almost constant over time. B) Hiatuses in the duration of subchrons (on the order of 0.2 Myr) may occur, and the actual step-like age-depth relationship is best depicted as a smooth curve with almost constant slope. C) Long chrons and subchrons have a higher preservation potential than shorter polarity intervals. The stratigraphic scenarios with the highest probability - based upon our three assumptions - lead to minimum ages of > 5.235 Ma and > 4.187 Ma for the oldest parts of the Viernheim and Heidelberg cores, respectively. Consequently, this study provides the first consistent magnetic polarity stratigraphy for quasi-continuous sequences of late Neogene to Quaternary fluvial sediments in the Rhine Basin and generally in western central Europe. This methodologically independent chronostratigraphy supplies an urgently required temporal model for on-going tectonic and sedimentological studies and the reconstruction of the palaeoclimate since the Pliocene in this part of Europe.

  4. Palynological investigations of late Pleistocene deposits in South Eastern France

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    Palynological investigations were carried out on lignites and other Late Pleistocene deposits in the area north of Grenoble in southeastern France, in order to reconstruct the vegetational and climatic development in this area during the Late Pleistocene. The 14C and ionium content of several lignites were also measured. (Auth.)

  5. Current research on the late Pliocene and Pleistocene deposits north of Homa Mountain, southwestern Kenya.

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    Ditchfield, P; Hicks, J; Plummer, T; Bishop, L C; Potts, R

    1999-02-01

    The late Pliocene and Pleistocene sediments of the Homa Peninsula in southwestern Kenya are richly fossiliferous, preserve Early Stone Age archaeological traces and provide one of the few paleoanthropological data sets for the region between the branches of the East African Rift Valley. This paper presents preliminary results of our ongoing investigation of late Pliocene and Pleistocene deposits at the localities of Rawi, Kanam East, Kanam Central and Kanjera. While fossils have been collected from the peninsula since 1911, little systematic effort has been made to place them into a broader litho-and chronostratigraphic framework. This project has conclusively demonstrated that fossils occur in good stratigraphic context at all of the study localities and that claims of sediment slumping (Boswell, 1935) have been greatly overstated (Behrensmeyer et al., 1995; Plummer & Potts, 1989). A provisional chronostratigraphic framework based on magneto- and biostratigraphy is presented here. We have revised the Plio-Pleistocene stratigraphy of the Rawi and Kanam gullies to include three formations: the Rawi, Abundu and Kasibos Formations. Based on magneto- and biostratigraphy, these formations are dated between approximately three and one m.y.a. (Gauss Chron-Jaramillo Subchron) (Cande & Kent, 1995). The Apoko Formation unconformably overlies the others and may be middle to late Pleistocene in age. All formations contain rich patches of fossils, and Acheulean artifacts have been surface collected from the Abundu and Kasibos Formations. Deposition of the fossil- and artefact-bearing sediments at Kanjera North began in the early Pleistocene and continued into the middle Pleistocene. Deposition at Kanjera South began over one million years earlier than previously thought, at approximately 2.2 m.y.a., and continued into the Olduvai Subchron (1.770-1.950 m.y.a.; Cande & Kent, 1995). Excavations have recovered Oldowan artefacts in association with well-preserved fossil fauna near the base of the sequence, the oldest archaeological traces yet known from southwestern Kenya. PMID:10068063

  6. An attempt at correlation between the Velay pollen sequence and the Middle Pleistocene stratigraphy from central Europe.

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    de Beaulieu, J. L.; Andrieu-Ponel, V.; Reille, M.; Grüger, E.; Tzedakis, C.; Svobodová, Helena

    2001-01-01

    Ro?. 20, - (2001), s. 1593-1602. ISSN 0277-3791 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R KSK6005114 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6005908 Keywords : Middle Pleistocene * stratigraphy * pollen sequence Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 3.055, year: 2001

  7. Stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, and paleomagnetism of Pliocene-early Pleistocene lacustrine deposits in two cores from western Utah

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    Thompson, R.S.; Oviatt, Charles G.; Roberts, A.P.; Buchner, J.; Kelsey, R.; Bracht, C.J.; Forester, R.M.; Bradbury, J.P.

    1995-01-01

    The paleoclimatic history of western Utah is being investigated as part of the USGS Global Change and Climate History Program studies of long-term climatic changes in the western United States. The initial objective of the study is to document the environmental conditions during the mid-Pliocene period of warmer-than-modern global climates (the focus of the USGS Pliocene Research, Interpretation, and Synoptic Mapping [PRISM] project). The investigation also seeks to determine how and when these conditions gave way to the late Quaternary pattern of climatic variations (in which short periods of very moist climates have been separated by long periods of arid conditions). This is a collaborative project involving specialists from the USGS, Kansas State University, and the University of California-Davis in paleontology (Thompson, Buchner, Forester, Bradbury), stratigraphy and sedimentology (Oviatt, Kelsey, Bracht), and paleomagnetism and environmental magnetism (Roberts). The data presented herein represent preliminary findings of the analyses of two cores of Pliocene and early Pleistocene sediments from the eastern Great Basin.

  8. BISON ANTIQUUS OCCURRENCE AND PLEISTOCENE-HOLOCENE STRATIGRAPHY, CANADA DEL BUEY, PAJARITO PLATEAU, NEW MEXICO

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    RENEAU, STEVEN L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; DRAKOS, PAUL G. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; MORGAN, GARY S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2007-02-12

    A Bison. (probable Bison antiguus) distal humerus fragment was found within a Pleistocene colluvial deposit on a hillslope above Canada del Buey near White Rock, New Mexico. The Bison fossil is preserved within a buried soil with an inferred age of ca. 50-100 ka, based on soil properties and on stratigraphic position below a deposit of ca. 50-60 ka EI Cajete pumice. This represents the second oldest dated Bison in New Mexico, and one of the few occurrences of this genus in the northern mountains of the state. It is also only the second record of a Pleistocene vertebrate from Los Alamos County, and is a rare occurrence of a pre-25 ka Bison fossil in good stratigraphic context. Hillslopes in the study area are underlain by a sequence of truncated Pleistocene and Holocene soils that are inferred to represent colluvial deposition and soil formation followed by erosion in the mid Pleistocene (buried soil 'b3'), the late Pleistocene (buried soil 'b2'), and the mid-to-late Holocene (buried soil 'b1'). The surface soil is developed in depOSits that overlie 600-800 year-old Ancestral Puebloan sites. Colluvium is dominated by relatively fine-grained (fine to very fine sand) slopewash colluvium deposited by overland flow, but also includes rocky colluvium on hillslopes below mesas. The fine-grained colluvium is likely derived mainly from reworking of eolian deposits. Episodic colluvial deposition appears to, at least in part, accompany and follow episodic eolian events, with intervening periods dominated by erosion and the development of truncated soils.

  9. A consistent magnetic polarity stratigraphy of Plio-Pleistocene fluvial sediments from the Heidelberg Basin (Germany)

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    Scheidt, Stephanie; Hambach, Ulrich; Rolf, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Deep drillings in the Heidelberg Basins provide access to one of the thickest and most complete successions of Quaternary and Upper Pliocene continental sediments in Central-Europe [1]. In absence of any comprehensive chronostratigraphic model, these sediments are so far classified by lithological and hydrogeological criteria. Therefore the age of this sequence is still controversially discussed ([1], [2]). In spite of the fact that fluvial sediments are a fundamental challenge for the application of magnetic polarity stratigraphy we performed a thorough study on four drilling cores (from Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and nearby Viernheim). Here, we present the results from the analyses of these cores, which yield to a consistent chronostratigraphic framework. The components of natural remanent magnetisation (NRM) were separated by alternating field and thermal demagnetisation techniques and the characteristic remanent magnetisations (ChRM) were isolated by principle component analysis [3]. Due to the coring technique solely inclination data of the ChRM is used for the determination of the magnetic polarity stratigraphy. Rock magnetic proxies were applied to identify the carriers of the remanent magnetisation. The investigations prove the NRM as a stable, largely primary magnetisation acquired shortly after deposition (PDRM). The Matuyama-Gauss boundary is clearly defined by a polarity change in each core, as suggested in previous work [4]. These findings are in good agreement with the biostratigraphic definition of the base of the Quaternary ([5], [6], [7]). The Brunhes-Matuyama boundary could be identified in core Heidelberg UniNord 1 and 2 only. Consequently, the position of the Jaramillo and Olduvai subchron can be inferred from the lithostratigraphy and the development of fluvial facies architecture in the Rhine system. The continuation of the magnetic polarity stratigraphy into the Gilbert chron (Upper Pliocene) allows alternative correlation schemes for the cores Viernheim and Heidelberg. All things considered, the application of magnetic polarity stratigraphy on Pliocene and Pleistocene fluvial sediments from the Heidelberg Basin provides a consistent and independent chronology and opens the perspective for global correlations where other approaches hardly come to results. [1] GABRIEL, G., ELLWANGER, D., HOSELMANN, C. & WEIDENFELLER, M. 2008. Preface: The HeidelbergBasin Drilling Project. E & G (Quaternary Science Journal), 57, 253-260. [2] ELLWANGER, D. & WIELAND-SCHUSTER, U. 2012. Fotodokumentation und Schichtenverzeichnis der Forschungsbohrungen Heidelberg UniNord I und II. LGRB-Informationen, 26, 25-86. [3] KIRSCHVINK, J. L. 1980. The least-squares line and plane and the analysis of palaeomagnetic data. Geophysical Journal, Royal Astronomical Society, 62, 699-718. [4] ROLF, C., HAMBACH, U. & WEIDENFELLER, M. 2008. Rock and palaeomagnetic evidence for the Plio-/Pleistocene palaeoclimatic change recorded in Upper Rhine Graben sediments (Core Ludwigshafen-Parkinsel), Neth. J. Geosci., 87 (1), 41-50. [5] KNIPPING, M. 2008. Early and Middle Pleistocene pollen assemblages of deep core drillings in the northern Upper Rhine Graben, Germany, Neth. J. Geosci., 87(1), 51-65. [6] HEUMANN, G., pers. Comm. [7] HAHNE, J., pers. Comm.

  10. Final Pleistocene and Early Holocene at Sitio do Meio, Piauí, Brazil: Stratigraphy and comparison with Pedra Furada

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    Giulia Aimola; Camila Andrade; Leidiana Mota; Fabio Parenti

    2014-01-01

    English: Sitio do Meio, in southern Piaui, Brazil, is the second rock shelter presenting fully Pleistocene dates and artefacts after Pedra Furada.  Despite the anthropogenic origin of Pedra Furada artefacts has been questioned, SDM has better chances to be accepted by the scientific community because of the absence of the most relevant stone breaking agents in this kind of site, i.e. waterfalls. This paper presents a critical revision of the history of excavations (1980-2000), stratigraphy,...

  11. Late Pleistocene geomagnetic excursion in Icelandic lavas

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    In 1980 Kristjansson and Gudmundsson reported a late glacial geomagnetic excursion in three hills in the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, with shallow negative inclinations and westerly declinations. They named it the Skalamaelifell excursion. More extensive field work has identified the same excursional paleomagnetic direction (declination = 258deg, inclination = -15deg) at four additional outcrops in a 10x10 km area in the Reykjanes peninsula. The excursion lavas are olivine tholeiites with similar petrography and chemical compositions. Paleointensity determinations by the Thellier method average 4.2±0.2 ?T for 8 samples, more than an order of magnitude weaker than the present geomagnetic field in Iceland. Together, these results suggest extrusion of the excursion lavas in a very brief span of time, probably less than a few hundred years. K-Ar dating of the excursion lavas gives a mean age for 19 determinations of 42.9±7.8 ka (2?). Compilation of thirty K-Ar ages of the Laschamp and Olby flows by three laboratories yield a new age for the Laschamp excursion in France of 46.6±2.4 ka (2?). The age of the excursion in southwestern Iceland is statistically indistinguishable from the Laschamp excursion at the 95% confidence level, and both have very low paleointensities. Therefore, we suggest that the Laschamp and Olby flows in France and the Skalamaelifell units of Iceland recorded essentially the same geomagnetic excursion. Differences in the virtual paleomagnetic pences in the virtual paleomagnetic poles (VGPs) of these excursions may be due to (1) the probable non-dipole character of the geomagnetic field during the excursion, (2) rapid geomagnetic secular variation and possible small age differences of the extrusive rocks in France and Iceland, and/or (3) crustal magnetic anomalies which might dominate the local geomagnetic field during the excursion at either or both locations. (orig.)

  12. Stratigraphy and Subaerial Exposure of Late Quaternary Tidal Deposits in Haenam Bay, Korea (South-eastern Yellow Sea)

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    Park, Y. A.; Lim, D. I.; Khim, B. K.; Choi, J. Y.; Doh, S. J.

    1998-10-01

    Late Quaternary stratigraphy of the coastal deposits in Haenam Bay, south-western coast of Korea (south-eastern Yellow Sea) consists of two depositional units: a Holocene intertidal deposit (Unit I), and an underlying Late Pleistocene tidal deposit (Unit II), both of which are distinguished by distinct unconformity. The yellowish colour and more consolidated and oxidized nature are characteristics of the sediments in the upper part of Unit II. In spite of the lack of primary sedimentary structures, a conspicuous cryogenic structure was found in the upper part of Unit II, reflecting cold and dry conditions. The magnetic susceptibility enhancement in the upper part of Unit II added the possibility of pedogenesis during subaerial exposure. The upper part of Unit II is characterized by the deficiency of smectite and chlorite, in contrast to the clay mineral suites of Unit I and lower part of Unit II, which may be attributed to post-depositional and diagenetic alteration. The degree of weathering measured by the chemical index of alteration shows that the removal of labile minerals by leaching also occurred in the upper part of Unit II. Thus, the upper part of this unit appears to have undergone subaerial exposure and weathering during low sea-level stands. The supporting evidence of the sediment properties, including sediment colour and structure, water contents and shear strength, geochemical and clay mineralogical data, and magnetic susceptibility, provides the potential signature of the subaerial exposure and weathering of Late Pleistocene sediments in the tidal-dominated Haenam Bay sedimentary basin.

  13. Late Pleistocene Vertebrates and Other Fossils from Epiguruk, Northwestern Alaska

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    Hamilton, T.D.; Ashley, G.M.; Reed, K.M.; Schweger, C.E.

    1993-01-01

    Sediments exposed at Epiguruk, a large cutbank on the Kobuk River about 170 km inland from Kotzebue Sound, record multiple episodes of glacial-age alluviation followed by interstadial downcutting and formation of paleosols. Vertebrate remains from Epiguruk include mammoth, bison, caribou, an equid, a canid, arctic ground squirrel, lemmings, and voles. Radiocarbon ages of bone validated by concordant ages of peat and wood span the interval between about 37,000 and 14,000 yr B.P. The late Pleistocene pollen record is dominated by Cyperaceae, with Artemisia, Salix, Betula, and Gramineae also generally abundant. The fossil record from Epiguruk indicates that the Kobuk River valley supported tundra vegetation with abundant riparian willows during middle and late Wisconsin time. Large herbivores were present during the height of late Wisconsin glaciation as well as during its waning stage and the preceding interstadial interval. The Kobuk River valley would have been a favorable refugium for plants, animals, and possibly humans throughout the last glaciation.

  14. Seismic stratigraphy of the Bering Trough, Gulf of Alaska: Late Quaternary history of Bering Glacier dynamics

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    Montelli, A.; Gulick, S. P. S.; Worthington, L. L.; Mix, A. C.; Zellers, S.; Jaeger, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    Sedimentary architecture of the cross-shelf Bering Trough is studied using 5 high resolution seismic profiles integrated with the drilling data acquired during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 341. The objectives of this work are to constrain the number of advance-retreat cycles that have occurred through the Late Quaternary, examine the impact of the Bering Glacier on the continental shelf and slope, and reconstruct Bering Glacier dynamics. By tying these sequences with ?18O stratigraphy, we can test the Bering Glacier's relation to global ice sheet evolution and better understand the degree to which the glacial advance-retreat cycles were in phase with global events. Our results show that: (1) Identification of erosional surfaces and glacigenic landforms that record positions of stillstand events and diagnose the style of retreat allow us to distinguish nine phases of glacial advances and subsequent retreats. (2) Mapping shows that glacier pathways and flow directions through time are influenced by the occurrence of thick grounding-zone deposits and shifting foci of erosion. (3) Continuous buildup of glacigenic sediment fills tectonically created accommodation space and allows the glacier to advance seaward for the last three advances. Discovery of systematic, prominent deposition of glacial diamict and ice-rafted debris (IRD) during phases of glacial retreat is supported by the drilling data and suggests reconsideration of IRD impact on slope sedimentation. (4) The trough mouth fan started its development during marine isotope stage (MIS) 6, progressively advancing to the position of present shelf edge during the subsequent MIS 4 and MIS 2 and is recognized by evidence of extensive deposition of glacigenic debris flows on the slope. (5) Sedimentation rates in the depocenter are exceptionally high and are estimated to be 1-2 m/k.y. through the middle Pleistocene on the shelf and 4-5 m/k.y. average through MIS 6 on the slope.

  15. Buried late Pleistocene fluvial channels on the inner continental shelf off Vengurla, west coast of India

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    SubbaRaju, L.V.; Krishna, K.S.; Chaubey, A.K.

    1991-01-01

    . These features, which formed during the late Pleistocene, are at approximately the same depth below the seabed. The seismic data suggest that depositions of this system occurred during eustatic sea-level fluctuations and formed an important part of shelf...

  16. Radiocarbon chronology of Late Pleistocene large mammal faunas from the Pannonian basin (Hungary).

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    Kovács J

    2012-01-01

    Geochronological data from the mammal fauna of the Pannonian basin during the Late Pleistocene are compiled. Thirty-four megafaunal samples (including both fossil bone and associated materials such as charcoal), previously radiocarbon dated by accelerator mass spectrometry and conventional methods, range from 43 to 10.3 14C ka BP (47-13 ka cal BP). Thus, most samples date within Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3 and 2 of the Late Pleistocene, and indicate that the mammoth st...

  17. Late Pleistocene voles (Arvicolinae, Rodentia) from the Baranica Cave (Serbia)

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    Bogi?evi?, Katarina; Nenadi?, Draženko; Mihailovi?, Dušan

    2012-02-01

    Baranica is a cave system situated in the south-eastern part of Serbia, four kilometers south to Knjaževac, on the right bank of the Trgovi\\vski Timok. The investigations in Baranica were conducted from 1994 to 1997 by the Faculty of Philosophy from Belgrade and the National Museum of Knjaževac. Four geological layers of Quaternary age were recovered. The abundance of remains of both large and small mammals was noticed in the early phase of the research. In this paper, the remains of eight vole species are described: Arvicola terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758), Chionomys nivalis (Martins, 1842), Microtus (Microtus) arvalis (Pallas, 1778) and Microtus (Microtus) agrestis (Linnaeus, 1761), Microtus (Stenocranius) gregalis (Pallas, 1779), Microtus (Terricola) subterraneus (de Sélys-Longchamps, 1836), Clethrionomys glareolus (Schreber, 1780) and Lagurus lagurus (Pallas, 1773). Among them, steppe and open area inhabitants prevail. Based on the evolutionary level and dimensions of the Arvicola terrestris molars, as well as the overall characteristics of the fauna, it was concluded that the deposits were formed in the last glacial period of the Late Pleistocene. These conclusions are rather consistent with the absolute dating of large mammal bones (23.520 ± 110 B.P. for Layer 2 and 35.780 ± 320 B.P. for Layer 4).

  18. Seismic Stratigraphy of Pleistocene Deltaic Deposits in Bahía Blanca Estuary, Argentina

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    SALVADOR, ALIOTTA; SILVIA S., GINSBERG; DARÍO, GIAGANTE; LAURA G., VECCHI; MARTA M., SALVATIERRA.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O estuário da Bahía Blanca (Argentina) tem uma configuração morfológica resultante de processos hidrológicos e sedimentares relacionados a mudanças do nível do mar durante o Quaternário Tardio. Este sistema estuarino ocupa uma ampla planície costeira com uma densa rede de canais de marés, ilhas de b [...] aixa altitude e extensas áreas de intermarés com baixa declividade. Nesta área, pouco se conhece sobre as unidades sedimentares do fundo marinho. Portanto, análise estratigráfica da costa norte do estuário da Bahía Blanca foi realizada usando sísmica de alta resolução (3,5 kHz) com a finalidade de: i) definir sequências quaternárias, ii) descrever estruturas sedimentares, e iii) determinar as condições paleoambientais de sedimentação. Os dados estratigráficos sísmicos obtidos e suas correlações litológicas com dados de perfuração apresentaram cinco sequências sísmicas (S1, S2, S3, S4 e S5), das quais S1-S2 foram correlacionadas com um paleoambiente continental referente ao Mioceno-Pleistoceno. Sequências S3 e S4, de fácies litológicas e sísmicas (estruturas de paleocanais e configurações de reflexão progradantes) foram definidas nestas sequências, evidenciando o desenvolvimento de um ambiente ancestral deltaico que foi parte de um amplo sistema de drenagem do Pleistoceno. A sequência S5 foi formada durante os processos transgressivo-regressivos do Holoceno e preenche a coluna sismo-estratigráfica definida neste estudo. Abstract in english The Bahía Blanca estuary (Argentina) has a morphological configuration resulting from hydrological and sedimentary processes related to Late Quaternary sea level changes. This estuarine system occupies a large coastal plain with a dense net of tidal channels, low-altitude islands and large intertida [...] l flats. Little is known about the sedimentary units of the marine subbottom. Therefore, a stratigraphical analysis of the northern coast of Bahía Blanca estuary was carried out using high resolution seismic (3.5 kHz) in order to: i) define Quaternary sequences, ii) describe sedimentary structures, and iii) determine the paleoenvironmental conditions of sedimentation. The seismic stratigraphic data collected and their correlation with drilling lithological data show five seismic sequences (S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5), of which S1-S2 were found to be associated with a continental paleoenvironment of Miocene-Pleistocene age. Sequences S3 and S4, whose lithology and seismic facies (paleochannel structures and prograding reflection configurations), were defined on these materials, to evidence the development of an ancient deltaic environment which was part of a large Pleistocene drainage system. The S5 sequence was formed during the Holocene transgressive-regressive process and complete the seismostratigraphic column defined in the present study.

  19. Are Catchment Denudation Signals Stored in Alluvial-Fan Stratigraphy? Measuring Paleodenudation Rates Using Cosmogenic Radionuclides in the Pleistocene Pleasant Canyon Complex, Panamint Mountains, California

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    Mason, C. C.; Them, T. R., II; Romans, B.

    2014-12-01

    Linked erosional-depositional systems such as relatively small catchment-fan systems are excellent natural laboratories for the study of signal propagation and storage in stratigraphic archives. Changing boundary conditions in erosional catchments transmit signals down system to be encoded in stratigraphy as variation in cosmogenic isotope concentrations and, potentially, patterns in depositional architecture. We examine a linked catchment-fan system on the western flank of the Panamint Mountains, California, using cosmogenic nuclides to quantify modern and paleo-sediment flux from catchment to fan in order to test coupling between sediment supply rates and preserved stratigraphic patterns. We measure 26Al/10Be in quartz from: 1) modern sediment in active channels at two drainage basin outlets, and 2) vertical transects through outcrops of mid-Pleistocene alluvial fan sediments. 10Be concentrations in modern sediment establish baseline catchment-averaged denudation rates, and allow comparison of contemporary rates to published late Quaternary denudation rates. 26Al/10Be ratios from mid-Pleistocene outcrops provide an age model, while 10Be concentrations yield a record of paleodenudation. Isotope concentration variability/contribution from modern production is assessed with paired samples from equivalent stratigraphic intervals and paired shielded-unshielded samples. We constrain the areal extent of the paleo-Pleasant Canyon fan complex using empirical relationships from modern catchment-fan systems in the region. These fan-area estimates were combined with sedimentologic facies and process interpretations derived from high-resolution characterization of the outcrop to reconstruct stacking patterns and a baselevel history utilized in a depositional model helping to contextualize paleodenudation rates.

  20. Late Pleistocene submarine mass movements: occurrence and causes

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    Owen, Matthew; Day, Simon; Maslin, Mark

    2007-04-01

    An extensive study of Late Pleistocene continental slope submarine mass movements was undertaken. Twenty-six well-dated mass movements occurred during the last 45 ka BP in the North Atlantic sector. A latitudinal trend is observed: between 45 and 12 ka BP most events occur in the mid- to low-latitudes, post-12 ka BP high-latitude occurring events dominate. A cluster of events is associated with the Last Glacial sea level lowstand and Termination 1B. Further events are associated with Termination 1A and the Holocene. Prior to 23 ka BP no clear relationship with the ice core atmospheric methane record is observed, in contrast during and following the deglaciation there is a possible relationship with atmospheric methane. High-latitude mass movements are primarily controlled by cyrospheric-induced variations in sedimentation and local sea level. In high latitudes, the glaciation subdues mass movement activity through reduced seisimicity, sediment supply and ocean temperatures. Deglaciation increases the sediment supply, seisimicity and ocean temperatures, thus increasing the likelihood of continental slope failures. For example the Storegga event coincides with high isostatic uplift and postglacial seisimicity, while the Andøya and Trænadjupet events occur before and after the peak rates respectively. In contrast low latitudes experience greater risk of slope failures during glacial periods from falling sea levels, although during the deglacial and interglacial period there is a potential for failure from changes in deposition centres and rates, as well as warming ocean temperatures potentially leading to dissociation of gas hydrates. The ongoing rapid deglaciation of coastal Greenland and Antarctica and consequent rapid input of sediment, isostatic uplift, crustal stress release and warming bottom water temperature at the shelf break will increase the risk of continental slope failure in these regions.

  1. Testing the correlation of fragmented pollen records of the middle and late Pleistocene temperate stages

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    Kuneš, Petr; Odgaard, Bent Vad

    Quaternary temperate stages have long been described based on changing pollen abundances of various tree taxa in lacustrine sediments. Later, attempts have been made to assign such biostratigraphic units to distinct marine isotope stages (MIS). Existing continuous chronosequences from Southern Europe provide good chronologies and thus enable a biostratigraphic definition of at least younger MIS. In Northern Europe, however, the fragmentary character of the records and the weaknesses of absolute dating prevent good age estimates. Therefore, age-determination of the majority of fragmentary records depends on site-to-site correlations. This comparison has often been performed on a visual basis, lacking clearly defined protocols and statements of underlying assumptions. Here I test the correlation of well and poorly known pollen records of the middle- and late-Pleistocene temperate stages from Northern-Central Europe and evaluate the usefulness of several numerical techniques. TWINSPAN analysis identifies groupsof temperate stages based on presence/absence of their indicative taxa and may be useful for distinguishing between older and younger interglacials. Site-to-site sequence slotting allows the determination of the most similar pairs of records, based on sample dissimilarity following their stratigraphic constraints. Sequence slotting performs well when correlating the Holsteinian interglacial and Cromerian stage II, and also provides tentative correlation of some problematic records. Ordination compares main trends in pollen stratigraphies of all pollen sequences. It finds very similar patterns between Eemian records and Cromerian stage II. Although different methods show sometimes inconsistent results, they can certainly contribute to the discussion of the age of poorly known interglacials. The implications for future directions suggest focusing on better sampling resolution, multi-proxy approaches to climatic reconstruction and obtaining better independent dating.

  2. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Fire History of the California Islands

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    Scott, A. C.; Hardiman, M.; Pinter, N.; Anderson, R.

    2013-12-01

    Charcoal has been recovered from a range of late Pleistocene and Holocene sites on Santa Cruz Island and Santa Rosa Island, both islands part of California's Northern Channel Islands, U.S.A. Sediments have been dated using radiocarbon measurements based on wood charcoal, fungal sclerotia, glassy carbon and fecal pellets and are given as calendar years BP. This charcoal has been used to interpret the fire history of the Islands. Charcoal assemblages from samples dating from 24,690 to 12,900 years are dominated by coniferous wood charcoal. Little angiosperm charcoal was recovered in any of the samples. Fungal sclerotia are frequent in a number of samples from a range of ages both on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. Fecal pellets are common in most samples and abundant in others. Some of the fecal pellets have hexagonal sides and are likely to represent termite frass. The sediments are fluvial in origin and the distribution of charcoal is irregular making interpretation of fire return intervals and fire frequency difficult. The charcoal indicates a significant record of fire before the earliest documented human arrival on the islands. Charcoal reflectance data shows the occurrence of predominantly low temperature charcoals suggesting common surface fires in the coniferous forest. Soledad Pond sediments from Santa Rosa Island (Anderson et al., 2010) dating from 11,800 cal years BP show a distinctively different vegetation dominated by angiosperms and showing a very different fire history. Pinus stands, coastal sage scrub dominated by Baccharis sp. and grassland replaced the conifer forest as the climate warmed. The early Holocene became increasingly drier, particularly after ca. 9150 cal yr BP. By ca. 6900 cal yr BP grasslands recovered. Introduction of non-native species by ranchers occurred subsequent to AD 1850. Charcoal influx is high early in the Soledad Pond record, but declines during the early Holocene when minimal biomass suggests extended drought. A general increase occurs after ca. 7000 cal yr BP, and especially after ca. 4500 cal yr BP. The Holocene pattern closely resembles population levels constructed from the archaeological record, and suggests a potential influence by humans on the fire regime of the islands, particularly during the late Holocene. Reference: ANDERSON, R.S., STARRATT, S., JASS, R.M.B.,PINTER, N., 2010. Fire and vegetation history on Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands, and long-term environmental change in southern California. Journal of Quaternary Science 25, 782-797.

  3. Antemortem trauma and survival in the late Middle Pleistocene human cranium from Maba, South China

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    Wu, Xiu-Jie; Schepartz, Lynne A.; Liu, Wu; Trinkaus, Erik

    2011-01-01

    Paleopathological assessment of the late Middle Pleistocene archaic human cranium from Maba, South China, has documented a right frontal squamous exocranially concave and ridged lesion with endocranial protrusion. Differential diagnosis indicates that it resulted from localized blunt force trauma, due to an accident or, more probably, interhuman aggression. As such it joins a small sample of pre-last glacial maximum Pleistocene human remains with probable evidence of humanly induced trauma. Its remodeled condition also indicates survival of a serious pathological condition, a circumstance that is increasingly documented for archaic and modern Homo through the Pleistocene. PMID:22106311

  4. Response of fluvial, aeolian, and lacustrine systems to late Pleistocene to Holocene climate change, Lower Moravian Basin, Czech Republic

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    Kadlec, Jaroslav; Kocurek, Gary; Mohrig, David; Shinde, Dattatreya P.; Murari, Madhav K.; Varma, Vaidehi; Stehlík, Filip; Beneš, Vojt?ch; Singhvi, Ashok K.

    2015-03-01

    Late Pleistocene to Holocene Morava River valley-fill of the eastern Czech Republic reflects the geomorphic evolution of the valley as forced by climate change. Valley-fill stratigraphy was studied through measured sections, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating, ground-penetrating radar surveys of relict sand dunes, archived drill-hole data, and a comparison of elevations and ages of stratigraphic units. Fluvial systems evolved from meandering with floodplains to braided during MIS 3. Braided fluvio-aeolian systems dominated through MIS 2 and the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Valley aggradation occurred during arid glacial times of a low water-to-sediment discharge ratio. Most valley-fill was removed at 13 ka with incision by a large-bend meandering river with an estimated bankful paleodischarge 3 × larger than the modern Morava River. The Holocene Morava River has varied from meandering to anabranching with low rates of floodplain aggradation. The Bzenec sand body, up to 36 m thick, represents an erosional remnant bypassed during late Pleistocene incision and consists of interpreted lacustrine turbidites overlain by braided stream and aeolian dune strata. The turbidites consist of laterally continuous, thin, normally graded beds of rounded and frosted sand grains of aeolian origin. Dates and elevation data argue that the valley lake formed during the LGM through downstream damming by a braided terminal fan and sand dune complex. The turbidites are interpreted to have formed through fluvial undercutting and slumping of dune accumulations as lake level rose. This process forced an erosional unroofing of aeolian accumulations, reflected in inverted OSL dates for the turbidites.

  5. Geomorphological correlation of Late Pleistocene glacial complexes of Western and Eastern Beringia

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    Glushkova, O. Yu.

    2001-01-01

    Many fundamental problems exist in comparing the chronology and correlation of Late Pleistocene glaciations between Western and Eastern Beringia. However, geomorphological analysis, complemented by palynological studies and radiocarbon age estimates of glacial complexes found in the Ulakhan-Chistai, Bolshoi Annachag, and Pekulney ranges, northeastern Russia, and the Kigluaik Mountains and Brooks Range, Alaska, allow for broad comparisons. The data clearly confirm that in all regions the latest late Pleistocene glaciation (24.0-10.5 ka) was restricted in extent and characterized by well-defined valley glaciers and coalescing valley glacier complexes emanating from local mountain centers. Differences in glacier size were due to local orographic and climatological characteristics.

  6. Atlantic-type carbonate stratigraphy in the late Miocene Pacific

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    Results are reported showing a negative correlation between carbonate content and benthic isotopes in a late Miocene (6.14 - 6.53 Myr) deep-sea sediment core from the eastern equatorial Pacific (DSDP Site 158), which is similar to that found in Quaternary records of the Atlantic rather than the Pacific. An explanation is suggested. (U.K.)

  7. Final Pleistocene and Early Holocene at Sitio do Meio, Piauí, Brazil: Stratigraphy and comparison with Pedra Furada

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    Giulia Aimola

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available English: Sitio do Meio, in southern Piaui, Brazil, is the second rock shelter presenting fully Pleistocene dates and artefacts after Pedra Furada.  Despite the anthropogenic origin of Pedra Furada artefacts has been questioned, SDM has better chances to be accepted by the scientific community because of the absence of the most relevant stone breaking agents in this kind of site, i.e. waterfalls. This paper presents a critical revision of the history of excavations (1980-2000, stratigraphy, chronology, and the archaeological content of the site (sector 2. At least 98 stone tools have been identified and described, all of them being older than 12,500 BP, i.e. belonging to the Upper Pleistocenic phase of Pedra Furada 3, as defined in the close reference site. The lithic industry of Serra Talhada phase (lower Holocene is also presented and compared with paleoindian sites of North-Eastern and Central Brazil.French:Le Sitio do meio, dans le  Piaui méridional (Brésil est le deuxième abri sous roche de la région ayant livré des dates pléistocènes en dehors du site de la Pedra Furada. L'article présente une révision critique des fouilles (1980-2000, la chronostratigraphie et le contenu archéologique du secteur 2. Une centaine d'outils lithiques sont décrits, ils sont plus anciens de 12,5 ka BP  et correspondent à la phase Pléistocène Pedra Furada 3 définie dans le site éponyme de référence. On présente aussi l' industrie lithique de la phase Serra Talhada (Holocène  ancien en la comparant aux industries paléoindiennes du Nord-Est et du centre du Brésil.

  8. Estratigrafía y geocronología de los dépositos del Pleistoceno tardío/Holoceno de la cuenca del arroyo La Estacada, departamentos de Tunuyán y Tupungato (Valle de Uco), Mendoza / Stratigraphy and geochronology of the Late Pleistocene-Holocene of the Arroyo La Estacada Basin, Departmets of Tunuyán and Tupungato (Uco Valley), Mendoza

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    Marcelo, Zárate; Adriana, Mehl.

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available La cuenca del arroyo La Estacada, tributario del río Tunuyán, está situada en el piedemonte andino distal (Departamentos de Tupungato y Tunuyán, Mendoza). En este ámbito se realizaron estudios que abarcaron aspectos estratigráficos, sedimentológicos, geomorfológicos y geocronológicos (dataciones rad [...] iocarbónicas y luminiscencia óptica estimulada) de los depósitos del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno. Los resultados señalan que los depósitos componen tres unidades geomorfológicas (planicie de agradación regional, terraza de relleno y planicie de inundación actual) que representan sendos ciclos de agradación. La planicie agradacional está integrada por una sucesión sedimentaria dominantemente areno-limosa, con niveles de tefras y de gravas, cuya edad es mayor a 48.000 años AP y se extiende hasta alrededor de los 3.000 años 14C AP. La terraza de relleno está compuesta por una sucesión granodecreciente, que abarca un intervalo iniciado antes de los 5.500 14C AP hasta los 400-500 años 14C AP. Con posterioridad a estas últimas fechas, comenzaría la formación de la planicie de inundación actual, caracterizada por el apilamiento de bancos horizontales de arena. El levantamiento de perfiles estratigráficos, la litología de los depósitos y su expresión geomorfológica, así como las edades numéricas obtenidas, señalan que los límites estratigráficos, atribuidos originalmente a las Formaciones La Estacada y el Zampal, transgreden lateralmente los paquetes sedimentarios asignados a cada unidad. Considerando la litología y las relaciones estratigráficas observadas se propone agrupar los depósitos de ambas unidades, así como los de la planicie de inundación actual, en una sola unidad litoestratigráfica con rango de formación y de nombre Formación El Zampal. Abstract in english Arroyo La Estacada is a tributary of Rio Tunuyán situated in the distal Andean piedmont of Mendoza, Argentina. Stratigraphic, sedimentological and geomorphological analysis along with numerical dating by 14C and optical stimulated luminescence were performed on the late Pleistocene-Holocene deposits [...] . Three geomorphological units (regional aggradational plain, fill terrace and the present floodplain) have been identified. The regional aggradational plain is made up of a sedimentary succession dominantly composed of sandy-silty deposits; the sediment accumulation started prior to 48,000 years BP and continued until circa 3,000 14C years AP. The fill terrace is composed of a fining upward sequence encompassing a time interval older than 5,500 14C BP and extending until 400-500 14C years BP. The present floodplain, made up of sand beds, was formed after 400-500 14C years BP. Based on the results obtained, the stratigraphic boundaries originally attributed to La Estacada Formation and El Zampal Formation are laterally transgressive in relation to the sedimentary beds included in each of these lithostratigraphic units. Considering both their lithology and stratigraphic relationships we propose to group these deposits into a single lithostratigaphic unit named El Zampal Formation.

  9. Stratigraphy and paleontology of upper Pleistocene deposits in the interandean depression, northern Ecuador

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    Ficcarelli, G.; Azzaroli, A.; Borselli, V.; Coltorti, M.; Dramis, F.; Fejfar, O.; Hirtz, A.; Torre, D.

    1992-10-01

    In the Interandean Depression of northern Ecuador (Carchi Province), more than 50 m of pyroclastic and windblown deposits (Cangahua Formation) were deposited during the cold phases of the Quaternary, interrupted many times by the development of evolved paleosoils during interstadials. The deposition occurred during downcutting if the plateau and covered existing morphologic irregularities. The upper part of the Cangahua Formation includes three fossiliferous horizons that contain fauna of Lujanian Mammal Age. On the basis of geomorphologic, sedimentologic, and paleontologic evidence, the upper part of the Cangahua is referred to the latest Pleistocene. After this, a renewed phase of downcutting began, reflecting early Holocene climatic amelioration.

  10. Underground temperatures - evidence of Late Pleistocene-Holocene orbital forcing

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    Demezhko, Dmitry; Gornostaeva, Anastasia

    2014-05-01

    An analysis of temperature-depth profiles measured in deep boreholes (more than 1 km) allows determining ground surface temperature (GST) and surface heat flux (SHF) histories in the period of global climate change at the border of Pleistocene and Holocene. We reconstructed past 40 kyr GST and SHF histories using data obtained from two deep boreholes in Russia (Middle Urals and Karelia). GST histories reveal 12-20 degrees of warming during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition 20-10 kyr BP and much smaller changes during Holocene. SHF changes precede the surface temperature changes by 1-2 kyr. The heat flux started to raise 22 kyr BP, reached its maximum value of 0.09-0.12 watts per square meter 15-10 kyr BP and then began to decrease. A comparison of SHF histories with mean annual variations of insolation at a latitude of 60° N (I), which is determined by changes in the Earth's orbital parameters, shows that all three curves are very similar. The synchronous changes of the heat flux and insolation indicate that ground surface temperature changes were mainly governed by external radiative forcing. While the amplitude ratio SHF/I is approximately 1 per cent. A comparison of the reconstructed GST and SHF with the atmospheric carbon dioxide changes (from the Antarctic ice cores) leads to another important conclusion. Carbon dioxide changes by its shape and chronology are much closer to temperature changes than they are to heat flux changes. The heat flux increase occurred faster, and then 12 kyr ago it began to fall, while the increase in carbon dioxide continues to the present. On the assumption that the reconstructed SHF generally reproduces changes in radiative forcing, one can challenge the hypothesis of the primary role of carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect in Pleistocene-Holocene transition.

  11. Origin of late pleistocene formation water in Mexican oil reservoirs

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    Brine water invasion into petroleum reservoirs, especially in sedimentary basins, are known from a variety of global oil field, such as the Western Canada sedimentary basin and, the central Mississippi Salt Dome basin (Kharaka et al., 1987). The majority of oil wells, especially in the more mature North American fields, produce more water than they do oil (Peachey et al., 1998). In the case of Mexican oil fields, increasing volumes of invading water into the petroleum wells were detected during the past few years. Major oil reserves in the SE-part of the Gulf of Mexico are economically affected due to decreases in production rate, pipeline corrosion and well closure. The origin of deep formation water in many sedimentary basins is still controversial: Former hypothesis mainly in the 60's, explained the formation of formation water by entrapment of seawater during sediment deposition. Subsequent water-rock interaction processes explain the chemical evolution of hydrostatic connate water. More recent hydrodynamic models, mainly based on isotopic data, suggest the partial migration of connate fluids, whereas the subsequent invasion of surface water causes mixing processes (Carpenter 1978). As part of the presented study, a total of 90 oil production wells were sampled from 1998 to 2004 to obtain chemical (Major and trace elements) and isotopic composition (2H, 13C, 14C, 18O 36Cl, 37Cl, 87Sr, Cl, 37Cl, 87Sr, 129I, tritium) of deep formation water at the Mexican Gulf coast. Samples were extracted from carbonate-type reservoirs of the oil fields Luna, Samaria-Sitio Grande, Jujo-Tecominoac (on-shore), and Pol-Chuc (off-shore, including Abkatun, Batab, Caan, and Taratunich) at a depth between 2,900 m b.s.l. and 6,100 m b.s.l. During the field work, the influence of atmospheric contamination e.g. by CO2-atmospheric input was avoided by using an interval sampler to get in-situ samples from the extraction zone of selected bore holes. For wellhead samples, a 20 liter-sampling-reagent was previously filled with N2-gas for the collection and phase separation of the pressurized gas-water-crude oil mixture. No differences in 14C-concentrations were detected applying, both, conventional and AMS-techniques. In contradiction to the expected 'fossil age' of reservoir water as part of a stagnant hydraulic system, measured 14C-concentrations between 0.89 pmC and 31.86 pmC indicate a late Pleistocene-early Holocene, regional event for the infiltration of surface water into the reservoir. The variety in water mineralization from meteoric (TDSmax = 0.5 g/l) to hyper-saline composition (TDSmax = 338 g/l) is not caused by halite dissolution from adjacent salt domes, as shown by elevated Br/Cl ratios. In contrary, the linear correlation between 18O and Cl values reflect varying mixing proportions of two components - meteoric water and evaporated seawater. Instead of water/rock-interaction, evaporation of seawater at the surface prior to infiltration represents the principal process for fluid enrichment in 18O and chlorine, with maximum values of 17.2 %o and 228 g/l, respectively. The young residence time of formation water in Mexican oil reservoirs implies following: - The common assumption of 'hydraulically-frozen' reservoirs is not correct, as main descending fluid migration occurred during glacial period. Probably, major infiltration processes are related to periods with climatic changes and increased humidity - as observed for the adjacent Yucatan region in SE-Mexico during early-mid Holocene (6,000 yr BP) (Metcalfe et al. 2000) - with the probable transgression of Mexican Gulf seawater into the recent Mexican coastal plain. - The common hypothesis of hydrocarbon maturation within Jurassic organic-rich layers, and its subsequent expulsion and migration into Cretaceous/Tertiary sedimentary units must be expanded by a last-step-process: As glacial ground water level is actually located below the hydrocarbon column (due to differences in density), a general mobilization of the entire column of reservoir fluids and the displacement of the organic p

  12. Late Cenozoic structure and stratigraphy of south-central Washington

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    Reidel, S.P. [Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)]|[Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States). Dept. of Geology; Campbell, N.P. [Yakima Valley Coll., WA (United States); Fecht, K.R.; Lindsey, K.A. [Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)

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    The structural framework of the Columbia Basin began developing before Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) volcanism. Prior to 17.5 Ma, the eastern part of the basin was a relatively stable area, with a basement of Paleozoic and older crystalline rock. The western part was an area of subsidence in which large volumes of sediment and volcanic rocks accumulated. Concurrent with eruption of the CRBG, anticlinal ridges of the Yakima Fold Belt (YFB) were growing under north-south compression. Topographic expression of these features was later masked by the large volume of CRBG basalt flowing west from fissures in the eastern Columbia Basin. The folds continued to develop after cessation of volcanism, leading to as much as 1,000 m of structural relief in the past 10 million years. Post-CRBG evolution of the Columbia Basin is recorded principally in folding and faulting in the YFB and sediments deposited in the basins. The accompanying tectonism resulted in lateral migration of major depositional systems into subsiding structural lows. Although known late Cenozoic faults are on anticlinal ridges, earthquake focal mechanisms and contemporary strain measurements indicate most stress release is occurring in the synclinal areas under north-south compression. There is no obvious correlation between focal mechanisms for earthquakes whose foci are in the CRBG and the location of known faults. High in situ stress values help to explain the occurrence of microseismicity in the Columbia Basin but not the pattern. Microseismicity appears to occur in unaltered fresh basalt. Faulted basalt associated with the YFB is highly brecciated and commonly altered to clay. The high stress, abundance of ground water in confined aquifers of the CRBG, and altered basalt in fault zones suggest that the frontal faults on the anticlinal ridges probably have some aseismic deformation. 85 refs.

  13. Late Cenozoic structure and stratigraphy of south-central Washington

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    The structural framework of the Columbia Basin began developing before Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) volcanism. Prior to 17.5 Ma, the eastern part of the basin was a relatively stable area, with a basement of Paleozoic and older crystalline rock. The western part was an area of subsidence in which large volumes of sediment and volcanic rocks accumulated. Concurrent with eruption of the CRBG, anticlinal ridges of the Yakima Fold Belt (YFB) were growing under north-south compression. Topographic expression of these features was later masked by the large volume of CRBG basalt flowing west from fissures in the eastern Columbia Basin. The folds continued to develop after cessation of volcanism, leading to as much as 1,000 m of structural relief in the past 10 million years. Post-CRBG evolution of the Columbia Basin is recorded principally in folding and faulting in the YFB and sediments deposited in the basins. The accompanying tectonism resulted in lateral migration of major depositional systems into subsiding structural lows. Although known late Cenozoic faults are on anticlinal ridges, earthquake focal mechanisms and contemporary strain measurements indicate most stress release is occurring in the synclinal areas under north-south compression. There is no obvious correlation between focal mechanisms for earthquakes whose foci are in the CRBG and the location of known faults. High in situ stress values help to explain the occurrence of microseismicity in the Columbia Basin but not the pattern. Microseismicity appears to occur in unaltered fresh basalt. Faulted basalt associated with the YFB is highly brecciated and commonly altered to clay. The high stress, abundance of ground water in confined aquifers of the CRBG, and altered basalt in fault zones suggest that the frontal faults on the anticlinal ridges probably have some aseismic deformation. 85 refs

  14. Sequence stratigraphy of the Nukumaruan stratotype (Pliocene-Pleistocene, c. 2.08-1.63 Ma), Wanganui Basin, New Zealand

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    Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene (c. 2.08-1.63 Ma) strata exposed in coastal cliffs along Nukumaru and Ototoka beaches near Wanganui, between the top of the Nukumaru Limestone and the base of the Butlers Shell Conglomerate, comprise 11 depositional sequences of a total thickness of c. 86 m. The sequences consist predominantly of siliciclastic shoreline facies. Non-marine facies (including palaeosols), and a variety of shallow-marine shellbed facies, are also represented. Patterns in facies composition and sequence architecture reveal three sequence motifs (Maxwell, Nukumaru, and Birdgrove) that represent progressively increasing maximum palaeowater depths within a broadly basin-margin palaeogeographic setting. The sequence motif changes systematically up section and records a lower order tectonic influence on accommodation that has modulated the stacking patterns of individual sequences. Correlation of the sequences with oxygen isotope stages 77-57 is achieved using the basin-wide Ototoka tephra, and indicates that the sequences accumulated in response to obliquity driven (41 k.y. duration) glacio-eustatic sea-level oscillations. Correlation of the Nukumaru coast sequences with other sections along basin strike, and the global oxygen isotope record indicates that (i) 500 k.y. (?18O stages MIS 56-34) is missing at the unconformity between the Nukumaruan and overlying Castlecliffian stratotypes on the Wanganui coast, and (ii) the Pliocene-Pleistocene bound, and (ii) the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary lies within sequence NC7 at the base of the Lower Maxwell Formation. (author). 52 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs

  15. Late Pleistocene to Holocene environmental changes from ?13C determinations in soils at Teotihuacan, Mexico

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    Full Text Available Stable carbon isotopic signature (?13C of soil organic matter (SOM is used as a high-spatial resolution tool to infer environmental changes during late Pleistocene to Present in the Teotihuacan valley, Mexico. Interpretation was based on climatic preferences of C3, CAM and C4 plant groups. ?13C values of modern plant types are clearly distinguished. C3 plants display values around –27‰, while C4 and CAM plants have values around––13‰. Data from soil profiles range from -25.7 to -15.5 ‰. Cerro Gordo site ?13C varyies around -20‰, indicating long-term, time-stable co-existence between C3 and C4 or CAM plants. The more depleted signatures (-23 ± 2 ‰ are, dominated by carbon from C3 vegetation of late Pleistocene swamp paleosols in the Tepexpan profile of the Lake Texcoco. Younger paleosols from lower valley sites, have less depleted values (-17 ± 1 ‰, dominated by C4 and CAM carbon. Late Holocene and modern soils present slightly more negative values (1-2 ‰ with respect to ?13C of underlying soils. Our results show 1 an increase of 10-70 % depending on the site, during the transition from the late Pleistocene to early Holocene, and 2 a dominance of C4 vegetation, up to 84%, in valley environment during the middle Holocene. These data support a climatic change from cold and wet conditions in the Last Glacial Maximum and late Pleistocene, to warm and dry conditions in middle Holocene. A slight rise in moisture availability during late Holocene is inferred based on the 4-10% increase in C3 plant carbon in soils from the valley. Conditions remained generally warm and dry, much as they are at present, favouring the development of agriculture in the valley. Our interpretation agrees with results of paleoenvironmental studies at Texcoco Lake based on diatom and pollen analyses in lake.

  16. Late quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentology of the inner part of southwest Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

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    Joseph Bonaparte Gulf is a large embayment on the northwestern continental margin of Australia. It is approximately 300 km east-west and 120 km north-south with a broad continental shelf to seaward. Maximum width from the southernmost shore of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to the edge of the continental shelf is 560 km. Several large rivers enter the gulf along its shores. The climate is monsoonal. sub-humid, and cyclone-prone during the December-March wet season. A bedrock high (Sahul Rise) rims the shelf margin. The sediments within the gulf are carbonates to seaward, grading into clastics inshore. A seaward-thinning wedge of highstand muds dominates the sediments of the inner shelf of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. Mud banks up to 15m thick have developed inshore. Coarse-grained sand ridges up to 15m high are found off the mouth of the Ord River. These overlie an Upper Pleistocene transgressive lag of mixed carbonate and gravelly siliciclastic sand. Four drowned strandlines are present on the inner shelf at depths of 20, 25, 28 and 30 m below datum. These are interpreted as having formed during stillstands in the Late Pleistocene transgression. Older strandlines at great depths are inferred as having formed during the fall in sea-level following the last highstand. For the most part the Upper Pleistocene-Holocene marine sediments overlie an erosion surface cut into older Pleistocene sediments. Incised valleys cut into this erosion surface are up to 5 km wide and have a relief of aare up to 5 km wide and have a relief of at least 20 m. The largest valley is that cut by the Ord River. Upper Pleistocene sediments deposited in the incised valleys include interpreted lowstand fluvial gravels, early transgressive channel sands and floodplain silts, and late transgressive estuarine sands and gravels. Spot samples were collected and subjected to 14C dating, x-ray diffraction and palynological studies. Older Pleistocene sediments are inferred to have been deposited before and during the 120 ka highstand (isotope stage 5). They consist of sandy calcarenites deposited in high-energy tide-dominated shelf environments. Still older shelf and valley-fill sediments underlie these. The contrast between the Holocene muddy clastic sediments and the sandy carbonates deposited by the 120 ka highstand suggests that either the climate was more arid in the past, with less fluvial transport. or that mud was more effectively trapped in estuaries, allowing development of carbonate depositional environments inshore. Copyright (2000) Geological Society of Australia

  17. High resolution stable isotope stratigraphy of the latest Pleistocene and Holocene of three northern Bermuda Rise cores

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    Stable isotopic analyses of the planktonic foraminifer Globorotalia inflata from three late Pleistocene-Holocene high sedimentation rate cores from the northern Bermuda Rise are used for correlation. The detailed delta180 records show the change from maximum (glacial) to minimum (interglacial) values in each core as well as other significant changes which are stratigraphically useful. One such change may reflect either a low-salinity layer on the ocean surface due to glacial meltwater or an interval of pronounced surface water warming about 15,000 years ago. The detailed correlations of these cores suggest lateral and temporal stability of sedimentation over the past 20,000 years at the location of these cores on the northern Bermuda Rise. Alternatively, if there have been discontinuities in sedimentation they were regional in extent and cannot be recognized by studying cores from a small area

  18. Stratigraphic framework for the late Pleistocene in the northwest Pacific Ocean

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    Morley, Joseph J.; Hays, James D.; Robertson, James H.

    1982-12-01

    Analyses of the relative abundance of Cycladophora davisiana in 10 northwest Pacific deep-sea cores show that the species exhibits abundance variations during the late Pleistocene (?450,000 years) comparable to those in the subantarctic and North Atlantic. Comparison of the C. davisiana curves in the cores with tephra-stratigraphic and biostratigraphic datum levels indicates that the major features of the C. davisiana records are synchronous within the northwest Pacific. Calculated ages for the most recent abundance peak and a distinctively low abundance interval of the C. davisiana curve are similar to the estimated ages for the last glacial and interglacial maxima, respectively. With the development of a detailed stratigraphic framework for late Pleistocene northwest Pacific sediments we have been able to revise the estimated ages of the upper limits of Lychnocanium grande, the Rhizosolenia complex, and Druppatractus acquilonius to 49,000, 276,000, and 329,000 y B.P., respectively.

  19. Late Pleistocene Desiccation of Lake Victoria and Rapid Evolution of Cichlid Fishes

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    Johnson; Scholz; Talbot; Kelts; Ricketts; Ngobi; Beuning; Ssemmanda; McGill

    1996-08-23

    Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and harbors more than 300 endemic species of haplochromine cichlid fish. Seismic reflection profiles and piston cores show that the lake not only was at a low stand but dried up completely during the Late Pleistocene, before 12,400 carbon-14 years before the present. These results imply that the rate of speciation of cichlid fish in this tropical lake has been extremely rapid. PMID:8688092

  20. Large Late Pleistocene landslides from the marginal slope of the Flysch Carpathians.

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    Pánek, T.; Hartvich, Filip; Jankovská, Vlasta; Klimeš, Jan; Tábo?ík, Petr; Bubík, M.; Smolková, V.; Hradecký, J.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 11, ?. 6 (2014), s. 981-992. ISSN 1612-510X R&D Projects: GA MŠk LM2010008 Institutional support: RVO:67985891 ; RVO:67985939 Keywords : fossil landslide * radiocarbon dating * electrical resistivity tomography * pollen analysis * Late Pleistocene * Flysch Carpathians * Marine Isotope Stage 3 Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography; EF - Botanics (BU-J) Impact factor: 2.814, year: 2013

  1. Dimensions and architecture of late Pleistocene submarine lobes off the northern margin of East Corsica

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    Deptuck, M.; Piper, D.; Savoye, Bruno; Gervais, A.

    2008-01-01

    Sandy lobe deposits on submarine fans are sensitive recorders of the types of sediment gravity flows supplied to a basin and are economically important as hydrocarbon reservoirs. This study investigates the causes of variability in 20 lobes in small late Pleistocene submarine fans off East Corsica. These lobes were imaged using ultra-high resolution boomer seismic profiles (< 1 m vertical resolution) and sediment type was ground truthed using piston cores published in previous studies. Repeat...

  2. Study of cave sediments in Budimirica Cave, Macedonia FYR – Correlation to late pleistocene environmental changes.

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    Temovski, M.; Bosák, Pavel; Pruner, Petr; Hercman, H.

    Postojna : Karst Research Institute, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,, 2015 - (Zupan Hajna, N.; Mihevc, A.; Gostin?ar, P.). s. 150-151 ISBN 978-961-254-808-7. [International Karstological School Classical Karst /23./. 15.06.2015-19.06.2015, Postojna] Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Budimirica Cave * cave sediments * magnetostratigraphy * Late Pleistocene * paleoenvironment Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://iks.zrc-sazu.si/datoteke/IKS-23-Guide-book-2015.pdf

  3. New Late Pleistocene locality of the Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex L. (Mammalia: Bovidae in Bulgaria

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    DILIAN GEORGIEV

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available There were a total of 12 localities of fossil Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex in Bulgaria till now, all of Late Pleistocene. Most of them were from the West part of Stara Planina Mountain. The paper reports the easternmost cave locality of this species from the Pchena Cave (Tvardishki Balkan area, Stara Planina Mnt., near the town of Tvarditsa. The find represents a cranial fragment, bearing the horn shafts.

  4. Plio-Pleistocene stratigraphy and relative sea level estimates: an emerging global perspective

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    Hearty, Paul; O'Leary, Michael; Rovere, Alessio; Raymo, Maureen; Sandstrom, Michael

    2015-04-01

    The historical rise of atmospheric CO2 to over 400 ppmv amplifies the need to better understand natural systems during past warmer interglacials. This change over the past 150 years approximates the CO2 range of full glacial-interglacial cycles. Resulting future global impacts are likely, and accurate geological field data would help us better understand the past behavior of sea level (SL) and ice sheets. The middle Pliocene warm period (MPWP) offers an approximate analogue for a 400-ppmv world. Before PLIOMAX (www.pliomax.org), only a handful of estimates of relative sea levels (RSL) along with considerable uncertainties were available for the MPWP. Precise elevations of Plio-Pleistocene RSL indicators were measured with decimeter accuracy using an OmniStar dGPS at sites in Australia, South Africa, Argentina, and other seemingly stable locations. High-resolution SL indicators include wave abrasion surfaces, sub- and intertidal sedimentary structures, and in situ marine invertebrates such as shallow water oysters and barnacles. In addition, thousands of km of terraced coastline was surveyed with dGPS between study sites. The coastal geomorphic expression of Pliocene SL is profound. From ~5 to 3 Ma, high frequency orbitally-paced, low amplitude SL oscillations acted as a shoreline "buzz saw" on hard bedrock, forming extensive high terraces. In high sediment environments such as that of the southeast US Atlantic Coastal Plain, relatively stable Pliocene ocean levels trapped huge volumes of fluvial sediments in the coastal zone, resulting in broad sandy terraces and extensive dune fields. However, glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA), dynamic topography (DT), and other post-depositional processes have warped these marine terraces by tens of meters since the Pliocene (Raymo et al. 2011, Rovere et al 2014). The PLIOMAX team has documented precise RSLs from numerous global sites that clearly indicate that global ice volume was significantly reduced during intervals of the Pliocene. Modeling of tectonic, GIA, and DT effects, combined with a renewed Sr dating effort will greatly clarify the SL history evident from the geology of these sites. Raymo, M.E., Mitrovica, J.X., O'Leary, M.J., DeConto, R. M., and Hearty, P.J., 2011. Departures from eustasy in Pliocene sea-level records. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1118. Rovere, A., Raymo, M.E., Mitrovica, J.X., Hearty, P.J., O'Leary, M.J., Inglis, J.D., 2013. The Mid-Pliocene sea-level conundrum: Glacial isostasy, eustasy and dynamic topography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 387 (2014) 27-33, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.10.030.

  5. An Arctic perspective on dating Mid-Late Pleistocene environmental history

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    Alexanderson, Helena; Backman, Jan

    2014-01-01

    To better understand Pleistocene climatic changes in the Arctic, integrated palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic signals from a variety of marine and terrestrial geological records as well as geochronologic age control are required, not least for correlation to extra-Arctic records. In this paper we discuss, from an Arctic perspective, methods and correlation tools that are commonly used to date Arctic Pleistocene marine and terrestrial events. We review the state of the art of Arctic geochronology, with focus on factors that affect the possibility and quality of dating, and support this overview by examples of application of modern dating methods to Arctic terrestrial and marine sequences. Event stratigraphy and numerical ages are important tools used in the Arctic to correlate fragmented terrestrial records and to establish regional stratigraphic schemes. Age control is commonly provided by radiocarbon, luminescence or cosmogenic exposure ages. Arctic Ocean deep-sea sediment successions can be correlated over large distances based on geochemical and physical property proxies for sediment composition, patterns in palaeomagnetic records and, increasingly, biostratigraphic data. Many of these proxies reveal cyclical patterns that provide a basis for astronomical tuning. Recent advances in dating technology, calibration and age modelling allow for measuring smaller quantities of material and to more precisely date previously undatable material (i.e. foraminifera for 14C, and single-grain luminescence). However, for much of the Pleistocene there are still limits to the resolution of most dating methods. Consequently improving the accuracy and precision (analytical and geological uncertainty) of dating methods through technological advances and better understanding of processes are important tasks for the future. Another challenge is to better integrate marine and terrestrial records, which could be aided by targeting continental shelf and lake records, exploring proxies that occur in both settings, and by creating joint research networks that promote collaboration between marine and terrestrial geologists and modellers

  6. Environmental changes at the Holocene-Late Pleistocene transition: Sedimentation on Akademicheskii Ridge (Lake Baikal, Russia)

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    Vologina, Elena G.; Sturm, Michael

    2010-05-01

    Akademicheskii Ridge of Lake Baikal represents a 300 m deep underwater rise, which separates the Central Basin (1647 m water depth) and the North Basin (970 m water depth) of 640 km long lake. The large distance to the turbid load of particle-carrying tributaries and coastal areas as well as the absence of slide induced turbidites are responsible for low sedimentation rates. A large number of short cores (approx. 120 cm) was used to study in detail the Holocene-Late Pleistocene transition, using lithological composition, magnetic susceptibility, microfossils, pollen and spores, chemistry, grain size and mineral composition. Holocene sediments show sedimentation rates from 0.015 to 0.25 mm y-1 and are mainly composed of biogenic material with rare admixtures of aeolian and ice-rafted terrigenous particles [1]. The sediments are characterized by abundant microfossils, such as diatoms, spicules of sponges, chrysophyte cysts, pollen and spores. Holocene diatom assemblages are representated by Aulacoseira baicalensis, A. skvortzowii, Cyclotella minuta, C. baicalensis, Synedra acus var.radians, Stephanodiscus meyerii, Crateriportula inconspicuus and Cyclostephanos dubius [2]. Concentrations of Corg.,Ntot.,and Sibiog.indicate clearly higher productivity of the lake during the Holocene [1]. Late Pleistocene sediments are composed of clastic, fine-grained, clayey material, mainly of terrigenous origin. This includes also aeolian particles and rare ice-transported sandy material and rock debris. A peak of the diatom species Stephanodiscus flabellatus, observed within the upper part of clayey sediments, defines the Late Pleistocene-Holocene transition [2]. Very low contents of microfossils (diatoms, spicules of sponges, chrysophyte cysts etc.) within Late Pleistocene deposits indicate lower productivity of Lake Baikal. Glacial melt-water dominated the sediment transport processes within the lake during this time. The main minerals of the sand fraction are quartz, feldspars and mica. The heavy mineral assemblage contains amphiboles, pyroxenes, epidote, sphene, magnetite, garnet and chloritoide. Within the Holocene, contents of chloritoide are low (0.6-1.2 %), but they are distinctly higher within the Late Pleistocene sediments (3.2-14.6 %) [1]. An increase of chloritoide in sediments points towards an intensification of aeolian transport by stronger winds and longer-lasting periods of ice cover during the Late Pleistocene [3]. Results of pollen analyses support these findings. They indicate that mountain slopes of the catchment of Lake Baikal were mostly uncovered by vegetation. A polymineral composition is characteristic for the clay fraction of Late Pleistocene deposits: hydro-mica, kaolinite, smectite and chlorite. This is caused by extensive glaciation of the catchment of the lake during this time [4], generating increased transport of terrigenous material to the lake by glacial melt water [5]. References [1] Vologina, E.G. and Sturm, M. 2009. Types of Holocene deposits and regional pattern of sedimentation in Lake Baikal. Russian Geology and Geophysics 50, 1-6. [2] Bradbury, J.P., Bezrukova, Ye.V., Chernyaeva, G.P. et al. 1994. A synthesis of post-glacial diatom records from Lake Baikal. J. Paleolimnol. 10, 213-252.

  7. Application of carbon isotope stratigraphy to late miocene shallow marine sediments, new zealand.

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    Loutit, T S; Kennett, J P

    1979-06-15

    A distinct (0.5 per mil) carbon-13/carbon-12 isotopic shift in the light direction has been identified in a shallow marine sedimentary sequence of Late Miocene age at Blind River, New Zealand, and correlated with a similar shift in Late Miocene Deep Sea Drilling Project sequences throughout the Indo-Pacific. A dated piston core provides an age for the shift of 6.2 +/- 0.1 million years. Correlations based on the carbon isotopic change require a revision of the previously established magnetostratigraphy at Blind River. The carbon shift at Blind River occurs between 6.2 and 6.3 +/- 0.1 million years before present. A new chronology provides an age for the evolutionary first appearance datum of Globorotalia conomiozea at 6.1 +/- 0.1 million years, the beginning of a distinct latest Miocene cooling event associated with the Kapitean stage at 6.2 +/- 0.1 million years, and the beginning of a distinct shallowing of water depths at 6.1 +/- 0.1 million years. The Miocene-Pliocene boundary as recognized in New Zealand is now dated at 5.3 +/- 0.1 million years. Extension of carbon isotope stratigraphy to other shallow Late Miocene sequences should provide an important datum for international correlation of Late Miocene shallow and deep marine sequences. PMID:17772422

  8. Ancient DNA reveals that bowhead whale lineages survived Late Pleistocene climate change and habitat shifts

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    Foote, Andrew D; Kaschner, Kristin

    2013-01-01

    The climatic changes of the glacial cycles are thought to have been a major driver of population declines and species extinctions. However, studies to date have focused on terrestrial fauna and there is little understanding of how marine species responded to past climate change. Here we show that a true Arctic species, the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), shifted its range and tracked its core suitable habitat northwards during the rapid climate change of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. Late Pleistocene lineages survived into the Holocene and effective female population size increased rapidly, concurrent with a threefold increase in core suitable habitat. This study highlights that responses to climate change are likely to be species specific and difficult to predict. We estimate that the core suitable habitat of bowhead whales will be almost halved by the end of this century, potentially influencing future population dynamics.

  9. Late Pleistocene mammoth remains from Coastal Maine, USA

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    Hoyle, B.G.; Fisher, D.C.; Borns, H.W., Jr.; Churchill-Dickson, L. L.; Dorion, C.C.; Weddle, T.K.

    2004-01-01

    Remains identified as those of a woolly mammoth ( Mammuthus primigenius ) dated at 12,200 ?? 55 14C yr B.P. were recovered while excavating in a complex sequence of glaciomarine sediments in Scarborough, Maine, USA. The mammoth was found in the top meter of a fossiliferous unit of mud and sand laminites. These sediments were deposited during a marine regressive phase following the transgression that accompanied northward retreat of the margin of the Laurentide ice sheet. A Portlandia arctica valve from the underlying transgressive unit provides a minimum age of 14,820 ?? 105 14C yr B.P. for local deglaciation. The mammoth, an adult female, died in midwinter with no evidence of human involvement. Tusk growth rates and oxygen-isotope variation over the last few years of life record low seasonality. The mammoth was transported to the site as a partial carcass by the late-glacial proto-Saco River. It sank in a near-shore setting, was subjected to additional disarticulation and scattering of elements, and was finally buried in sediments reworked by the shallowing sea. ?? 2004 University of Washington. All rights reserved.

  10. Late Wisconsinan glacial, lacustrine and marine stratigraphy in the Champlain Valley, New York and Vermont

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    Franzi, D.A. (Stat Univ. of New York, Plattsburgh, NY (United States). Center for Earth and Environmental Science); Hunt, A.S. (Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, VT (United States). Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The stratigraphy of late-glacial, and postglacial deposits and landforms in the Champlain Lowland is interpreted from high-resolution (3.5 khz transducer) acoustical profiling and piston core analysis of sediments beneath Lake Champlain in conjunction with detailed morphologic sequence mapping of surficial deposits. The sediments of Lake Champlain have been grouped by acoustic, lithologic, and biostratigraphic criteria into three stratigraphic units that were deposited successively into Lake Vermont, the Champlain Sea, and Lake Champlain. The maximum thickness of unconsolidated sediment is known to exceed 200 meters locally. Biostratigraphic subdivision of these units using pollen, diatoms, ostracodes, and foraminifera provides further definition of late-glacial and postglacial events in the region and indicates that transitional environments occurred as conditions changed from proglacial lake to marine estuary to freshwater lake. The stratigraphy of surficial deposits records proglacial lake sequences in the Champlain Valley and its tributaries. Interbasinal correlation of the tributary proglacial lake sequences and reconstructed ice marginal positions, is consistent with a model of generally synchronous, northward recession controlled primarily by backwasting of active continental ice lobes. Minor asynchroneity of retreat rates may be attributed to local differences in subglacial topography and changes in proglacial lake level, both of which may affect calving rates. Northward ice recession of the Champlain Lobe allowed successive inundation of tributary valleys by Lake Vermont. Elevations of deltaic sandplains reveal at least three distinct lake levels in the northwestern Champlain Valley. The highest level corresponds to the Coveville Stage while the lower two represent levels of the Fort Ann Stage.

  11. A late Middle Pleistocene temperate periglacial temperate sequence (Oxygen Isotope Stages 7 5e) near Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, UK

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    Murton, J. B.; Baker, A.; Bowen, D. Q.; Caseldine, C. J.; Coope, G. R.; Currant, A. P.; Evans, J. G.; Field, M. H.; Green, C. P.; Hatton, J.; Ito, M.; Jones, R. L.; Keen, D. H.; Kerney, M. P.; McEwan, R.; McGregor, D. F. M.; Parish, D.; Robinson, J. E.; Schreve, D. C.; Smart, P. L.

    2001-12-01

    River-channel and colluvial deposits, near Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, record a temperate-periglacial-temperate sequence during the late Middle Pleistocene. The deposits of a lower channel contain tufa clasts bearing leaf impressions that include Acer sp., and Sorbus aucuparia and containing temperate arboreal pollen attributed to ash-dominated woodland. The tufa probably formed at the mouth of a limestone spring before being redeposited in a small river whose deposits contain plant remains, Mollusca, Coleoptera, Ostracoda and vertebrate bones of temperate affinities. The sediments, sedimentary structures and limited biological remains above the Lower Channel deposits indicate that fluvial deposition preceded climatic cooling into periglacial conditions. Fluvial deposition recurred during a later temperate episode, as shown by the mammalian bone assemblage in stratigraphically higher channel deposits. The Upper Channel deposits are confidently attributed to Oxygen Isotope Sub-Stage 5e (Ipswichian) on the basis of their vertebrate remains. However, the age of the Lower Channel deposits is less clear. The mammalian and coleopteran remains in the Lower Channel strongly suggest correlation with Oxygen Isotope Stage 7 on the basis of their similarities to other sites whose stratigraphy is better known and the clear difference of the Lower Channel assemblage from well-established faunas of Ipswichian or any other age. By contrast, U-Th dating of the tufa clasts suggests an age post 160 ka BP, while Aile/Ile ratios on Mollusca point to an Ipswichian age and younger. Four ways of interpreting this age discrepancy are considered, the preferred one correlating the Lower Channel deposits with Oxygen Isotope Stage 7.

  12. Late Pleistocene glaciolacustrine sedimentation and paleogeography of southeastern Michigan, USA

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    Howard, Jeffrey L.

    2010-01-01

    The geomorphic, stratigraphic and sedimentological characteristics of glaciolacustrine sediments in the metropolitan Detroit, Michigan area were studied to determine environments of deposition and make paleogeographic reconstructions. Nine lithofacies were identified and paleoenvironments interpreted based on their morphostratigraphic relationships with relict landforms. The sediments studied are found southeast of the Defiance and Birmingham moraines lying beneath a lowland characterized by a low morainal swell (Detroit moraine) and a series of lacustrine terraces that descend progressively in elevation southeastward. The glaciolacustrine sediments were deposited approximately 14.3-12.4 kA BP during the Port Bruce and Port Huron glacial phases of late Wisconsinan time, and are related to proglacial paleolakes Maumee, Arkona, Whittlesey, Warren, Wayne, Grassmere, Lundy and Rouge. The glaciolacustrine section is typically 2-4 m thick and consists of a basal unit of wavy-bedded clayey diamicton overlain by a surficial deposit of stratified and cross-stratified sand and gravel. The basal unit is comprised of subaqueous debris flow deposits that accumulated as subaqueous moraine in paleolake Maumee along the retreating front of the Huron lobe. The surficial deposits of sand and gravel were formed by traction, resulting from lacustrine wave activity and fluvial processes, in lakebed plain, beach ridge and deltaic depositional settings. Much of the lake-margin sand and gravel was derived from clayey diamicton by lacustrine wave action and winnowing, and that associated with paleolakes of the Port Huron phase is largely reworked Port Bruce sediment. Paleogeographic reconstructions show that the Defiance, Birmingham and Detroit moraines, Defiance and Rochester channels, and the Rochester delta, were deposited penecontemporaneously as paleolake Maumee expanded northward across the map area. A unique type of wavy bedform is characteristic of clayey diamicton deposited by subaqueous mass flow in the study area that is useful for differentiating sediment: 1) deposited by mass flow in subaqueous vs. subaerial settings, and 2) deposited by subaqueous mass flow vs. basal till. These bedforms are a useful tool for identifying subglacial meltwater deposits, and facilitate the mapping and correlation of glacial sediments based on till sheets. The map area provides a continental record of ice sheet dynamics along the southern margin of the Laurentide ice sheet during Heinrich event H-1. The record reveals rapid glacial retreat (˜ 0.8 km/yr) contemporaneous with the discharge of a large volume of meltwater. Evidence in the study area for subglacial meltwater is problematic, but indications that periglacial conditions persisted in the map area until ˜ 12.7 kA BP, and extended for 200 km or more south of the ice front suggest that a frozen substrate may have contributed to instability of the LIS.

  13. Size Analysis of the Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene Upper Siwalik Sediments, Northwestern Himalaya, India

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    Mahavir Singh

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Size analysis of the Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene Upper Siwalik sediments comprising the Pinjor Formation in the type area and adjoining regions reveals that the sediments are bimodal to polymodal in nature, medium to fine grained and are moderately sorted. The inclusive graphic standard deviation and moment standard deviation values suggest the deposition of sediments in shallow to moderately deep fluvial agitated water. The log probability plots reveal that saltation mode is the dominant mode of transportation of detritus. The sediments are continental in character and are derived from crystalline, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks of the Himalaya exposed to the North of the type area Pinjor.

  14. A Signal of Ice Loading in Late Pleistocene Activity of the Sudetic Marginal Fault (Central Europe)

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    Hartvich, F.; Stepancikova, P.; Rockwell, T. K.; Nývlt, D.; Stemberk, J.; Rood, D. H.; Hók, J.; Ortu?o, M.; Myers, M.; Luttrell, K. M.; Wechsler, N.

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    We combine paleoseismic trench and cosmogenic dating results to study the late Pleistocene-Holocene history of morphologically pronounced NW-SE trending Sudetic Marginal Fault (SMF) situated at the northeastern limit of the Bohemian Massif in central Europe. Eighteen trenches were excavated at the Bila Voda site to study 3D distribution of a beheaded alluvial fan on the NE block of the fault and to find the offset "feeder channel" that sourced the deposits. We interpret a small drainage of about 40-60 m to the SE of the fan apex as the feeder channel. A 2.5 m depth profile was collected for cosmogenic exposure dating from a well-preserved part of the fan. Using a simple model that accounts for pre-depositional exposure (inheritance) and assuming no surface erosion, 10Be concentrations are well-fit with an apparent exposure age of ~12 ka. However, this is a minimum limiting age if the surface was eroded by gelifluction in the late Pleistocene. Assuming a ~25 ka OSL age for the base of the fan apex it gives a left-lateral slip rate of ~2 mm/yr. As the Holocene deposits do not show significant displacement, most of the recorded slip took place during Late Pleistocene with corresponding slip rate of 2.8 to 3.5 mm/yr. Bila Voda site lies ~150 km south from the Late Pleistocene Weichselian maximum (~20 ka) ice-sheet front. Thus, we hypothesize that the slip rate acceleration was due to ice-loading and subsequent unloading during deglaciation. To test this, we calculated the stress induced in the lithosphere from ablation of the Weichselian ice sheet modeled as a flexing elastic plate. Preliminary modeling results indicate that complete deglaciation alters the stress field such that it would inhibit left lateral failure on the SMF, consistent with observations suggesting no slip occurred during the Holocene. Although the SMF is ~150 km from the Weichselian ice sheet front, it is well within the flexural rebound area of the ice sheet, causing normal stress on the SMF to vary by ~1 MPa from deglaciation. Our model is consistent with loading mechanisms reported from other regions due to deglaciation, but is the first documented evidence in central Europe, having a great implication for seismic hazard assessment. Research was supported by Czech Science Foundation (No. P210/12/0573) and Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (No. LH12078).

  15. Extraordinary incidence of cervical ribs indicates vulnerable condition in Late Pleistocene mammoths

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    Jelle W.F. Reumer; Clara M.A. ten Broek; Frietson Galis

    2014-01-01

    The number of cervical vertebrae in mammals is highly conserved at seven. We have shown that changes of this number are selected against due to a coupling with major congenital abnormalities (pleiotropic effects). Here we show that the incidence of abnormal cervical vertebral numbers in Late Pleistocene mammoths from the North Sea is high (33.3%) and approximately 10 times higher than that of extant elephants (3.6%). Abnormal numbers were due to the presence of large cervical ribs on the seve...

  16. Late Pleistocene to Holocene environmental changes from ?13C determinations in soils at Teotihuacan, Mexico

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    Vallejo Go?mez, E.; Sedov, S.; Cienfuegos Alvarado, E.; Cabadas Ba?ez, H. V.; Morales Puente, P.; Lounejeva Baturina, E.; Solleiro Rebolledo, E.

    2006-01-01

    Stable carbon isotopic signature (?13C) of soil organic matter (SOM) is used as a high-spatial resolution tool to infer environmental changes during late Pleistocene to Present in the Teotihuacan valley, Mexico. Interpretation was based on climatic preferences of C3, CAM and C4 plant groups. ?13C values of modern plant types are clearly distinguished. C3 plants display values around –27‰, while C4 and CAM plants have values around––13‰. Data from soil profiles range from -25.7 to ...

  17. AMS-dating of Late Pleistocene and Holocene syngenetic ice-wedges

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    We discuss the 14C dating (both conventional and AMS) of Siberian permafrost sediments and ice-wedge ice. Direct dating of Late Pleistocene and Holocene syngenetic ice-wedges was done on organic material included in the ice. The time of ice formation (in 14C years) is 21,000-14,000 BP for Seyaha, and 7100 BP for Shchuch'ya. The AMS dates show that the ice-wedges stratification is normal, i.e., the older ice is located below the younger. The 14C dates yield for the first time a timescale (in 14C years) for paleoclimatic indicators (oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios from the ice)

  18. The late Pleistocene glacial sequence in the middle Maruia valley, southeast Nelson, New Zealand

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    Glacial and fluvioglacial landforms and deposits preserved in the middle reaches of the Maruia valley, southeast Nelson, New Zealand, record the activity of the Maruia glacier during the late Pleistocene Otira Glaciation. Five advances are recognised, from oldest to youngest: Creighton 1, 2, 3, and the Reid Stream 1, 2 advances. There was an interstadial interval between the Creighton 3 and Reid Stream 1 advances. The Reid Stream 1 advance occurred shortly after 14 800 years B.P. (NZ536, old T/sub 0.5/). (auths)

  19. The first radiation dates of syngenetic Late Pleistocene ice-wedges

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    Direct radiocarbon dating of organic mater extracted directly from ice wedges of the Late Pleistocene wedges of Siberia using the accelerating mass spectrometry was carried out. It is shown that the ice wedges opened in the cross section base at a height from 0 to +1 m started their formation about 21 thousand years ago. The rate of the wedges vertical growth in the course of 21-14.7 thousand of years. Subhorizontal age stratification of the ice-wedges formed by consecutive penetration of thawing ice water along with accumulation of precipitate on the surface, was confirmed

  20. Late Pleistocene sedimentation: A case study of the central Indian Ocean Basin

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    Borole, D.V

    1993-01-01

    40, No 4, pp 761-775, 1993 0967-0637/93 $6 00 + 0 00 Printed m Great Britain © 1993 Pergamon Press Lid Late Pleistocene sedimentation: a case study of the central Indian Ocean Basin D. V. BOROLE* (Recetved 26 August 1988, in revised form 11 May..., respectively. The pelagic clay cores (SK-183 and 764 D.V. BOROLE Table 1 Relevant detads of the core analysed from CIB Location Sample Water depth code Lat. (°S) Long (°E) (m) Remarks F-200B 12 0 76 5 5450 F-88B 12.7 77.0 5430 SK-247 05.0 76 0 5170 SK...

  1. Deciphering Late-Pleistocence landscape evolution: linking proxies by combining pedo-stratigraphy and luminescence dating

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    Kreutzer, Sebastian; Meszner, Sascha; Faust, Dominik; Fuchs, Markus

    2014-05-01

    Interpreting former landscape evolution asks for understanding the processes that sculpt such landforms by means of deciphering complex systems. For reconstructing terrestrial Quaternary environments based on loess archives this might be considered, at least, as a three step process: (1) Identifying valuable records in appropriate morphological positions in a previously defined research area, (2) analysing the profiles by field work and laboratory methods and finally (3) linking the previously considered pseudo-isolated systems to set up a comprehensive picture. Especially the first and the last step might bring some pitfalls, as it is tempting to specify single records as pseudo-isolated, closed systems. They might be, with regard to their preservation in their specific morphological position, but in fact they are part of a complex, open system. Between 2008 and 2013, Late-Pleistocene loess archives in Saxony have been intensively investigated by field and laboratory methods. Linking pedo- and luminescence dating based chronostratigraphies, a composite profile for the entire Saxonian Loess Region has been established. With this, at least, two-fold approach we tried to avoid misinterpretations that might appear when focussing on one standard profile in an open morphological system. Our contribution focuses on this multi-proxy approach to decipher the Late-Pleistocene landscape evolution in the Saxonian Loess Region. Highlighting the challenges and advantages of combining different methods, we believe that (1) this multi-proxy approach is without alternative, (2) the combination of different profiles may simplify the more complex reality, but it may be a useful generalisation to understand and reveal the stratigraphical significance of the landscape evolution in this region.

  2. Late Pleistocene mammals from Chivacabé, Huehuetenango, Guatemala / Mamíferos del Pleistoceno tardío de Chivacabé, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

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    Jim I., Mead; Arturo, Baez; Sandra L., Swift; Jon, Lohse; Lorena, Paiz.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Se ha publicado poca información paleontológica detallada de la fauna del Pleistoceno para gran parte de Centroamérica. Probablemente la localidad más rica de vertebrados en Centroamérica es Tomayate, en El Salvador, que data del Pleistoceno temprano a medio. La literatura de especies de vertebrados [...] delPleistoceno tardío de Guatemala es especialmente escasa. El propósito de este trabajo es presentar los restos de mamíferos del Pleistoceno tardío de Chivacabé, en las tierras altas occidentales de Guatemala. La edad de radiocarbono de la fauna de Chivacabé data de entre 15,700 y 12,920 años calendario. Los especímenes recobrados de excavaciones entre 1977 y 1992 son probablemente una pequeña porción de toda la fauna que existe bajo 4 a 5 m de tefra redepositada y aluvión. Los especímenes recobrados incluyen un individuo de Glyptotherium sp., tres de Cuvieronius cf. C. hyodon, uno de Equus sp. y dos de Odocoileus cf. O. virginianus. Un individuo que originalmente se pensaba que representaba una cornamenta de venado es de hecho un hueso flotante de Cuvieronius. Reportes previos de "pecaríes" y de Eremotherium de Chivacabé no son sustentados por fósiles archivados. Ningún espécimen de fauna exhibe las supuestas marcas humanas de modificación dadas a entender por investigadores previos; todas las aberraciones observadas en los huesos y en los dientes pueden ser explicadas por otros procesos tafonómicos. La fauna de Chivacabé representa una de las muy pocas faunas del Pleistoceno tardío de Guatemala descritas hasta ahora. Una lista preliminar de localidades del Pleistoceno tardío de Guatemala sugiere que son necesarios estudios detallados de estas faunas. Abstract in english Few Pleistocene paleontological faunas are published in detail for most of Central America. Probably the richest locality of vertebrates in Central America is at Tomayate, El Salvador, and dates to the early-middle Pleistocene. Literature about late Pleistocene vertebrate species from Guatemala is e [...] specially scarce. The purpose of the present paper is to introduce the late Pleistocene mammalian remains from Chivacabé, in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Chivacabé fauna radiocarbon dates to between 15,700 and 12,920 calendar years ago. The specimens recovered from excavations between 1977 and1992 are probably only a small portion of the entire fauna likely to exist under 4 to 5 m of redeposited tephra and valley alluvium. Recovered specimens include at least one individual of Glyptotherium sp., three individuals of Cuvieronius cf. C. hyodon, one individual of Equus sp., and two individuals of Odocoileus cf. O. virginianus. One specimen that originally was thought to represent a deer antler is in fact a hyoid bone of Cuvieronius. Previous reports of 'peccary ' and Eremotherium from Chivacabé are not supported by archived fossils. No faunal specimens exhibit supposed human modification marks purported by previous investigators; all aberrations observed on the bones and teeth can be explained by other taphonomicprocesses. The Chivacabé fauna represents one of the very few late Pleistocene faunas from Guatemala described thus far. A preliminary list of late Pleistocene localities known in Guatemala suggests that detailed studies of these faunas are warranted.

  3. Phylogeography of the Alcippe morrisonia (Aves: Timaliidae: long population history beyond late Pleistocene glaciations

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    Li Shouhsien

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The role of Pleistocene glacial oscillations in current biodiversity and distribution patterns varies with latitude, physical topology and population life history and has long been a topic of discussion. However, there had been little phylogeographical research in south China, where the geophysical complexity is associated with great biodiversity. A bird endemic in Southeast Asia, the Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Alcippe morrisonia, has been reported to show deep genetic divergences among its seven subspecies. In the present study, we investigated the phylogeography of A. morrisonia to explore its population structure and evolutionary history, in order to gain insight into the effect of geological events on the speciation and diversity of birds endemic in south China. Results Mitochondrial genes cytochrome b (Cytb and cytochrome c oxidase I (COI were represented by 1236 nucleotide sites from 151 individuals from 29 localities. Phylogenetic analysis showed seven monophyletic clades congruent with the geographically separated groups, which were identified as major sources of molecular variance (90.92% by AMOVA. TCS analysis revealed four disconnected networks, and that no haplotype was shared among the geographical groups. The common ancestor of these populations was dated to 11.6 Mya and several divergence events were estimated along the population evolutionary history. Isolation by distance was inferred by NCPA to be responsible for the current intra-population genetic pattern and gene flow among geographical groups was interrupted. A late Pleistocene demographic expansion was detected in the eastern geographical groups, while the expansion time (0.2–0.4 Mya was earlier than the Last Glacial Maximum. Conclusion It is proposed that the complicated topology preserves high genetic diversity and ancient lineages for geographical groups of A. morrisonia in China mainland and its two major islands, and restricts gene exchange during climate oscillations. Isolation by distance seems to be an important factor of genetic structure formation within geographical populations. Although glacial influence to population fluctuation was observed in late Pleistocene, it seems that populations in eastern China were more susceptible to climate change, and all geographical groups were growing stably through the Last Glacial Maximum. Coalescence analysis suggested that the ancestor of A. morrisonia might be traced back to the late Miocene, and the current phylogeographical structure of A. morrisonia is more likely to be attributable to a series geological events than to Pleistocene glacial cycles.

  4. Late Pleistocene and Holocene landscape formation in a gully catchment area in Northern Hesse, Germany

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    Döhler, Susanne; Damm, Bodo

    2014-01-01

    Permanent gully channels under forest are common geomorphological features in Central European low mountain areas. In the Rehgraben/Fuchslöchergraben gully catchment in Northern Hesse, Germany the Late Pleistocene landscape formation is reconstructed based on periglacial cover beds. In addition, the Holocene landscape development and soil erosion history are investigated using anthropogenic soil sediments and alluvial fan sediments. Until now, a combination of these approaches has not been applied to a gully catchment to this extent. The distribution of the different Quaternary sediments enables the differentiation between Pleistocene and Holocene landforms. Radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating are applied to add numerical data to the relative ages of the sediments and landforms. The gully channels are oriented along Pleistocene depressions that are built up of periglacial cover beds and intercalated reworked loess. As the gully channels cut through the periglacial cover beds, especially the upper layer, the gully system is of Holocene age. At least two phases of gully erosion are identified in the alluvial fan sediments. The initial gully erosion is dated to the time span between the Late Bronze Age and Roman Times. A second gully erosion phase is dated to the 14th century and may be correlated to the severe precipitation events during this time. Gully erosion started during the Younger Holocene and is connected to human settlement and land use activity. The intense human impact hampers the application of the concept of periglacial cover beds to reconstruct landscape formation and limits it to areas where the periglacial upper layer is still preserved. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and INQUA. All rights reserved.

  5. A robust feldspar luminescence dating method for Middle and Late Pleistocene sediments

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    Buylaert, Jan-Pieter; Jain, M.

    2012-01-01

    Luminescence dating is used extensively to provide absolute chronologies for Late Pleistocene sediments. Nowadays, most optical dates are based on quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). However, the application of this signal is usually limited to the last ~100 ka because of saturation of the quartz luminescence signal with dose. In contrast, the feldspar infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dose–response curve grows to much higher doses; this has the potential to extend the datable age range by a factor of 4–5 compared with quartz OSL. However, it has been known for several decades that this IRSL signal is unstable, and this instability often gives rise to significant age underestimation. Here we test against independent age control the recently developed feldspar post-IR IRSL approach to the dating of sediments, which appears to avoid signal instability. A physical model explaining our observations is discussed, and the method is shown to be accurate back to 600 ka. The post-IR IRSL signal is reduced by exposure to daylight more slowly than that from quartz and low-temperature IRSL, preventing its general application to young (e.g. Holocene) sediments. Nevertheless, this new approach is widely applicable (feldspar of appropriate luminescence behaviour is even more ubiquitous than quartz). These characteristics make this a method of great importance for the dating of Middle and Late Pleistocene deposits.

  6. A Pathological Late Pleistocene canid from San Sidero (Italy): implications for social- and feeding-behaviour

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    Iurino, Dawid Adam; Fico, Rosario; Petrucci, Mauro; Sardella, Raffaele

    2013-03-01

    Evidence of diseases on vertebrate fossil bones can provide detailed information on many aspects of extinct animals. This study focused on pathological craniodental remains (left maxilla and dentary) referred to the canid Cuon alpinus unearthed from a Late Pleistocene karst filling deposit at San Sidero (Apulia, southern Italy). These fossils show clear evidence of a chronic periodontitis that caused the animal's death. Clinical diagnosis of the disease and the timing of its development have been defined on the basis of a veterinary odontostomatology approach, in addition to radiographic and tomographic techniques. From the initiation of the infection until death, a time span of at least 6 months occurred, and three main steps have been defined: (1) the bacterial infections of the buccal cavity turning into severe periodontitis, (2) the fracture of the lower carnassial and (3) the loss of teeth due to the worsening infection that deformed and/or eroded maxillary and mandibular bones and enlarged alveoli. The analysis of the palaeopathology also provides information about the biomechanics of the bite, on the feeding behaviour and on the relationships of injured members in a pack of Late Pleistocene canids.

  7. Extraordinary incidence of cervical ribs indicates vulnerable condition in Late Pleistocene mammoths

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    Jelle W.F. Reumer

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    Full Text Available The number of cervical vertebrae in mammals is highly conserved at seven. We have shown that changes of this number are selected against due to a coupling with major congenital abnormalities (pleiotropic effects. Here we show that the incidence of abnormal cervical vertebral numbers in Late Pleistocene mammoths from the North Sea is high (33.3% and approximately 10 times higher than that of extant elephants (3.6%. Abnormal numbers were due to the presence of large cervical ribs on the seventh vertebra, which we deduced from the presence of rib articulation facets on sixth (posterior side and seventh (anterior side cervical vertebrae. The incidence of abnormal cervical vertebral numbers in mammoths appears to be much higher than in other mammalian species, apart from exceptional sloths, manatees and dugongs and indicates a vulnerable condition. We argue that the increased incidence of cervical ribs in mammoths is probably caused by inbreeding and adverse conditions that impact early pregnancies in declining populations close to extinction in the Late Pleistocene.

  8. Paleosoils and pedogenic calcretes formations in Fray Bentos (Oligocene - early miocene) Raigon (late pliocene and middle pleistocene) and Libertad (early - middle pleistocene)

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    The Fray Bentos formation is composed by loessic deposits based on paleosoils and pedogenic calcretes (Oligocene - early miocene). In this deposits are tubular and lamellar formations which would have been formed in arid climates.The fluvial origen of Raigon Formation, (late pliocene and middle pleistocene) presents a paleosoil roof which is generated under a subhumid climate.The Libertad Formation during the glacial intervals consisted of loess deposits

  9. Late Pleistocene biogenic sedimentation in the Gulf of Alaska: A biogeochemical perspective from IODP Expedition 341

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    Moy, C. M.; Addison, J. A.; Finney, B.; Bahlburg, H.; Childress, L. B.; Cowan, E. A.; Forwick, M.; Ribeiro, F.; Ridgway, K. D.

    2014-12-01

    Reconstructing the timing and nature of past changes in aquatic productivity in the Gulf of Alaska (GoA) can shed light on the primary processes driving biogeochemical cycling over geologic timescales. Here, we present sedimentologic, physical property, stable isotope, and biogenic opal concentration data from IODP Expedition 341 Sites U1417 and U1419 and identify intervals where diatom ooze lithofacies and geochemical evidence for increased algal productivity are prevalent during the Pleistocene. Sites U1417 and U1419 are located in the center and the margin of the Fe-limited GoA, respectively, and they offer the potential to characterize past changes in biogeochemical cycling during different Pleistocene time intervals. Site U1419 cores were collected from a small slope basin at the edge of the continental shelf. Sediment cores reveal two prominent ~6-m-thick intervals of diatomaceous ooze. Between these intervals are numerous 20-cm-thick sections of biogenic-rich sediment, interbedded with gray mud that commonly contains lonestones. Based on preliminary age models, the two diatom ooze intervals likely correspond to the Holocene and MIS 3, while the intervening interbedded glacigenic and biogenic sediment can broadly be ascribed to MIS 2. Diatomaceous ooze and diatom-rich sediments are generally characterized by lower magnetic susceptibility, natural gamma ray, bulk density, and higher b* color reflectance. Initial C & N concentration and stable isotopic data show elevated concentrations and more positive stable isotope values during the Holocene and MIS 3, which approximate the isotopic signature of modern phytoplankton measured in the GoA. Within the glacial period, the biogenic-rich intervals are also characterized by more positive C and N isotopic values. When combined with the shipboard physical property data, the stable isotopic results are indicative of millennial-scale variations in productivity and/or changes in glacial ice extent in the GoA during the last glacial period. We will discuss these results in the context of an improved isotope stratigraphy and ongoing work examining multiple interglacial productivity variations at Site U1417.

  10. Distributional patterns of herbivore megamammals during the Late Pleistocene of South America

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    VALERIA, GALLO; LEONARDO S., AVILLA; RODRIGO C.L., PEREIRA; BRUNO A., ABSOLON.

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    Full Text Available A distribuição geográfica de 27 espécies da megafauna de mamíferos herbívoros sul-americanos durante o Pleistoceno Superior foi analisada, visando à identificação de seus padrões de distribuição. A distribuição das espécies foi estudada com o uso do método pan-biogeográfico de análise de traços. Sei [...] s traços generalizados (TGs) e dois nós biogeográficos foram obtidos. Os TGs não superpõem completamente com as áreas de savana aberta presentes no Pleistoceno, nem com os traços bióticos de alguns artrópodes típicos de clima árido, indicando que estes animais evitavam ambiente árido. De um modo geral, os TGs coincidiram com algumas das províncias biogeográficas definidas com base em táxons viventes, indicando que certos padrões de distribuição atuais já existiam no Pleistoceno. Os nós biogeográficos coincidiram com as bordas entre as principais formações vegetais do Pleistoceno, mostrando que o tipo de vegetação teve grande influência na distribuição da megafauna mamaliana. O nó 1 confirmou a existência de zonas de contato entre regiões paleobiogeográficas próximo à borda Argentina-Uruguai. O nó 2 conecta as regiões intertropicais brasileiras. Abstract in english The geographic distribution of 27 species of the South American megafauna of herbivore mammals during the Late Pleistocene was analyzed in order to identify their distributional patterns. The distribution of the species was studied using the panbiogeographical method of track analysis. Six generaliz [...] ed tracks (GTs) and two biogeographic nodes were obtained. The GTs did not completely superpose with the areas of open savanna present in Pleistocene, nor with the biotic tracks of some arthropods typical of arid climate, indicating that these animals avoided arid environment. Overall, the GTs coincided with some biogeographic provinces defined on the basis of living taxa, indicating that certain current distributional patterns already existed in Pleistocene. The biogeographic nodes coincided with the borders between the main vegetal formations of the Pleistocene, showing that the type of vegetation had great influence in the distribution of the mammalian megafauna. The node 1 confirmed the existence of contact zones between paleobiogeographic regions near Argentina-Uruguay border. The node 2 connects the Brazilian Intertropical regions.

  11. Environmentally controlled succession in a late Pleistocene coral reef (Sinai, Egypt)

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    Mewis, H.; Kiessling, W.

    2013-03-01

    The concept of ecological succession has been frequently applied in the study of ancient reefs. Whereas Paleozoic and Mesozoic reefs are commonly thought to reveal an autogenic primary—climax zonation, patterns in Neogene and Quaternary reefs are much more diverse. Here, we describe a well-preserved late Pleistocene coral reef from Dahab on Sinai Peninsula (Egypt), which shows a distinct zonation that resembles an ecological succession. In contrast to classical examples of ecological successions, species composition, paleoenvironmental conditions, and coral biodiversity of the Dahab reef indicate an allogenic, sea-level controlled community change, from marginal marine to reef slope and back reef. A review of the literature confirms that autogenic, short-term successions are virtually absent in Quaternary reefs. We predict that long generation times of corals make it unlikely that classical autogenic successions develop in reefs at all, unless environmental conditions are unusually stable.

  12. Direct evidence for human reliance on rainforest resources in late Pleistocene Sri Lanka.

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    Roberts, Patrick; Perera, Nimal; Wedage, Oshan; Deraniyagala, Siran; Perera, Jude; Eregama, Saman; Gledhill, Andrew; Petraglia, Michael D; Lee-Thorp, Julia A

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    Human occupation of tropical rainforest habitats is thought to be a mainly Holocene phenomenon. Although archaeological and paleoenvironmental data have hinted at pre-Holocene rainforest foraging, earlier human reliance on rainforest resources has not been shown directly. We applied stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis to human and faunal tooth enamel from four late Pleistocene-to-Holocene archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. The results show that human foragers relied primarily on rainforest resources from at least ~20,000 years ago, with a distinct preference for semi-open rainforest and rain forest edges. Homo sapiens' relationship with the tropical rainforests of South Asia is therefore long-standing, a conclusion that indicates the time-depth of anthropogenic reliance and influence on these habitats. PMID:25766234

  13. Fossil hyrax dung and evidence of Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation types in the Namib Desert

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    Scott, Louis; Marais, Eugene; Brook, George A.

    2004-12-01

    Pollen was derived from fossil dung of herbivorous hyraxes, deposited in a rock shelter on the highest mountain in Namibia, Dâures or Brandberg, situated on the Namib Desert margin. Radiocarbon dating ranging in age between modern times and 30 000 yr BP showed it represents the first empirical pollen evidence of continental palaeovegetation during the Late Pleistocene along the western escarpment of southern Africa. The initial results indicate Last Glacial Maximum vegetation differed totally from the current pattern as vegetation types were dominated by small Asteraceae shrubs, in contrast to those of the Holocene and modern times which show more succulents, grass and woody elements (arboreal pollen). The results suggest that Cape floral communities did not reach into the tropics along the western escarpment of Africa, despite such pollen types occurring in marine cores. Copyright

  14. Late Pleistocene lithostratigraphy and sequences in the southwestern Mesopotamia (Argentina): Evidences of the last interglacial stage

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    Ernesto, Brunetto; Soledad, Ferrero Brenda; Ignacio, Noriega Jorge

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    The aim of this paper is to show the stratigraphic record of the Late Pleistocene corresponding to the distal region of the Paraná River basin. It displays sedimentological, paleontological and geochronological evidences that characterise the last interglacial-glacial cycle. In particular, strong environmental records are shown for the Last Interglacial Stage (LIS). Salto Ander Egg Formation (SAEF) is defined as a new lithostratigraphic unit representative of the Late Pleistocene in southwestern Mesopotamia. This unit is formed of complex fluvial deposits, which contains a heterogeneous collection of sub-environments, of ages ranging from 120 to 60 ky BP. The clast-supported gravel facies containing sparse boulders indicate high flow during a humid climate. The large and middle-scale architectures of fluvial sedimentary bodies evidence the relationship between the sediment accommodation and the sea level oscillations. Three sub-sequences identified in the succession suggest a transgressive trend during the MIS5e, a highstand stage in MIS5c, and a minor transgressive cycle during MIS3. A Brazilian faunal association collected at the bottom of the sequence and sedimentological interpretations display wet and warm climatic conditions, typical of tropical or subtropical environments. Such environmental conditions are characteristic of the maximum of the last interglacial stage (MIS5e) and show a signal stronger than the signal of the current interglacial stage. All these data show a direct correlation between the increases of paleodischarges and the elevation of the sea level. The whole sequence is completed with transitional swampy deposits, accumulated probably during the MIS3/MIS2 transition, and the typical loess of the Tezanos Pinto Formation, mantled during the Last Maximum Glacial.

  15. Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments and the late Lower-Middle Palaeolithic of the Hrazdan valley, central Armenia

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    Wilkinson, Keith; Adler, Daniel; Nahapetyan, Samvel; Smith, Victoria; Mark, Darren; Mallol, Carolina; Blockley, Simon; Gasparian, Boris

    2014-05-01

    The palaeogeographic importance of the southern Caucasus in the Pleistocene as a region of population expansion and contraction between Africa, the Levant and Eurasia is well established as a result of recent archaeological works in the Republics of Armenia and Georgia. Not only does the area have a unique Palaeolithic record, but the presence of volcanic layers in association with archaeological sites and off site sequences means that there is the potential for both high precision dating and correlation. The Hrazdan valley, central Armenia is a case in point. Late Lower to late Middle Palaeolithic sites found as a result of systematic survey and then explored in excavations in 2008-2011 are associated with various volcanogenic strata. 40K/40Ar and 40Ar/39Ar dating in the 1970-2000s demonstrates the onset of volcanism in the adjacent Gegham range in the period 700-500ky BP, while recent 40Ar/39Ar dates on the latest lava from the Gutanasar volcano shows the latest effusive eruption to have occurred at c. 200 ky BP. Nine Middle Pleistocene lavas from the intervening period have been mapped in the Hrazdan valley in a 15km-long study area 12km north-east of Yerevan. Several of the basalts seal terrestrial strata, and thereby bury and 'fossilize' earlier landscapes. The most significant of these is sandwiched between basalts dating to 200 and 440ky BP, where a 135m-long exposure contains a palaeosol developing in floodplain alluvium and in situ archaeological material (Nor Geghi 1). Morphological and micromorphological examination of site strata suggest that hominin activity took place during a temperate episode, which 40Ar/39Ar dating of interbedded crypotephra suggests was MIS 9e. However, strata at other locales buried beneath the same 200ky BP basalt suggest that the landscape occupied by these hominids was a mosaic of river channels, floodplains and lakes. The fossilized MIS 9 landscape is not unique as further lacustrine deposits are buried beneath earlier Middle Pleistocene basalts, although earlier archaeological sites have yet to be found.

  16. Relic Late Pleistocene fluvial forms as geomorphic archives indicating periods of high climatic runoff over the East European Plain

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    Panin, Andrei; Belyaev, Yury; Eremenko, Ekaterina; Sidorchuk, Alexei

    2014-05-01

    In water balance estimations within palaeoenvironmental studies river runoff is estimated as the difference between precipitation and evapotranspiration. The other technique is numerical modeling using general circulation models. Both approaches fail to recognize epochs of extremely high surface runoff characteristic for the Pleistocene cold epochs and recorded in geomorphic outcomes of this runoff. We have studied two kinds of such archives that have wide spatial coverage over the East European Plain (EEP). 1. Post-LGM large palaeochannels (macromeanders) in river valleys with channel width and meander wavelength 5-15 times as great as that of modern rivers. Massive measurements of their parameters and application of specially constructed transfer function provided estimations of palaeo-runoff from large river basins: in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea catchments it carried from 2.2 (Kama River) to 3.1 (Don, Dnieper Rivers) times as great as modern runoff. High runoff lasted long enough to provide formation of 2-3 generations of macromeanders characteristic for many valleys. Macromeanders were radiocarbon dated at 6 sites over EEP in the range 13-19 cal ka BP, but it is not clear whether high runoff was characteristic for the entire period or it performed during short isolated epochs within this interval. Therefore, it is not clear to what exact time palaeohydrological estimations should be attributed. 2. Dendritic and parallel systems of gentle hollows clearly designated in vegetation-free areas south from 55-57ºN. Distinctive spatial patterns and full integration into water transportation through modern fluvial landscapes provides interpretation of these hollow systems as partially or totally buried networks of small dry valleys (balkas). It is supported by revelation of buried incisions up to 10 m deep by coring and trenching across hollows. Ancient erosion network demonstrates erosion density much higher and Horton's "belt of no erosion" much narrower and therefore exhibits much abundant surface runoff than those at present. Dating of buried balkas has until recent times been based either on pollen spectra from peat deposits (in central EEP), or on stratigraphy of paleosoils found in the bottom of paleoforms (in southern EEP). Both markers point at Eemian (MIS 5e) age of their stabilization and therefore pre-Eemian (late MIS 6?) age of incision. However first attempt of OSL dating gave the contradictory result of filling of a 6-m deep balka by slopewash sediments during 80-70 ka BP. Questionable is the >30-ka delay between the soil formation in the balka bottom and start of its filling. It may mean either post-Eemian age of the soil, which would be unfortunate for the regional soil stratigraphy, or insufficient sensitivity of local quartz at ages close to Eemian. The conclusion is that geomorphic evidences make unique palaeohydrological archives that document changes not recorded in other types of palaeoenvironmental data, but they suffer from uncertainties and low resolution of dating. This presentation contributes to RFBR Projects 14-05-00119 and 14-05-00146.

  17. Carbon cycle instability as a cause of the late Pleistocene ice age oscillations - Modeling the asymmetric response

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    Saltzman, Barry; Maasch, Kirk A.

    1988-01-01

    A dynamical model of the Pleistocene ice ages is presented, which incorporates many of the qualitative ideas advanced recently regarding the possible role of ocean circulation, chemistry, temperature, and productivity in regulating long-term atmospheric carbon dioxide variations. This model involves one additional term (and free parameter) beyond that included in a previous model (Saltzman and Sutera, 1987), providing the capacity for an asymmetric response. It is shown that many of the main features exhibited by the delta(O-18)-derived ice record and the Vostok core/delta(C-13)-derived carbon dioxide record in the late Pleistocene can be deduced as a free oscillatory solution of the model.

  18. Late Quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentation patterns in the western Arctic Ocean

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    Polyak, Leonid; Bischof, Jens; Ortiz, Joseph D.; Darby, Dennis A.; Channell, James E. T.; Xuan, Chuang; Kaufman, Darrell S.; Løvlie, Reidar; Schneider, David A.; Eberl, Dennis D.; Adler, Ruth E.; Council, Edward A.

    2009-07-01

    Sediment cores from the western Arctic Ocean obtained on the 2005 HOTRAX and some earlier expeditions have been analyzed to develop a stratigraphic correlation from the Alaskan Chukchi margin to the Northwind and Mendeleev-Alpha ridges. The correlation was primarily based on terrigenous sediment composition that is not affected by diagenetic processes as strongly as the biogenic component, and paleomagnetic inclination records. Chronostratigraphic control was provided by 14C dating and amino-acid racemization ages, as well as correlation to earlier established Arctic Ocean stratigraphies. Distribution of sedimentary units across the western Arctic indicates that sedimentation rates decrease from tens of centimeters per kyr on the Alaskan margin to a few centimeters on the southern ends of Northwind and Mendeleev ridges and just a few millimeters on the ridges in the interior of the Amerasia basin. This sedimentation pattern suggests that Late Quaternary sediment transport and deposition, except for turbidites at the basin bottom, were generally controlled by ice concentration (and thus melt-out rate) and transportation distance from sources, with local variances related to subsurface currents. In the long term, most sediment was probably delivered to the core sites by icebergs during glacial periods, with a significant contribution from sea ice. During glacial maxima very fine-grained sediment was deposited with sedimentation rates greatly reduced away from the margins to a hiatus of several kyr duration as shown for the Last Glacial Maximum. This sedimentary environment was possibly related to a very solid ice cover and reduced melt-out over a large part of the western Arctic Ocean.

  19. Tanque Loma, a new late-Pleistocene megafaunal tar seep locality from southwest Ecuador

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    Lindsey, Emily L.; Lopez R., Eric X.

    2015-01-01

    Fossil deposits in the petroleum-rich sediments of the Santa Elena Peninsula in southwestern Ecuador contain some of the largest and best-preserved assemblages of Pleistocene megafaunal remains known from the neotropics, and thus represent an opportunity to greatly expand our knowledge of Pleistocene paleoecology and the extinction of Quaternary megafauna in this region. This paper reports data from excavations at Tanque Loma, a late-Pleistocene locality on the Santa Elena Peninsula that preserves a dense assemblage of megafaunal remains in hydrocarbon-saturated sediments along with microfaunal and paleobotanical material. The megafauna bones are concentrated in and just above a ?0.5 m thick asphaltic layer, but occur sparsely and with poorer preservation up to 1 m above this deposit. Several meters of presumed-Holocene sediments overlying the megafauna-bearing strata are rich in bones of microvertebrates including birds, squamates, and rodents. These are interpreted as raptor assemblages. While over 1000 megafaunal bones have been identified from the Pleistocene strata at Tanque Loma, more than 85% of these remains pertain to a single species, the giant ground sloth Eremotherium laurillardi. Only five other megafauna taxa have been identified from this site, including Glossotherium cf. tropicorum, Holmesina occidentalis, cf. Notiomastodon platensis, Equus (Amerhippus) c.f. santaeelenae, and a cervid tentatively assigned to cf. Odocoileus salinae based on body size and geography. No carnivores have yet been identified from Tanque Loma, and microvertebrate remains are extremely rare in the Pleistocene deposits, although terrestrial snail shells and fragmented remains of marine invertebrates are occasionally encountered. Accelerator Mass Spectrometry radiocarbon dates on Eremotherium and cf. Notiomaston bones from within and just above the asphaltic layer yielded dates of ?17,000 - 23,500 radiocarbon years BP. Taken together, the taxonomic composition, taphonomy, geologic context, and sedimentology of Tanque Loma suggest that this site represents a bone bed assemblage in a heavily vegetated, low-energy riparian environment with secondary infiltration of asphalt that helped to preserve the bones. The predominance of Eremotherium fossils at this site indicate that it may have been an area where these animals congregated, suggesting possible gregarious behavior in this taxon. The radiocarbon dates so far obtained on extinct taxa at Tanque Loma are consistent with a model positing earlier extinctions of megafauna in tropical South America than of related taxa further south on the continent, although this pattern may be an artifact of low sampling in the region. Aunque más de 1.000 huesos de megafauna han sido identificados en los estratos del Pleistoceno en Tanque Loma, más del 85% de esos mismos pertenecen a una sola especie, el perezoso gigante Eremotherium laurillardi. Sin embargo, otros cinco taxones de megafauna han sido recuperados de este sitio, los cuales son: Glossotherium cf. G. tropicorum, Holmesina occidentalis, cf. Notiomastodon platensis, Equus (Amerhippus) c.f. santaelenae y un cérvido identificado tentativamente en base a tamaño y geografía como cf. Odocoileus salinae. Ningún carnívoro ha sido identificado aún en Tanque Loma, y los restos de microvertebrados son muy raros en los estratos del Pleistoceno, aunque las conchas de caracol terrestre y los restos fragmentados de invertebrados marinos son encontrados ocasionalmente dentro de esas capas. Los fechados de radiocarbono por espectrómetro de acelerador de masas (AMS) en huesos de Eremotherium y cf. Notiomastodon de la capa de asfalto y por encima de esta resultaron en ?17,000-23,500 años radiocarbónicos AP. En conjunto, la tafonomía, la composición taxonómica, el contexto geológico, y la sedimentolgía del sitio Tanque Loma surgieren que esta localidad representa un yacimiento depositado en un ambiente ribereño con bajo flujo y vegetación densa, con infiltraciones secundarias de asfalto lo que ayudó a preservar los huesos. El predomin

  20. Lineage-specific late pleistocene expansion of an endemic subtropical gossamer-wing damselfly, Euphaea formosa, in Taiwan

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    Huang Jen-Pan

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pleistocene glacial oscillations have significantly affected the historical population dynamics of temperate taxa. However, the general effects of recent climatic changes on the evolutionary history and genetic structure of extant subtropical species remain poorly understood. In the present study, phylogeographic and historical demographic analyses based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences were used. The aim was to investigate whether Pleistocene climatic cycles, paleo-drainages or mountain vicariance of Taiwan shaped the evolutionary diversification of a subtropical gossamer-wing damselfly, Euphaea formosa. Results E. formosa populations originated in the middle Pleistocene period (0.3 Mya and consisted of two evolutionarily independent lineages. It is likely that they derived from the Pleistocene paleo-drainages of northern and southern Minjiang, or alternatively by divergence within Taiwan. The ancestral North-central lineage colonized northwestern Taiwan first and maintained a slowly growing population throughout much of the early to middle Pleistocene period. The ancestral widespread lineage reached central-southern Taiwan and experienced a spatial and demographic expansion into eastern Taiwan. This expansion began approximately 30,000 years ago in the Holocene interglacial period. The ancestral southern expansion into eastern Taiwan indicates that the central mountain range (CMR formed a barrier to east-west expansion. However, E. formosa populations in the three major biogeographic regions (East, South, and North-Central exhibit no significant genetic partitions, suggesting that river drainages and mountains did not form strong geographical barriers against gene flow among extant populations. Conclusions The present study implies that the antiquity of E. formosa's colonization is associated with its high dispersal ability and larval tolerance to the late Pleistocene dry grasslands. The effect of late Pleistocene climatic changes on the subtropical damselfly's historical demography is lineage-specific, depending predominantly on its colonization history and geography. It is proposed that the Riss and Würm glaciations in the late Pleistocene period had a greater impact on the evolutionary diversification of subtropical insular species than the last glacial maximum (LGM.

  1. Ancient DNA analyses exclude humans as the driving force behind late Pleistocene musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) population dynamics

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    Campos, Paula F; Willerslev, Eske

    2010-01-01

    The causes of the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions are poorly understood. Different lines of evidence point to climate change, the arrival of humans, or a combination of these events as the trigger. Although many species went extinct, others, such as caribou and bison, survived to the present. The musk ox has an intermediate story: relatively abundant during the Pleistocene, it is now restricted to Greenland and the Arctic Archipelago. In this study, we use ancient DNA sequences, temporally unbiased summary statistics, and Bayesian analytical techniques to infer musk ox population dynamics throughout the late Pleistocene and Holocene. Our results reveal that musk ox genetic diversity was much higher during the Pleistocene than at present, and has undergone several expansions and contractions over the past 60,000 years. Northeast Siberia was of key importance, as it was the geographic origin of all samples studied and held a large diverse population until local extinction at approximately 45,000 radiocarbon years before present ((14)C YBP). Subsequently, musk ox genetic diversity reincreased at ca. 30,000 (14)C YBP, recontracted at ca. 18,000 (14)C YBP, and finally recovered in the middle Holocene. The arrival of humans into relevant areas of the musk ox range did not affect their mitochondrial diversity, and both musk ox and humans expanded into Greenland concomitantly. Thus, their population dynamics are better explained by a nonanthropogenic cause (for example, environmental change), a hypothesis supported by historic observations on the sensitivity of the species to both climatic warming and fluctuations.

  2. Mass wasting deposits in the upper Sehonghong valley, eastern Lesotho: Late Pleistocene climate implications

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    Mills, S. C.; Grab, S. W.

    2009-04-01

    Despite considerable research attention on apparent periglacial, glacial and sedimentary phenomena in the Maluti-Drakensberg alpine environment, knowledge on the Quaternary environmental history of this important watershed and climate-divide is still rather rudimentary. The dearth of Quaternary environmental indicators (proxy data) in the high Drakensberg is partly owing to the harsh climate (e.g. high wind speeds and high seasonal precipitation), which offers a poor preservation of past biological remains (e.g. bones, dung, middens, pollen). Possibly the best opportunity to reconstruct high Drakensberg palaeoenvironments is from sedimentary sequences exposed along fluvially-incised valley fills. The upper Sehonghong River (3000 to 3200 m a.s.l.) flows in a westerly direction and is flanked by north- and south-facing slopes reaching 3465 m a.s.l. Sediment is exposed on both the north- and south-facing slopes along the river. Despite uniform regional environmental conditions (geology, topography, climate, vegetation), there is a notable absence of similar north-facing deposits in adjacent upper valley catchments to the north and south of Sehonghong Valley. The upper Sehonghong Valley thus presents somewhat ‘unique' evidence for palaeo-slope mass movement in this alpine region. Thick colluvial deposits are most prominent on the south-facing slopes along the Sehonghong River and occur at altitudes between 3100 m a.s.l. and 3150 m a.s.l. The colluvial mantles are approximately 7 m in thickness, however reach up to 13 m in some areas. Although the north-facing lower valley side-slopes are generally absent of deposits, the notable exception is the thick stratified deposit located a few kilometres upstream. Whilst the south-facing deposits are relatively uniform in nature, the north-facing deposits consist of alternating units of gravel and organic sediment, dated to 36 600 ± 1400 14C yrs BP, and reflecting environmental changes during the Late Pleistocene. Mass wasting deposits support enhanced periglacial activity during the Late Pleistocene, particularly on south-facing slopes, and also where conditions were conducive to enhanced sediment transport on the adjacent north-facing slope of the Sehonghong River. Recent published work has suggested evidence for marginal glaciation in the high Drakensberg within 10 km of the Sehonghong Valley, suggesting that whilst particular environmental settings host deposits classified as glacial moraine, adjacent valleys are occupied by deep (~8 m) valley deposits flanking south-facing slopes. We demonstrate that the variable nature of adjacent valley slope deposits at similar altitudes is a product of a past climate that was within the glacial/periglacial equilibrium zone, and influenced by specific topographic and associated micro-climatic thresholds.

  3. The Late Pleistocene Duoi U'Oi cave in northern Vietnam: palaeontology, sedimentology, taphonomy and palaeoenvironments

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    Bacon, Anne-Marie; Demeter, F.; Duringer, P.; Helm, C.; Bano, M.; Vu, The Long; Kim Thuy, Nguyen Thi; Antoine, P.-O.; Thi Mai, Bui; Huong, Nguyen Thi Mai; Dodo, Y.; Chabaux, F.; Rihs, S.

    2008-08-01

    This paper describes new fossil materials recovered at the Duoi U'Oi site, in December 2003, by a Vietnamese-French-Japanese team. The Duoi U'Oi cave is located in Man Duc village, 25 km of Hoà Binh city in northern Vietnam. It belongs to a karstic network developed in a dark grey micritic marine limestone dated from the Lower to the Middle Triassic. The sedimentary fill produced a rich mammalian fauna, essentially composed of isolated teeth of middle- to large-sized mammals (Artiodactyla, Perissodactyla, Proboscidea, Carnivora, Rodentia, Primates), and characteristic of Late Pleistocene. The results of the Duoi U'Oi fieldwork are of great interest for the following reasons: (1) the biochronological age of the fauna is consistent with 230Th/ 234U/ 238U dating from the calcitic floors (66±3 ka). The Duoi U'Oi fauna is thus the oldest well-dated modern fauna known for the Southeast Asian mainland; (2) in terms of sedimentology, the analysis of the formation of the fossiliferous breccia and that of the processes of deposits shows a close relation between the karstic deposits inside the cave and the deposits in the alluvial terraces. The observation of three levels of alluvial terraces associated with three caves situated at 62, 10 and 3 m above the present alluvial plain suggests that exokarstic and endokarstic sediments evolved together; (3) in terms of palaeobiogeography, Duoi U'Oi is the continental fauna showing the strongest resemblance with the Late Pleistocene faunas from Indonesian islands (Punung, Gunung Dawung, Lida Ajer, Sibrambang and Djambu caves); this implies that, at the time of Duoi U'Oi, ca 70 ka, the Sundaland was mainly characterised by faunas of modern aspect; (4) the analysis of major taphonomic factors that led to the mammal assemblage reveals a combination of selective agents (selective role of predators and porcupines, selective destruction of age classes for some species, selective preservation of fossils due to the deposition processes in the karstic network), which contribute to the poor representation of the diversity of the fauna; no arguments show that humans, present at Duoi U'Oi, might have a possible role in the taphonomic process; (5) the palaeoenvironmental reconstruction based on the composition of the faunal assemblage suggests a forested area and some open habitats, under warm and humid conditions.

  4. Late Pleistocene-Holocene volcanic activity in northern Victoria Land recorded in Ross Sea (Antarctica) marine sediments

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    Del Carlo, P.; Di Roberto, A.; Di Vincenzo, G.; Bertagnini, A.; Landi, P.; Pompilio, M.; Colizza, E.; Giordano, G.

    2015-05-01

    Eight pyroclastic fall deposits have been identified in cores of Late Pleistocene-Holocene marine sediments from the Ross Sea (Antarctica), and their components, granulometry and clast morphologies were analysed. Sedimentological, petrographic and geochemical analysis of clasts, with 40Ar-39Ar dating of alkali feldspar grains, indicate that during this period at least five explosive eruptions of mid to high intensity (plinian to subplinian) occurred, and that three of these eruptions took place from Mount Melbourne volcanic complex, between 137.1 ± 3.4 and 12 ka. Geochemical comparison of the studied tephra with micro- and crypto-tephra recovered from deep Antarctic ice cores and from nearby englacial tephra at Frontier Mountain indicates that eruptive activity in the Melbourne Volcanic Province of northern Victoria Land was intense during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene, but only a general area of provenance for the majority of the identified tephra can be identified.

  5. Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene vegetation history of northeastern Russian Arctic inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    Andreev, A. A.; Tarasov, P. E.; Wennrich, V.; Raschke, E.; Herzschuh, U.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Brigham-grette, J.; Melles, M.

    2014-01-01

    The 318 m thick lacustrine sediment record from Lake El'gygytgyn, northeastern Russian Arctic cored by the international El'gygytgyn Drilling Project provides unique opportunities for the time-continuous reconstruction of the regional paleoenvironmental history for the past 3.6 Myr. Pollen studies of the lower 216 m of the lacustrine sediments demonstrate their value as an excellent archive of vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. ...

  6. Mamíferos del pleistoceno terminal de la localidad de El Hatillo, Panamá / Late pleistocene mammals from El Hatillo, Panama

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    Spencer G., Lucas.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Documentamos aquí por primera vez los mamíferos del Pleistoceno tardío de la localidad de El Hatillo en la península de Azuero en Panamá, originalmente reportado por C. L. Gazin en 1957. Los siguientes taxa están presente: Hoplophorinae?, Glyptotherium floridanum, Eremotherium laurillardi, Paramylod [...] on harlani, Equus conversidens, Platygonus sp., Odocoileus sp., Mixotoxodon larensis y Cuvieronius hyodon. Este es un conjunto característico de mamíferos del Pleistoceno Tardío de Centroamérica destacado por fósiles de Eremotherium en asociación con fósiles de Mixotoxodon y Equus. Me refiero a este tipo de asociación como montaje EME y postulo que la mayoría de estos montajes de Centroamérica son de edad del Pleistoceno Tardío. Los montajes EME representan una fauna mixta de pasteadores y ramoneadores que eran muy común en toda Centroamérica durante uno o más de los fines interestadiales del Pleistoceno. Abstract in english Late Pleistocene mammals from the El Hatillo locality on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama, originally reported by C. L. Gazin in 1957, are documented here for the first time. The following taxa are present: Hoplophorinae?, Glyptotherium floridanum, Eremotherium laurillardi, Paramylodon harlani, Equus [...] conversidens, Platygonus sp., Odocoileus sp., Mixotoxodon larensis and Cuvieronius hyodon. This is a characteristic assemblage of late Pleistocene mammals from Central America that is dominated by fossils of Eremotherium in association with fossils of Mixotoxodon and Equus. I refer to such associations as EME assemblages and posit that most of these assemblages from Central America are of Late Pleistocene age. EME assemblages represent a mixed fauna of grazers and browsers that was common across Central America during one or more of the Late Pleistocene interstadials.

  7. Correlation of the Late Pleistocene Usselo Horizon (Europe) and the Clovis Layer (North America)

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    Kloosterman, J. B.

    2007-05-01

    In 1940, a dark charcoal-rich layer, 10 to 15cm thick, was found within the Late Pleistocene Coversands of the Netherlands, and named the Usselo Layer (de Laag van Usselo) by its discoverer, archaeologist CCJW Hijszeler (1902-1982). Usselo is a village near Enschedé, a few kilometres from the Dutch-German border. Research started after the war, and publications, both scientific and popular, came forth in the 1950s. By pollen content, the layer was dated to the Alleröd, the last interstadial of the Würm (Wisconsin) glaciation; radiocarbon dating indicated (pre-AMS) dates of about 11,200 14C BP. Identification of the layer at other localities was visual, and it was found in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, and Belarus; it was also found in the UK and in Denmark, in which countries, however, no correlation was made with the other occurrences. Hijszeler had found the layer all over the Netherlands and abroad from Ostende to Hamburg, and he hypothesized the cause as a general wildfire provoked by the eruption of an Eiffel volcano. The European geologists and archaeologists, however, did not adopt his views and interpreted the layer as a paleosol, vitiating the chronology by representing the layer as the result of a long development, instead of as an eolian sediment laid down perhaps in a day or even less that provides us with a sharp marker horizon. The prehistoric Clovis culture of North America was found in the 1930s and dated to the Twocreekan, the last interstadial of the Wisconsin glaciation. The Clovis layer was especially investigated by archaeologist C.Vance Haynes Jr. Visually, the layer is easily identifiable with the Usselo Horizon of Europe. Its stratigraphic position is coincident with the end of the Clovis culture and with the disappearance of the Pleistocene megafauna. In Europe, there is a clear correlation with the sudden demise of the Magdalenian culture, best known for the Franco-Cantabrian cave paintings, and with megafaunal extinctions such as those of the Irish elk, the cave bear, and cave lion. Recently, Richard Firestone and Allen West in North America have carried out an intensive field and laboratory investigation, suspecting an extraterrestrial cause for the extinctions and the cultural discontinuity, with the Clovis layer as the extinction layer, an all-important witness to the catastrophe. They achieved positive results, the most spectacular one perhaps being the iridium content, because that element became well-known in the 1980s as an impact indicator in the K-T boundary layer. Other results include the presence of glass-like carbon, magnetic microspherules, and high levels of potassium-40. Being aware of the similarities in the Late Pleistocene stratigraphical records of Europe and North America, I contacted Firestone and West in 2005, and early in 2006 I sent them samples of the Usselo Horizon from Lommel, Belgium. The analyses they carried out yielded high levels of impact indicators, including magnetic grains, metallic spherules, carbon glass, charcoal, and in the magnetic fraction, high iridium content. These findings largely confirm the identity of the two ET impact layers on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Hijszeler(1957) Geol.Mijnb.NS 19: 288-302. Haynes and Hemmings (1968) Science 159: 186-7. Wolbach, et al. (1985) Science 230: 167-170. Kloosterman (1999) Symp. New Scenarios of Solar System Evolution, Univ.Bergamo. (Abstract 2002). Kloosterman (2000) De Laag van Usselo, de Wereldbrand en de Verdwijntruc. Bres 201: 63-74. Kloosterman (2006) "De Komeetinslag van 13.000 jaar geleden." Frontier Mag. 12/1: 44- 45. Firestone, et al. (2006) The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes. Bear and Co., Rochester, Vermont.

  8. Late Pliocene/Early Pleistocene environments inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    Andreev, Andrei; Wennrich, Volker; Tarasov, Pavel; Raschke (Morozova), Elena; Brigham-Grette, Julie; Nowaczyk, Norbert; Melles, Martin

    2014-05-01

    The Arctic is known to play a crucial role within the global climate system. The mid-Pliocene (3-3.5 Ma) is considered to be the most probable scenario of the future climate changes. However, reliable climate projections are hampered by the complexity of the underlying natural variability and feedback mechanisms. An important prerequisite for the validation and improvement of the future projections is a better understanding of the long-term environmental history of the Arctic. Unfortunately, formation of continuous paleoenvironmental records in the Arctic was widely restricted due to repeated glaciations. Continuous sequences that penetrate the entire Quaternary and further into the Pliocene are highly desired and would enable to validate the temperature rise during the mid-Pliocene that was proposed by former studies. Such a record has now become available from Lake El'gygytgyn (67º30'N, 172º05E') located in a meteorite impact crater in north-eastern Siberia. The impact nearly 3.6 Ma ago formed an 18 km wide hole in the ground that then filled with water. The retrieved lake sediments have trapped pollen from a several thousand square-kilometer source area providing reliable insights into regional and over-regional millennial-scale vegetation and climate changes of the Arctic since the Pliocene. The ''El'gygytgyn Drilling Project" of ICDP has completed three holes in the center of the lake, penetrating about 318 m thick lake sediments and about 200 m of the impact rocks below. Because of its unusual origin and high-latitude setting in western Beringia, scientific drilling at Lake El'gygytgyn offered unique opportunities for paleoclimate research, allowing time-continuous climatic and environmental reconstructions back into the Pliocene. Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene pollen assemblages can be subdivided into 55 pollen zones, which reflect the main environmental fluctuations in the region 3.55-2.15 Ma BP. Pollen-based climate reconstructions show that conditions in the study area were the warmest about 3.55-3.4 Ma BP when spruce-pine-fir-hemlock-larch-Pseudotsuga forests dominated in nowadays tundra area. After ca 3.4 Ma BP dark coniferous taxa gradually disappeared from the vegetation. Very pronounced environmental changes are revealed about ca 3.35-3.275 Ma BP when treeless tundra and steppe habitats dominated. Treeless and shrubby environments are also indicative after ca 2.6 Ma. Dry and cold climate conditions were similar to those during the Late Pleistocene. The Early Pleistocene sediments contain pollen assemblages reflecting alternation of treeless intervals with cold and dry climate and warmer intervals when larch forests with stone pines, shrub alders and birches were also common in the region. Very dry environments are revealed after ca 2.175 Ma BP. High amounts of green algae colonies (Botryococcus) in the studied sediments point to shallow-water conditions ca 2.55, 2.45, and ca 2.175 Ma BP. Thus, pollen studies show that sediments accumulated in Lake El'gygytgyn are an excellent archive of environmental changes since 3.55 Myr BP. The record well reflects main regional paleoenvironmental fluctuations. The further high-resolution palynological study of the core will reveal climate fluctuations inside the main glacial/interglacial intervals and will give the first continuous and detailed scheme of environmental changes for a whole Arctic.

  9. Late Pleistocene paleoecology of arctic ground squirrel ( Urocitellus parryii) caches and nests from Interior Alaska's mammoth steppe ecosystem, USA

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    Gaglioti, Benjamin V.; Barnes, Brian M.; Zazula, Grant D.; Beaudoin, Alwynne B.; Wooller, Matthew J.

    2011-11-01

    Botanical analyses of fossil and modern arctic ground squirrel ( Urocitellus parryii) caches and nests have been used to reconstruct the past vegetation from some parts of Beringia, but such archives are understudied in Alaska. Five modern and four fossil samples from arctic ground squirrel caches and nests provide information on late Pleistocene vegetation in Eastern Beringia. Modern arctic ground squirrel caches from Alaska's arctic tundra were dominated by willow and grass leaves and grass seeds and bearberries, which were widespread in the local vegetation as confirmed by vegetation surveys. Late Pleistocene caches from Interior Alaska were primarily composed of steppe and dry tundra graminoid and herb seeds. Graminoid cuticle analysis of fossil leaves identified Calamagrostis canadensis, Koeleria sp. and Carex albonigra as being common in the fossil samples. Stable carbon isotopes analysis of these graminoid specimens indicated that plants using the C 3 photosynthetic pathways were present and functioning with medium to high water-use efficiency. Fossil plant taxa and environments from ground squirrel caches in Alaska are similar to other macrofossil assemblages from the Yukon Territory, which supports the existence of a widespread mammoth steppe ecosystem type in Eastern Beringia that persisted throughout much of the late Pleistocene.

  10. Late Silurian and Early Devonian conodont stratigraphy in the Prague Synform and correlation of bioevents.

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    Slavík, Ladislav

    Buenos Aires : Asociacio?n Paleontolo?gica Argentina, 2013 - (Albanesi, G.; Ortega, G.). s. 149-149 [Conodonts from the Andes : International Conodont Symposium /3./. 15.07.2013-19.07.2013, Mendoza ] Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : conodonts * stratigraphy * Silurian * Devonian Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  11. Mineral magnetic record of environment in Late Pleistocene and Halocene sediments, Lake Manas, Xinjiang, China

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    Jelinowska, A.; Tucholka, P.; Gasse, F.; Fontes, J. C.

    1995-04-01

    A study of magnetic parameters was carried out on a Late Pleistocene and Holocene sedimentary sequence (5 m) from Lake Manas (northern Xinjiang, China), that has already been analyzed for bulk sediment mineralogy, stables isotopes from carbonates and biogenic material. Magnetic minerals confirm major changes in paleoenvironmental and paleohydrological conditions that were deduced from other methods. They also provide complementary information on changes in the lake system during the early and middle Holocene. The most important mineral magnetic change results from the authigenic formation of ferrimagnetic greigite, Fe3S4 during the lacustrine episodes dated from approximately 8.7 kyr B.P. to approximately 5.5 kyr B.P. (380-335 cm) and from approximately 4.5 kyr B.P. to approximately 3.5 kyr B.P. (320-285 cm) respectively. Our data also indicate an abrupt break in sedimentary conditions which coincides with a short-term return towards dry climatic conditions around 3.5 kyr B.P., which was only suggested from other proxy data.

  12. Relationship between Late Pleistocene sea-level variations, carbonate platform morphology and aragonite production (Maldives, Indian Ocean)

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    Paul, A.; Reijmer, J.J.G.

    2012-01-01

    A piston core from the Maldives carbonate platform was investigated for carbonate mineralogy, grain-size distributions, calcium carbonate content and organic carbon. The sedimentary record was linked to Late Pleistocene sea-level variations, using an age model based on oxygen isotopes obtained from planktonic foramanifera, nannofossil biostratigraphy and C age determinations. The correlation between the sedimentary record and Late Pleistocene sea-level showed that variations in aragonite and mud during the past 150000years were clearly related to flooding and sea floor exposure of the main lagoons of the atolls of the Maldives carbonate platform. Platform flooding events were characterized by strongly increased deposition of aragonite and mud within the Inner Sea of the Maldives. Exposure events, in contrast, can be recognized by rapid decreases in the values of both proxy records. The results show that sediments on the Maldives carbonate platform contain a continuous record of Pleistocene sea-level variations. These sediments may, therefore, contribute to a better understanding of regional and even global sea-level changes, and yield new insights into the interplay between ocean currents and carbonate platform morphology. © 2011 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2011 International Association of Sedimentologists.

  13. Late Pleistocene to Holocene environmental changes from ?13C determinations in soils at Teotihuacan, Mexico

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    E, Lounejeva Baturina; P, Morales Puente; H. V, Cabadas Báez; E, Cienfuegos Alvarado; S, Sedov; E, Vallejo Gómez; E, Solleiro Rebolledo.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Utilizamos la firma de isótopos estables de carbono, medida como ?13C, en la materia orgánica de suelo (SOM) como un método de alta resolución espacial para inferir algunos cambios ambientales durante el Pleistoceno tardío y el Holoceno en el valle de Teotihuacan. La interpretación se basa en la dif [...] erencia de ?13Cy preferencias climáticas correspondientes de las plantas referidas como C3, C4 y CAM. Los valores de ?13Cobtenidos de plantas que crecen en el valle hoy en día difieren claramente entre dos grupos: los de las plantas C3 con un promedio de -27%o, y los de C4 y CAM con un promedio cerca de -13%o. Los datos obtenidos para los suelos se encuentran en el intervalo de -25.72 a -15.54 %o. Las secuencias de suelos Pleistoceno tardío- Reciente del valle alto (posición geomorfológica alta), localizadas en el perfil de Cerro Gordo, se caracterizan por una ?13Ccon poca variabilidad alrededor de -20%o, indicando una coexistencia duradera entre las plantas C3 y C4 (y CAM). Las firmas más empobrecidas (-23 ± 2) %o, dominadas por carbono derivado de la vegetación tipo C3, corresponden a los suelos de pantano del Pleistoceno tardío en el perfil retrógrado de transición Tepexpan del antiguo lago de Texcoco-Xaltocan. Los paleosuelos en el valle bajo (Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno medio), incluyendo los de la Pirámide de la Luna, están menos empobrecidos (-17 ± 1) %o, o bien, dominados por carbono de plantas C4 y CAM. Los suelos del Holoceno tardío y modernos presentan una disminución (1-2 %o) respecto a las ?13Cde los suelos subyacentes. A partir de las ?13Cde suelos se estimó la porción relativa de la contribución de las plantas C4 a la materia orgánica del mismo. Nuestros resultados implican un incremento, dependiendo del lugar, de entre 10 y 70%, durante el período de transición entre el Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno temprano, y un dominio de la vegetación tipo C4 en el ambiente del valle, hasta en un 84%, durante Holoceno medio. Nuestros datos apoyan la idea de un cambio natural de un clima más frío y húmedo durante el último Máximo Glacial y el Pleistoceno tardío a uno más seco y caluroso en el Holoceno medio. Un ligero incremento de humedad y establecimiento de un clima semejante al actual, aún cálido y seco, se infiere del incremento en todo el valle, dependiendo del lugar, de 4 a 10%, de la población de plantas C3. Sugerimos que este último cambio climático pudo favorecer el desarrollo de la antigua agricultura. Nuestra interpretación general de los primeros datos de isótopos estables del carbono concuerda con interpretaciones paleoambientales para el área basadas en registros palinológicos y paleolimnológicos en sedimentos lacustres. Abstract in english Stable carbon isotopic signature (?13C) of soil organic matter (SOM) is used as a high-spatial resolution tool to infer environmental changes during late Pleistocene to Present in the Teotihuacan valley, Mexico. Interpretation was based on climatic preferences of C3, CAM and C4 plant groups. ?13Cval [...] ues of modern plant types are clearly distinguished. C3 plants display values around -27%o, while C4 and CAM plants have values around-13%o. Data from soil profiles range from -25.7 to -15.5 %o. Cerro Gordo site ?13Cvaryies around -20%o, indicating long-term, time-stable co-existence between C3 and C4 or CAM plants. The more depleted signatures (-23 ± 2 %o) are, dominated by carbon from C3 vegetation of late Pleistocene swamp paleosols in the Tepexpan profile of the Lake Texcoco. Younger paleosols from lower valley sites, have less depleted values (-17 ± 1) %o, dominated by C4 and CAM carbon. Late Holocene and modern soils present slightly more negative values (1-2 %o) with respect to ?13Cof underlying soils. Our results show 1) an increase of 10-70 % depending on the site, during the transition from the late Pleistocene to early Holocene, and 2) a dominance of C4 vegetation, up to 84%, in valley environment during the middle Holocene. These data support a climatic change from cold and

  14. A lacustrine record from Lop Nur, Xinjiang, China: Implications for paleoclimate change during Late Pleistocene

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    Chao, Luo; Zicheng, Peng; Dong, Yang; Weiguo, Liu; Zhaofeng, Zhang; Jianfeng, He; Chenlin, Chou

    2009-01-01

    Climate variability during the Late Pleistocene is studied from the proxies in core CK-2 drilled from the Luobei Depression (91°03'E, 40°47'N), Lop Nur in the eastern Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, China. Geophysical and geochemical properties, including magnetic susceptibility, granularity, chroma, carbonate content, loss on ignition and trace elements, have been determined to reconstruct the environmental evolution of the area during 32-9 ka BP. The chronology is established by uranium-thorium disequilibrium dating techniques. Our data suggest four paleoclimate stages, indicating glacial variations between cold-humid and warm-arid environments. A period of extreme humidity occurred during 31,900-19,200 yr BP is attributed the last glacial maximum (LGM). The period was followed by a warm-arid episode during 19,200-13,500 yr BP. Then a cold-humid interval during 13,500-12,700 yr BP may correspond to another cooling phases at high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. The last stage from 12,700 to 9000 yr BP has a trend that the climate turned warm and arid. The Lop Nur region is characterized by particularly humid stadials and arid interstadials. The climate variability in Lop Nur was constrained by global climate change because it is correlated with Dansgaard-Oeschger and Heinrich events, which were observed at the northern high latitudes. The synchroneity of the palaeoclimatic events suggested that cold air activity at the northern high latitudes was the most important factor that influenced the climate evolution in the Lop Nur region. A probable mechanism that involves the migration of westerly winds is proposed to interpret this synchroneity.

  15. Late Pleistocene tectonic-geomorphological development within a passive margin — The Cariatá trough, northeastern Brazil

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    Bezerra, Francisco H. R.; Brito Neves, Benjamim B.; Corrêa, Antonio C. B.; Barreto, Alcina M. F.; Suguio, Kenitiro

    2008-05-01

    Studies on the geomorphological evolution of the South American passive margin have been based on the pediplanation model, which predicts that its morphology is a response to regional uniform uplift and concomitant development of erosion surfaces. We combined remote sensing, geological mapping, lithostratigraphic and facies analyses, and luminescence dating in the Cariatá trough, northeastern Brazil, in order to determine how brittle tectonics and climate influenced colluviation and the shaping of local landforms in the Quaternary. Our work indicates that Cariatá is an asymmetrical trough ˜ 40 km long, ˜ 25 km wide, 250-550 m deep, and delimited by ENE-WSW-trending faults to the north and south. We recognized an ENE-WSW-oriented compression related to a strike-slip faulting regime, which corresponds to the present-day stress field in the region. This faulting event led to the deposition of colluvial fans, shed from adjacent uplifted crustal blocks, in a tectonically controlled depression. The colluvial succession is ˜ 45 m thick and presents two facies assemblages that filled the southern and, in particular, the northern borders of the trough: non-cohesive debrisflow and mudflow deposits. Optically stimulated luminescence dates of the sedimentary infill yielded ages at 224-128 ka and 45-28 ka, dominated by debrisflow and mudflow deposits, respectively. These ages may be over-estimated due to poor bleaching of colluvium, but they and our field data suggest that the margins of the trough were tectonically uplifted and eroded twice in the Late Pleistocene. The spasmodic colluvial accretion reflects the occurrence of high-magnitude, low-recurrence episodes probably associated with climate shifts in a semi-arid hillslope system. It follows that the present-day low-lying piedmont in which the Cariatá trough occurs is a juxtaposition of surfaces of various ages. This trough may have counterparts across the region. These conclusions do not corroborate the application of the cyclical pediplanation hypothesis in the area.

  16. Abrupt Late Pleistocene Changes in Northern South American River Run-Off

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    Hoffmann, J.; Bahr, A.; Voigt, S.; Schönfeld, J.; Nuernberg, D.

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    Paleoenvironmental studies as well as climate models demonstrate that fluvial run-off and moisture availability in the hinterland of the Caribbean react highly sensitively to climatic variations. Deglacial (Late Pleistocene) records document pronounced dry and wet spells over tropical South America which are mainly caused by shifts of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) coupled with South American monsoonal activity. Here we present a high-resolution foraminiferal Ba/Ca and ?18Oseawater record from a core located within the Orinoco outflow area, that give insights into abrupt changes of the hydrology of the Orinoco catchment area and, furthermore, enables us to reconstruct circulation patterns within the Caribbean during deglacial times. Our data, obtained from the surface-dwelling foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber (pink variety), show a distinct increase in Ba/Ca ratios during the Heinrich 1 (H1) interval, as well as during the Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles up to 36 kyr. Based on the multi-proxy evidence we largely attribute the Ba/Ca increase during H1 to enhanced Amazon river run-off, while Orinoco river discharge appears not to be significantly elevated. During Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles, the causal mechanism for enhanced Ba/Ca ratios is an insolation-driven shift of the ITCZ and/or enhanced South American summer monsoon activity. Interestingly, the H1 Ba/Ca shows strong similarities in shape and timing to published Ba/Ca data from Florida Straits.This leads us to the assumption that the South American run-off signal is transported directly into the Atlantic Ocean via Yukatan Strait and Florida Strait and therefore alter the salinity budget in the North Atlantic. The results point to immediate high to low latitude feedbacks which might help to re-inforce the weakening of the overturning circulation during Heinrich Events and Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles.

  17. The late Pleistocene ground surface temperature and corrected heat flow density for northern part of Poland

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    Szewczyk, J.; Gientka, D.

    2003-04-01

    Paleoclimatic ground surface temperature (GST) changes in last 100 ka years are a major factor causing vertical variation of terrestrial heat flow density (HFD). The value of this parameter important for thermal and rheological modelling may be considerably influenced by paleoclimatic factor and should be corrected for this reason. Very important criteria for studying paleoclimatic events on boreholes is the knowledge of depth distribution of thermal conductivity. However, core samples from majority of deep boreholes are hardly available and laboratory measurements of thermal conductivity are very scarce and sometimes not confident. We used a method of estimating the thermal conductivity from well logging data interpretation. The thermal conductivity was calculated using volumetric model of rock with mean geometric formula. The synthetic temperature logs (T_s) based on this data are an "active" method of investigation of vertical variation of HFD and GST determination. For a majority of deep boreholes in Polish Lowlands in uppermost part (temperature (T) and synthetic data (T_s). We consider that the observed vertical variations of HFD in shallow part of profiles are mainly due to Holocene warming. The lower parts of profiles are still in thermal regime of the Weichselian glaciation. Presented results of GST in the Late Pleistocene for the representative data for 59 deep boreholes for the N of Poland. The GST was -5.17 +/- 5.45^oC. The observed big scatter of presented results seems to be consequence of unstable thermal conditions and bad calibration of old temperature logs. The amplitude of post glacial warming (?GST) is not less then +13.1^oC. The history of climate for the last 500 ka years shows that this time was spent mainly in ice age and this is "normal" state of HFD. The presented method of investigations seems to be very effective for determination of HFD for this condition.

  18. An Assessment of Glacial Contributions to Lake Dynamics across the Tibetan Plateau since the Late Pleistocene

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    Sheng, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The Tibetan Plateau is one of the world's most vulnerable areas to global warming, and is home of the world's largest group of mountain glaciers and high-altitude lakes. These lakes in general have shrunk significantly since the late Pleistocene, and are currently continuing to experience changes in their distribution and inundation area. In the meantime, Tibetan glaciers have also gone through dramatic changes as evidenced by paleo glacial relics and recent accelerated melting. The paper provides a regional-scale systematic assessment of both paleo and contemporary lake changes across the plateau using geo-spatial information and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating technologies. Using high-resolution satellite imagery of the plateau together with topographic data, this research recovered paleo lake extents for hundreds of contemporary lakes with visible paleo shore relics and estimated the amount of paleo lake shrinkage at regional scales. Both the basin-based water mass balance analysis using glacier/lake sizes and OSL dating of paleo shores suggest that paleo glaciers played a crucial role in the observed paleo lake shrinkage. Recent ~40 year lake dynamics was monitored by tracking thousands of Tibetan lakes using hundreds of satellite images. The results reveal that the overall total lake area has increased by ~26% between 1976 and 2009. The detected lake dynamics exhibit a strong spatial pattern generally but with local variations. The climate change and its regional glacier variations explain the general trend and the regional patterns of lake dynamics, respectively. The glacier mass monitored by GRACE satellites suggests a thinning trend over the past 12 years in the south while a gaining along the northern rim of the plateau. Basin-based analysis identifies glacial impacts on lake dynamics and explains many local variations. It can be concluded that glaciers play an important role in detected paleo as well as recent lake changes, and will continue to play a critical role in Tibetan lake dynamics in near future.

  19. Stable isotope paleoecology of Late Pleistocene Middle Stone Age humans from the Lake Victoria basin, Kenya.

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    Garrett, Nicole D; Fox, David L; McNulty, Kieran P; Faith, J Tyler; Peppe, Daniel J; Van Plantinga, Alex; Tryon, Christian A

    2015-05-01

    Paleoanthropologists have long argued that environmental pressures played a key role in human evolution. However, our understanding of how these pressures mediated the behavioral and biological diversity of early modern humans and their migration patterns within and out of Africa is limited by a lack of archaeological evidence associated with detailed paleoenvironmental data. Here, we present the first stable isotopic data from paleosols and fauna associated with Middle Stone Age (MSA) sites in East Africa. Late Pleistocene (?100-45 ka, thousands of years ago) sediments on Rusinga and Mfangano Islands in eastern Lake Victoria (Kenya) preserve a taxonomically diverse, non-analog faunal community associated with MSA artifacts. We analyzed the stable carbon and oxygen isotope composition of paleosol carbonate and organic matter and fossil mammalian tooth enamel, including the first analyses for several extinct bovids such as Rusingoryx atopocranion, Damaliscus hypsodon, and an unnamed impala species. Both paleosol carbonate and organic matter data suggest that local habitats associated with human activities were primarily riverine woodland ecosystems. However, mammalian tooth enamel data indicate that most large-bodied mammals consumed a predominantly C4 diet, suggesting an extensive C4 grassland surrounding these riverine woodlands in the region at the time. These data are consistent with other lines of paleoenvironmental evidence that imply a substantially reduced Lake Victoria at this time, and demonstrate that C4 grasslands were significantly expanded into equatorial Africa compared with their present distribution, which could have facilitated dispersal of human populations and other biotic communities. Our results indicate that early populations of Homo sapiens from the Lake Victoria region exploited locally wooded and well-watered habitats within a larger grassland ecosystem. PMID:25805041

  20. Morphological Chronoclines among Late Pleistocene Muskrats ( Ondatra zibethicus: Muridae, Rodentia) from Northern Florida

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    Mihlbachler, Matthew C.; Hemmings, C. Andrew; Webb, S. David

    2002-11-01

    The muskrat ( Ondatra zibethicus) is presumed to have undergone a rapid phyletic size decrease near the end of the Pleistocene. Evolutionary changes in the size of middle to late Wisconsinan (ca. 32,000-12,300 14C yr B.P.) muskrats from the Aucilla River, Jefferson County, Florida, were reconstructed by examining length and width of the lower first molar (m1). Body mass, estimated from m1 length, was relatively stable from 32,000 to 16,000 14C yr B.P. and decreased only slightly by 12,300 14C yr B.P. If the size trend found in the Aucilla River material is characteristic of the southeastern United States, a body size decrease after 12,300 14C yr B.P. is needed to explain the smaller size of modern populations. It was previously thought that the length/width (l/w) ratio of the muskrat m1 was a paleoenvironmental indicator based on its presumed correlation with latitude in modern populations. We examined the length and width of modern muskrats from several geographic regions and found only a very weak trend in the size of the m1 between northern and southern populations; however, highly significant differences were found between regions of similar latitude. Our data indicate that chronoclines in the m1 of the Aucilla muskrat material and other such documented trends among fossil muskrats have paleoenvironmental significance, but it is not yet clear which environmental variables can best be predicted from them.

  1. Gruta Nova da Columbeira, Gruta das Salemas and Gruta da Figueira Brava : stratigraphy, and chronology of the pleistocene deposits

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    Antunes, M. T.; Cardoso, Joa?o Lui?s

    2000-01-01

    The evidence concerning the most recent Neanderthals in Portugal and maybe in the world, comes from there basic sites: Gruta das Salemas and Gruta da Figueira Brava. For Gruta Nova da Columbeira, two human occupation lewvels were 14C dated: c. 7, 26400 ± 750 BP and c. 8, 28900 ± 950 BP. The industries (denticulates, rich in levallois facies scrapers) are exclusively late Mousterian; this , as well as the fauna and a neanderthalian tooth make this cave one of the reference Mousterian sites ...

  2. Seismic and sequence stratigraphy of the central western continental margin of India: late-Quaternary evolution

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    Karisiddaiah, S.M.; Veerayya, M.; Vora, K.H.

    2002-01-01

    coupled with the o¡shore distribution of sea£oor gradients helped us to de¢ne four prominent physiographic domains in the study area (Table 1): (1) inner shelf, (2) middle and outer shelf, (3) shelf break and (4) upper slope. The bathymetric map (Fig. 1c... stream_size 56113 stream_content_type text/plain stream_name Mar_Geol_192_335.pdf.txt stream_source_info Mar_Geol_192_335.pdf.txt Content-Encoding UTF-8 Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Seismic and sequence stratigraphy...

  3. The application of regional-scale geochemical data in defining the extent of aeolian sediments : the Late Pleistocene loess and coversand deposits of East Anglia, UK

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    Scheib, Andreas; Lee, Jonathan R.

    2010-01-01

    The ‘European Coversand Sheet’ is a discontinuous ‘sheet’ of aeolian (windblown) loess and coversand that extends through eastern and southern England, across the English Channel into northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands (Kasse, 1997; Antoine et al., 2003). Whilst some of the earlier aeolian sediments date from the Middle Pleistocene, most correspond to the Late Pleistocene Weichselian / Devensian and earliest Holocene stages. East Anglia contains consider...

  4. Carbon and oxygen stable isotope compositions of late Pleistocene mammal teeth from dolines of Ajoie (Northwestern Switzerland)

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    Scherler, Laureline; Tütken, Thomas; Becker, Damien

    2014-09-01

    Fossils of megaherbivores from eight late Pleistocene 14C- and OSL-dated doline infillings of Ajoie (NW Switzerland) were discovered along the Transjurane highway in the Swiss Jura. Carbon and oxygen analyses of enamel were performed on forty-six teeth of large mammals (Equus germanicus, Mammuthus primigenius, Coelodonta antiquitatis, and Bison priscus), coming from one doline in Boncourt (~ 80 ka, marine oxygen isotope stage MIS5a) and seven in Courtedoux (51-27 ka, late MIS3), in order to reconstruct the paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental conditions of the region. Similar enamel ?13C values for both periods, ranging from - 14.5 to - 9.2‰, indicate that the megaherbivores lived in a C3 plant-dominated environment. Enamel ?18OPO4 values range from 10.9 to 16.3‰ with a mean of 13.5 ± 1.0‰ (n = 46). Mean air temperatures (MATs) were inferred using species-specific ?18OPO4-?18OH2O-calibrations for modern mammals and a present-day precipitation ?18OH2O-MAT relation for Switzerland. Similar average MATs of 6.6 ± 3.6°C for the deposits dated to ~ 80 ka and 6.5 ± 3.3°C for those dated to the interval 51-27 ka were estimated. This suggests that these mammals in the Ajoie area lived in mild periods of the late Pleistocene with MATs only about 2.5°C lower than modern-day temperatures.

  5. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Hydroclimate Variability in the Tropical Andes from Alpine Lake Sediments, Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela

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    Larsen, D. J.; Abbott, M. B.; Polissar, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    The tropics play a major role in the global hydrologic cycle and changes to tropical rainfall patterns have critical implications for water resources and ecosystem dynamics over large geographic scales. In tropical South America, late Pleistocene and Holocene precipitation variability has been documented in geologic records and associated with numerous external and internal variables, including changes in summer insolation, South American summer monsoon strength, Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, continental moisture recycling, and other climate processes. However, there are few records from the northern hemisphere tropical Americas, a key region for understanding interhemispheric linkages and the drivers of tropical hydroclimate variability. Here, we present a ~13 ka record of coupled hydroclimate and environmental changes from Laguna Brava, a small (~0.07 km2), hydrologically closed lake basin situated at 2400 m asl in the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela. Sediment cores collected from varying water depths and proximity to shore are placed in a chronologic framework using radiocarbon ages from terrestrial macrofossils, and analyzed for a suite of physical, bulk geochemical, and stable isotopic parameters. Compound specific hydrogen isotope (D/H) measurements of terrestrial plant waxes (long-chain n-alkanes) show a sharp increase in the late Pleistocene, followed by a long-term trend toward more negative values that suggest a ~20‰ decrease in the D/H ratios of South American tropical precipitation during the Holocene. This pattern is consistent in sign and magnitude to other South American precipitation reconstructions from both hemispheres, indicating interhemispheric similarities in tropical hydroclimate variability. Superimposed on this continent-scale trend are changes in moisture balance and environmental conditions in the Venezuelan Andes. We reconstruct these parameters at Laguna Brava at multidecadal and centennial resolution and evaluate this record within the context of late Pleistocene and Holocene South American tropical hydroclimate variability and global climate changes.

  6. The Eastern Beringian vole Microtus deceitensis (Rodentia, Muridae, Arvicolinae) in Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene faunas of Alaska and Yukon

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    Storer, John E.

    2003-07-01

    The fossil vole Microtus deceitensis occurs in Early Pleistocene deposits at Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory, and Late Pliocene beds at the type locality, Cape Deceit, Alaska. Analyses of simple vs complex morphotypes in the cheek teeth, and of differentiation of tooth enamel, show that the Cape Deceit sample of M. deceitensis is less derived, and thus appears to be older, than the Fort Selkirk sample. The fossiliferous deposits at Fort Selkirk are well constrained by fission-track and radiometric dates and are 1.5 to 1.7 myr. Sediments at Cape Deceit bear a normal magnetic polarity, are correlated with the Olduvai subchron, and probably are latest Pliocene.

  7. Late Pleistocene glacial chronology of the Retezat Mts, Southern Carpathians, using 10Be exposure ages

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    Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Zsófia; Kern, Zoltán; Urdea, Petru; Braucher, Régis; Madarász, Balázs; Schimmelpfennig, Irene

    2015-04-01

    Our knowledge on the timing of glacial advances in the Southern Carpathians is limited. Recently, some attempts have been made to develop an improved temporal framework for the glaciations of the region using cosmogenic 10Be exposure dating. However, glacial chronology of the Romanian Carpathians remains contradictory. E.g. the timing of the maximum ice advance appears to be asynchronous within the area and also with other dated glacial events in Europe. Main objective of our study is to utilize cosmogenic in situ produced 10Be dating to disentangle the contradictions of the Southern Carpathian Late Pleistocene glacial chronology. Firstly, previously published 10Be data are recalculated in accordance with the new half-life, standardization and production rate of 10Be. The recalculated 10Be exposure ages of the second largest (M2) moraines in the Retezat Mts. appear to be ca. 19-24% older than exposure ages calculated by Reuther et al. (2007, Quat. Int. 164-165, 151-169). This contradicts the earlier conclusions suggesting post LGM age of M2 glacial advance and suggests that M2 moraines can be connected to the end of the LGM with final stabilization possibly at the beginning of the Late Glacial. We emphasize that it is ambiguous to correlate directly the exposure-dated glacier chronologies with millennial scale climate changes due to uncertainties in sample collection and in computation of exposure ages from measured nuclide concentrations. New 10Be samples were collected in order to determine the 10Be exposure age of moraines outside the most prominent generation (M2) including the largest and oldest moraine (M1) and the landforms connected to the smallest ice advances (M4), which remained undated so far. The new exposure ages of M2 moraines are well in harmony with the recalculated ages of Reuther at al. (2007). 10Be exposure age of boulders on the smallest moraine suggest that the last glaciers disappeared in the area during the Late Glacial, indicating no glaciation during the Younger Dryas and Holocene. Previous works, based on geomorphologic analogies and pedological properties suggested that the M1 ice advance was older than LGM, and possibly occurred during the MIS4. Our 10Be exposure dating provided LGM ages for boulders on the M1 side moraine. It is question of further research whether these ages show the time when the glacier abandoned the moraine or they only indicate an LGM erosional event affecting an older moraine. If we accept the LGM age of maximum ice extent (M1), our 10Be exposure age data enables the calculation of a mean glacier retreat rate of 1.3 m/a for the period between M1 and M4 (21.4 to 13.6ka). Alternatively, considering only the oldest 10Be exposure age of the M2 moraine, the M2 to M4 (20.2-13.6ka) glacier retreat rate was slightly lower: 1.1 m/a. Our research was supported by the OTKA PD83610, by the MTA-CNRS cooperation (NKM-96/2014), by the Bolyai Scholarship, and by the 'Lendület' program of the HAS (LP2012-27/2012). The 10Be measurements were performed at the ASTER AMS national facility (CEREGE, Aix en Provence, France).

  8. Modeling the Climatic Controls and Topographic Form of Modern and Late Pleistocene Tropical Peruvian Glaciers

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    Mark, B. G.; Stansell, N.; Fairman, J. G.; Plummer, M. A.; Rodbell, D. T.

    2010-12-01

    Glaciers in the tropical highlands are important and highly sensitive indicators of global climate change over different time scales. Simulating glacier extent from basic climatic and topographic input elucidates understanding of present glacier-climate processes, climate control over past glacial extent, and future impacts of changing climate. We apply a physically based, 2-D, glacier model to reconstruct steady-state glacier forms and mass distributions for a range of tropical climatic conditions in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru (8-10°S). The model is based on gridded digital elevation data, computes the effects of topography on the largest component of surface energy balance, shortwave solar insolation, calculates 2-D, in the horizontal-plane, distribution of snow accumulation using a surface mass and energy balance approach, and reconstructs resultant glacier shape with a 2-D flow model. We are able to reconstruct modern glacier extent to match satellite imagery using climate data assimilated from over 30 Andean stations located between 9-11°S, including current observations at glacier elevations, and compute a modern equilibrium line at ˜5000 m asl. We then apply the model in an inverse approach to infer paleoclimate conditions for late Pleistocene moraine positions mapped in specific valleys with global positioning system positions and dated by radiocarbon dates on lake and peat sediments. Simulations confirm that with no precipitation changes, a cooling of 4.5°C is required to achieve equilibrium glacier shapes terminating at moraine positions bounding Laguna Queshque (4300 m asl 9°50'S; 77°25'W). Alternatively, increasing precipitation by 1.5 times the modern values requires a temperature reduction of 3.75°C for the model to reach the same ELA position. A model sensitivity analysis highlights the importance of both moisture availability and temperature changes in driving tropical Andean glacier fluctuations. Results also indicate that temperature reductions of 1°C are required to reconstruct equilibrium glacier shapes to match the modern glacier tongue in the Queshque valley. Under modern climate conditions, the remaining valley glacier volume will disappear within three decades.

  9. Late Pleistocene-Holocene paleoseismology of the Batang fault (central Tibet plateau, China)

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    Huang, Xuemeng; Du, Yi; He, Zhongtai; Ma, Baoqi; Xie, Furen

    2015-06-01

    The Yushu segment of the Ganzi-Yushu fault system (central Tibet plateau) is mainly composed by the Yushu fault and the Batang fault. The 2010 Ms 7.1 Yushu earthquake occurred on the Yushu fault, causing huge loss of lives and widespread damages to the densely populated Yushu area. So far, much effort has been devoted to the surface rupture and paleoseismology of the Yushu fault, while the late Quaternary activity of the Batang fault has not received much attention. The Batang fault has a clear geomorphic expression with fault scarps, sag ponds, push-ups, systematic offset of fluvial terraces, and alluvial fans along its trace. Integrated methods of geomorphological mapping, outcrop analysis, trench excavation and logging, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), and radiocarbon (14C) dating are employed to study the latest Pleistocene and Holocene paleoseismology of the Batang fault. Several paleoearthquakes are identified from geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence between 22 ka and after 2.7 ka. The oldest event (E1) occurred after 22 ka BP, E2 prior to 14 ka BP, E3 within 14 and 9.5 ka BP, E4 within 8.0-7.8 ka BP, E5 prior to 6.7 ka BP, the penultimate event (E6) occurred within 4.3-4.0 ka BP, and the most recent event (E7) occurred after 2.7 ka BP. The average recurrence interval of paleoearthquakes for the Batang fault is about 2000 a in the last ~ 8 ka BP, and the relapse time of the latest paleoearthquake is < 2.7 ka. Co-seismic displacement of the most recent surface-rupturing event is about 3 m, as deduced from the offsets of the youngest terrace risers and of small gullies. Empirical equations between co-seismic displacement and earthquake magnitude reveal that the average magnitude of these events is about 7.3. This study contributes important information for the seismic hazard assessment of the densely populated Yushu area.

  10. Drainage system inversion in the Guadalentin Depression during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene (Murcia, Spain)

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    Calmel-Avila, M.; Silva, P. G.; Bardaji, T.; Goy, J. L.; Zazo, C.

    2009-07-01

    This article presents the results of studies conducted in the central sector of Guadalentin depression (Murcia) for the abnormal accumulation (more than 17 m) of Pleistocene and Holocene deposits upstream of Romeral tectonic threshold (Librilla). {sup 1}4C dating. ruins and archaeological sites, together with its stratigraphic analysis show that the three sequences that constitute the Holocene detrital filling of the Depression, prograded are superimposed on the upper Pleistocene travertine upstream from the confluence of the River Guadalentin the Rambla de Librilla. Between Librilla and threshold Romeral Holocene deposits only appear along the left bank (15-17m). By contrast the right side shows significant lifting of the Pleistocene travertine up area Romeral threshold, where the substrate allora Neogene. (Author) 11 refs.

  11. Drainage system inversion in the Guadalentin Depression during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene (Murcia, Spain)

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    This article presents the results of studies conducted in the central sector of Guadalentin depression (Murcia) for the abnormal accumulation (more than 17 m) of Pleistocene and Holocene deposits upstream of Romeral tectonic threshold (Librilla). 14C dating. ruins and archaeological sites, together with its stratigraphic analysis show that the three sequences that constitute the Holocene detrital filling of the Depression, prograded are superimposed on the upper Pleistocene travertine upstream from the confluence of the River Guadalentin the Rambla de Librilla. Between Librilla and threshold Romeral Holocene deposits only appear along the left bank (15-17m). By contrast the right side shows significant lifting of the Pleistocene travertine up area Romeral threshold, where the substrate allora Neogene. (Author) 11 refs.

  12. Late Cenomanian to Middle Turonian high-resolution carbon isotope stratigraphy: New data from the Münsterland Cretaceous Basin, Germany

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    Voigt, Silke; Aurag, Aissa; Leis, Florian; Kaplan, Ulrich

    2007-01-01

    New high resolution carbon isotope stratigraphies from two basinal pelagic carbonate successions in northern Germany (Halle and Oerlinghausen, Münsterland Cretaceous Basin) resolve late Cenomanian to early Mid-Turonian carbon cycle variations at timescales of less than 100 kyr. Beside the major carbon isotope excursion of the late Cenomanian oceanic anoxic event (OAE 2), 11 small-scale distinct features are precisely resolved in the ?13C carbonate curve and related to boreal macrofossil zonations. The small-scale carbon isotope events correspond to secular ?13C carbonate variations identified previously in the English Chalk. The boreal high-resolution ?13C carbonate curve shows a detailed coincidence with two Tethyan ?13C curves from Italy, what demonstrates the interregional significance of the ?13C dates and allows their correlation within error limits of ± 40 kyr. Furthermore, the new ?13C curve enables the calibration of boreal and tethyan macro- and microfossil zonations. Accordingly, the Tethyan calcareous nannoplankton boundary NC13/NC14 corresponds to the boreal FO of C. woollgari, the index taxon for the Lower-Middle Turonian boundary. The cyclic appearance and the temporal spacing of the small-scale carbon isotope events suggest that orbital forcing exerted control on surface water productivity and organic matter preservation at the sea floor.

  13. Climatic fluctuations as a significant contributing factor for volcanic collapses. Evidence from Mexico during the Late Pleistocene

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    Capra, L.; Bernal-Uruchurtu, J. P.; Carrasco, G.

    2013-05-01

    Climate oscillations have significantly contributed to the planet's evolution, including volcanic activity. Major glaciations have been considered not only as a triggering mechanism for large magmatic eruptions but also inducing volcano instability. Generally, volcano instability can be inferred from detailed volcanological and structural studies of a volcano and its associated depositional sequence, but the triggering mechanism has been always difficult to infer. In this paper, we present evidence of how climatic variations during the Late Pleistocene could have forced sector collapses of the main Mexican stratovolcanoes and enhanced the mobility of associated massive flows inducing the transformation of debris avalanche into debris flows. In particular, the climatic record based on atmospheric moisture content from robustly dated lake record from Guatemala and a U/Th dated speleothem from New Mexico are used here as indicators of summer and winter precipitation. Depositional sequences associated with Late Pleistocene sector collapses of Volcan de Colima, Nevado de Toluca, Citlaltepetl (Pico de Orizaba) and Cofre de Perote volcanoes are here analyzed. Comparing the timing of the event with the climatic record, a combination of summer and/or winter pluvial conditions could have forced and triggered the failure of already unstable volcanoes, even during glacier advances (as for the Citlaltepetl event). Independently of the main cause of the volcano instability (magmatic or tectonic) it is important to highlight that the climatic factor played an important role in enhancing the volcano instability and promoted the lateral transformation of debris avalanches, which under dry conditions would have affected more limited areas.

  14. Dynamics of the late Plio-Pleistocene West Antarctic Ice Sheet documented in subglacial diamictites, AND-1B drill core

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    Cowan, Ellen A.; Christoffersen, Poul; Powell, Ross D.; Talarico, Franco M.

    2014-08-01

    Geologic studies of sediment deposited by glaciers can provide crucial insights into the subglacial environment. We studied muddy diamictites in the ANtarctic geological DRILLing (ANDRILL) AND-1B drill core, acquired from beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in McMurdo Sound, with the aim of identifying paleo-ice stream activity in the Plio-Pleistocene. Glacial advances were identified from glacial surfaces of erosion (GSEs) and subglacial diamictites within three complete sequences were investigated using lithofacies associations, micromorphology, and quartz sand grain microtextures. Whereas conditions in the Late Pliocene resemble the modern Greenland Ice Sheet where fast flowing glaciers lubricated by surface meltwater terminate directly in the sea (interval 201-212 mbsl) conditions in the Late Pleistocene are similar to modern West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) ice streams (38-49 mbsl). We identify the latter from ductile deformation and high pore-water pressure, which resulted in pervasive rotation and formation of till pellets and low relief, rounded sand grains dominated by abrasion. In the transitional period during the Mid-Pleistocene (55-68 mbsf), a slow moving inland ice sheet deposited tills with brittle deformation, producing lineations and bi-masepic and unistrial plasma fabric, along with high relief, conchoidally fractured quartz grains. Changes in the provenance of gravel to cobble-size clasts support a distant source area of Byrd Glacier for fast-flowing paleo-ice streams and a proximal area between Darwin and Skelton Glaciers for the slow-moving inland ice sheet. This difference in till provenance documents a shift in direction of glacial flow at the core site, which indirectly reflects changes in the size and thickness of the WAIS. Hence, we found that fast ice streaming motion is a consequence of a thicker WAIS pushing flow lines to the west and introducing clasts from the Byrd Glacier source area to the drill site. The detailed analysis of diamictites in AND-1B demonstrates that Pliocene glacial intervals were warmer than in the Pleistocene when polar ice sheets grew from local inland ice to regional ice streams.

  15. Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene vegetation history of northeastern Russian Arctic inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    Andreev, A. A.; Tarasov, P. E.; Wennrich, V.; Raschke, E.; Herzschuh, U.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Brigham-Grette, J.; Melles, M.

    2014-05-01

    The 318 m thick lacustrine sediment record from Lake El'gygytgyn, northeastern Russian Arctic cored by the international El'gygytgyn Drilling Project provides unique opportunities for the time-continuous reconstruction of the regional paleoenvironmental history for the past 3.6 Myr. Pollen studies of the lower 216 m of the lacustrine sediments demonstrate their value as an excellent archive of vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. About 3.5-3.35 Myr BP, the vegetation at Lake El'gygytgyn, now an area of tundra was dominated by spruce-larch-fir-hemlock forests. After ca. 3.35 Myr BP dark coniferous taxa gradually disappeared. A very pronounced environmental change took place ca. 3.31-3.28 Myr BP, corresponding to the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) M2, when treeless tundra- and steppe-like habitats became dominant in the regional vegetation. Climate conditions were similar to those of Late Pleistocene cold intervals. Numerous coprophilous fungi spores identified in the pollen samples suggest the presence of grazing animals around the lake. Following the MIS M2 event, larch-pine forests with some spruce mostly dominated the area until ca. 2.6 Myr BP, interrupted by colder and drier intervals ca. 3.043-3.025, 2.935-2.912, and 2.719-2.698 Myr BP. At the beginning of the Pleistocene, ca. 2.6 Myr BP, noticeable climatic deterioration occurred. Forested habitats changed to predominantly treeless and shrubby environments, which reflect a relatively cold and dry climate. Peaks in observed green algae colonies (Botryococcus) around 2.53, 2.45, 2.32-2.305, 2.20 and 2.16-2.15 Myr BP suggest a spread of shallow water environments. A few intervals (i.e., 2.55-2.53, ca. 2.37, and 2.35-2.32 Myr BP) with a higher presence of coniferous taxa (mostly pine and larch) document some relatively short-term climate ameliorations during Early Pleistocene glacial periods.

  16. Late Pleistocene piedmont glaciations in the Eastern Mediterranean; insights from cosmogenic 36Cl dating of hummocky moraines in southern Turkey

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    Çiner, Attila; Sar?kaya, Mehmet Akif; Y?ld?r?m, Cengiz

    2015-05-01

    We report the presence of Late Pleistocene piedmont glaciers represented by the largest hummocky moraine field observed in the Eastern Mediterranean. The piedmont glaciers originated from the Geyikda? ice cap (?40 km2), situated between 2350 and 2650 m above sea level (a.s.l.) (Central Tauride Mountains of Turkey), and deeply carved the north-facing hillslopes before reaching the Namaras Valley (2000-2050 m a.s.l). The hummocky moraines resulted from in-situ deposition of stagnant glacier ice where debris cover was heterogeneously distributed on the glacier surface. Thirty-four boulders from hummocky, disintegration, lateral and terminal moraines from the Namaras Valley and the tributary Susam Valley (2100-2200 m a.s.l.) were dated by cosmogenic 36Cl surface exposure dating. The moraine ages indicate three phases of deglaciation during the Late Pleistocene. The oldest deglaciation occurred in the Namaras Valley at 18.0 ± 1.1 ka (ka: thousand years ago) towards the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and is recorded entirely by hummocky moraines. We speculate that hummocky moraine forming processes with cycles of relief inversion gave rise to boulder apparent ages up to a few thousand years younger in our study area. Therefore, 18.0 ± 1.1 ka should be regarded as a minimum age with a probable true age much closer to the local-LGM values (?20 ka) as observed in the surrounding mountains. Paleo-piedmont glaciers also deposited several lateral moraines that are ?50 m higher than the hummocky moraines. Although the lateral moraines probably represent the build-up and the hummocky moraines the final phase of the same local-LGM-pulse, both lateral moraines started to retreat from the Late-glacial (14.0 ± 2.7 ka) and gradually disappeared by mid-Holocene (5.2 ± 1.0 ka), encompassing the Younger Dryas (YD) stadial. In the Susam Valley, the Late-glacial is represented by a terminal moraine (13.4 ± 1.5 ka). The glacier retreat was very fast as indicated by an almost instantaneous disappearance of 5 km long Susam Valley glacier, represented by disintegration and hummocky moraines (14.0 ± 1.3 ka). Alternatively, in case the oldest boulder age is taken into account, the Susam Valley glacier can be also attributed to the late LGM (?17 ka) to Late-glacial (?14 ka) transition. Near the exit of the Susam Valley a right lateral moraine was deposited 11.6 ± 1.3 ka ago, confirming the presence of the YD in Geyikda?. Comparable glacial chronologies were obtained from other Turkish and Mediterranean mountains.

  17. Late Quaternary seismic stratigraphy and structure of the western insular shelf margin of Puerto Rico

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    Hanzlik, M.; Mann, P.; Abrams, L.; Grindlay, N.

    2005-12-01

    725 km of high-resolution seismic data were collected over the insular shelf of western Puerto Rico to better understand its late Quaternary depositional and structural history. Due to low tectonic uplift rates of onshore areas in this region, well dated late Quaternary sediments and corals have only been identified in a few scattered onland localities around Puerto Rico. Seismic data from the Rio Anasco delta area of western Puerto Rico reveals four main units with characteristic stratal reflection terminations that total about 25 m in thickness. Because of a lack of well information, age estimates of these late Quaternary units are based on correlations with sea level curves derived from dated coral samples from Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and Antigua. Units include: Unit 1 - a gently folded and faulted basal section correlated to the Oliogene-early Pliocene? carbonate shelf of Puerto Rico; deeper penetration, industry MCS lines show that these rocks are deformed in a broad EW-trenching arch; Unit 2 - chaotic channel fill deposits in incisions related to the lowstand equivalent of the Rio Anasco likely formed during the Last Glacial Maximum about 25-15 ka; Unit 3 - roughly stratified deposits onlapping the top of Unit 2; these are interpreted as an estuarine facies deposited during Holocene sea level transgression; Unit 4 - highly stratified deposits related to progradation of the Anasco delta during sea level rise. The base of unit 4 is a downlap surface interpreted as a maximum flooding surface likely formed about 6 ka. East-northeast-striking faults are observed breaking the younger late Quaternary units in three separate zones off the west coast of Puerto Rico. Onland continuations of these faults have not been identified likely due to cultural overprint of natural scarps on late Quaternary floodplains.

  18. The late Pleistocene environment of the Eastern West Beringia based on the principal section at the Main River, Chukotka

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    Kuzmina, Svetlana A.; Sher, Andrei V.

    2011-01-01

    Chukotka is a key region for understanding both Quaternary environmental history and transcontinental migrations of flora and fauna during the Pleistocene as it lies at the far eastern edge of Asia bordering the Bering Sea. The now submerged land bridge is the least understood region of Beringia yet the most critical to understanding migrations between the Old and New Worlds. The insect fauna of the Main River Ledovy Obryv (Ice Bluff) section, which is late Pleistocene in age (MIS 3-2), is markedly different from coeval faunas of areas further to the west, as it is characterized by very few thermophilous steppe elements. From the fauna we reconstruct a steppe-tundra environment and relatively cold conditions; the reconstructed environment was moister than that of typical steppe-tundra described from further west. The data from this locality, if typical of the Chukotka Peninsula as a whole, may indicate that a barrier associated with the environments of the land bridge restricted trans-Beringian migrations, particularly the more thermophilous and xeric-adapted elements of the Beringian biota, supporting the hypothesis of a cool but moist land-bridge filter inferred from evidence from several other studies.

  19. Genetic consequences of population expansions and contractions in the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) since the Late Pleistocene

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    Stoffel, Céline; Dufresnes, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Over the past two decades, an increasing amount of phylogeographic work has substantially improved our understanding of African biogeography, in particular the role played by Pleistocene pluvial-drought cycles on terrestrial vertebrates. However, still little is known on the evolutionary history of semi-aquatic animals, which faced tremendous challenges imposed by unpredictable availability of water resources. In this study, we investigate the Late Pleistocene history of the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence variation and range-wide sampling. We documented a global demographic and spatial expansion approximately 0.1-0.3 My ago, most likely associated with an episode of massive drainage overflow. These events presumably enabled a historical continent-wide gene flow among hippopotamus populations, and hence no clear continental-scale genetic structuring remains. Nevertheless, present-day hippopotamus populations are genetically disconnected, probably as aresult of the mid-Holocene aridification and contemporary anthropogenic pressures. This unique pattern contrasts with the biogeographic paradigms established for savannah-adapted ungulate mammals and should be further investigated in other water-associated taxa. Our study has important consequences for the conservation of the hippo, an emblematic but threatened species that requires specific protection to curtail its long-term decline. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  20. Fossils in Late Cretaceous to early Palaeocene flint nodules embedded in pleistocene glaciofluvial sediments near Fukov (D??ín District, Northern Bohemia).

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    Pokorný, R.; Kaše, J.; Kva?ek, J.; Zágoršek, K.; Ko?í, T.; Žítt, Ji?í

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 68, 3/4 (2012), s. 119-131. ISSN 0036-5343 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Erratic boulders * Flint * Glaciofluvial sediments * Late Cretaceous * Northern Bohemia * Palaeocene * Pleistocene glaciation * Taphocoenosis Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://www.nm.cz/publikace/archiv.php?id=4&rok=68&kcislu=3-4&f_=Zobrazit

  1. Late Miocene–Pleistocene tectono-sedimentary evolution and subsidence history of the central Betic Cordillera (Spain): a case study in the Guadix intramontane basin

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    Soria Mingorance, Jesús Miguel; Viseras Alarcón, César; Fernández Martínez, Juan (1945-)

    1998-01-01

    The Guadix Basin became established as an intramontane basin in the central sector of the Betic Cordillera at the beginning of Late Miocene time. Its geodynamic evolution starts with a unit of Tortonian marine sediments and is completed by a unit of Late Turolian–Pleistocene continental sediments. In the two units, six depositional sequences have been differentiated whose boundaries, in most cases, coincide with tectonic events. Geohistorical diagrams show the results of quantitative analyses...

  2. Stratigraphy, landsnail faunas, and paleoenvironmental history of Late Holocene coastal dunes, Tauroa Peninsula, northern New Zealand

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    The post -700 years BP depositional history of the Holocene coastal dunebelt on northwestern Tauroa Peninsula involved an initial progradational phase, then a subsequent predominantly stable phase that began some time after 650 years BP, followed by a highly unstable phase from late prehistoric time to the present-day. Fossil landsnail faunas indicate that sandfield and prostrate shrubland have been the main vegetation types on the dunefield since at least 700 years BP, but that taller shrubland established locally during the later part of the prehistoric period of dunefield stability. Five species of landsnails became extinct on the dunefield in late prehistoric-historic time, probably as a result of vegetation disturbance caused by widespread dune mobilisation and erosion. (author). 19 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  3. The late Quaternary seismic, sedimentary and palynological stratigraphy beneath Evans Bay, Wellington Harbour

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    Boreholes and offshore seismic profile surveys in southern Evans Bay, Wellington Harbour, indicate that a drowned river valley has been partly infilled with sediments during two glacial/interglacial cycles. The original valley was probably eroded along the shatter zone of a late Pliocene fault situated on the eastern side of the bay. The infilling sediments include two assemblages: (1) interglacial age (including Holocene) shelly marine sands and muds, which have a palynoflora from flourishing rimu-podocarp forest, and (2) glacial age gravelly and carbonaceous terrestrial deposits, which have a palynoflora dominated by grasses or, in slightly milder times, by beech and manuka. Postdepositional deformation of early Holocene sediments may indicate either further faulting along the shatter zone of the Pliocene fault or an effect of sediment compaction during earthquake stress. Deformation of late Holocene sediments is interpreted as differential compaction and slumping being a secondary effect of earthquake shaking

  4. The stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Dunscombe Mudstone Formation (late Triassic) of south-west England

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    Gallois, Ramues W; Porter, R. J.

    2006-01-01

    The mid to late Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group exposed on the east Devon coast between Sidmouth and Seaton consists of c. 450 m of predominantly red mudstones that were deposited in low-relief sabkha environments in hot deserts. In marked contrast to this, the Dunscombe Mudstone Formation in the middle part of the group consists of 35-40 m of interbedded and interlaminated green, purple and grey mudstones, breccias, muddy limestones and lenticular siltstones/sandstones that were d...

  5. Aeolian stratigraphy and thermoluminescence dating of sediments of late Holocene age from Sola, southwest Norway

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    Thermoluminescence age determinations were performed on four aeolian sand samples of late Holocene sediments from Stavanger airport, Sola, in southwest Norway. The locality is well suited for testing thermoluminescence dating because of a good agreement between radiocarbon ages and age information based on archaeological typology and sea level changes. The conclusion from a comparison of thermoluminescence and radiocarbon dates is that it is possible to date well bleached sediments as young as 1600 years with thermoluminescence. 57 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs

  6. Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Rock Art from the Mongolian Altai: The Material and its Cultural Implications

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    Esther Jacobson-Tepfer

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Rock-pecked images from the northern Mongolian Altai attest to the presence of human communities within the high valleys of that region during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene. The material provides evidence that is hitherto largely missing from the archaeological record of that region. This paper reviews the rock art, its find sites and larger physical contexts and uses evidence from paleoenvironmental studies to propose dating and cultural significance. The material is compared with other sites said to have Paleolithic imagery from Mongolia and the adjoining Russian Altai. The body of presented material offers a major resource for the study of early hunter-gatherer communities at the interface of Central and North Asia.

  7. Late Pleistocene to Holocene soil development and environments in the Long Gang Volcanic Field area, Jilin Province, NE China

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    Sauer, Daniela; Zhang, Xinrong; Knöbel, Jette; Maerker, Lutz

    2014-05-01

    Late Pleistocene to Holocene shifts of climate and vegetation in the Long Gang Volcanic Field in NE China have been reconstructed, e. g. by Steblich et al. (2009), based on Maar lake sediment cores. In this study, we investigated soil development during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene and linked it to the climate and vegetation reported in the literature. Three pedons were described and analyzed on a crater wall surrounding a maar. The lower part of the slope is covered by basic pyroclastics that are obviously younger than the maar itself. Pedon 1 is located on the upper slope, where the younger pyroclastics are not present; thus it developed over the entire Holocene and part of the Late Pleistocene. Pedon 2 is on the toe slope and developed from the young basic pyroclastics. Vegetation remains, charred by fire that was caused by the volcanic ash fall, were found in the lowermost part of the pyroclastics layer, on top of a paleosol. Charcoal fragments were dated to 18950-18830 cal BP (using INTCAL 09). Thus, pedon 2 developed since around 18.9 ka BP, whereas the development of the paleosol that was buried under the pyroclastics (pedon 3), was stopped at this time. Pedons 1 and 2 are Vitric Andosols, developed mainly from basic pyroclastics, as evidenced by the composition of rock fragments in the soils, comprising 78 / 81 mass % lapilli and 22 / 19 mass % gneiss fragments, respectively. Pedon 3 is a Cutanic Luvisol (Chromic) that developed entirely from gneiss fragments produced by the maar explosion. Lab data suggest increasing intensity of pedogenesis in the direction: Pedon 3 (paleosol) clay coatings, rather indicates that it developed over a longer time-span and/or warmer climate than the two yellowish-brown surface soils. Since the morphology of the paleosol clearly reflects interglacial climatic conditions and forest cover, it most likely started developing during the Eemian. Steblich et al. (2009) reconstructed for the period 16.7-14.45 ka BP steppe with Betula (and minor proportions of Larix, Alnus, Picea and Salix). We assume a similar environment for the time of the deposition of the pyroclastics (18.9 ka BP) in the toe slope profile. The character of the steppe was probably more open at this time, but the presence of at least few scattered trees over the steppe is evidenced by a charred tree trunk that was found in the profile. During Holocene, vegetation consisted mainly of deciduous forest, until anthropogenic influence increased from around 1850 AD on. Reference: Steblich, M., Mingram, J., Han, J., Liu, Y. (2009): Late Pleistocene spread of (cool-)temperate forests in Northeast China and climate changes synchronous with the North Atlantic region. Global and Planetary Change, 65, 56-70.

  8. Push moraines in the upper valley of Santa Cruz river, southwest Argentina. Structural analysis and relationship with Late Pleistocene paleoclimate

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    Goyanes, Gabriel; Massabie, Armando

    2015-01-01

    The upper cliff of the Santa Cruz River was used to assess the proglacial environments of the Argentino Glacier outlet of Late Pleistocene age. These cliffs show glaciolacustrine, fluvioglacial and till deposits, where only the first one are deformed. Glacial landforms in the area and these structures suggest that the ice mass advanced, topographically controlled, towards the east from the Patagonian Ice Sheet pushing up the proglacial sediments. The spatial arrangement of thrusts and overturned folds, the drumlins-flutes moraine directions and the end moraines shape, allow inferring the dynamic and the Argentino glacier profile. Detailed analyses of the glaciotectonic structures indicate that these have two origins: load in the north with stress transfer to the southeast, and push from the west. Through the analysis of deformed sediments, their thickness and their sedimentary and structural features, three zones of deformations were recognized. Each of these zones was associated to glacial advances because of changes of the regional climate conditions.

  9. Rock-magnetic study of Late Pleistocene-Holocene sediments from the Babícora lacustrine basin, Chihuahua, northern Mexico

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    R. Cruz-Gatica

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Rock-magnetic and sedimentological studies of the Quaternary sequence of lake Babícora (29.4°N, 107.7°W; 2,100 m a.s.l. from Late Wisconsin to Holocene are reported. Two vertical profiles have been studied. Magnetic susceptibilities and natural remanence (NRM and isothermal remanence (IRM intensities correlate with sand, silt and clay contents in the sediments, suggesting that magnetic minerals are allogenic. IRM acquisition curves and alternating field coercivity spectra document the occurrence of Ti-poor titanomagnetites, hematites and iron-hydroxides. The fluctuations in the input of sedi¬ment correlate with changes in erosional processes, climate and tectonics in the catchment basin. Five radiocarbon dates ranging from 4,346 to 16,343 yr B.P. were obtained. The southern profile covers a longer time span than the western pro¬file, which spans from 11,000 to 6,000 yr B.P., when the lake extended over a larger area. Two major periods of increased rainfall and high lake levels in Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene are recognized. The Late Wisconsin wet period was fol¬lowed by gradual drying up to around 6,000 yr B.P. Between 11,000 and 8,000 yr B.P. there was another wet period, related to increased summer rainfall. The dry period between 3,000 and 2,000 yr B.P. was followed by widespread erosion.

  10. Late Quaternary stratigraphy, sedimentology, and geochemistry of an underfilled lake basin in the Puna (north-west Argentina)

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    McGlue, Michael M.; Cohen, Andrew S.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Kowler, Andrew L.

    2013-01-01

    Depositional models of ancient lakes in thin-skinned retroarc foreland basins rarely benefit from appropriate Quaternary analogues. To address this, we present new stratigraphic, sedimentological and geochemical analyses of four radiocarbon-dated sediment cores from the Pozuelos Basin (PB; northwest Argentina) that capture the evolution of this low-accommodation Puna basin over the past ca. 43 cal kyr. Strata from the PB are interpreted as accumulations of a highly variable, underfilled lake system represented by lake-plain/littoral, profundal, palustrine, saline lake and playa facies associations. The vertical stacking of facies is asymmetric, with transgressive and thin organic-rich highstand deposits underlying thicker, organic-poor regressive deposits. The major controls on depositional architecture and basin palaeogeography are tectonics and climate. Accommodation space was derived from piggyback basin-forming flexural subsidence and Miocene-Quaternary normal faulting associated with incorporation of the basin into the Andean hinterland. Sediment and water supply was modulated by variability in the South American summer monsoon, and perennial lake deposits correlate in time with several well-known late Pleistocene wet periods on the Altiplano/Puna plateau. Our results shed new light on lake expansion–contraction dynamics in the PB in particular and provide a deeper understanding of Puna basin lakes in general.

  11. The sedimentary sequence from the Lake ??ži outcrop, central Latvia: implications for late glacial stratigraphy

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    Tiiu Koff

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Sediment samples from an outcrop in the near-shore area of Lake ??ži (Vidzeme Heights, Central Latvia were investigated using palaeobotanical (pollen and macrofossil analysis and lithological (grain-size analysis methods and accelerator mass spectrometry 14C dating. A dark, organic-rich sediment layer was found below 1.7 m of sandy layers approximately 30 cm above the present lake level. Radiocarbon dating of a wood sample from the lowermost layer (11 050 ± 60 14C BP, 13 107–12 721 cal BP shows that the layer is of late glacial age. The composition of the pollen spectra is characterized by Betula nana, Cyperaceae pollen and spores of Equisetum, confirming that the lowermost sediments were formed during the late glacial. Fossils of obligate aquatic organisms in the upper layer, which include oospores of Characeae and seeds of Potamogeton, indicate an open water environment. Pollen of Myriophyllum and Potamogeton and non-pollen palynomorphs, such as algal Botryococcus and Pediastrum cf. boryanum, confirm this conclusion. The pollen assemblage from the greyish loam layer following this lacustrine phase shows a pattern characteristic of the Younger Dryas vegetation before the start of the real expansion of birch forests at the beginning of the Holocene.

  12. The Late Holocene to Pleistocene tephrostratigraphic record of Lake Ohrid (Albania)

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    Caron, Benoît; Sulpizio, Roberto; Zanchetta, Giovanni; Siani, Giuseppe; Santacroce, Roberto

    2010-06-01

    We present in this work a tephrostratigraphic record from a sediment piston core (JO 2004) from Lake Ohrid. Five tephra layers were recognised, all from explosive eruptions of southern Italy volcanoes. A multidisciplinary study was carried out, including stratigraphy, AMS 14C chronology and geochemistry. The five tephra layers were correlated with terrestrial proximal counterparts and with both marine and lacustrine tephra layers already known in the central Mediterranean area. The oldest is from Pantelleria Island (P11, 131 ka BP). Other three tephra layers are from Campanian volcanoes: X6, Campanian Ignimbrite-Y5 and SMP1-Y3 (107, 39 and 31 ka BP respectively). The youngest tephra layer corresponds to the FL eruption from Etna Volcano (3.4 ka BP). In three cases these recognitions confirm previous findings in the Balkans, while two of them were for the first time recognised in the area, with a significant enlargement of the previous assessed dispersal areas.

  13. Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental and climatic conditions in the eastern Andean piedmont of Mendoza (33°-34°S, Argentina)

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    Mehl, A. E.; Zárate, M. A.

    2012-08-01

    The main goal of this paper is to analyze the late Quaternary alluvial record of the Andean piedmont between 33° and 34°S (Mendoza, Argentina) reconstructing the prevailing paleoenvironmental conditions and discussing their regional significance. The analysis was carried out along the outcrops of Arroyo La Estacada and its tributary Arroyo Anchayuyo, complementary sections were described at Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Yaucha. The sedimentological, stratigraphical and geochronological (radiocarbon and OSL dating) results as well as the paleoenvironmental interpretation are presented and discussed on the basis of the geomorphological units identified at the piedmont fluvial systems. Late Quaternary deposits of Arroyo La Estacada compose three main geomorphological units consisting of an extensive aggradational plain, a fill terrace and the present floodplain -which is not analyzed in this contribution-. At the aggradational plain a distal alluvial fan lithofacial association was determined, mainly related to overbank sheet fluid overflows and probably temporary inactive channels of sandy-like braided streams between ˜50 ka BP and the early Holocene. The mid-late Holocene fining upward alluvial sequence of the fill terrace corresponds to a sinuous fluvial system lithofacial association. The mid-to late Holocene alluvial sequence exposed at Arroyo Grande banks shows a fining upward sequence probably related to a sinuous fluvial system lithofacial association. Finally, in the Arroyo Yaucha the upper and lower terraces analyzed in this study record a Late Glacial and Holocene fining upward alluvial sequence of a sinuous fluvial system lithofacial association. The late Pleistocene - early Holocene dynamic of the Andean piedmont documents an interval of alluvial aggradation characterized by the occurrence of sandy systems similar to braided rivers in the distal fan environments. The mid-late Holocene is marked by aggradation in sinuous fluvial systems and by two major episodes of degradation registered across the fluvial systems of the study area. This paleoenvironmental reconstruction allowed us to propose an evolutionary scheme and chronology of the major fluvial landscape landforms contributing to the general understanding of the sedimentological and geomorphological dynamic during the late Quaternary.

  14. Late Pleistocene and Holocene palaeoenvironments in and around the middle Caspian basin as reconstructed from a deep-sea core

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    Leroy, Suzanne A. G.; López-Merino, Lourdes; Tudryn, Alina; Chalié, Françoise; Gasse, Françoise

    2014-10-01

    Late Pleistocene and/or Holocene high-resolution palynological studies are available for the south basin of the Caspian Sea (CS), the world's largest lake. However, the north and middle basins have not been the object of high-resolution palynological reconstructions. This new study presents the pollen, spores and dinoflagellate cysts records obtained from a 10 m-long sediment core recovered in the middle basin, which currently has brackish waters and is surrounded by arid and semi-arid vegetation. An age-depth model built based on six radiocarbon dates on ostracod shells indicates that the sequence spans the period from 14.47 to 2.43 cal. ka BP. The present palaeoenvironmental study focuses on the top 666 cm, or from 12.44 to 2.43 cal. ka BP. At the vegetation level, the Younger Dryas is characterised by an open landscape dominated by desert vegetation composed by Amaranthaceae with shrubs and salt-tolerant plants. However, although the Early Holocene is also characterised by desert vegetation, it is enriched in various shrubs such as Ephedra and Calligonum, but tree expansion is not important at the Holocene onset. After a major shift at 8.19 cal. ka BP, the Middle Holocene displays now both the character of desert and of steppe, although some trees such as Quercus and Corylus slightly spread. The Late Holocene records steppe vegetation as dominant, with more tree diversity. Regarding the lacustrine signal, the dinocyst assemblage record fluctuates between slightly brackish conditions highlighted by Pyxidinopsis psilata and Spiniferites cruciformis, and more brackish ones - similar to the present day - with the dominance of Impagidinium caspienense. The Late Pleistocene is characterised by low salinities, related to the Khvalynian highstand. From 11.56 cal. ka BP, slightly more saline waters are reconstructed with an increase of I. caspienense for a period of 1000 years, which could be attributed to the Mangyshlak lowstand. From 10.55 cal. ka BP, low salinity conditions return with remains such as Anabaena and Botryococcus abundant until 8.83 cal. ka BP, followed by a slow, progressive decrease of P. psilata and S. cruciformis until 4.11 cal. ka BP, which is the main assemblage change at lacustrine scale. Since then, higher salinities, similar to the present one, are reconstructed. Finally, Lingulodinium machaerophorum starts its development only at 2.75 cal. ka BP, in the Late Holocene. The present research revealed fundamental differences from previously published sea-level curves, in that a 6000 yr-long highstand suggested by low salinities is shown between 10.55 and 4.11 cal. ka BP. Amongst other arguments, using a comparison to a similar palynological regard but in the south basin, a N-S salinity gradient that is the reverse of the present one across the CS, suggests that the Amu Darya was flowing in the CS. Hence the CS levels during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene were influenced by a combination of precipitation over the high European latitudes and the indirect influence of the Indian summer monsoon over the Pamirs.

  15. Late Permian cycle-stratigraphy in the continental deposits of the Karoo basin (South Africa) (Invited)

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    Lanci, L.; Tohver, E.; Wilson, A.; Ratcliffe, K. T.; Flint, S.

    2013-12-01

    Magnetostratigraphic and geochronological studies of late Permian Waterford and Abrahamskraal Formations (uppermost Ecca Group and lowermost Beaufort Group, respectively) in the Karoo Basin of South Africa yielded age-constrained magnetostratigraphy that can be correlated with the most recent reference geomagnetic polarity time scale. This precise chronological framework provides the basis for a chemostratigraphic analysis of cyclicity based on the measured major and trace element composition of these fluvial mudstones and sandstones. Our multi-taper spectral power analysis was computed using the concentration of major oxides, showing clear peaks at frequencies that are compatible with the expected orbital periodicities according to the magnetostratigraphic chronology. Given the length of the studied section (~500 m) and the relatively high sedimentation rate (~100m/Myr), we consider that the short hiatuses that are to be expected in river deposits are not likely to obliterate long-period cyclicity such as orbital eccentricity. We interpret long period cyclicity as reflecting orbital eccentricity (ca. 400 kyr), with even shorter period orbital frequencies observed in the record. Statistical analysis suggests that the chemical composition does not correlate with the sediments grain size but is related to the lithology through their relative abundance of clays and SiO2-rich clastic material. Although chemical changes might partly reflect stochastic fluctuation due to fluvial hydrodynamics, their orbital periodicity suggests that they are mainly paced by environmental changes that in turn may control the sediment weathering and/or fluvial dynamics. Recognition of the orbitally controlled sedimentation allows very precise dating of the time involved in the deposition of these sedimentary rocks. Astronomical tuning provides an improved calibration of this portion of the polarity time scale and give hints on the variability of the environmental conditions during the Late Permian.

  16. Sites without stratigraphy: Devesa do Rei, a cultual site in Galician late Prehistory and the Iron Age?

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    Aboal Fernández, Roberto

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available In this text we explore a singular site that offers a series of important novelties, both in terms of its discontinuous pattern of use in different periods (covering a lengthy period from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, and its apparent use for ritual purposes in all of them, as well as the possible identification of a funerary structure from the Galician Iron Age. At the same time, this work is proposed as a case for study that makes it possible to define a procedure to reconstruct the sequence and function of open sites from Late Prehistory in Galicia characterized by a lack of vertical stratigraphy. This problem is solved by combining different analytical techniques, all based on a record of high quality excavation that makes use of analyses of material culture, radiocarbon dating, distribution patterns, as well as soil and sediment analysis.

    Se estudia en este texto un yacimiento singular que ofrece importantes novedades, tanto por su reocupación discontinua en épocas distintas (con una secuencia amplia que cubre desde el Neolítico a la Edad del Hierro, como por su aparente funcionalidad ritual en todas ellas, y la posible identificación de una estructura funeraria de la Edad del Hierro de Galicia. Al mismo tiempo, este trabajo se plantea como caso de estudio que permite definir un procedimiento para reconstituir la secuencia y función de yacimientos abiertos de la Prehistoria Reciente de Galicia caracterizados por no presentar estratigrafía vertical. Este problema se solventa con el entrecruzamiento de diferentes técnicas de análisis basadas todas ellas en un registro de excavación de calidad que se sirve de análisis de cultura material, radiocarbónicos, distributivos, sedimentológicos y edafológicos.

  17. Geothermal evidence of the Late Pleistocene-Holocene orbital forcing (example from the Urals, Russia)

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    Demezhko, D. Y.; Gornostaeva, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    We use early obtained in the Middle Urals geothermal reconstruction of the ground surface temperature (GST) history to determine the surface heat flux (SHF) history over the past 35 kyr. A new algorithm of GST-SHF transformation was applied to solve this problem. The time scale of geothermal reconstructions has been corrected by comparing the estimated heat flux and annual insolation at the latitude of 60° N. The consistency of SHF and insolation changes on the interval 35-6 kyr BP (the linear correlation coefficient R = 0.99) points to orbital factors as the main cause of climatic changes during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. The amplitude of SHF variations is about 1.3% of the insolation changes amplitude. The increase of carbon dioxide concentrations lagged by 2-3 kyr from the SHF increase and occurred synchronously with GST changes.

  18. Giant seismites and megablock uplift in the East African Rift: Evidence for large magnitude Late Pleistocene earthquakes

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    Hilbert-Wolf, Hannah; Roberts, Eric

    2015-04-01

    Due to rapid population growth and urbanization of many parts of East Africa, it is increasingly important to quantify the risk and possible destruction from large-magnitude earthquakes along the tectonically active East African Rift System. However, because comprehensive instrumental seismic monitoring, historical records, and fault trench investigations are limited for this region, the sedimentary record provides important archives of seismicity in the form of preserved soft-sediment deformation features (seismites). Extensive, previously undescribed seismites of centimeter- to dekameter-scale were identified by our team in alluvial and lacustrine facies of the Late Quaternary-Recent Lake Beds Succession in the Rukwa Rift Basin, of the Western Branch of the East African Rift System. We document the most highly deformed sediments in shallow, subsurface strata close to the regional capital of Mbeya, Tanzania, primarily exposed at two, correlative outcrop localities ~35 km apart. This includes a remarkable, clastic 'megablock complex' that preserves remobilized sediment below vertically displaced breccia megablocks, some in excess of 20 m-wide. The megablock complex is comprised of (1) a 5m-tall by 20m-wide injected body of volcanic ash and silt that hydraulically displaced (2) an equally sized, semi-consolidated, volcaniclastic megablock; both of which are intruded by (3) a clastic injection dyke. Evidence for breaching at the surface and for the fluidization of cobbles demonstrates the susceptibility of the substrate in this region to significant deformation via seismicity. Thirty-five km to the north, dekameter-scale asymmetrical/recumbent folds occur in a 3 m-thick, flat lying lake floor unit of the Lake Beds Succession. In between and surrounding these two unique sites, smaller-scale seismites are expressed, including flame structures; cm- to m-scale folded beds; ball-and-pillow structures; syn-sedimentary faults; sand injection features; and m-dkm-scale clastic injection dykes. Our documentation provides evidence for M 6-7.5+ Late Pleistocene earthquakes, similar to the M7.4 earthquake at the same location in 1910, extending the record of large-magnitude earthquakes beyond the last century. Our study not only expands the database of seismogenic sedimentary structures, but also attests to repeated, large-magnitude, Late Pleistocene-Recent earthquakes along the Western Branch of the East African Rift System. Understanding how seismicity deforms the crust is critical for predicting and preparing for modern seismic hazards, especially along the East African Rift System and other tectonically active, developing regions.

  19. Compilation of information on the climate and evaluation of the hydrochemical and isotopic composition during Late Pleistocene and Holocene

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    This report summarises and evaluates some of the existing information on the Late Pleistocene and Holocene climates, i.e. the last 130 000 years. An estimation of the conditions at the Aespoe island (southeast Sweden) has also been made during this time span. The knowledge about Late Pleistocene (Eemian Interglacial and Weichselian glacial) is not yet fully understood. There are still a lot of assumptions concerning this period and more information is needed to be able to establish the climatic conditions. This is not the case for the Weichselian deglaciation and the present interglacial, Holocene, for which the environmental conditions are quite certain. It has been concluded, however, that the Eemian climatic development probably was similar to the Holocene but perhaps somewhat warmer and more humid. The Eemian Baltic Sea level was probably also higher than the present Baltic Sea level and there was a connection between it and the White Sea in the northeast. Aespoe was probably situated below sea level during the greater part of Eemian. Not much is known about the last glacial period, the Weichselian glaciation, until the final deglaciation. The ice sheet during Early Weichselian was probably mostly concentrated to the Scandinavian mountain area and in northern Scandinavia. At least two intervals with higher temperatures have been recorded, the Broerup and Odderade interstadials. The Middle Weichselian substage is characterised by fluctuations, melting and re-advances. Aespoe was probably not glaciated until the middle or latter part of Middle Weichselian. The maximum extension of the Weichselian ice sheet occurred in Late Weichselian, around 20 to 18 ka BP, which was succeeded by the final deglaciation. The retreat of the Weichselian ice sheet is described by for example end moraines and glacial varved clay. The Aespoe area was glaciated until 12 500 BP. Huge quantities of glacial meltwater was released into the Baltic basin as the ice receded. Due to different causes the basin was sometimes in contact with the sea and, sometimes large freshwater lakes were formed in it. Aespoe island was situated below sea or lake level to around 3000 years BP

  20. Late Quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentology of the central North Atlantic: A progress report

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    The marine geological research program of the Department of Sedimentary Geology at the Free University of Amsterdam focuses on three areas: Banda Sea, central North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Late Quaternary deep-sea cores taken in these areas are analysed in order to reconstruct changes in paleoceanography as reflected in the sedimentary record. Radiocarbon datings through the cores provide the necessary stratigraphic framework. The Utrecht tandem Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) allows radiocarbon dating on minutes samples (10-25 mg carbonate) and is therefore an excellent tool for core studies. This paper concentrates on results obtained from the central North Atlantic material. The Atlantic CaCO3 profile shows a maximum at the last climate optimum at 6 ka and a minimum at the last glacial maximum at 18 ka. This is also observed in our material, and confirmed by radiocarbon dating. It is shown that sedimentation rates are distinctly higher during the period of deglaciation. The dating also provides a framework for the timing of the retreat of the polar front. A surface layer of pteropod shells covers parts of the Atlantic Ocean floor at about 3000 m depth. Many shells show Fe/Mn staining. The AMS technique allows dating of single shells, and proves that the stained specimens are considerably oder than the unstained shells. Implications for this phenomenon and for the contribution of aragonite to the sediment are given. (orig.)ent are given. (orig.)

  1. Late Holocene stratigraphy of coastal deposits between Auckland and Dunedin, New Zealand

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    Three chronostratigraphic units based on accumulative deposits and their respective soils are proposed for late Holocene coastal deposits between Auckland and Dunedin, New Zealand: Tamatean Chronozone (c. 1,800 to 450 years BP), Ohuan Chronozone (c. 450 to 150 years BP), and Hoatan Chronozone (c. 150 years to present day). The chronozones represent depositional episodes each consisting of two phases: a high rate of deposition (unstable phase), followed by a low rate of deposition and soil formation (stable phase). Vegetation on soils formed during the stable phases is inferred principally from landsnails recovered from archaeological sites. Forest on Tamatean soil (600 to 450 years BP) advanced almost to the coast in the Manawatu, the southeast Wairarapa, and on the East Coast. Sediment thickness measured at sections along the eastern North Island coast show that rates of deposition during unstable phases have decreased during the last 650 years. The depositional episodes appear to be unrelated to sea level changes, tectonic activity, volcanic eruptions or cultural influence. Unstable phases appear to correlate with times of high temperatures, and stable phases with time of low temperatures; it is suggested that the episodes may be related to changes in the frequency of tropical and extratropical cyclones. Inferred climate during unstable phases is windy and dry, and during stable phases, less windy and moist

  2. Giant seismites and megablock uplift in the East african rift: evidence for late pleistocene large magnitude earthquakes.

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    Hilbert-Wolf, Hannah Louise; Roberts, Eric M

    2015-01-01

    In lieu of comprehensive instrumental seismic monitoring, short historical records, and limited fault trench investigations for many seismically active areas, the sedimentary record provides important archives of seismicity in the form of preserved horizons of soft-sediment deformation features, termed seismites. Here we report on extensive seismites in the Late Quaternary-Recent (? ~ 28,000 years BP) alluvial and lacustrine strata of the Rukwa Rift Basin, a segment of the Western Branch of the East African Rift System. We document examples of the most highly deformed sediments in shallow, subsurface strata close to the regional capital of Mbeya, Tanzania. This includes a remarkable, clastic 'megablock complex' that preserves remobilized sediment below vertically displaced blocks of intact strata (megablocks), some in excess of 20 m-wide. Documentation of these seismites expands the database of seismogenic sedimentary structures, and attests to large magnitude, Late Pleistocene-Recent earthquakes along the Western Branch of the East African Rift System. Understanding how seismicity deforms near-surface sediments is critical for predicting and preparing for modern seismic hazards, especially along the East African Rift and other tectonically active, developing regions. PMID:26042601

  3. Shoreline deposits and diagenesis resulting from two Late Pleistocene highstands near +5 and +6 metres, Durban, South Africa

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    Cooper, J.A.G.; Flores, R.M.

    1991-01-01

    In exposures of Pleistocene rocks on the east coast of South Africa, eight sedimentary facies were distinguished on the basis of petrology, grain size, internal structures and field relationships. These are interpreted as deposits of surf zone, breaker zone, swash zone, backbeach, boulder beach and dune environments. Three phases of deposition and diagenesis are recognized. As a result of the stabilising effect of pre-existing coastal facies, the deposits from successive sea level stands are stacked vertically in a narrow coast-normal strip. Early cementation prevented erosion of the deposits during subsequent transgressions. Deposition of subsequent facies took place on an existing coastal dune (Facies 1). A terrace was cut into this dune at a sea level 4.5 to 5 m above present. At this sea level, clastic shoreline sediments were deposited which make up the main sedimentary sequence exposed (Facies 2-7). The steep swash zone, coarse grain size, and comparison with modern conditions in the study area indicate clastic deposition on a high-energy, wave-dominated, microtidal coastline. Vertical stacking of progressively shallower water facies indicates progradation associated with slightly regressive conditions, prior to stranding of the succession above sea level. During a subsequent transgression to 5.5 or 6 m above present sea level, a second terrace was cut across the existing facies, which by then were partly lithified. A boulder beach (Facies 8) deposited on this terrace is indicative of high wave energy and a rocky coastline, formed by existing cemented coastal facies. Comparison with dated deposits from other parts of the South African coast suggest a Late Pleistocene age for Facies 2-8. Deposition was terminated by subsequent regression and continuing low sea levels during the remainder of the Pleistocene. Cementation of the facies took place almost entirely by carbonate precipitation. The presence of isopachous fibrous cements suggests early cementation of Facies 1, 2, 3 and 4 under marine conditions, initially as aragonite which has since inverted to calcite. Facies 5, 6 and 7 are cemented only by equant calcite spar, evidence of cementation in the meteoric phreatic and vadose zones. Lowering of the water table during regression caused the remaining pore space in Facies 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be filled with equant calcite spar. Decementation in a 130 cm wide zone is attributed to water table shifts associated with the later transgression which deposited Facies 8. The vertical stacking of the two depositional sequences may be attributed to rapid cementation of Facies 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 under humid, subtropical conditions. This lithified sequence then acted as a focus for deposition of coarse-grained shoreline facies (Facies 8) during the subsequent transgression. ?? 1991.

  4. Deciphering magnetoclimatological patterns of late Early to early Middle Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences in the western Chinese Loess Plateau

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    Wang, Xisheng; Yang, Zhenyu; Chen, Yun; Hu, Jianyong; Tang, Ling; Sheng, Mei; Løvlie, Reidar

    2015-07-01

    A detailed environmental magnetic investigation in conjunction with geochemical, bulk grain size and redness analyses of late Early to early Middle Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences at the Jiuzhoutai and Caotan loess sections has been carried out, aimed to explore the reliability of magnetic parameters as paleoclimatic proxies in the western Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP). The results show that magnetic enhancement of early- to mid-Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences at both sites is not solely due to the neoformation of ultrafine magnetic particles through pedogenesis, but in the case of several loess layers (e.g., L8 and L9) is more attributed to the significant input of coarse-grained magnetic minerals associated with the advance of desert margin and/or with significant changes in local sediment input. Since the magnetoclimatological signals studied here are obviously controlled by both pedogenesis and wind vigor, measurements of magnetic susceptibility (?) and saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM), both of which are responsive to both ultrafine pedogenic magnetic particles and eolian coarse-grained pseudo-single domain/multi-domain magnetic particles, could not provide unambiguous interpretation of the magnetic response to the East Asian summer monsoon intensity. In contrast, anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) and the percentage of frequency-dependent magnetic susceptibility (?fd%), which are notably responsive to ultrafine magnetic particles, can aptly trace changes in the concentration of pedogenic magnetic particles and can therefore be used as reliable proxies of pedogenic intensity. The magnetic grain size dependent proxies, e.g., ARM/? and ARM/Ms (Ms, saturation magnetization), geochemical indices (e.g., chemical index of alteration, Zr/Rb and Al/Si ratios), and bulk grain size records all exhibit concordant variations and are more straightforward proxies for addressing the East Asian monsoon variability. Therefore the combination of multi-parameter mineral magnetic, geochemical and grain size analyses is very useful for distinguishing, delimiting and correlating loess sequences, and for accurately deciphering their paleoclimatic signals embedded in the weakly weathered loess. As the classical precipitation-driven pedogenic model for magnetic susceptibility enhancement is not entirely applicable to the early- to mid-Pleistocene loess developed in the semi-arid western CLP, considerable caution should also be warranted in using magnetic susceptibility measurements alone in the quantitative reconstruction of paleoprecipitation.

  5. The late Early Pleistocene human dental remains from Uadi Aalad and Mulhuli-Amo (Buia), Eritrean Danakil: macromorphology and microstructure.

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    Zanolli, Clément; Bondioli, Luca; Coppa, Alfredo; Dean, Christopher M; Bayle, Priscilla; Candilio, Francesca; Capuani, Silvia; Dreossi, Diego; Fiore, Ivana; Frayer, David W; Libsekal, Yosief; Mancini, Lucia; Rook, Lorenzo; Medin Tekle, Tsegai; Tuniz, Claudio; Macchiarelli, Roberto

    2014-09-01

    Fieldwork performed during the last 15 years in various Early Pleistocene East African sites has significantly enlarged the fossil record of Homo erectus sensu lato (s.l.). Additional evidence comes from the Danakil Depression of Eritrea, where over 200 late Early to early Middle Pleistocene sites have been identified within a ?1000 m-thick sedimentary succession outcropping in the Dandiero Rift Basin, near Buia. Along with an adult cranium (UA 31), which displays a blend of H. erectus-like and derived morpho-architectural features and three pelvic remains, two isolated permanent incisors (UA 222 and UA 369) have also been recovered from the 1 Ma (millions of years ago) Homo-bearing outcrop of Uadi Aalad. Since 2010, our surveys have expanded to the nearby (4.7 km) site of Mulhuli-Amo (MA). This is a fossiliferous area that has been preliminarily surveyed because of its exceptional concentration of Acheulean stone tools. So far, the site has yielded 10 human remains, including the unworn crown of a lower permanent molar (MA 93). Using diverse analytical tools (including high resolution ?CT and ?MRI), we analysed the external and internal macromorphology and microstructure of the three specimens, and whenever possible compared the results with similar evidence from early Homo, H. erectus s.l., H. antecessor, H. heidelbergensis (from North Africa), Neanderthals and modern humans. We also assessed the UA 369 lower incisor from Uadi Aalad for root completion timing and showed that it compares well with data for root apex closure in modern human populations. PMID:24852385

  6. Stratigraphy, age and environments of the late Miocene Mpesida Beds, Tugen Hills, Kenya.

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    Kingston, John D; Fine Jacobs, Bonnie; Hill, Andrew; Deino, Alan

    2002-01-01

    Interpretations of faunal assemblages from the late Miocene Mpesida Beds in the Tugen Hills of the Central Kenyan Rift Valley have figured prominently in discussions of faunal turnover and establishment of the modern East African communities. These faunal changes have important implications for the divergence of the human lineage from the African apes ca. 8-5 Ma. While fossil material recovered from the Mpesida Beds has traditionally been analyzed collectively, accumulating evidence indicates that Mpesida facies span the 7-6 Ma interval and are scattered more than 25 km along the eastern flanks of the Tugen Hills. Stratigraphic distinctions between Mpesida facies and younger sediments in the sequence, such as the Lukeino Formation, are not yet fully resolved, further complicating temporal assessments and stratigraphic context of Mpesida facies. These issues are discussed with specific reference to exposures of Mpesida facies at Rurmoch, where large fossil tree fragments were swept up in an ancient ash flow. Preserved anatomical features of the fossil wood as well as estimated tree heights suggest a wet, lowland rainforest in this portion of the rift valley. Stable isotopic analyses of fossil enamel and paleosol components indicate the presence of more open habitats locally. Overlying air-fall tuffs and epiclastic debris, possibly associated with the ash flow, have yielded an assemblage of vertebrate fossils including two teeth belonging to one of the earliest colombines of typical body size known from Africa, after the rather small Microcolobus. Single-crystal, laser-fusion,(40)Ar/(39)Ar dates from a capping trachyte flow as well as tuffs just below the lava contact indicate an age of greater than 6.37 Ma for the fossil material. PMID:11795970

  7. Late Pleistocene glaciation of the Mt Giluwe volcano, Papua New Guinea

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    Barrows, Timothy T.; Hope, Geoffrey S.; Prentice, Michael L.; Fifield, L. Keith; Tims, Stephen G.

    2011-09-01

    The Mt Giluwe shield volcano was the largest area glaciated in Papua New Guinea during the Pleistocene. Despite minimal cooling of the sea surface during the last glacial maximum, glaciers reached elevations as low as 3200 m. To investigate changes in the extent of ice through time we have re-mapped evidence for glaciation on the southwest flank of Mt Giluwe. We find that an ice cap has formed on the flanks of the mountain on at least three, and probably four, separate occasions. To constrain the ages of these glaciations we present 39 new cosmogenic 36Cl exposure ages complemented by new radiocarbon dates. Direct dating of the moraines identifies that the maximum extent of glaciation on the mountain was not during the last glacial maximum as previously thought. In conjunction with existing potassium/argon and radiocarbon dating, we recognise four distinct glacial periods between 293-306 ka (Gogon Glaciation), 136-158 ka (Mengane Glaciation), centred at 62 ka (Komia Glaciation) and from >20.3-11.5 ka (Tongo Glaciation). The temperature difference relative to the present during the Tongo Glaciation is likely to be of the order of at least 5 °C which is a minimum difference for the previous glaciations. During the Tongo Glaciation, ice was briefly at its maximum for less than 1000 years, but stayed near maximum levels for nearly 4000 years, until about 15.4 ka. Over the next 4000 years there was more rapid retreat with ice free conditions by the early Holocene.

  8. Late Pliocene and early Pleistocene environments of the north-eastern Russian Arctic inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    Andreev, A. A.; Tarasov, P. E.; Wennrich, V.; Raschke, E.; Herzschuh, U.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Brigham-grette, J.; Melles, M.

    2013-01-01

    The 318 m thick lacustrine sediment record in Lake El'gygytgyn, northeastern Russian Arctic cored by the international El'gygytgyn Drilling Project provides unique opportunities allowing the time-continuous reconstruction of the regional paleoenvironmental history for the past 3.6 Myr. Pollen studies of the lower 216 m of the lacustrine sediments show their value as an excellent archive of vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. About 3.50–3.35 ...

  9. Late Pleistocene-Holocene earthquake-induced slumps and soft-sediment deformation structures in the Acequion River valley, Central Precordillera, Argentina

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    Perucca Laura P

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Evidence of earthquake-induced liquefaction features in the Acequión river valley, central western Argentina, is analysed. Well-preserved soft-sediment deformation structures are present in Late Pleistocene deposits; they include two large slumps and several sand dikes, convolutions, pseudonodules, faults, dish structures and diapirs in the basal part of a shallow-lacustrine succession in the El Acequión River area. The water-saturated state of these sediments favoured deformation.

  10. Late Pleistocene glaciation of the Mt Giluwe volcano, Papua New Guinea

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    Barrows, T.T.; Hope, G.S.; Prentice, M.L.; Fifield, L.K.; Tims, S.G.

    2011-01-01

    The Mt Giluwe shield volcano was the largest area glaciated in Papua New Guinea during the Pleistocene. Despite minimal cooling of the sea surface during the last glacial maximum, glaciers reached elevations as low as 3200 m. To investigate changes in the extent of ice through time we have re-mapped evidence for glaciation on the southwest flank of Mt Giluwe. We find that an ice cap has formed on the flanks of the mountain on at least three, and probably four, separate occasions. To constrain the ages of these glaciations we present 39 new cosmogenic 36Cl exposure ages complemented by new radiocarbon dates. Direct dating of the moraines identifies that the maximum extent of glaciation on the mountain was not during the last glacial maximum as previously thought. In conjunction with existing potassium/argon and radiocarbon dating, we recognise four distinct glacial periods between 293-306 ka (Gogon Glaciation), 136-158 ka (Mengane Glaciation), centred at 62 ka (Komia Glaciation) and from >20.3-11.5 ka (Tongo Glaciation). The temperature difference relative to the present during the Tongo Glaciation is likely to be of the order of at least 5 ??C which is a minimum difference for the previous glaciations. During the Tongo Glaciation, ice was briefly at its maximum for less than 1000 years, but stayed near maximum levels for nearly 4000 years, until about 15.4 ka. Over the next 4000 years there was more rapid retreat with ice free conditions by the early Holocene. ?? 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Facies architecture and Late Pliocene - Pleistocene evolution of a felsic volcanic island, Milos, Greece

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    Stewart, Andrew L.; McPhie, Jocelyn

    2006-06-01

    The volcanic island of Milos, Greece, comprises an Upper Pliocene -Pleistocene, thick (up to 700 m), compositionally and texturally diverse succession of calc-alkaline, volcanic, and sedimentary rocks that record a transition from a relatively shallow but dominantly below-wave-base submarine setting to a subaerial one. The volcanic activity began at 2.66±0.07 Ma and has been more or less continuous since then. Subaerial emergence probably occurred at 1.44±0.08 Ma, in response to a combination of volcanic constructional processes and fault-controlled volcano-tectonic uplift. The architecture of the dominantly felsic-intermediate volcanic succession reflects contrasts in eruption style, proximity to source, depositional environment and emplacement processes. The juxtaposition of submarine and subaerial facies indicates that for part of the volcanic history, below-wave base to above-wave base, and shoaling to subaerial depositional environments coexisted in most areas. The volcanic facies architecture comprises interfingering proximal (near vent), medial and distal facies associations related to five main volcano types: (1) submarine felsic cryptodome-pumice cone volcanoes; (2) submarine dacitic and andesitic lava domes; (3) submarine-to-subaerial scoria cones; (4) submarine-to-subaerial dacitic and andesitic lava domes and (5) subaerial lava-pumice cone volcanoes. The volcanic facies are interbedded with a sedimentary facies association comprising sandstone and/or fossiliferous mudstone mainly derived from erosion of pre-existing volcanic deposits. The main facies associations are interpreted to have conformable, disconformable, and interfingering contacts, and there are no mappable angular unconformities or disconformities within the volcanic succession.

  12. Response of the paleomagnetic record to environmental changes in the late Pleistocene

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    Pilipenko, O. V.; Trubikhin, V. M.; Abrahamsen, H.; Buylaert, J.-P.

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    During revisiting the Upper Pleistocene Pekla loess-soil section located on the Sea of Azov coast of the Taman Peninsula, its lower 6 m were continuously sampled, which led to an increase in the age range from ˜50 to 400 ka. The detailed rock magnetic study of the structure, grain-size, and concentrations of magnetic mineral (natural remanent magnetization (NRM) carrier) in the collected rock samples revealed regular changes in rock magnetic characteristics along the section and their correlation with climatic fluctuations. Magnetite and hematite both deposited during the transport of sedimentary material and formed during pedogenesis, which involved the entire section to a varying extent, represent the main magnetic minerals in the examined rocks. Automorphic paleosoils that were formed during warm and humid periods corresponding to odd stages of the MIS scale are characterized by elevated concentrations of magnetic mineral (NRM, magnetic susceptibility ( K lf), saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM), and anhysteresis (ideal) remanent magnetization (ARM)) parameters and share of superparamagnetic particles (up to 80%, according to elevated values of the frequency-dependent magnetic susceptibility K td) as well as by lowered rigidity parameter ( B cr) and grain size (ARM/ K parameter). Such changes in the paleosoils may be explained by the occurrence of newly formed fine-grained magnetite particles close in size to its superparamagnetic and single-domain varieties due to the activation of bio/geochemical processes during warm stages. The growth of the above-mentioned rock magnetic parameters in automorphic soils may be considered as serving a quantitative criterion for defining the boundary between warm and cold periods even in poorly developed soils.

  13. Evidence for prolonged El Nino-like conditions in the Pacific during the Late Pleistocene: a 43 ka noble gas record from California groundwaters

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    Kulongoski, J.T.; Hilton, David R.; Izbicki, J.A.; Belitz, K.

    2009-01-01

    Information on the ocean/atmosphere state over the period spanning the Last Glacial Maximum - from the Late Pleistocene to the Holocene - provides crucial constraints on the relationship between orbital forcing and global climate change. The Pacific Ocean is particularly important in this respect because of its dominant role in exporting heat and moisture from the tropics to higher latitudes. Through targeting groundwaters in the Mojave Desert, California, we show that noble gas derived temperatures in California averaged 4.2 ?? 1.1 ??C cooler in the Late Pleistocene (from ???43 to ???12 ka) compared to the Holocene (from ???10 to ???5 ka). Furthermore, the older groundwaters contain higher concentrations of excess air (entrained air bubbles) and have elevated oxygen-18/oxygen-16 ratios (??18O) - indicators of vigorous aquifer recharge, and greater rainfall amounts and/or more intense precipitation events, respectively. Together, these paleoclimate indicators reveal that cooler and wetter conditions prevailed in the Mojave Desert from ???43 to ???12 ka. We suggest that during the Late Pleistocene, the Pacific ocean/atmosphere state was similar to present-day El Nino-like patterns, and was characterized by prolonged periods of weak trade winds, weak upwelling along the eastern Pacific margin, and increased precipitation in the southwestern U.S.

  14. Late Miocene-early Pleistocene paleoclimate history of the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed by remanence unmixing

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    Nie, Junsheng; Zhang, Rui; Necula, Cristian; Heslop, David; Liu, Qingsong; Gong, Lisha; Banerjee, Subir

    2014-03-01

    Previous studies show that the Quaternary loess sequence and the late Miocene-Pliocene red clay sequence on the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP) share similar magnetic properties despite their being deposited under different climate conditions. To solve this paradox, we apply a novel remanence unmixing technique and demonstrate that loess and red clay on the central CLP contain a similar low-coercivity pedogenic component, but their high-coercivity components differ dramatically, reflecting different oxidation and temperature conditions. We infer that temperatures on the Chinese Loess Plateau cooled from the late Miocene to the Quaternary, in a manner similar to sea surface temperature records for the same time interval. This coherency between marine and terrestrial records argues for a CO2 forcing on long-term paleoclimatic variations.

  15. Conceptual hydrochemical model of late Pleistocene aquifers at the Samario-Sitio Grande petroleum reservoir, Gulf of Mexico, Mexico

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    Carbon-14 concentrations between 0.83 and 11.79 pmC of formation water from the Activo Samaria-Sitio Grande petroleum reservoir in SE-Mexico, extracted from 3500 to 4500 m.b.s.l., indicate a common infiltration event of surface water during the late Pleistocene period. Mixing of two components - meteoric water and seawater, previously evaporated at the surface - explain the widespread mineralization (TDI = 15-257 g/L) of Na-Cl and Na-Ca-Cl type reservoir water. Statistical discrimination by clustering and a heterogeneous chemical-isotopic fluid composition indicate the existence of 4 different water types as part of local aquifer systems, which are separated by normal and thrust faults. Tectonic horst and graben structures show an ambiguous, individual hydraulic behaviour - as permeable conduits and/or as impermeable barriers, causing the local limitation of aquifer extent. The recent increase of water production in petroleum wells is not related to the injection of surface water, but the long-term extraction of oil reserves is modifying the original position and flow direction of the reservoir aquifers. The rise of the initial groundwater level reflects the final stage of an exhausted petroleum reservoir with coning effects of underlying aquifer systems. The flexible change towards superior production intervals could represent a feasible technique to avoid the abrupt closure of invaded production wells

  16. The role of cryptotephra in refining the chronology of Late Pleistocene human evolution and cultural change in North Africa

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    Barton, R. N. E.; Lane, C. S.; Albert, P. G.; White, D.; Collcutt, S. N.; Bouzouggar, A.; Ditchfield, P.; Farr, L.; Oh, A.; Ottolini, L.; Smith, V. C.; Van Peer, P.; Kindermann, K.

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    Sites in North Africa hold key information for dating the presence of Homo sapiens and the distribution of Middle Stone Age (MSA), Middle Palaeolithic (MP) and Later Stone Age (LSA) cultural activity in the Late Pleistocene. Here we present new and review recently published tephrochronological evidence for five cave sites in North Africa with long MSA/MP and LSA cultural sequences. Four tephra horizons have been identified at the Haua Fteah (Cyrenaica, Libya). They include cryptotephra evidence for the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption dating to ?39 ka that allows correlation with other Palaeolithic sequences in the eastern Mediterranean and as far north as Russia. Cryptotephra have also been recorded from the Moroccan sites of Taforalt, Rhafas and Dar es-Soltane 1. At Taforalt the geochemical composition suggests a provenance in the Azores, while examples from Sodmein (Egypt) appear to derive from central Anatolia and another unknown source. In these latter examples chemical compositional data from relevant proximal volcanic centres is currently lacking so the identification of tephra in layers of known age and cultural association provides the first reliable age determinations for distal volcanic events and their geographical extent. The future potential for tephrochronological research in North Africa is also discussed.

  17. New stratigraphic and taphonomic data from the late Pleistocene deposits of the San Teodoro Cave (North-Eastern Sicily, Italy

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    Gabriella Mangano

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    Full Text Available In previous excavations at the San Teodoro Cave (North-Eastern Sicily the Authors distinguished an upper Late Glacial sedimentary unit (Unit A and a lower sedimentary unit (Unit B containing Upper Pleistocene endemic mammal remains. New data collected during 2002 and 2003 excavations come from a trench located on the eastern side of the cave at a distance of 30-34 m from the entrance. In the new trench the composition and taphonomic characters of the faunal assemblage of the Unit B deposits are similar to those recognized in 1998 in a trench located on the eastern side of the cave at a distance of 9-13 m from the entrance. The Unit B contains a highly diversified assemblage of vertebrates, invertebrates and vegetal remains. Damages on bones and abundant coprolites testify to intense hyena activity. Complete and undamaged remains of elephant and deer are actually a novelty from a taphonomic point of view. A new sterile sedimentary unit (Unit C has been brought to light. The characters of the new sedimentary Unit C suggest a correlation with the older lacustrine deposits located at the base of the vertical cliffs where the San Teodoro cave is located.

  18. SAR-OSL dating of Late Pleistocene loess in Southern Romania using fine and coarse-quartz

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    Daniela CONSTANTIN

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    Full Text Available Loess deposits cover significant areas in Europe, extending from NW-France and Belgium through to central Europe, the Ukraine and Western Russia. The loess palaeosol sequences of the Carpathian Basin-Lower Danube region (Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria are thought to represent the most continuous and high resolution archives of regional climate and environmental change during the Late and Middle Pleistocene in SE Europe and a link between similar deposits in central Europe and Eurasia. However, in comparison to other loess sequences elsewhere in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the deposits in Romania have been much less extensively studied.Luminescence dating is, at present, the only method that allows establishing an absolute chronology for loess deposits by virtue of its ability to directly date the moment of sediment deposition. Moreover, the aeolian nature of loess ensures that the luminescence signal is completely reset prior to deposition, a prime requisite for luminescence dating. Thus, loess sediments are ideal materials for developing, testing and applying luminescence techniques. This approach is essential for securely linking loess records from Romania in a chronologically reliable regional framework and to extend this information to other sites from central and eastern European loess belt, in order to understand past paleoenvironmental dynamics at both regional and continental scales.

  19. Late pleistocene glacial and environmental history of the Skagit valley, Washington and British Columbia

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    Riedel, Jon Lyle

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    Drainage patterns established in the Tertiary in the North Cascades were reorganized to accommodate southern drainage of Cordilleran Ice Sheet meltwater. Repeated continental glaciation rendered the Skagit an interconnected valley, with meltwater routes opening it to the Fraser and Okanogan watersheds, and linking it to a drainage system around the east margin of the Puget lobe of the ice sheet. Alpine glaciers from two major tributaries blocked Skagit valley during the late Wisconsin Evans C...

  20. Geomorphic and Modeling Evidence for a Late Pleistocene Cirque Glacier in Southwest England

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    Knight, J.; Harrison, S.; Rowan, A. V.

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    Several small ice caps have been identified outside of the margins of the last (late Devensian) British ice sheet, but few sites in the uplands of southwest England show evidence for late Devensian niche/cirque glaciers and/or perennial snowbanks. Here we present evidence for the southernmost site yet discovered, in west Penwith, Cornwall. Here, a NE-facing hollow developed on granite bedrock is surrounded by tors with deep bedrock fractures and displaced angular blocks. Bedrock is exposed at the base of the hollow but sediments form a subdued ridge, interpreted as a terminal moraine, at the front of the hollow. The sediments comprise gravelly diamicton containing facetted clasts that are occasionally striated, interbedded with sand lenses. Sediments are deformed by periglacial involutions. We used a 2-D glacier energy balance and iceflow model (Plummer and Phillips, 2003, Quat Sci Rev) to discover if the climatic conditions during the late Devensian could have sustained a cirque glacier at this site. Met Office regional climate data (1981-2010) were used to define mean monthly air temperatures, lapse rate, precipitation, cloudiness and relative humidity, and surface energy fluxes were calculated based on solar position during the present day and last glacial maximum (LGM). We ran a range of different glacier model simulations to test an envelope of late Devensian paleoclimate conditions inferred from other climate proxies. Model results suggest that a cirque glacier could have formed at this site under conditions equivalent to a change in temperature from present-day values of -8.5°C accompanied by a 20% decrease in precipitation, which is consistent with the regional LGM. Response times for these simulations are greater than 500 years, indicating that it is unlikely that such cirque glaciers maintained steady state and were instead short-lived features.

  1. Assessing the strength of the monsoon during the late Pleistocene in southwestern United States

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    Cisneros-Dozal, Luz M.; Huang, Yongsong; Heikoop, Jeffrey M.; Fawcett, Peter J.; Fessenden, Julianna; Anderson, R. Scott; Meyers, Philip A.; Larson, Toti; Perkins, George; Toney, Jaime; Werne, Josef P.; Goff, Fraser; WoldeGabriel, Giday; Allen, Craig D.; Berke, Melissa A.

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    Improved predictions of drought require an understanding of natural and human-induced climate variability. Long-term records across glacial-interglacial cycles provide the natural component of variability, however few such records exist for the southwestern United States (US) and quantitative or semi-quantitative records of precipitation are absent. Here we use the hydrogen isotope (?D) value of C28n-alkanoic acid in lacustrine sediments of Pleistocene age to reconstruct ?D values of precipitation in northern New Mexico over two glacial-interglacial cycles (?550,000-360,000 years before present) and obtain a record of monsoon strength. Overall, reconstructed ?D values range from -53.8‰ to -94.4‰, with a mean value of -77.5 ± 8‰. Remarkably, this variation falls within the measured present-day summer monsoonal and winter weighted means (-50.3 ± 3‰ and -106.4 ± 20‰ respectively), suggesting that processes similar to those of present time also controlled precipitation during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 13 to 10. Using the ?D summer monsoonal and winter mean values as end-members, we interpret our reconstructed ?D record of precipitation as a direct, and semi-quantitative, indicator of monsoon strength during MIS 13 to 10. Interglacial periods were characterized by greater monsoon strength but also greater variability compared to glacial periods. Pronounced cycles in the strength of the monsoon occurred during interglacial periods and in general were positively correlated with maximum mean annual temperatures. Our estimates of monsoon strength are supported by independent proxies of ecosystem productivity, namely, TOC, ?13C of TOC and Si/Ti ratio and warm pollen taxa Juniperus and Quercus. Interglacial variability in the strength of the monsoon resembles a response to the land-sea surface temperature contrast (LSTC) except for the early part of MIS 11. During this period, LSTC would have remained relatively strong while monsoonal strength decreased to a minimum. This minimum occurred following the warmest interval of MIS 11, suggesting a more complex driving of monsoon strength during warm periods. In addition, this period of monsoon minimum coincided with a core section of mud-cracked sediments that suggest low monsoonal precipitation was an important factor in the onset of drought. Our estimates of monsoon strength represent a record of natural variability in the region that is relevant to present time, in particular the variability during interglacial MIS 11, which is considered an analog for the current interglacial. Our results suggest that natural variability can cause significant reductions in monsoonal precipitation with the implication of a potentially adverse effect from sustained warming.

  2. Didelphidae marsupials (Mammalia, Didelphimorphia) from the Late Pleistocene deposit of the Gruta dos Moura Cave, northern Brazil

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    Patricia Villa, Nova; Leonardo S., Avilla; Édison V., Oliveira.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo pretende-se reconhecer a diversidade de marsupiais fósseis da Gruta dos Moura além dos seus aspectos ambientais e climáticos durante o Quaternário. Constatou-se que esta é a maior diversidade de marsupiais Pleistocênicos coletados em uma única caverna: Didelphis albiventris, D. aurita, [...] Gracilinaus agilis, G. microtarsus, Marmosa murina, Monodelphis brevicaudata, M. domestica e Sairadelphys tocantinensis. Além disso, esses marsupiais também reúnem a única assembleia fossilífera que seguramente está associada ao Neopleistoceno. Estudos paleontológicos realizados sugerem uma íntima associação com ambientes secos, abertos e de alta profusão de recursos hídricos. Assim, como a maioria dos táxons identificados são característicos de florestas abertas e matas de galerias, essa poderia ser de fato a paisagem do entorno da Gruta dos Moura. Estudos recentes identificaram simpatria entre espécies de ambientes secos/abertos e de florestas úmidas dos táxons aqui identificados e característicos de regiões úmidas. Assim, essas espécies poderiam habitar matas de galeria e capões, ou até ecótonos, em um ambiente mais seco e aberto. Além disso, a extinção de Sairadelphys pode ser outro indício de que as condições climático-ambientais mudaram ou que o ambiente pretérito era mais heterogêneo que o encontrado atualmente na região. Abstract in english The present study acknowledges the diversity of fossil marsupials from the Gruta dos Moura cave, as well as environmental and climatic aspects during the Quaternary. The results show that this is the largest diversity of Pleistocene marsupials recorded in a single cave: Didelphis albiventris, D. aur [...] ita, Gracilinanus agilis, G. microtarsus, Marmosa murina, Monodelphis brevicaudata, M. domestica and Sairadelphys tocantinensis. Furthermore, the described specimens are also part of the only fossil assemblage unequivocally referable to the late Pleistocene. Paleontological studies suggest an intimate association with dry and open environments with high abundance of water sources. Since most of the identified taxa are characteristic of open forests and gallery forests, this could represent the actual environment around the Gruta dos Moura cave. Recent studies identified sympatric occurrences between species from open and dry environments and species from humid forests that were identified among our material and are characteristic of humid regions. Therefore, these species could inhabit gallery forests and capons, or even ecotones, inside a dry and open environment. Moreover, the extinction of Sairadelphys could also indicate that the climatic and environmental conditions changed or that the past environment was more heterogeneous than the current environment of the region.

  3. Application of sedimentary and chronological analyses to refine the depositional context of a Late Pleistocene vertebrate deposit, Naracoorte, South Australia

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    Macken, Amy C.; Jankowski, Nathan R.; Price, Gilbert J.; Bestland, Erick A.; Reed, Elizabeth H.; Prideaux, Gavin J.; Roberts, Richard G.

    2011-09-01

    Cave deposits of infill sediments and associated vertebrate fossils provide a valuable source of information on terrestrial palaeoenvironments, climatic conditions and palaeocommunities. In the deposits of the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Area, such records span the last 500 ka and are renowned for their rich, diverse vertebrate assemblages. Previous research into the Grant Hall deposit of Victoria Fossil Cave suggested that it may preserve the only peak last interglacial (ca. 125 ka) faunal community within the World Heritage Area. The current work tested this existing model for the age of faunal remains from Grant Hall using multiple techniques. Physical and geochemical properties of the visually homogeneous sediments were analysed at regular intervals through the sequence to establish meaningful stratigraphic divisions and sediment provenance. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of individual quartz grains indicates that sediments accumulated in Grant Hall from 93 ± 8 to 70 ± 5 ka. Minimum ages provided by U/Th dating of fossil teeth (72.3 ± 2.2 to 38.2 ± 0.8 ka) are consistent with the luminescence chronology, and show that the deposit represents a more recent faunal accumulation than previously modelled for the site. U/Th ages on calcite straws within the deposit are significantly older than the sediments and fossil teeth (>500 to 186.4 ± 1 ka). As such they provide no further constraint on the chronology of the deposit but do indicate that speleothem deposition was active over much of the Middle Pleistocene. Sedimentary analyses resulted in the identification of five depositional units, contrasting with previous divisions which were based only on visual observation of the sedimentary sequence. Sediments within each unit are broadly classified as sandy silts with soil structures and may be indirectly derived from the lunettes of nearby Bool Lagoon, although their ultimate provenance is unknown. As a result of this work, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction based on fossil remains in the deposit may be more accurately related to prevailing climatic and environmental conditions at the time of accumulation. It also contributes to an understanding of the temporal occurrence of regional vertebrate faunas through the Late Pleistocene, reinforcing the value of developing stratigraphically constrained chronologies for cave deposits based on multiple techniques.

  4. Late-Pleistocene (MIS 3-2) palaeoenvironments as recorded by sediments, palaeosols, and ground-squirrel nests at Duvanny Yar, Kolyma lowland, northeast Siberia

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    Zanina, O. G.; Gubin, S. V.; Kuzmina, S. A.; Maximovich, S. V.; Lopatina, D. A.

    2011-08-01

    A detailed study of the Duvanny Yar section in the Kolyma Lowland (Yakutia) provides the most extensive knowledge to date about late-Pleistocene soil formation processes and environments in the North-East Siberian Arctic. Late-Quaternary palaeoenvironmental changes were reconstructed using paleopedological data and a range of palaeoecological bio-indicators (palynomorphs, plant macrofossils and insects). The frozen sediments representing marine isotope stage 3 (MIS-3), which encompasses the Karginsky interstadial, include profiles of four palaeosols of different ages. The oldest palaeosol is early Karginskian, and three overlying soil horizons represent a late-Karginskian pedocomplex. Palaeopedological data indicate a change of from synlithogenic soil formation processes to epigenic ones during these intervals. The intervening periods of synlithogenic pedogenesis were accompanied by active accumulation of eolian deposits. The Earlier Karginskian period of pedogenesis occurred in the absence of eolian sedimentation and when summer conditions were warm. The wide spectrum of peaty and peaty-gley soils observed in the late-Karginskian deposits developed under conditions of progressive cooling. The structure and content of fossil rodent burrows dated to approximately 30 000 yr BP from frozen late-Pleistocene deposits at Duvanny Yar indicate an arid and severe climate, a depth of active layer of 60-80 cm, and a wide distribution of disturbed habitats with pioneer and steppe vegetation.

  5. Holocene-Late pleistocene climatic ice core records for Qinghai-Tibetan plateau

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    Thompson, L.G.; Mosley-Thompson, E.; Davis, M.E.; Bolzan, J.F.; Dai, J.; Klien, L. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus (USA)); Yao, T.; Wu, X.; Xie, Z. (Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology (China)); Gundestrup, N. (Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark))

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    Three ice cores to bedrock from the Dunde ice cap on the north-central Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China provide a detailed record of Holocene and Wisconsin-Wuerm late glacial stage (LGS) climate changes in the subtropics. The records reveal that LGS conditions were apparently colder, wetter, and dustier than Holocene conditions. The LGS part of the cores is characterized by more negative {delta}{sup 18}O ratios, increased dust content, decreased soluble aerosol concentrations, and reduced ice crystal sizes than the Holocene part. These changes occurred rapidly {approximately} 10,000 years ago. In addition, the last 60 years were apparently one of the warmest periods in the entire record, equalling levels of the Holocene maximum between 6000 and 8000 years ago.

  6. Spring deposits and late pleistocene ground-wter levels in southern Nevada

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    Ground-water discharge deposits dating to the last glacial cycle and to several earlier cycles crop out in at least ten valleys in the southern Great Basin. The elevation and distribution of these deposits allow us to reconstruct the elevation of the water table during periods of wetter climate over much of the region, including the area around Yucca Mountain, site of the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository. Results from areas undisturbed by recent ground-water pumpage reveal that water levels have varied by < 115 m, and in most cases much less, in the latter half of the Quaternary. The extent of ground-water discharge during older wet cycles is similar in scale to discharge during the last full-glacial period. This places most of the proposed repository horizon at least 85 to 285 m above the maximum levels attained by the water table under full-glacial climates. During the late-glacial period (?11,500 to 8000 B.P.), a pulse of renewed discharge, perhaps corresponding to the Younger Dryas event well-documented elsewhere, produced organic-rich mats and flowing streams in many localities

  7. Evidence for Late Pleistocene uplift at the Somma-Vesuvius apron near Pompeii

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    Marturano, Aldo; Aiello, Giuseppe; Barra, Diana

    2011-05-01

    Detailed stratigraphic and micropalaeontological analyses of samples from boreholes at the Somma-Vesuvius apron, between Pompeii and the sea, allowed reconstruction of Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Sarno coastal plain. In all, 116 samples were recovered from seven boreholes drilled from 2-10 m a.s.l. to 16.5-26 m b.s.l. Microfossil assemblages, with special regard to benthic foraminifers and ostracods, were used to reconstruct the depositional palaeoenvironment. Fossil remains show that all the pre-79 AD fossiliferous sediments from 2 to - 24 m a.s.l. were deposited in shallow marine waters for a long time despite an appreciable sea level rise. The data indicate alternation of both shallow marine and subaerial conditions during the last ~ 15 kyr, evidencing ground uplift of the area of about 75 m at a rate of ~ 5 mm/year. Marine sediment accumulation (~ 6 m/kyr) and tectonic uplift long offset the sea level rise, and as a consequence, submerged areas remained the same as well.

  8. Late Pleistocene (MIS5-3) environmental reconstruction from north-eastern Iberia through microvertebrate and palaeobotanical records

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    Allue, Ethel; Bennàssar, Maria; Biltekin, Demet; Blain, Hugues-Alexandre; Burjachs, Francesc; Euba, Itxaso; Expósito, Isabel; Fernández-García, Mónica; López-García, Juan Manuel

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    The aim of this work is to analyze the environmental changes during the Late Pleistocene on the basis of a multi-approach study based on natural and archaeological deposits from NE Iberian Peninsula. The focussed area, although having a small extension (some 32.000 square kilometres), covers a large range of ecosystems and bioclimatic conditions from the Mediterranean seashore to the summit of the Pyrenean mountain ranges (up to 2000 masl). This synthetical approach includes materials from various contexts including 10 archaeological deposits and a single natural deposit. In this work, plant (pollen and charcoals) and animal (small mammals, amphibians and reptiles) records are being analysed and compared in order to present an overview of the environmental changes occurred from the MIS5 to MIS3. On the first hand, we are using the small-vertebrate records recovered from archaeological deposits. These proxies are mainly the product of pellets from birds of prey and are key ecological markers. On the second hand, palaeobotanical evidences, pollen and charcoal, have different formation processes. Charcoal remains are mostly from archaeological deposits and are due to human activities related to fire showing evidences of the local vegetation. Pollen evidences from archaeological and natural contexts are deposited through natural processes (wind, insects, etc.) and show regional scale vegetation record. Results indicate the presence of temperate elements during all these periods (especially at the seashore area), with a more important representation and extension southwards or changes in altitude from taxa with eurosiberian affinities during coldest periods. Forest coverage, plant and vertebrate distribution along the territory point out a mosaic landscape formed by open areas and forests. These landscapes have probably a more or less Mediterranean or Eurosiberian character depending on the climatic moment and their location with variations along the sequence.

  9. Evidence of Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene marine environments in the deep subsurface of the Lihue Basin, Kauai, Hawaii

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    Izuka, S.K.; Resig, J.M.

    2008-01-01

    Cuttings recovered from two deep exploratory wells in the Lihue Basin, Kauai, Hawaii, include fossiliferous marine deposits that offer an uncommon opportunity to study paleoenvironments from the deep subsurface in Hawaii and interpret the paleogeography and geologic history of Kauai. These deposits indicate that two marine incursions gave rise to protected shallow-water, low-energy embayments in the southern part of the Lihue Basin in the late Pliocene-early Pleistocene. During the first marine incursion, the embayment was initially zoned, with a variable-salinity environment nearshore and a normal-marine reef environment offshore. The offshore reef environment eventually evolved to a nearshore, variable-salinity environment as the outer part of the embayment shallowed. During the second marine incursion, the embayment had normal-marine to hypersaline conditions, which constitute a significant departure from the variable-salinity environment present during the first marine incursion. Large streams draining the southern Lihue Basin are a likely source of the freshwater that caused the salinity fluctuations evident in the fossils from the first marine incursion. Subsequent volcanic eruptions produced lava flows that buried the embayment and probably diverted much of the stream flow in the southern Lihue Basin northward, to its present point of discharge north of Kalepa Ridge. As a result, the embayment that formed during the second marine incursion received less freshwater, and a normal-marine to hypersaline environment developed. The shallow-water marine deposits, currently buried between 86 m and 185 m below present sea level, have implications for regional tectonics and global eustasy. Copyright ?? 2008, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

  10. Composition and provenance of Late Pleistocene-Holocene alluvial sediments of the eastern Andean piedmont between 33 and 34° S (Mendoza Province, Argentina)

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    Mehl, A.; Blasi, A.; Zárate, M.

    2012-12-01

    The Andean cordillera, and its piedmont in the central western Argentina, has been long considered as one of the main source areas of detritus for the Chaco-Pampean plain sand dune fields and loess/loess-like deposits of central Argentina. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the composition of the late Pleistocene-Holocene alluvial deposits of the Andes cordillera piedmont, from 33° to 34° S. The results are interpreted in the context of the regional geology, tectonic setting of the study area and its implications in the continent-wide perspective of modern alluvial sands proposed by Potter (1994). Sampling was conducted at the alluvial stratigraphic sequences of four study sites along three Andean piedmont arroyos; modal mineralogy in the very fine sand fraction (3 phi to 4 phi) was determined using standard petrographic microscope methods. Q:F:LF average compositions indicate that the Late Pleistocene-Holocene very fine-grained alluvial sands of the Cordillera Frontal piedmont reflects the modern lithic arenites of the Argentine Association reported by Potter (1994). The results show two geologically distinct sources in the catchment areas, volcaniclastic and metamorphic rocks. High concentrations of mica and volcanic glass are likely related to particle morphologies and to the deposition sedimentary environment recorded in the alluvial sequences—floodplains. The overabundance of micas over the volcanic glass in the mid-late Holocene alluvial sequence indicates the drainage of a metamorphic area at the expense of other lithological sources. Source areas are located mainly in the Frontal cordillera, and to a lesser extent, in the piedmont Tertiary deposits, another likely source for the analyzed Quaternary alluvial sediments. The mineralogical signature of the late Pleistocene and Holocene alluvial sequences is in agreement with the composition of the southern Pampean sand mantles, loess and loess-like deposits mainly formed by a volcanic mineral assemblage with source areas placed at the headwaters of the main Andean rivers.

  11. Paleohydrology of the southern Great Basin, with special reference to water table fluctuations beneath the Nevada Test Site during the Late Pleistocene

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    The magnitude of water table rise during Pleistocene pluvial climates, and of the resultant shortening of ground-water flow path and reduction in unsaturated zone thickness, is investigated. The distribution of calcitic veins in alluvium and lakebeds, and of tufa deposits, between the Ash Meadows spring discharge area and the Nevada Test Site suggests that discharge from the regional Paleozoic carbonate aquifer during the Late Pleistocene occurred at distances as much as 14 kilometers northeast of Ash Meadows and at altitudes up to 50 meters higher than at present. Use of the underflow equation (relating discharge to transmissivity, aquifer width, and hydraulic gradient), and various assumptions regarding pluvial recharge, transmissivity, and altitude of ground-water base level, suggest possible rises in potentiometric level in the carbonate aquifer of 6 to 90 meters beneath central Frenchman Flat, 58 kilometers northeast of Ash Meadows. During Wisconsin time the rise probably did not exceed 30 meters. Water-level rises beneath Frenchman Flat during future pluvials are unlikely to exceed 30 meters, and future levels might even be 10 meters lower than the modern one, 210 meters beneath the center of the valley. Neither the cited rise in potentiometric level in the regional carbonate aquifer, nor the shortened flow path during the Late Pleistocene precludes utilization of the NTS as a repository for high-level or transuranic-element radioactive wastes provided other reqment radioactive wastes provided other requisite conditions are met at this site. Deep water tables, attendant thick (up to several hundred meter) unsaturated zones, and ground-water flow paths tens of kilometers in length characterized the region during Wisconsin time and possibly throughout the Pleistocene, and are likely to so characterize it during future pluvial climates

  12. Reconstruction of Holocene and late Pleistocene climate change from Lake Qinghai, China using organic geochemical proxies

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    Huang, Y.; Thomas, E. K.; Zhao, J.; Colman, S. M.; Clemens, S. C.; An, Z.

    2012-12-01

    The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is uniquely situated at the modern northernmost extent of summer monsoon winds. The region today is characterized by strong seasonality, with dry and cold winters and warm and wet summers. Here, we use sediment records from Lake Qinghai (37°N, 100°E) to reconstruct past changes in monsoon precipitation in this sensitive region. We employ multiple organic geochemical proxies preserved in Lake Qinghai sediments, including alkenones and leaf wax abundance and distribution as well as hydrogen and carbon isotope ratios of leaf waxes, to reconstruct climate change on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from 30 ka to present. Leaf wax hydrogen isotope ratios from two sediment cores 10 km apart show consistent changes, with early Holocene showing 30 to 40 ‰ lower values than the late Holocene, indicating declining monsoon precipitation through the Holocene. Two prominent intervals of hydrogen isotopic enrichment occur during the Younger Dryas and Heinrich Event 1, with the later being especially pronounced, indicating prevailingly dry conditions over the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The lowest leaf wax hydrogen isotopic values occur during the last glacial interval, suggesting a dominant influence of westerly winds and low temperatures. Alkenone distributions are also reproducible from two sediment cores, with UK'37 ratios suggesting declining temperatures from early Holocene to present, interrupted by colder intervals around 8 and 4 ka. The YD and especially H1 intervals show very low UK'37 ratios, indicating cold conditions. Leaf wax abundance and distributions also show strong responses to these climate fluctuations. Overall, our results indicate that regional climate around Lake Qinghai is highly sensitive to North Atlantic processes, with AMOC weakening resulting in substantially dryer and colder conditions. The most pronounced regional climate response to AMOC weakening is found at the H1 interval.

  13. Fluvial Tufa Evidence of Late Pleistocene Wet Intervals from Santa Barbara, Southern California

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    Ibarra, Y.; Corsetti, F. A.; Feakins, S. J.; Rhodes, E. J.; Kirby, M. E.

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    Past pluvials in the western United States provide valuable context for understanding regional hydroclimate variability. Here we report evidence of conditions substantially wetter than today from fluvial tufa deposits located near Zaca Lake, Santa Barbara County, California that have been dated by radiocarbon (14C) and Infra-Red Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL). Two successions of tufa deposition occur within a small catchment that drains Miocene Monterey Formation bedrock: 1) a fluvial deposit (0?0.5 m thick, 200 m in extent) that formed along a narrow valley below a modern spring, and 2) a perched deposit about 10 m higher (2 m thick, 15 m in extent). IRSL and radiocarbon dating of the perched carbonates suggests at least two episodes of carbonate growth: one at 19.4 ± 2.4 (1?) through 17.8 ± 2.8 (1?) ka and another at 11.9 ± 1.5 (1?) ka verified with a charcoal 14C age of 10.95 ± 0.12 (2?) cal ka BP. The relationship between the perched and fluvial spring deposits is inferred to represent a drop in the water table of more than 10 m associated with a transition from a wet climate in the late glacial to a dry Holocene today. The wet period indicated by tufa growth between 19.4 and 17.8 ka is relatively consistent with other California climate records both north and south of Zaca Lake. However, tufa growth ca. 12 to 11 ka demonstrates wet conditions occurred as far south as Zaca Lake during the Younger Dryas event, in contrast to climate records farther south in Lake Elsinore indicating persistently dry conditions through this interval. A small shift north in the average position of the winter season storm track could explain wet winters at Zaca while at the same time generating dry winters at Lake Elsinore, 275 km southwest of Zaca. If true, these data indicate that rather small latitudinal shifts in the average winter season storm track can produce large changes in regional hydroclimate.

  14. Stratigraphy, Sequence, and Crater Populations of Lunar Impact Basins from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) Data: Implications for the Late Heavy Bombardment

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    Fassett, C. I.; Head, J. W.; Kadish, S. J.; Mazarico, E.; Neumann, G. A.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T.

    2012-01-01

    New measurements of the topography of the Moon from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)[1] provide an excellent base-map for analyzing the large crater population (D.20 km)of the lunar surface [2, 3]. We have recently used this data to calculate crater size-frequency distributions (CSFD) for 30 lunar impact basins, which have implications for their stratigraphy and sequence. These data provide an avenue for assessing the timing of the transitions between distinct crater populations characteristic of ancient and young lunar terrains, which has been linked to the late heavy bombardment (LHB). We also use LOLA data to re-examine relative stratigraphic relationships between key lunar basins.

  15. Major features of Sundadonty and Sinodonty, including suggestions about East Asian microevolution, population history, and late Pleistocene relationships with Australian aboriginals.

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    Turner, C G

    1990-07-01

    The eight diagnostic morphological traits of the Sundadont and Sinodont divisions of the Mongoloid dental complex are identified. Intra- and intergroup variation for these crown and root features is plotted. The univariate frequency distributions provide useful evidence for several suggestions about East Asian prehistory, dental microevolution, and intergroup relationships. The case for local evolution of Sundadonty is strengthened by finding Australian teeth to be very similar to this pattern. Australian Aboriginal teeth are also generally like those of Jomonese and some Ainus, suggesting that members of the late Pleistocene Sundaland population could have initially colonized Sahulland as well as the continental shelf of East Asia northward to Hokkaido. PMID:2375382

  16. Identifying potentially active volcanoes in the Andes: Radiometric evidence for late Pleistocene-early Holocene eruptions at Volcán Imbabura, Ecuador

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    Le Pennec, J. L.; Ruiz, A. G.; Eissen, J. P.; Hall, M. L.; Fornari, M.

    2011-09-01

    Recent eruptions from volcanoes with no previously known historical activity in Chile and Indonesia have raised the importance of the early identification of potentially active centers for the purpose of hazard assessment. Here we bring radiometric evidence ( 14 C, 39Ar- 40Ar) of previously unrecognized but significant magmatic activity at partly eroded Imbabura volcano (Ecuador) in late Pleistocene to early Holocene times, on whose perimeter live more than 300,000 persons. Following an effusive stage from 50 to 30 ka with the emplacement of andesitic lava flows on different flanks of its edifice, the activity became explosive with the generation of andesitic block-and-ash flows on its eastern side, beginning at ~ 35 ka cal BP. Subsequently a flank collapse associated with a volcanic blast occurred on the volcano's SW flank at ~ 30 ka cal BP. The resulting debris avalanche and blast breccias cover an area now heavily populated around San Pablo Lake and its source was later concealed by successive dome building episodes at Huarmi which produced ~ 2.8 km 3 of silicic andesite. Renewed dome activity at the edifice's Taita summit occurred at ~ 17 ka cal BP and continued intermittently into early Holocene times, as indicated by pyroclastic flow deposits overlying a palaeosoil dated at ~ 9 ka cal BP. In summary, this study reveals an eruptive behavior characterized by a low recurrence rate but with quite large eruptions, a pattern which is also observed at other silicic volcanoes of Ecuador's Western Cordillera. It is now imperative to reconsider the origin and source of the many tephra layers catalogued in Holocene lacustrine sediments in the Imbabura area. Tephra and lava volume estimates for Imbabura volcano converted to Dense Rock Equivalent values yield a minimum magmatic output rate of 0.13 km 3/ka in the past 35,000 years, which argues for sustained magma production for this volcano in recent geological times. The Imbabura example thus raises the question of how to improve population preparedness for volcanoes with infrequent eruptions, and how to guide authorities' decisions concerning the development of urban areas and infrastructures near presently inactive but potentially highly dangerous volcanoes.

  17. Late Pliocene Pleistocene stress field in the Teruel and Jiloca grabens (eastern Spain): contribution of a new method of stress inversion

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    Arlegui, L. E.; Simón, J. L.; Lisle, R. J.; Orife, T.

    2005-04-01

    Samples of non-striated fracture surfaces within clastic materials of Late Pliocene-Pleistocene age from the Teruel grabens (eastern Spain) have been analysed using a stress inversion method based on observations of slip sense. The results obtained at 21 sites are compared with Late Miocene-Early Pliocene extensional stress tensors previously inferred from striated faults in the same area. The similarity between both sets of stress states suggests that the extensional Miocene-Pliocene stress field essentially continues (with minor changes) into Pliocene-Pleistocene times. The main changes involve (a) the dominant trend of ?3 trajectories, which evolve from ESE to ENE; (b) the waning of the compressional component caused by Europe-Iberia-Africa convergence; and (c) the progressive trend towards a multidirectional extension regime. Stress deflection caused by large-scale extensional faults as well as switching of ?2 and ?3 axes induced by fracture development are common within this stress field. They produce groups of local stress ellipsoids with ?3 axes orthogonal to each other and either orthogonal or parallel to the faults bounding the grabens. The regional consistency of the new results gives support to the new inversion method and demonstrates its utility in research on young sedimentary rocks, where 'gaps' in palaeostress records may exist due to absence of striated faults.

  18. Late Pleistocene and Holocene-Age Columbia River Sediments and Bedforms: Hanford Reach Area, Washington - Part 2

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    K.R. Fecht, T.E. Marceau

    2006-03-28

    This report presents the results of a geologic study conducted on the lower slopes of the Columbia River Valley in south-central Washington. The study was designed to investigate glaciofluvial and fluvial sediments and bedforms that are present in the river valley and formed subsequent to Pleistocene large-scale cataclysmic flooding of the region.

  19. Acoustic stratigraphy of Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho: late Quaternary sedimentation patterns in a simple half-graben

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    Colman, Steven M.

    2006-01-01

    A 277-km network of high-resolution seismic-reflection profiles, supplemented with a sidescan-sonar mosaic of the lake floor, was collected in Bear Lake, Utah–Idaho, in order to explore the sedimentary framework of the lake's paleoclimate record. The acoustic stratigraphy is tied to a 120 m deep, continuously cored drill hole in the lake. Based on the age model for the drill core, the oldest continuously mapped acoustic reflector in the data set has an age of about 100 ka, although older sediments were locally imaged. The acoustic stratigraphy of the sediments below the lake indicates that the basin developed primarily as a simple half-graben, with a steep normal-fault margin on the east and a flexural margin on the west. As expected for a basin controlled by a listric master fault, seismic reflections steepen and diverge toward the fault, bounding eastward-thickening sediment wedges. Secondary normal faults west of the master fault were imaged beneath the lake and many of these faults show progressively increasing offset with depth and age. Several faults cut the youngest sediments in the lake as well as the modern lake floor. The relative simplicity of the sedimentary sequence is interrupted in the northwestern part of the basin by a unit that is interpreted as a large (4 × 10 km) paleodelta of the Bear River. The delta overlies a horizon with an age of about 97 ka, outcrops at the lake floor and is onlapped by much of the uppermost sequence of lake sediments. A feature interpreted as a wave-cut bench occurs in many places on the western side of the lake. The base of this bench occurs at a depth (22–24 m) similar to that (20–25 m) of the distal surface of the paleodelta. Pinch-outs of sedimentary units are common in relatively shallow water on the gentle western margin of the basin and little Holocene sediment has accumulated in water depths of less than 30 m. On the steep eastern margin of the basin, sediments commonly onlap the hanging wall of the East Bear Lake Fault. However, no major erosional or depositional features suggestive of shoreline processes were observed on acoustic profiles in water deeper than about 20–25 m.

  20. An erosional unconformity over whole Europe? - New insights into Late Pleistocene loess paleosol sequences from Saxony (Germany)

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    Faust, Dominik; Meszner, Sascha; Kreutzer, Sebastian; Fuchs, Markus

    2013-04-01

    The Saxonian loess region is located in the transition zone between the Central German Uplands (here Erzgebirge) and the Northern European Lowland. A loess layer on average of 6 m thickness sedimented mainly during Weichselian glaciation causes a characteristically smooth landscape of gently rolling hills. Since 2008 this area is focused for paleoenvironmental research on loess paleosol sequences (Meszner et al. 2011 and Meszner et al. 2012) with the aim to establish a new, high resoluted stratigraphical stack of all units found in the Weichselian loess sequences. The authors subdivide this new standard profile in five units. Unit IV and V represent pre-Eemian and Early Weichselian sediments with intercalated Eemian soil complex. The following unit III is build of several redeposited week interstadial Cambisol-like and trunda gley soils of a period form 30/35 ka to 28 ka. Above, unit II composed of barren and pure Upper Pleniglacial loess follows and reaches a maximum thickness of 7 m (at site Gleina). It is subdivided by several tundra gley soils and shows a stratified loess facies in the lower and non-stratified loess facies in the upper part. The surface near the margin (max 2.5 m thick) of decalcified material within the Holocene/Late Pleistocene interglacial soil is classified as unit I. A conspicuous complex of a reddish-brown substrate from top of unit IV and its overlaid bright grey Gleysol as lowermost part of unit III is called Gleina Complex. Lieberoth (1963) defined it as in important interstadial soil development of younger Middle Weichselian and called it 'Gleina soil development'. New luminescence age estimations indicate a hiatus inside of this complex. Between the brown substrate (lower part), with an OLS-age estimation of app. 60 ka and the upper part (strong Gleysol), with and an age estimation of app. 30-35 ka, an unconformity spanning app. 30 ka is identified. This hiatus, roughly spanning MIS 3, could found in all investigated loess sequences in Saxony! Furthermore, it seems that this complex is not a regional phenomenon only. Also in the central German loess region close to the Saale river, in Lower Silesia loess region near Wroc?aw (Poland) and in Sandomierz loess region (Poland) this complex could also be found. First of all, on the base of our results we suppose that the preservation of MIS 3 loess and paleosols in central and east Germany was very rare. The processes forming this hiatus are discussed recently. One possibility is that there was not enough dust sedimentation for profile growing. However, in this case there might be even one site with a weak sedimentation which accounts the preservation. But there is no site including a sequence spanning this timeframe yet. Another possibility is that during a period of strong reworking, all sediments of MIS 3 were eroded. This seems to be more likely due to the fact that the hiatus is clearly visible. This abrupt step of OSL-ages follows the clear boundary between the described layers. Generally, the recent study clearly illustrates the inhomogeneity of preservation in loess paleosol sequences. In loess, as an terrestrial archive for landscape evolution, there are sequences of high resolution (e.g. Upper Pleniglacial) close to huge hiatuses at the same site.

  1. Secuencias pleistocenas «lujanenses» en su sección tipo: Primeras dataciones 14C e implicancias estratigráficas, arqueológicas e históricas, Luján - Jáuregui, provincia de Buenos Aires Pleistocene Lujanense sequences in the type section: First 14C datings and their implications on stratigraphy, archaeology and history, Luján Jauregui, provincia de Buenos Aires

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    M.J. Toledo

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    Full Text Available Se dan a conocer las primeras dataciones 14C del Pleistoceno terminal o "Lujanense" en su sección tipo. Se propone un modelo secuencial preliminar en vista a ordenar las unidades litoestratigráficas y proveer un marco temporal a los descubrimientos arqueológicos del siglo XIX. Las secuencias lujanenses se datan entre >40.000 AP y >11.000 AP y se discuten las evidencias de poblamiento arcaico en este período. Se identifica la discordancia intralujanenense atribuida al comienzo del último máximo glaciario (LGM en 30.000 AP. Son resultados preliminares de un proyecto de caracterización estratigráfica y arqueológica del Pleistoceno del nordeste pampeano.The main purpose of this note is to communicate the first 14C dating of the Pleistocene sequences in the Lujan type section. A preliminary sequence stratigraphy model is presented in order to organize the lithostratigrafic units and provide a coherent stratigraphic framework to XIX century archeological discoveries. "Lujanense" sequences are dated between > 40,000 and >11,000 BP and is discussed the peopling evidence within this time interval. The base sequence boundary of the last glacial maximum (LGM is identified and called "intralujanense" at 30.000 BP. This is a preliminary result of an integral project on sequence stratigraphy and archeological characterization of the Pleistocene of the northeastern pampas.

  2. Secuencias pleistocenas «lujanenses» en su sección tipo: Primeras dataciones 14C e implicancias estratigráficas, arqueológicas e históricas, Luján - Jáuregui, provincia de Buenos Aires / Pleistocene Lujanense sequences in the type section: First 14C datings and their implications on stratigraphy, archaeology and history, Luján Jauregui, provincia de Buenos Aires

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    M.J., Toledo.

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    Full Text Available Se dan a conocer las primeras dataciones 14C del Pleistoceno terminal o "Lujanense" en su sección tipo. Se propone un modelo secuencial preliminar en vista a ordenar las unidades litoestratigráficas y proveer un marco temporal a los descubrimientos arqueológicos del siglo XIX. Las secuencias lujanen [...] ses se datan entre >40.000 AP y >11.000 AP y se discuten las evidencias de poblamiento arcaico en este período. Se identifica la discordancia intralujanenense atribuida al comienzo del último máximo glaciario (LGM) en 30.000 AP. Son resultados preliminares de un proyecto de caracterización estratigráfica y arqueológica del Pleistoceno del nordeste pampeano. Abstract in english The main purpose of this note is to communicate the first 14C dating of the Pleistocene sequences in the Lujan type section. A preliminary sequence stratigraphy model is presented in order to organize the lithostratigrafic units and provide a coherent stratigraphic framework to XIX century archeolog [...] ical discoveries. "Lujanense" sequences are dated between > 40,000 and >11,000 BP and is discussed the peopling evidence within this time interval. The base sequence boundary of the last glacial maximum (LGM) is identified and called "intralujanense" at 30.000 BP. This is a preliminary result of an integral project on sequence stratigraphy and archeological characterization of the Pleistocene of the northeastern pampas.

  3. Stratigraphy, age and correlation of middle Pleistocene silicic tephras in the Auckland region, New Zealand : a prolific distal record of Taupo Volcanic Zone volcanism

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    Coastal sections in the Auckland region reveal highly carbonaceous and/or highly weathered clay-dominated cover-bed successions with numerous discrete distal volcanic ash (tephra) layers, fluvially reworked siliciclastic (tephric) deposits, and two widely distributed pyroclastic density current (PDC) deposits generated from explosive silicic volcanism within the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ). The younger of the two PDC deposits (informally named Waiuku tephra) is glass-isothermal plateau fission-track (ITPFT) dated at 1.00 ± 0.03 Ma and occurs in a normal polarity interval interpreted as the Jaramillo Subchron. Waiuku tephra is correlated with Unit E sourced from the Mangakino Volcanic Centre of the TVZ. Waiuku tephra can be subdivided into two distinctive units enabling unequivocal field correlation: a lower stratified unit (dominantly pyroclastic surge with fall component) and an upper massive to weakly stratified unit (pyroclastic flow). At many sites in south Auckland, Waiuku tephra retains basal 'surge-like' beds (<1.4 m thickness). This provides clear evidence for primary emplacement and is an exceptional feature considering the c. 200 km this PDC has travelled from its TVZ source area. However, at many other Auckland sites, Waiuku tephra displays transitional sedimentary characteristics indicating lateral transformation from hot, gas-supported flow/surge into water-supported mass flow and hyperconcentrated flow (HCF) deposits. The older PDC deposit is dated at 1.2ts. The older PDC deposit is dated at 1.21 ± 0.09 Ma, is enveloped by tephras that are ITPFT-dated at 1.14 ± 0.06 Ma (above) and 1.21 ± 0.06 Ma (below), respectively, and occurs below a short normal polarity interval (Cobb Mountain Subchron) at c. 1.19 Ma. This PDC deposit, correlated with Ongatiti Ignimbrite sourced from the Mangakino Volcanic Centre of TVZ, has laterally transformed from a gas-supported, fine-grained pyroclastic flow deposit at Oruarangi, Port Waikato, into a water-supported volcaniclastic mass flow deposit farther north at Glenbrook Beach. The occurrence of Ongatiti Ignimbrite in Auckland significantly extends its northward distribution. Large numbers of post- and pre-Ongatiti rhyolitic tephra layers, ranging in age from c. 1.31 to 0.53 Ma, are also recognised in the region, with some up to 0.5 m in compacted fallout thickness. Although some tephras can be attributed to known TVZ eruptions (e.g., Ahuroa/Unit D), many have yet to be identified in proximal source areas and remain uncorrelated. However, some can be reliably correlated to tephra layers occurring in marine to nearshore sequences of Wanganui Basin and deep-sea cores retrieved east of North Island. The identification of previously unrecognised mid-Pleistocene TVZ-sourced tephra deposits in the Auckland region, and their correlation to the offshore marine record, represent an advance in the construction of a higher resolution history for the TVZ where, close to eruptive source, the record is fragmentary and obscured by deep burial, or erosion, or both. (author). 65 refs., 22 figs., 3 tabs

  4. Orogénesis y drenaje en la región del Valle de Lerma (cordillera oriental, Salta, Argentina durante el Pleistoceno Tardío Orogeny and drainage in the Lerma Valley region (Eastern Cordillera, Salta, Argentina during the late Pleistocene

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    Gustavo González Bonorino

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available En el Pleistoceno tardío, luego de la incipiente elevación de las serranías subandinas, la contracción retornó al interior del orógeno. En aquel tiempo un piedemonte conectaba los contrafuertes occidentales de la Cordillera Oriental (sierras de Lesser y Obispo con la llanura subandina, a través de la región que hoy7 ocupan el valle de Lerma y la serranía Mojotoro-Castillejo. La contracción dio origen a las elevaciones interiores en la sierra de Vaqueros y los Cerrillos de San Miguel, y luego se propagó al este una falla que derivó en el desarrollo de la serranía Mojotoro-Castillejo y el cierre del valle de Lerma. Algunos ríos incidieron a través de las nacientes barreras topográficas mientras que otros fueron a una cuenca endorreica inundada por un antiguo lago Lerma. La capacidad de incisión fue mayor en el valle de Lerma septentrional, donde los ríos llegaban con gradientes de cauce elevados a los sitios de ascenso topográfico, y donde el río Mojotoro persistió como cauce antecedente. En el sur, el lago Lerma colmató la cuenca hasta un punto de derrame por bajos estructurales en capas del Grupo Salta, y el agua labró el cauce subsecuente del actual río Juramento a través de la sierra de Castillejo. Más de 800 m de sedimento (aquí denominado Grupo Valle de Lerma se acumularon en el valle de Lerma durante el Pleistoceno tardío. Información de subsuelo permite hacer una revisión crítica de la estratigrafía de este relleno y proponer una subdivisión más detallada. En particular se acota la extensión geográfica de la Formación Tajamar y se revisan las extrapolaciones que de ella se han hecho.In the late Pleistocene, following uplift of the first subandean ranges, contraction returned to the orogen interior. At the time, a wide piedmont connected the western ramparts of the Eastern Cordillera (Lesser and Obispo ranges to the subandean plain, spanning the zone presently occupied by the Lerma Valley and the Mojotoro and Castillejo ranges. Contraction gave rise to the interior Vaqueros Range and the San Mguel Hills, and then propagated eastward with a regional reverse fault that derived in the development of the Mojotoro and Castillejo ranges and closure of the Lerma Valley. Some river courses incised across the rising barriers, whereas others were diverted to an internally drained basin flooded by ancient Lake Lerma. Incision power was greater in the northern Lerma Valley, where the rivers reached the sites of topographic uplift with high bed gradients, and where the Mojotoro River persisted as an antecedent course. In the south, Lake Lerma filled the basin to a pour point through structural lows in Salta Group strata, and the issuing water carved the subsequent channel of the present Juramento River across the Castillejo Range. More than 800 m of sediment (herein designated Lerma Valley Group accumulated in the Lerma Valley during the late Pleistocene. Subsurface information allowed a critical revision of the stratigraphy of this fill and a more detailed subdivision. In particular, the geographical extension of the Tajamar Formation is restricted and previously proposed extrapolations for it are revised.

  5. Orogénesis y drenaje en la región del Valle de Lerma (cordillera oriental, Salta, Argentina) durante el Pleistoceno Tardío / Orogeny and drainage in the Lerma Valley region (Eastern Cordillera, Salta, Argentina) during the late Pleistocene

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    Gustavo, González Bonorino; Liliana, Del Valle Abascal.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available En el Pleistoceno tardío, luego de la incipiente elevación de las serranías subandinas, la contracción retornó al interior del orógeno. En aquel tiempo un piedemonte conectaba los contrafuertes occidentales de la Cordillera Oriental (sierras de Lesser y Obispo) con la llanura subandina, a través de [...] la región que hoy7 ocupan el valle de Lerma y la serranía Mojotoro-Castillejo. La contracción dio origen a las elevaciones interiores en la sierra de Vaqueros y los Cerrillos de San Miguel, y luego se propagó al este una falla que derivó en el desarrollo de la serranía Mojotoro-Castillejo y el cierre del valle de Lerma. Algunos ríos incidieron a través de las nacientes barreras topográficas mientras que otros fueron a una cuenca endorreica inundada por un antiguo lago Lerma. La capacidad de incisión fue mayor en el valle de Lerma septentrional, donde los ríos llegaban con gradientes de cauce elevados a los sitios de ascenso topográfico, y donde el río Mojotoro persistió como cauce antecedente. En el sur, el lago Lerma colmató la cuenca hasta un punto de derrame por bajos estructurales en capas del Grupo Salta, y el agua labró el cauce subsecuente del actual río Juramento a través de la sierra de Castillejo. Más de 800 m de sedimento (aquí denominado Grupo Valle de Lerma) se acumularon en el valle de Lerma durante el Pleistoceno tardío. Información de subsuelo permite hacer una revisión crítica de la estratigrafía de este relleno y proponer una subdivisión más detallada. En particular se acota la extensión geográfica de la Formación Tajamar y se revisan las extrapolaciones que de ella se han hecho. Abstract in english In the late Pleistocene, following uplift of the first subandean ranges, contraction returned to the orogen interior. At the time, a wide piedmont connected the western ramparts of the Eastern Cordillera (Lesser and Obispo ranges) to the subandean plain, spanning the zone presently occupied by the L [...] erma Valley and the Mojotoro and Castillejo ranges. Contraction gave rise to the interior Vaqueros Range and the San Mguel Hills, and then propagated eastward with a regional reverse fault that derived in the development of the Mojotoro and Castillejo ranges and closure of the Lerma Valley. Some river courses incised across the rising barriers, whereas others were diverted to an internally drained basin flooded by ancient Lake Lerma. Incision power was greater in the northern Lerma Valley, where the rivers reached the sites of topographic uplift with high bed gradients, and where the Mojotoro River persisted as an antecedent course. In the south, Lake Lerma filled the basin to a pour point through structural lows in Salta Group strata, and the issuing water carved the subsequent channel of the present Juramento River across the Castillejo Range. More than 800 m of sediment (herein designated Lerma Valley Group) accumulated in the Lerma Valley during the late Pleistocene. Subsurface information allowed a critical revision of the stratigraphy of this fill and a more detailed subdivision. In particular, the geographical extension of the Tajamar Formation is restricted and previously proposed extrapolations for it are revised.

  6. Preliminary Findings of the Balkan Paleo Project: Evidence of Human Activity at the “Gateway” of Europe During the Late Pleistocene

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    Tsanko Tzankov; Jana Makedonska; Vasil Popov; Nikolai Spassov; Maria Gurova; Stefanka Ivanova; Strait, David S.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the initial findings of the Balkan Paleo Project (BPP). The project seeks: 1 – to augment the evidence that can be used to test hypotheses about hominin and faunal dispersals into and out of Europe during the Pleistocene; 2 – to gather data for testing the hypotheses regarding the adaptation of early human populations to Eurasian ecosystems, the adjustment of their tool technologies, anatomical characteristics and behaviors in response to local climates and faunal ev...

  7. Preliminary Findings of the Balkan Paleo Project: Evidence of Human Activity at the “Gateway” of Europe During the Late Pleistocene

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    Tsanko Tzankov

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the initial findings of the Balkan Paleo Project (BPP. The project seeks: 1 – to augment the evidence that can be used to test hypotheses about hominin and faunal dispersals into and out of Europe during the Pleistocene; 2 – to gather data for testing the hypotheses regarding the adaptation of early human populations to Eurasian ecosystems, the adjustment of their tool technologies, anatomical characteristics and behaviors in response to local climates and faunal evidence.These research objectives can only be achieved by identifying and excavating a broad spectrum of archaeological and paleontological sties that span the Pleistocene within the Balkan Peninsula. Results of BPP activities conducted in southern Bulgaria are reported here. These include excavations at the Arkata rockshelter and associated caves overlooking the Arda River near (Eastern Rhodopes, Krumovgrad district, the Leyarna caves and the previously known paleontological locality of Mechata Dupka (Strandzha Mountains, Malko Tarnovo district. These activities have expanded our understanding of ecological conditions along a potentially important pathway along which early humans may have dispersed into and out of Europe, and have for the first time documented the presence of Pleistocene humans within southeastern Bulgaria.

  8. Late Pleistocene-Holocene Volcanism of the Mexico Basin and Assessment of Volcanic Hazards in One of the World’s Largest Cities

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    Layer, P. W.; Macías, J.; Arce, J.; García, F.

    2009-12-01

    The Mexico City metropolitan area is home to more than 22 million people living in sight of, or living on, several volcanoes that either are currently active or show evidence of Late Pleistocene-Holocene activity (e.g., pyroclastic flows, debris avalanches and lahars). The volcanic rocks are located in five main belts or ranges: Sierra Nevada, Sierra de las Cruces, Sierra Guadalupe, Sierra de Santa Catarina, and the Chichinautzin Volcanic Field which surround the Mexico Basin and belong to the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, preserving approx. 14 Ma of geologic history. Much attention has been devoted to the youngest of the volcanoes such as Popocatépetl in the Sierra Nevada which resumed activity in 1994-present and Chichinautzin which includes the 1600 year bp Xitle volcano. Surprisingly, the pre-Holocene history is not well constrained in the Mexico City area, due of the lack of detailed mapping coupled with high precision geochronology. Our new 40Ar/39Ar and petrologic data and detailed mapping focus on the earliest history of these volcanic systems and their temporal, spatial and geochemical evolution. For example, data from Tlaloc and Telapón volcanoes in the Sierra Nevada show at least two significant periods of edifice building (1.0 to 1.5 Ma and 0 to 400 ka) with an apparent long period of quiescence that clearly suggests that volcanism in the region did not migrate from north to south but that it has a more complex evolution that continues to pose a serious threat to the population of Mexico City. In addition, a 450 ka age, based on dome and pumice dating, constrains the timing of a major sector collapse of Iztaccíhuatl volcano that produced a Mt. St. Helens - sized debris avalanche deposit towards the present metropolitan area of the City of Puebla. In the Sierra de las Cruces Range, volcanic centers do show a north-south age progression from ~5 Ma, cumulating with the Zempoala edifice collapse approximately 900 ka, producing lahars and block and ash deposits that now underlie the city of Cuernavaca. Zempoala is located at the southern end of Sierra de las Cruces and is in the intersection of the late Pleistocene-Holocene Chichinautzin Volcanic Field. We have obtained Mexico Basin that have evidence of Late Pleistocene-Holocene activity. Further geological mapping and geochronologic data will allow us to better understand the complex migration patterns and eruption occurrence rate of the volcanic centers around Mexico City, evaluate their potential hazards, and understand the evolution of these ranges in relation to the tectonic framework in central Mexico.

  9. Coniacian-maastrichtian calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and carbon-isotope stratigraphy in the Zagros Basin (Iran) : consequences for the correlation of late cretaceous stage boundaries between the Tethyan and Boreal realms

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    Razmjooei, Mohammad Javad; Thibault, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and stable isotope stratigraphy have been investigated in the Shahneshin section of the Gurpi Formation from the Zagros Basin (Iran). The results show that the Gurpi Formation spans the late early Coniacian to late Thanetian. The age-model shows that the Shahneshin section spans the Coniacian to mid-Campanian with a good continuity whereas condensation is highlighted in the late Campanian, across the Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary and in the late Maastrichtian. Extreme condensation is recorded after the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary with the complete absence of the Danian, and the Selandian and lower Thanetian being comprised in only 6 m at the top of the Gurpi Formation. Correlation of the carbon-isotope profile with other reference curves allows the recognition of several Late Cretaceous excursions at the Shahneshin section such as the Beeding, White Fall, Kingsdown, Michel Dean, Haven Brow, Horseshoe Bay, Buckle, Hawks Brow, Santonian/Campanian boundary (SCBE) and Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary (CMBE) events. Correlation to a recently proposed global ?13C stack for the Late Cretaceous points to a major mismatch of this compilation with magnetostratigraphy in the Santonian-early Campanian interval. The ?13C correlation, supported by calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy, brings insights into: (1) the position of the Coniacian/Santonian, Santonian/Campanian and Campanian/Maastrichtian boundaries with respect to carbon-isotope stratigraphy and calcareous nannofossil bio-horizons, and (2) their correlation between the Tethyan and Boreal realms. © 2014 Gebrüder Borntraeger, Stuttgart, Germany.

  10. The Bonneville Estates Rockshelter rodent fauna and changes in Late Pleistocene-Middle Holocene climates and biogeography in the Northern Bonneville Basin, USA

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    Schmitt, Dave N.; Lupo, Karen D.

    2012-07-01

    Excavations at Bonneville Estates Rockshelter, Nevada recovered rodent remains from stratified deposits spanning the past ca. 12,500 14C yr BP (14,800 cal yr BP). Specimens from horizons dating to the late Pleistocene and early Holocene include species adapted to montane and moist and cool habitats, including yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) and bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea). Shortly after 9000 14C BP (10,200 cal yr BP) these mammals became locally extinct, or nearly so, taxonomic diversity declined, and the region became dominated by desert woodrats (Neotoma lepida) and other species well-adapted to xeric, low-elevation settings. The timing and nature of changes in the Bonneville Estates rodent fauna are similar to records reported from nearby Homestead and Camels Back caves and provide corroborative data on terminal Pleistocene-early Holocene environments and mammalian responses to middle Holocene desertification. Moreover, the presence of northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides) at Bonneville Estates adds to a sparse regional record for that species and, similar to Homestead Cave, it appears that the ca. 9500 14C yr BP (10,800 cal yr BP) replacement of the northern pocket gopher by Botta's pocket gopher in the Great Salt Lake Desert vicinity was also in response to climate change.

  11. Evidence of late Gelasian dispersal of African fauna at Coste San Giacomo (Anagni Basin, central Italy): Early Pleistocene environments and the background of early human occupation in Europe

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    Bellucci, L.; Bona, F.; Corrado, P.; Magri, D.; Mazzini, I.; Parenti, F.; Scardia, G.; Sardella, R.

    2014-07-01

    Since the late 70s, the Early Pleistocene (Gelasian) site of Coste San Giacomo (Anagni Basin, central Italy) has been known amongst palaeontologists for its diverse vertebrate fauna. During the last 5 years, new excavations and the drilling of a 46-m-deep core have provided novel pieces of information. Palaeomagnetic data, pollen and small vertebrates analyses are presented here for the first time and combined with the updated list of the large vertebrates and ostracod analysis in a multidisciplinary perspective. Large and small mammals, pollen and ostracod analyses have allowed an integrated palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the sedimentary sequence, depicting the evolution of the alluvial plain in the surrounding landscape. Moreover, magnetostratigraphy, pollen and small mammal biochronological data have confirmed the position of the Coste San Giacomo Faunal Unit, focusing the possible age of the mammal assemblage around 2.1 Ma, in a reversed phase before the base of the Olduvai chron. In particular, the occurrence of the large vole Mimomys pliocaenicus has important biochronological significance. The Coste San Giacomo site offers a unique opportunity to investigate the faunal and environmental changes that occurred in Mediterranean Europe during the Early Pleistocene, coinciding with major climatic changes at a global scale. The occurrence of taxa such as Hippopotamus sp. in the assemblage provides evidence of early dispersal events of African taxa prior to the early Homo diffusion into Europe.

  12. Thorough assessment of DNA preservation from fossil bone and sediments excavated from a late Pleistocene-Holocene cave deposit on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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    Haouchar, Dalal; Haile, James; McDowell, Matthew C.; Murray, Dáithí C.; White, Nicole E.; Allcock, Richard J. N.; Phillips, Matthew J.; Prideaux, Gavin J.; Bunce, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Fossils and sediments preserved in caves are an excellent source of information for investigating impacts of past environmental changes on biodiversity. Until recently studies have relied on morphology-based palaeontological approaches, but recent advances in molecular analytical methods offer excellent potential for extracting a greater array of biological information from these sites. This study presents a thorough assessment of DNA preservation from late Pleistocene-Holocene vertebrate fossils and sediments from Kelly Hill Cave Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Using a combination of extraction techniques and sequencing technologies, ancient DNA was characterised from over 70 bones and 20 sediment samples from 15 stratigraphic layers ranging in age from >20 ka to ˜6.8 ka. A combination of primers targeting marsupial and placental mammals, reptiles and two universal plant primers were used to reveal genetic biodiversity for comparison with the mainland and with the morphological fossil record for Kelly Hill Cave. We demonstrate that Kelly Hill Cave has excellent long-term DNA preservation, back to at least 20 ka. This contrasts with the majority of Australian cave sites thus far explored for ancient DNA preservation, and highlights the great promise Kangaroo Island caves hold for yielding the hitherto-elusive DNA of extinct Australian Pleistocene species.

  13. The origin and disappearance of the late Pleistocene-early Holocene short-lived coastal wetlands along the Carmel coast, Israel

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    Sivan, Dorit; Greenbaum, Noam; Cohen-Seffer, Ronit; Sisma-Ventura, Guy; Almogi-Labin, Ahuva

    The formation of short-lived backswamps along the Carmel coast of Israel coincides with the rapid global sea-level rise during the late Pleistocene-early Holocene transition. The current study shows that the wetland phenomena originated around 10,000 yr ago and dried up shortly before the local Pre-Pottery Neolithic humans settled on the wetland dark clay sediments 9430 cal yr BP. Palaeontological and stable-isotope data were used in this study to elucidate previously published sedimentological reconstruction obtained from a core drilled into the western trough of the Carmel coastal plain. The water body contained typical brackish calcareous fauna, with variable numerical abundance and low species richness of ostracods and foraminifera. The ? 18O and ? 13C of the ostracod Cyprideis torosa show close similarity to the present Pleistocene coastal aquifer isotopic values. This study therefore concludes that the wetlands were shallow-water bodies fed by groundwater, with no evidence of sea-water mixing. It seems that they developed as the result of high groundwater levels, transportation of sediments landward, and deposition of sand bars at the paleo-river mouths. It is still not fully understood why these wetlands deteriorated abruptly and disappeared within less than 1000 yr.

  14. LITHIC TECHNOLOGY STUDIES IN COLOMBIA DURING THE LATE PLEISTOCENE AND EARLY HOLOCENE / ESTUDIOS DE LA TECNOLOGÍA LÍTICA EN COLOMBIA ENTRE EL PLEISTOCENO FINAL Y EL HOLOCENO TEMPRANO

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    Francisco Javier, Aceituno; Sneider, Rojas-Mora.

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta una sinopsis de las investigaciones arqueológicas que se refieren a la tecnología lítica de los grupos humanos que poblaron el territorio colombiano entre el Pleistoceno Final y el Holoceno Temprano. Como metodología se ha optado por documentar y comparar regionalmente l [...] os análisis de tecnología y así demostrar las diferencias en los enfoques teóricos y metodológicos aplicados en las diferentes investigaciones que se han ocupado del tema. Abstract in english This paper provides an overview of the lithic technology of human groups that inhabited Colombian territory between the Late Pleistocene and the early Holocene. The chosen methodology was to document and compare the lithic technology regionally, in order to show the differences in theoretical and me [...] thodological approaches applied.

  15. LITHIC TECHNOLOGY STUDIES IN COLOMBIA DURING THE LATE PLEISTOCENE AND EARLY HOLOCENE / ESTUDIOS DE LA TECNOLOGÍA LÍTICA EN COLOMBIA ENTRE EL PLEISTOCENO FINAL Y EL HOLOCENO TEMPRANO

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    Francisco Javier, Aceituno; Sneider, Rojas-Mora.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta una sinopsis de las investigaciones arqueológicas que se refieren a la tecnología lítica de los grupos humanos que poblaron el territorio colombiano entre el Pleistoceno Final y el Holoceno Temprano. Como metodología se ha optado por documentar y comparar regionalmente l [...] os análisis de tecnología y así demostrar las diferencias en los enfoques teóricos y metodológicos aplicados en las diferentes investigaciones que se han ocupado del tema. Abstract in english This paper provides an overview of the lithic technology of human groups that inhabited Colombian territory between the Late Pleistocene and the early Holocene. The chosen methodology was to document and compare the lithic technology regionally, in order to show the differences in theoretical and me [...] thodological approaches applied.

  16. K-Ar ages and paleomagnetism of Pliocene-Pleistocene pyroclastic rocks from northern Tokachi, Hokkaido

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    K-Ar ages were determined on five samples of pyroclastic rocks from northern Tokachi, Hokkaido, and the results were discussed in reference to paleomagnetic, stratigraphic, and paleontological evidence for these rocks. All K-Ar ages obtained are consistent rather well with the stratigraphy and also with the magnetostratigraphy of the rocks. A sample of Meto welded tuff and a rhyolitic welded tuff collected from the downstream of the Osoushi River give nearly the same age of about 2.8 m.y., indicating successive extrusion in the late Pliocene. The Upper Osarushinai Formation is supposed to have been deposited in the early Pleistocene, based on the age obtained from an obsidian clast included in it. The Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary is not defined strictly, but it is supposed to exist in some horizon between the Ikeda and the Upper Osarushinai Formations. (author)

  17. Late Pliocene and early Pleistocene environments of the north-eastern Russian Arctic inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    A. A. Andreev

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    Full Text Available The 318 m thick lacustrine sediment record in Lake El'gygytgyn, northeastern Russian Arctic cored by the international El'gygytgyn Drilling Project provides unique opportunities allowing the time-continuous reconstruction of the regional paleoenvironmental history for the past 3.6 Myr. Pollen studies of the lower 216 m of the lacustrine sediments show their value as an excellent archive of vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. About 3.50–3.35 Myr BP the vegetation at Lake El'gygytgyn, in nowadays tundra area, was dominated by spruce-larch-fir-hemlock forests. After ca. 3.4 Myr BP dark coniferous taxa gradually disappeared. A very pronounced environmental changes took place at ca. 3.305–3.275 Myr BP, corresponding with the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS M2, when treeless tundra- and steppe-like habitats became dominant in the regional vegetation. Climate conditions were similar to those of Late Pleistocene cold intervals. Numerous coprophilous fungi spores identified in the pollen samples suggest the presence of grazing animals around the lake. Following the MIS M2 event, larch-pine forests with some spruce mostly dominated in the area until ca. 2.6 Myr BP, interrupted by colder and drier intervals ca. 3.04–3.02, 2.93–2.91, and 2.725–2.695 Myr BP. At the beginning of the Pleistocene, ca. 2.6 Myr BP, noticeable climatic deterioration occurred. Forested habitats changed to predominantly treeless and shrubby environments, which reflect a relatively cold and dry climate. Revealed peaks in green algae colonies (Botryococcus around 2.53, 2.45, 2.320–2.305 and 2.175–2.150 Myr BP suggest a spread of shallow water environments. Few intervals (i.e. 2.55–2.53, ca. 2.37, and 2.35–2.32 Myr BP with a higher presence of coniferous taxa (mostly pine and larch document some relatively short-term climate ameliorations.

  18. Late Pliocene and early Pleistocene environments of the north-eastern Russian Arctic inferred from the Lake El'gygytgyn pollen record

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    Andreev, A. A.; Tarasov, P. E.; Wennrich, V.; Raschke, E.; Herzschuh, U.; Nowaczyk, N. R.; Brigham-Grette, J.; Melles, M.

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    The 318 m thick lacustrine sediment record in Lake El'gygytgyn, northeastern Russian Arctic cored by the international El'gygytgyn Drilling Project provides unique opportunities allowing the time-continuous reconstruction of the regional paleoenvironmental history for the past 3.6 Myr. Pollen studies of the lower 216 m of the lacustrine sediments show their value as an excellent archive of vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. About 3.50-3.35 Myr BP the vegetation at Lake El'gygytgyn, in nowadays tundra area, was dominated by spruce-larch-fir-hemlock forests. After ca. 3.4 Myr BP dark coniferous taxa gradually disappeared. A very pronounced environmental changes took place at ca. 3.305-3.275 Myr BP, corresponding with the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) M2, when treeless tundra- and steppe-like habitats became dominant in the regional vegetation. Climate conditions were similar to those of Late Pleistocene cold intervals. Numerous coprophilous fungi spores identified in the pollen samples suggest the presence of grazing animals around the lake. Following the MIS M2 event, larch-pine forests with some spruce mostly dominated in the area until ca. 2.6 Myr BP, interrupted by colder and drier intervals ca. 3.04-3.02, 2.93-2.91, and 2.725-2.695 Myr BP. At the beginning of the Pleistocene, ca. 2.6 Myr BP, noticeable climatic deterioration occurred. Forested habitats changed to predominantly treeless and shrubby environments, which reflect a relatively cold and dry climate. Revealed peaks in green algae colonies (Botryococcus) around 2.53, 2.45, 2.320-2.305 and 2.175-2.150 Myr BP suggest a spread of shallow water environments. Few intervals (i.e. 2.55-2.53, ca. 2.37, and 2.35-2.32 Myr BP) with a higher presence of coniferous taxa (mostly pine and larch) document some relatively short-term climate ameliorations.

  19. Tortugas fósiles del Pleistoceno tardío de Santiago Chazumba, Oaxaca / Late Pleistocene fossil tortoises of Santiago Chazumba, Oaxaca

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    J. Alberto, Cruz; Joaquín, Arroyo-Cabrales; Ramón, Viñas-Vallverdú.

    Full Text Available La fauna paleoherpetológica del Pleistoceno de México se compone de 37 géneros y 58 especies registradas para 27 localidades diferentes; en el caso de los reptiles las tortugas son el grupo más abundante en cuanto a registros se refiere. En este trabajo se reportan y describen los restos óseos de Go [...] pherus y Kinosternon aff. K. hirtipes/K. integrum procedentes del municipio de Santiago Chazumba, Oaxaca. El hallazgo de estas especies para el Pleistoceno de Oaxaca permite proponer un ambiente de matorral xerófilo como el existente actualmente en el Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán, pero con una precipitación menor y una temperatura mayor, condiciones similares a las predominantes en el norte del país. Abstract in english The Paleoherpetological Pleistocene fauna record for Mexico is composed by 37 genera and 58 species recorded for 27 different localities; in the case of the reptiles, turtles are the most abundant group. In this paper, we report and describe the bones of Gopherus and Kinosternon aff. K. hirtipes/K. [...] integrum from the municipality of Santiago Chazumba, Oaxaca. The finding of those taxa for the Oaxacan Pleistocene suggest xerophilous scrub environment such the one found today in the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, but with lower rainfall and higher temperatures, conditions similar to those prevailing in northern México.

  20. Sedimentation and erosion processes in Middle to Late Pleistocene sequences exposed in the brickyard of Langenlois/Lower Austria

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    Thiel, Christine; Terhorst, Birgit

    2011-01-01

    The correlation of sedimentary and pedogenetic processes in Lower Austria is difficult due to significant discontinuities and local variability in soil formation. This hampers landscape reconstruction at a regional scale. However, at a local scale distinct landscape formation processes represented by a shift from fluvial to aeolian deposition can be observed in the brickyard of Langenlois, Lower Austria. Sedimentological and mineralogical analyses in combination with palaeontological finds suggest that the fluvial deposition took place during the Middle Pleistocene. This attribution is confirmed by infra-red stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating, which gives a minimum age of 300 ka for the palaeosurface on which the fluvial sediments were deposited. This is consistent with a small faunal assemblage including Stephanorhinus sp., Dama sp. and an alcine cervid. Such a fauna is previously unknown in Austria; it indicates a Middle Pleistocene interglacial period. The low degree of weathering as well as Cryosols found in the loess sequence point to loess accumulation during the Last Glacial; the dating results (35–55 ka) indicate prolonged loess deposition. No signs of pedogenesis could be found; this is surprising because in other areas this period is known for weak soil development. The lack of soil formation seems to be specific to the western part of Lower Austria, as is the complete erosion of the last glacial maximum (LGM) loess, which can not be found at Langenlois.

  1. Late Pleistocene-Holocene ground surface heat flux changes reconstructed from borehole temperature data (the Urals, Russia)

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    Demezhko, D. Y.; Gornostaeva, A. A.

    2015-04-01

    We use geothermal reconstruction of the ground surface temperature (GST) history early obtained in the Middle Urals to determine the surface heat flux (SHF) history over the past 35 kyr. A new algorithm of GST-SHF transformation was applied to solve this problem. The timescale of geothermal reconstructions has been corrected by comparing the estimated heat flux and annual insolation at the latitude of 60° N. The consistency of SHF and insolation changes on the interval 35-6 kyr BP with the linear correlation coefficient R = 0.99 points to orbital factors as the main cause of climatic changes during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. The amplitude of SHF variations is about 1.3% of the insolation change amplitude. The increase of carbon dioxide concentrations lagged by 2-3 kyr from the SHF increase and occurred synchronously with GST changes.

  2. Possible Late Pleistocene volcanic activity on Nightingale Island, South Atlantic Ocean, based on geoelectrical resistivity measurements, sediment corings and (14)C dating

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    BjØrk, Anders Anker; Björck, Svante

    2011-01-01

    Tristan da Cunha is a volcanic island group situated in the central South Atlantic. The oldest of these islands, Nightingale Island, has an age of about 18Ma. In the interior of the island, there are several wetlands situated in topographic depressions. The ages of these basins have been unknown, and their genesis has been debated. Aiming towards the reconstruction of the geomorphological history of these basins, we conducted geoelectrical resistivity measurements to map the subsurface topography, extracted peat and sediment cores and dated the onset of sedimentation applying the radiocarbon method. The irregular shapes of the basins and the lack of clear erosional features indicate that they are not eruption craters and were not formed by erosion. Instead, we regard them as morphological depressions formed between ridges of trachytic lava flows and domes at a late stage of the formation of the volcanic edifice. The onset of sedimentation within these basins appears to have occurred between 24 and 37 ka with the highest situated wetland yielding the highest ages. These ages are very young compared to the timing of the main phase of the formation of the island, implying volcanic activity on the island during the Late Pleistocene.

  3. Late Pleistocene glaciation in the Central Andes: Temperature versus humidity control — A case study from the eastern Bolivian Andes (17°S) and regional synthesis

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    Kull, C.; Imhof, S.; Grosjean, M.; Zech, R.; Veit, H.

    2008-01-01

    A glacier-climate model was used to calculate climatic conditions in a test site on the east Andean slope around Cochabamba (17°S, Bolivia) for the time of the maximum Late Pleistocene glaciation. Results suggest a massive temperature reduction of about - 6.4 °C (+ 1.4/- 1.3 °C), combined with annual precipitation rates of about 1100 mm (+ 570 mm/- 280 mm). This implies no major change in annual precipitation compared with today. Summer precipitation was the source for the humidity in the past, as is the case today. This climate scenario argues for a maximum advance of the paleo-glaciers in the eastern cordillera during the global Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 20 ka BP), which is confirmed by exposure age dates. In a synthesized view over the central Andes, the results point to an increased summer precipitation-driven Late Glacial (15-10 ka BP) maximum advance in the western part of the Altiplano (18°S-23°S), a temperature-driven maximum advance during full glacial times (LGM) in the eastern cordillera, and a pre- and post-LGM (32 ka BP/14 ka BP) maximum advance around 30°S related to increased precipitation and reduced temperature on the western slope of the Andes. The results indicate the importance of understanding the seasonality and details of the mass balance-climate interaction in order to disentangle drivers for the observed regionally asynchronous past glaciations in the central Andes.

  4. Timing and depositional environments of a Middle Pleistocene glaciation of northeast England: New evidence from Warren House Gill, County Durham

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    Davies, B. J.; Roberts, D. H.; Bridgland, D. R.; Ó Cofaigh, C.; Riding, J. B.; Demarchi, B.; Penkman, K. E. H.; Pawley, S. M.

    2012-06-01

    At various times during the Quaternary, north-eastern England was a zone of confluence between dynamic ice lobes sourced from the Pennines, northern Scotland, the Cheviots, and Scandinavia. The region thus has some of the most complex exposures of Middle to Late Pleistocene sediments in Britain, with both interglacial and glacial sediments deposited in terrestrial and marine settings. We investigated sedimentary sequences exposed on the coastline of County Durham at Warren House Gill, and present a new model of British and Fennoscandian Ice Sheet interaction in the North Sea Basin during the Middle Pleistocene. The stratigraphy at Warren House Gill consists of a lower diamicton and upper estuarine sediments, both part of the Warren House Formation. They are separated from the overlying Weichselian Blackhall and Horden tills by a substantial unconformity. The lower diamicton of the Warren House Formation is re-interpreted here as an MIS 8 to 12 glaciomarine deposit containing ice-rafted lithics from north-eastern Scotland and the northeast North Sea, and is renamed the 'Ash Gill Member'. It is dated by lithological comparison to the Easington Raised Beach, Middle Pleistocene Amino Acid Racemisation values, and indirectly by optically stimulated luminescence. The overlying shallow subaqueous sediments were deposited in an estuarine environment by suspension settling and bottom current activity. They are named the 'Whitesides Member', and form the uppermost member of the Warren House Formation. During glaciation, ice-rafted material was deposited in a marine embayment. There is no evidence of a grounded, onshore Scandinavian ice sheet in County Durham during MIS 6, which has long been held as the accepted stratigraphy. This has major implications for the currently accepted British Quaternary Stratigraphy. Combined with recent work on the Middle Pleistocene North Sea Drift from Norfolk, which is now suggested to have been deposited by a Scottish ice sheet, the presence of a Scandinavian ice sheet in eastern England at any time during the Quaternary is becoming increasingly doubtful.

  5. Evidence for geographic variation in the diets of late Pleistocene and early Holocene Bison in North America, and differences from the diets of recent Bison

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    Rivals, Florent; Solounias, Nikos; Mihlbachler, Matthew C.

    2007-11-01

    During the late Pleistocene and early Holocene , Bison was widely dispersed across North America and occupied most regions not covered by ice sheets. A dietary study on Bison paleopopulations from Alaska, New Mexico, Florida, and Texas was performed using two methods that relate dental wear patterns to diet, mesowear analysis and microwear analysis. These data were compared to a mixed sample of extant Bison from the North American central plains, extant wood Bison from Alberta (Canada) and a variety of other modern ungulates. Mesowear relates macroscopic molar facet shape to levels of dietary abrasion. The mesowear signature observed on fossil Bison differs significantly from the hyper-abrasive grazing diet of extant Bison. Tooth microwear examines wear on the surface of enamel at a microscopic scale. The microwear signal of fossil samples resembles to modern Bison, but the fossil samples show a greater diversity of features, suggesting that fossil Bison populations regularly consumed food items that are texturally inconsistent with the short-grass diet typical of modern plains Bison. Mesowear and microwear signals of fossil Bison samples most closely resemble a variety of typical mixed feeding ungulates, all with diets that are substantially less abrasive than what is typical for modern plains Bison. Furthermore, statistical tests suggest significant differences between the microwear signatures of the fossil samples, thus revealing geographic variability in Pleistocene Bison diets. This study reveals that fossils are of value in developing an understanding of the dietary breadth and ecological versatility of species that, in recent times, are rare, endangered, and occupy only a small remnant of their former ranges.

  6. Stratigraphy and Structure of Late Oligocene-Early Miocene Ignimbrite-filled Paleovalleys, Northern Sierra Nevada, California

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    Rood, D. H.; Busby, C. J.; Wagner, D.

    2003-12-01

    Mapping of a Late Oligocene-Early Miocene (31-25 Ma) paleovalley system filled with ignimbrites erupted from calderas in present-day Nevada provides relationships necessary to deduce paleotopographic vs. structural controls on the paleogeography of the Sierra Nevada and its transition into the Basin and Range in Early Tertiary time. A paleovalley filled with five distinctive ignimbrites is well-exposed in the Diamond Mountains about 2 -3 km west of the Honey Lake fault zone, a segment of the northern Walker Lane fault zone. We map a N-S trending paleovalley approximately 7.2 km wide, using ignimbrite distributions and thicknesses of ignimbrites and sedimentary rocks, as well as compaction foliation, cooling joints, welding zonation and lateral variations within each ignimbrite. Paleotopographic relief in the metamorphic and granitic basement reaches approximately 223 m; metamorphic roof pendants form steep-sided paleo-ridges and spires, while the granitic basement forms stepped relief controlled by pre-existing joints. The five ignimbrites are composed of at least nine mappable cooling units that vary laterally, from ca. 260 m thick paleovalley axis deposits to ca. 70 m thick paleovalley wall deposits, with dramatic thickening of vitrophyres toward paleovalley walls. The lowest three ignimbrites are confined to the paleovalley, the fourth passes upward from confined to unconfined, and the fifth is entirely unconfined. All of the ignimbrites are cut by two N-S trending, steeply W-dipping faults; the first, near the axis of the paleovalley, shows maximum 85 m of dip-slip displacement, and the second, near the eastern margin of the paleovalley, shows ca. 40 m of dip slip displacement. These N-S faults parallel the paleovalley and are oblique to the modern (NW-trending) Honey Lake fault zone, suggesting they may be older. Evidence for syndepositional faulting is present along the paleovalley axis fault, where sedimentary rocks between ignimbrites 3 and 4 thicken from several meters to 60 m onto the downthrown block, and along the fault near the eastern paleovalley margin, where ignimbrite 4 thickens from 50 to 90 m onto the downthrown block. We correlate ignimbrite units 3, 4 and 5 of the Diamond Mountains with ignimbrites filling paleovalley erosional remnants near Frenchman Lake (26 km to the SSE), Haskell Peak (52 km to the SSW), and Soda Springs (91 km to the S). At Soda Springs (located 8 km SW of Donner Pass) the N-S trending paleovalley is about 6 km wide. The western paleovalley wall is composed of metamorphic basement rock and is steep, with paleotopographic relief of at least 280 m, whereas the eastern side of the paleovalley is predominantly granitic and is characterized by less dramatic relief. The paleovalley contains seven ignimbrites composed of at least ten cooling units. We correlate units 1, 4 and 7 of the Soda Springs paleovalley with units 3, 4, and 5 of the Diamond Mountains paleovalley, on the basis of petrographic and outcrop characteristics. The ignimbrite sequence is 323 m thick, and has mappable erosional unconformities with relief of up to 30 m between units 4, 5 and 6. The upper three units locally spread beyond the paleovalley walls. We have not recognized any faults in this paleovalley. Late Oligocene-Early Miocene ignimbrite-filled paleovalleys in the Diamond Mountains, Frenchman Lake, Haskell Peak and Soda Springs may represent remnants of a once-continuous valley 117 km long that trended obliquely to, and presumably crossed, the modern range front faults prior to their development.

  7. Late Pleistocene paleoclimatic history documented by an oxygen isotope record from carbonate sediments in Qarhan Salt Lake, NE Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

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    Fan, QiShun; Ma, HaiZhou; Wei, HaiCheng; Shan, FaShou; An, FuYuan; Xu, LiMing; Madsen, David B.

    2014-05-01

    Late Pleistocene paleoclimatic variability on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (NE QTP) was reconstructed using a chronology based on AMS 14C and 230Th dating results and a stable oxygen isotopic record. These are derived from lake carbonates in a 102-m-long Qarhan sediment core (ISL1A) collected from the eastern Qaidam Basin. Previous research indicates that the ?18O values of lacustrine carbonates are mainly controlled by the isotopic composition of lake water, which in turn is a function of regional P/E balance and the proportion of precipitation that is monsoon-derived on the NE QTP. Modern isotopic observations indicate that the ?18O values of lake carbonates in hyper-arid Qaidam Basin are more positive during the warm and wet period. Due to strong evaporation and continental effect in this basin, the positive ?18O values in the arid region indicate drier climatic conditions. Based on this interpretation and the ?18O record of fine-grained lake carbonates and dating results in ISL1A, the results imply that drier climatic conditions in the Qarhan region occurred in three intervals, around 90-80 ka, 52-38 ka and 10-9 ka, which could correspond to late MIS 5, middle MIS 3 and early Holocene, respectively. These three phases were almost coincided with low lake level periods of Gahai, Toson and Qinghai Lakes (to the east of Qarhan Lake) influenced by ASM on the orbital timescales. Meanwhile, there was an episode of relatively high ?18O value during late MIS 3, suggesting that relatively dry climatic condition in this period, rather than “a uniform Qarhan mega-paleolake” spanning the ˜44 to 22 ka period. These results insight into the understanding of “the Greatest Lake Period” on the QTP.

  8. A late-Middle Pleistocene (Marine Isotope Stage 6) vegetated surface buried by Old Crow tephra at the Palisades, interior Alaska

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    Reyes, A.V.; Jensen, B.J.L.; Zazula, G.D.; Ager, T.A.; Kuzmina, S.; La, Farge C.; Froese, D.G.

    2010-01-01

    A 40??cm thick primary bed of Old Crow tephra (131??????11??ka), an important stratigraphic marker in eastern Beringia, directly overlies a vegetated surface at Palisades West, on the Yukon River in central Alaska. Analyses of insect, bryophyte, and vascular plant macrofossils from the buried surface and underlying organic-rich silt suggest the local presence of an aquatic environment and mesic shrub-tundra at the time of tephra deposition. Autochthonous plant and insect macrofossils from peat directly overlying Old Crow tephra suggest similar aquatic habitats and hydric to mesic tundra environments, though pollen counts indicate a substantial herbaceous component to the regional tundra vegetation. Trace amounts of arboreal pollen in sediments associated with the tephra probably reflect reworking from older deposits, rather than the local presence of trees. The revised glass fission-track age for Old Crow tephra places its deposition closer to the time of the last interglaciation than earlier age determinations, but stratigraphy and paleoecology of sites with Old Crow tephra indicate a late Marine Isotope Stage 6 age. Regional permafrost degradation and associated thaw slumping are responsible for the close stratigraphic and paleoecological relations between Old Crow tephra and last interglacial deposits at some sites in eastern Beringia. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Late Pleistocene leopards across Europe - northernmost European German population, highest elevated records in the Swiss Alps, complete skeletons in the Bosnia Herzegowina Dinarids and comparison to the Ice Age cave art

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    Diedrich, Cajus G.

    2013-09-01

    European leopard sites in Europe demonstrate Early/Middle Pleistocene out of Africa lowland, and Late Pleistocene Asian alpine migrations being driven by climatic changes. Four different European Pleistocene subspecies are known. The final European Late Pleistocene “Ice Age leopard” Panthera pardus spelaea (Bächler, 1936) is validated taxonomically. The skull shows heavy signs of sexual dimorphism with closest cranial characters to the Caucasian Panthera pardus ciscaucasica (Persian leopard). Late Pleistocene leopards were distributed northernmost, up to S-England with the youngest stratigraphic records by skeletons and cave art in the MIS 2/3 (about 32,000-26,000 BP). The oldest leopard painting left by Late Palaeolithics (Aurignacians/Gravettians) in the Chauvet Cave (S-France) allows the reconstruction of the Ice Age leopard fur spot pattern being close to the snow or Caucasian leopards. The last Ice Age glacial leopard habitat was the mountain/alpine boreal forest (not mammoth steppe lowland), where those hunted even larger prey such as alpine game (Ibex, Chamois). Into some lairs, those imported their prey by short-term cave dwelling (e.g. Baumann's Cave, Harz Mountains, Germany). Only Eurasian Ice Age leopards specialized, similar as other Late Pleistocene large felids (steppe lions), on cave bear predation/scavenging partly very deep in caves. In Vjetrenica Cave (Dinarid Mountains, Bosnia Herzegovina), four adult leopards (two males/two females) of the MIS 3 were found about two km deep from the entrance in a cave bear den, near to one cave bear skeleton, that remained articulated in its nest. Leopards died there, partly being trapped by raising water levels of an active ponor stream, but seem to have been killed possibly either, similar as for lions known, in battles with cave bears in several cave bear den sites of Europe (e.g. Baumann's Cave, Wildkirchli Cave, Vjetrenica Cave). At other large cave sites, with overlap of hyena, wolf and dhole dens at the cave entrances, leopard bones with bite damages indicate their remains to have been imported and consumed by predators in alpine regions due to reduced prey availability. The best models for the competition/taphonomy of large predators - felids, hyenids, canids - within large cave bear dens of Europe is represented in combination of the Zoolithen Cave and Vjetrenica Cave taphonomy.

  10. High-resolution Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic secular variation record from Laguna Potrok Aike, Southern Patagonia (Argentina): preliminary results from the ICDP-PASADO drilling

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    Lisé-Pronovost, Agathe; St-Onge, Guillaume; Haberzettl, Torsten; Pasado Science Team

    2010-05-01

    High-resolution paleomagnetic reconstructions from sedimentary sequences are scarce in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, the millennial- to centennial-scale variability of the geomagnetic field is under-represented in the Southern Hemisphere relative to the Northern Hemisphere and the possible global nature of that variability cannot be assessed. Here we present the first high-resolution Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic secular variation (PSV) reconstruction from the continental archive Laguna Potrok Aike south of 42°S in South America. Laguna Potrok Aike (51°58'S, 70°23'W) is a maar lake located in the Pali Aike Volcanic Field in southern Patagonia (Argentina). Previous studies revealed very high Holocene sedimentation rates (> 100 cm/ka) in the center of the lake. During the austral spring 2008, the multi-national Potrok Aike maar lake Sediment Archive Drilling prOject (PASADO) science team drilled two ~100 m holes under the framework of the International Continental scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). A preliminary Holocene age model based on comparison of magnetic susceptibility data from the PASADO core with the well-dated (radiocarbon- and tephra-based chronology) core located nearby in the center of the lake (PTA03-12) indicates a continuous deposition of ~19 m of lacustrine sediments since the last 16 ka cal. BP. Hysteresis measurements using an alternating gradient force magnetometer indicate a magnetic assemblage dominated by magnetite grains in the pseudo-single domain range. Principal component analysis (PCA) inclination and declination profiles were constructed from the stepwise alternating field demagnetization of the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) measured on u-channels at 1 cm intervals using a 2G Enterprises cryogenic magnetometer. The PCA inclinations vary around the expected geocentric axial dipole (GAD) inclination for the latitude of the coring site and the maximum angular deviation (MAD) values are generally lower than 5°, indicating high quality paleomagnetic data. The PSV record from Laguna Potrok Aike is compared with the available records from marine sediments in the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as from lacustrine sediments further north in Argentina to assess the genuine geomagnetic origin of the recently drilled record and to determine the millennial- to centennial-scale variability of the geomagnetic field during the Late Pleistocene for the mid-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere.

  11. Late Middle Pleistocene climate in southwestern China: inferences from the stratigraphic record of Panxian Dadong Cave, Guizhou

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    Karkanas, Panagiotis; Schepartz, Lynne A.; Miller-Antonio, Sari; Wang, Wei; Huang, Weiwen

    2008-08-01

    Panxian Dadong Cave, situated in the subtropical zone of southwestern China, preserves a fan-like sedimentary sequence close to its entrance that spans the period between MIS 8 and 5 (300-130 ka). The frequent alternation of flowstone formation, cementation, clastic deposition, and frost activity in the depositional sequence makes it ideal for reconstructing the environmental conditions prevailing during the later Middle Pleistocene on the Guizhou Plateau. Macroscopic and microscopic sedimentary analyses determine that clastic deposits were entering the cave in the form of intermittent cohesive debris flows and sheetflows during cold and relatively dry climatic conditions when vegetation cover was reduced. Interlayered impure flowstones were forming during wetter phases but still under glacial conditions. Seasonally freezing temperatures are deduced from the frequent occurrence of cycles of well-developed freeze-thaw features affecting both the clastic parts of the sequence and the flowstones as they were deposited. The described depositional processes were responsible for lateral redistribution on the fan surface of bone remains and lithic artifacts that were accumulating on the surface as a result of hominid activities. During the intervening interglacial stages (MIS 7 and possibly MIS 5) clastic deposition was considerably reduced and only thin flowstone caps and weathering manganese-iron crusts were forming. It is suggested that precipitation was much higher during glacial intervals than interglacials under a predominantly cold climate. Dadong Cave provides a good example of very cold and wet climatic conditions during glacials in the subtropics of East Asia.

  12. East-west genetic differentiation in Musk Ducks (Biziura lobata) of Australia suggests late Pleistocene divergence at the Nullarbor Plain

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    Guay, P.-J.; Chesser, R.T.; Mulder, R.A.; Afton, A.D.; Paton, D.C.; McCracken, K.G.

    2010-01-01

    Musk Ducks (Biziura lobata) are endemic to Australia and occur as two geographically isolated populations separated by the Nullarbor Plain, a vast arid region in southern Australia. We studied genetic variation in Musk Duck populations at coarse (eastern versus western Australia) and fine scales (four sites within eastern Australia). We found significant genetic structure between eastern and western Australia in the mtDNA control region (??ST = 0. 747), one nuclear intron (??ST = 0.193) and eight microsatellite loci (FST = 0.035). In contrast, there was little genetic structure between Kangaroo Island and adjacent mainland regions within eastern Australia. One small population of Musk Ducks in Victoria (Lake Wendouree) differed from both Kangaroo Island and the remainder of mainland eastern Australia, possibly due to genetic drift exacerbated by inbreeding and small population size. The observed low pairwise distance between the eastern and western mtDNA lineages (0.36%) suggests that they diverged near the end of the Pleistocene, a period characterised by frequent shifts between wet and arid conditions in central Australia. Our genetic results corroborate the display call divergence and Mathews' (Austral Avian Record 2:83-107, 1914) subspecies classification, and confirm that eastern and western populations of Musk Duck are currently isolated from each other. ?? 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

  13. Study on the estimation method of uplift during the late quaternary by using river terraces. 1. Strategy of terrace correlation and a case study on stratigraphy of river terraces

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    There are a few uplift data during the late Quaternary obtained by using river terraces than those by using marine terraces, because it is difficult to date a river terrace whose age is older than the marine oxygen isotope stage 6. In this paper, at first, we reviewed the terrace correlation method, and we proposed our viewpoint of terrace correlation which is based on relationship between geomorphologic features of terraces and geology that consist of terraces. Next, we did the case study on terrace stratigraphy in the Kawasaki Basin, Miyagi pref., and showed that our method is practical. (author)

  14. Turbidite Megabeds in an Oceanic Rift Valley Recording Jökulhlaups of Late Pleistocene Glacial Lakes of the Western United States.

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    Zuffa; Normark; Serra; Brunner

    2000-05-01

    Escanaba Trough is the southernmost segment of the Gorda Ridge and is filled by sandy turbidites locally exceeding 500 m in thickness. New results from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Sites 1037 and 1038 that include accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) 14C dates and revised petrographic evaluation of the sediment provenance, combined with high-resolution seismic-reflection profiles, provide a lithostratigraphic framework for the turbidite deposits. Three fining-upward units of sandy turbidites from the upper 365 m at ODP Site 1037 can be correlated with sediment recovered at ODP Site 1038 and Deep Sea Drilling Program (DSDP) Site 35. Six AMS 14C ages in the upper 317 m of the sequence at Site 1037 indicate that average deposition rates exceeded 10 m/k.yr. between 32 and 11 ka, with nearly instantaneous deposition of one approximately 60-m interval of sand. Petrography of the sand beds is consistent with a Columbia River source for the entire sedimentary sequence in Escanaba Trough. High-resolution acoustic stratigraphy shows that the turbidites in the upper 60 m at Site 1037 provide a characteristic sequence of key reflectors that occurs across the floor of the entire Escanaba Trough. Recent mapping of turbidite systems in the northeast Pacific Ocean suggests that the turbidity currents reached the Escanaba Trough along an 1100-km-long pathway from the Columbia River to the west flank of the Gorda Ridge. The age of the upper fining-upward unit of sandy turbidites appears to correspond to the latest Wisconsinan outburst of glacial Lake Missoula. Many of the outbursts, or jökulhlaups, from the glacial lakes probably continued flowing as hyperpycnally generated turbidity currents on entering the sea at the mouth of the Columbia River. PMID:10769156

  15. Spectral stratigraphy

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    Lang, Harold R.

    1991-01-01

    A new approach to stratigraphic analysis is described which uses photogeologic and spectral interpretation of multispectral remote sensing data combined with topographic information to determine the attitude, thickness, and lithology of strata exposed at the surface. The new stratigraphic procedure is illustrated by examples in the literature. The published results demonstrate the potential of spectral stratigraphy for mapping strata, determining dip and strike, measuring and correlating stratigraphic sequences, defining lithofacies, mapping biofacies, and interpreting geological structures.

  16. A draft de novo genome assembly for the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) reveals evidence for a rapid decline in effective population size beginning in the Late Pleistocene.

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    Halley, Yvette A; Dowd, Scot E; Decker, Jared E; Seabury, Paul M; Bhattarai, Eric; Johnson, Charles D; Rollins, Dale; Tizard, Ian R; Brightsmith, Donald J; Peterson, Markus J; Taylor, Jeremy F; Seabury, Christopher M

    2014-01-01

    Wild populations of northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus; hereafter bobwhite) have declined across nearly all of their U.S. range, and despite their importance as an experimental wildlife model for ecotoxicology studies, no bobwhite draft genome assembly currently exists. Herein, we present a bobwhite draft de novo genome assembly with annotation, comparative analyses including genome-wide analyses of divergence with the chicken (Gallus gallus) and zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) genomes, and coalescent modeling to reconstruct the demographic history of the bobwhite for comparison to other birds currently in decline (i.e., scarlet macaw; Ara macao). More than 90% of the assembled bobwhite genome was captured within 14,000 unique genes and proteins. Bobwhite analyses of divergence with the chicken and zebra finch genomes revealed many extremely conserved gene sequences, and evidence for lineage-specific divergence of noncoding regions. Coalescent models for reconstructing the demographic history of the bobwhite and the scarlet macaw provided evidence for population bottlenecks which were temporally coincident with human colonization of the New World, the late Pleistocene collapse of the megafauna, and the last glacial maximum. Demographic trends predicted for the bobwhite and the scarlet macaw also were concordant with how opposing natural selection strategies (i.e., skewness in the r-/K-selection continuum) would be expected to shape genome diversity and the effective population sizes in these species, which is directly relevant to future conservation efforts. PMID:24621616

  17. Stratigraphic context and paleoenvironmental significance of minor taxa (Pisces, Reptilia, Aves, Rodentia) from the late Early Pleistocene paleoanthropological site of Buia (Eritrea).

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    Rook, L; Ghinassi, M; Carnevale, G; Delfino, M; Pavia, M; Bondioli, L; Candilio, F; Coppa, A; Martínez-Navarro, B; Medin, T; Papini, M; Zanolli, C; Libsekal, Y

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    The Buia Homo site, also known as Wadi Aalad, is an East African paleoanthropological site near the village of Buia that, due to its very rich yield from the late Early Pleistocene, has been intensively investigated since 1994. In this paper, which reports on the finds of the 2010-2011 excavations, we include new fossil evidence on previously identified taxa (i.e., reptiles), as well as the very first description of the small mammal, fish and bird remains discovered. In particular, this study documents the discovery of the first African fossil of the genus Burhinus (Aves, Charadriiformes) and of the first rodent from the site. This latter is identified as a thryonomyid rodent (cane rat), a relatively common taxon in African paleoanthropological faunal assemblages. On the whole, the new occurrences documented within the Buia vertebrate assemblage confirm the occurrence of taxa characterized by strong water dependence. The paleoenvironmental characteristics of the fauna are confirmed as fully compatible with the evidence obtained through sedimentology and facies analysis, documenting the sedimentary evolution of fluvio-deltaic and lacustrine systems. PMID:23159190

  18. Abnormal carbonate diagenesis in Holocene-late Pleistocene sapropel-associated sediments from the Eastern Mediterranean; Evidence from Emiliania huxleyi coccolith morphology

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    Crudeli, D.; Young, J.R.

    2004-01-01

    In studying the Holocene-late Pleistocene record of the Eastern Mediterranean, considerable Emiliania huxleyi size/shape variation not clearly assignable to primary or secondary calcification was observed. Accordingly, different morphotypes were distinguished by light microscope (LM). A subsequent scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis of selected samples has indicated that Emiliania huxleyi coccoliths are variably affected by carbonate diagenesis in these sediments. A series of diagenetic stages were qualitatively defined, comprising well-preserved specimens, three overgrowth (OG1 to OG3) and one etching (E1) stage. Comparing SEM and LM observations, a tentative correlation between the E. huxleyi calcified LM-morphotypes and E. huxleyi SEM-overgrowth stages is proposed here. Our study not only indicates that Emiliania huxleyi coccoliths are strongly influenced by carbonate diagenesis, but also that they show effects of carbonate precipitation and dissolution much more clearly than other coccoliths. The relative abundances of the different LM-morphotypes were used to define an E. huxleyi overgrowth index (EXO) that qualitatively estimates carbonate precipitation/dissolution on coccoliths in this sediment. This resulted in definition of five "Diagenetic" intervals (D1 to D5). Deposition of sapropel S1 was a time of good preservation with variable dissolution and no overgrowth of E. huxleyi coccoliths, whereas calcite overgrowth was high during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and interglacial period and, to a lesser extent, during the Younger Dryas and through the last 5 ka. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Rock-magnetic study of Late Pleistocene-Holocene sediments from the Babícora lacustrine basin, Chihuahua, northern Mexico

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    R. Cruz-Gatica; J. Ortega-Ramírez; Urrutia-Fucugauchi, J.

    1997-01-01

    Rock-magnetic and sedimentological studies of the Quaternary sequence of lake Babícora (29.4°N, 107.7°W; 2,100 m a.s.l.) from Late Wisconsin to Holocene are reported. Two vertical profiles have been studied. Magnetic susceptibilities and natural remanence (NRM) and isothermal remanence (IRM) intensities correlate with sand, silt and clay contents in the sediments, suggesting that magnetic minerals are allogenic. IRM acquisition curves and alternating field coercivity spectra document the o...

  20. Geothermal properties and groundwater flow estimated with a three-dimensional geological model in a late Pleistocene terrace area, central Japan

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    Funabiki, A.; Takemura, T.; Hamamoto, S.; Komatsu, T.

    2012-12-01

    1. Introduction The ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a highly efficient and renewable energy technology for space heating and cooling, with benefits that include energy conservation and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. One result of the huge Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear disasters is that GSHPs are receiving more attention from the media and they are being introduced by some local governments. Heat generated by underground GSHP installation, however, can pollute the geothermal environment or change groundwater flow patterns . In this study, we estimated possible effects from the use of GSHPs in the Tokyo area with a three-dimensional (3D) geological model. 2. Geological model The Tokyo Metropolitan Area is surrounded by the Late Pleistocene terraces called the Musashino uplands. The terrace surfaces are densely populated residential areas. One of these surfaces, the Shimosueyohi surface, formed along the Tama River during the last deglacial period. The CRE-NUCHS-1 core (Funabiki et al., 2011) was obtained from this surface, and the lithology, heat transfer coefficients, and chemical characteristics of the sediments were analyzed. In this study, we used borehole log data from a 5 km2 area surrounding the CRE-NUCHS-1 core site to create a 3D geological model. In this area, the Pleistocene Kazusa Group is overlain by terrace gravels and a volcanic ash layer called the Kanto Loam. The terrace gravels occur mainly beneath the Kanda, Kitazawa, and Karasuyama rivers , which flow parallel to the Tama River, whereas away from the rivers , the Kanto Loam directly overlies the Kazusa Group sediments. 3. Geothermal disturbance and groundwater flow Using the geological model, we calculated the heat transfer coefficients and groundwater flow velocities in the sediments. Within the thick terrace gravels, which are at relatively shallow depth (8-20 m), heat transfer coefficients were high and groundwater flow was relatively fast. The amount of disturbance of the geothermal environment and groundwater flow caused by the use of GSHPs, therefore, would depend on the thickness of these gravels. Reference Funabiki, A., Nagoya, K., Kaneki, A., Uemura, K., Kurihara, M., Obara, H., Goto, A., Chiba, T., Naya, T., Ueki, T., and Takemura, T. (2011) Sedimentary facies and physical properties of the sediment core CRE-NUCHS-1 in Setagaya district, Tokyo, central Japan. Abstracts, The 118th Annual Meeting of theGeological Society of Japan. Acknowledgement This work was supported by the Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

  1. No surface breaking on the Ecemi? Fault, central Turkey, since Late Pleistocene (~ 64.5 ka); new geomorphic and geochronologic data from cosmogenic dating of offset alluvial fans

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    Sar?kaya, M. A.; Y?ld?r?m, C.; Çiner, A.

    2015-05-01

    The Ecemi? Fault Zone (EF) has been recognized as a major left lateral strike-slip fault in the Central Anatolian Fault Zone (CAFZ) of Turkey. However, its Quaternary slip-rate has been challenging to determine due to the difficulty of dating offset markers. Using high-precision offset measurements and 36Cl cosmogenic nuclide dating, we present the first geochronologically determined Late Quaternary slip-rate for the EF. Our study focuses on the excellent exposures of offset alluvial fan surfaces, originating from the Alada?lar, a Late Quaternary glaciated mountain. Analysis of airborne orthophotogrametry and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) surveys indicates 168 ± 2 m left lateral and 31 ± 1 m vertical displacements. In-situ terrestrial cosmogenic 36Cl geochronology obtained from eleven surface boulders provides a minimum abandonment/incision age of 104.2 ± 16.5 ka for the oldest offset alluvial fan surface. Our geomorphic observations together with Self-potential geophysical surveys revealed the presence of an unfaulted alluvial fan terrace, which allows us to constrain the timing of deformation. The abandonment/incision age of this fan is 64.5 ± 5.6 ka based on thirteen 36Cl depth profile samples. Accordingly, we obtained a geologic fault slip-rate of 4.2 ± 1.9 mm a- 1 horizontally and 0.8 ± 0.3 mm a- 1 vertically for the time frame between 104.2 ± 16.5 ka and 64.5 ± 5.6 ka. Our analysis indicates that the EF has not been producing a major surface breaking earthquake on the main strand at least since 64.5 ± 5.6 ka (mid-Late Pleistocene). This could be the result of abandonment of the main strand and accommodation of deformation by other faults within the EF. Nevertheless, a recently occurred (30 September 2011) low magnitude (ML: 4.3) left lateral strike-slip earthquake indicates recent seismic activity of the EF. Comparison of the recent GPS velocity field with the longer slip history along the CAFZ indicates a constant but low strain release without surface breaking and very long large earthquake recurrence intervals.

  2. Late Miocene to Plio-Pleistocene fluvio-lacustrine system in the Karacasu Basin (SW Anatolia, Turkey): Depositional, paleogeographic and paleoclimatic implications

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    Alçiçek, Hülya; Jiménez-Moreno, Gonzalo

    2013-06-01

    The sedimentary record of the late Cenozoic Karacasu Basin, a long-lived continental half-graben from southwestern Turkey, is characterized by siliciclastic and carbonate deposits. Sedimentation was controlled by an active NW-SE trending major normal fault along the basin's southern margin and by climatically-induced lake-level changes. Detailed facies analysis subdivides the entire Neogene-Quaternary basin-fill into three distinct litostratigraphic units representing paleogeographic changes and sedimentation patterns throughout the basin evolution. Sedimentation commenced in the late Miocene with the deposition of proximal-medial alluvial fan and fluvial facies (Damdere Formation; FA1). At this stage, alluvial fans developed in elevated areas to the south, prograding towards the basin center. At the beginning of the Pliocene, fresh to slightly alkaline, shallow lake deposits (FA2a) of the Karacaören Formation formed. The lake became open and meromictic conditions developed (FA2b). Pollen data from the FA2b facies show that climate was arid to humid. Climate probably changed cyclically through time producing alternation of Artemisia steppe (cold and dry periods) and more forested vegetation (warm and wet). The open lake facies passes upwards into lake margin facies (FA2c), but it was still dominated by alkaline to slightly saline lake conditions. Sedimentation was almost continuous from the late Miocene to Pleistocene. In the early Quaternary, the basin was dissected by the re-activation of basin bounding faults. The unconformable base of the overlying Quaternary deposits (Karacasu Formation; FA3) reflected the basin's transformation from a half-graben into a full-graben system. Oxygen isotope data from carbonates show an alternation of humid climatic periods, when freshwater settings predominated, and semiarid/arid periods in which the basin hosted alkaline and saline water lakes. Neotectonic activity has rejuvenated many of the basin-bounding faults, causing development of talus aprons and local alluvial fans. The basin was progressively incised by modern rivers that have largely smoothed out the topographic relief of the graben margins. id="ab0010" The study highlights to the paleo-geography/-climatology in the east Mediterranean.

  3. Chronostratigraphy and changes of environment of Late Pleistocene and Holocene at Starunia palaeontological site and vicinity (Carpathian region, Ukraine

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of absolute dating and biostratigraphical analysis carried out for alluvial sediments of an abandoned Starunia ozokerite mine located in the Velyky Lukavets River valley, in which large mammal remains were discovered in the first half of the 20th century. The sediments build up three terrace levels. The highest one, up to 8 m high (terrace II, is likely to be associated with a stage of aggradation, as well as with a short episode of valley broadening, which occurred in the Weichselian Late Pleniglacial. The lower one, 4 m high (terrace I, is most likely to be linked with the Holocene, despite a considerable transformation of its top due to mining activity. The lower part of this terrace cover bears coarse-grained channel sediments dated to 120.6-58.9 ka BP (Eemian Interglacial?-Early Pleniglacial - OIS 5e, 4 and 3, and overbank (distal floodplain mud with intercalations of biogenic deposits (peat, peat mud and biogenic mud. The overbank deposits are dated to 48.2-11.11 ka BP (Glinde Interstadial?-Younger Dryas, OIS 3-2 and are overlain by Holocene (OIS 1 mud and biogenic deposits. In boreholes drilled in the vicinity of the present-day river channel, younger sediments occur more frequently. These include sediments originating from the Late Weichselian overlain by Holocene sediments. However, sediments originating exclusively from the Holocene are infrequent. The deposition of sediments took place in specific conditions of a permanent saturation of the environment with brine, petroleum and thickened bitumen. In the longest period of deposition (48.2-1.27 ka BP, ephemeral swamps, ponds and lakes were developed in different parts of the floodplain. They were marked by the presence of: Juncus glaucus/effusus, J. articulatus, Typha sp., Batrachium sp., Potamogeton filliformis, Bidens tripartita, Ranunculus sceleratus and Phragmites communis, as well as by halophytic species, like: Zannichellia palustris, Triglochin maritimum, Schoenoplectus tabernemontani, Puccinelia distans and Eleocharis palustris. Rhythmic oscillations between cold and warm climatic conditions, typical of the Weichselian age and well identified in Western Europe, are here marked by the changes of plant communities (woody assemblages passing into steppe and tundra, but are not noticeably recorded in the sediments of the Velyky Lukavets River. This shows that the greatest part of the discussed period involved the formation of poorly differentiated silty overbank sediments with intercalations of biogenic sediments. However, the variability of sediments provides evidence for extreme events which occurred in the Holocene.

  4. Tectonic control on the stratigraphic framework of Late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits in Marajó Island, State of Pará, eastern Amazonia

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    Dilce F., Rossetti.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A visão tradicional de que a Amazônia brasileira localiza-se em ma área tectonicamente estável desde o Cretáceo está mudando perante a crescente documentação de reativações de falha, até mesmo durante o Holoceno. Como o registro sedimentar respondeu a esses eventos é um tema que permanece por ser ab [...] ordado com base em dados de campo. Este trabalho enfatiza a correlação estratigráfica de depósitos quaternários tardios no leste da Ilha do Marajó, com o objetivo de demonstrar a importância de reativações de falha na origem e preservação desses depósitos. Apesar da localização em área de plataforma de uma margem continental passiva, três unidades estratigráficas estudadas mostram significantes rejeitos verticais, que definem dois depocentros, explicados por deslocamentos tectônicos. Esta interpretação é reforçada por várias feições morfoestruturais relacionadas com falhas localizadas entre os poços estudados. Sem influência tectônica, a preservação de sedimentos nesse terreno, caracteristicamente plano, seria imperceptível. Os resultados do presente trabalho motivam a procurar outras áreas tectonicamente influenciadas da Amazônia, que possam ter atuado como sítios de acomodação de sedimentos durante o Quaternário tardio. Esses registros sedimentares têm grande potencial de serem fontes de informações valiosas para auxiliar na reconstrução de eventos geológicos quaternários no norte do Brasil. Abstract in english The traditional view that the Brazilian Amazonia is located in a tectonically stable area since the Cretaceous is changing in front of the increasing documentation of fault reactivations even during the Holocene. How the sedimentary record has responded to these events is an issue that remains to be [...] approached with basis on field data. This work focuses on the stratigraphic correlation of late Quaternary deposits from eastern Marajó Island, with the goal of demonstrating the role of fault reactivation on the origin and preservation of these deposits. Despite the location in a stable platform of a continental passive margin, three studied stratigraphic units display significant vertical offsets that define two depocenters that are better explained through tectonic displacements. This interpretation is reinforced by several morphostructural features related to faults that occur between the studied drills. Without the influence of tectonics, sediment preservation in this characteristically low-lying terrain would have been negligible. The results of the present work motivate to look for other tectonically-influenced areas in Amazonia, which similarly might have acted as sites for sediment accommodation during the late Quaternary. These sedimentary records have great potential to be the source of valuable information for reconstructing Quaternary geological events in Northern Brazil.

  5. Foraminíferos y ostrácodos del Pleistoceno tardío (Mar Chiquita, provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina) / Late Pleistocene Foraminifera and Ostracoda (Mar Chiquita, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

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    Laura, Ferrero.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Sobre la base del estudio de foraminíferos y ostrácodos, se describe la evolución de ambientes marino- costeros al sudeste de la provincia de Buenos Aires afectados por las variaciones del nivel del mar durante el Pleistoceno tardío. Fueron estudiadas dos perforaciones realizadas al sur de la laguna [...] Mar Chiquita. En las secciones inferiores de las perforaciones (A y B) se registran ambientes marinos marginales que pueden ser asignados a la Formación Canal 5 correlacionable con el último máximo interglacial (subestadio isotópico 5e). En los niveles fértiles inferiores de la perforadión A y en toda la sección B las asociaciones de foraminíferos, dominadas por Ammonia beccarii (Linné), permiten inferir ambientes marinos litorales a lagunas costeras. Las asociaciones de ostrácodos indican ambientes de depositación costeros, litorales a de plataforma interna cercanos a estuarios o lagunas costeras, con niveles relativamente altos de energía que han provocado mezcla de material por transporte y retrabajo. Estos ambientes pueden ser asociados al ascenso del nivel del mar durante la última transgresión pleistocena y asignados a la Facies Los Médanos de la Formación Canal 5. Hacia arriba (en la Perforación A), estos ambientes gradan a otros con mayor influencia continental, lagunares, oligo-mesohalinos, de baja energía, evidenciados por el aumento de las proporciones de taxones mixohalinos (Cyprideis) y dulceacuícolas-oligohalinos, por el buen estado de preservación de los ejemplares y la coexistencia de adultos y juveniles de los taxones de ostrácodos, así como por asociaciones de foraminíferos con baja diversidad dominadas por Ammonia beccarii. Estos ambientes pueden ser asignados a la Facies Santa Ana de la misma Formación. Sobreyacen sedimentos continentales no microfosilíferos. Abstract in english The evolution of Late Pleistocene marginal marine environments in the southeast of Buenos Aires province are described based upon the associations of foraminifera and ostracoda. Two drilling performed in the southern coastal plain of Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon were studied. The lowest sections of t [...] he drillings (A and B) indicate marginal marine environments that could be assigned to Canal 5 Formation and correlated to Last Interglacial Maximum, (marine oxygen isotope substage 5e). Along the whole studied section of drilling B and the lowest levels of drilling A, foraminiferal associations are dominated by Ammonia beccarii (Linné) and could be interpreted as characterizing littoral marine environments or coastal lagoons. Ostracoda associations suggest littoral marine environments close to an estuary or a coastal lagoon, with relatively high energetic conditions shown by reworked and mixed material. These environments represent the transgressive/ highstand phase of the Late Pleistocene transgression and could be assigned to Los Médanos Facies of Canal 5 Formation. Upward (Drilling A) increasing percentages of mixohaline (Cyprideis) and non-marine taxa, along with a good preservation of valves, tests and the presence of juvenile and adults of ostracoda and lower diversity associations of foraminifera dominated by Ammonia becarii, suggest the evolution towards lagoonal, low energy environments. These levels represent the regressive phase corresponding to Santa Ana Facies of Canal 5 Formation and are covered by non-microfossiliferous continental muds.

  6. Moluscos marinos bentónicos del Cuaternario de Bahía Anegada (sur de Buenos Aires, Argentina): variaciones faunísticas en el Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno / Quaternary marine benthic molluscs from Anegada Bay (southern Buenos Aires, Argentina): faunistic variations in the late Pleistocene and Holocene

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    Melisa P., Charó; Enrique E., Fucks; Sandra, Gordillo.

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    Full Text Available A lo largo del área costera del Atlántico sudoccidental se observan depósitos marinos que representan los dos últimos eventos transgresivos del Cuaternario (Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno). La región de Bahía Anegada, sur de la provincia de Buenos Aires, se caracteriza por la buena preservación y abu [...] ndancia de fauna marina fósil, en especial de gasterópodos y bivalvos en los cordones litorales. Estos registros no han sido investigados con anterioridad desde el punto de vista paleontológico, y son de utilidad como indicadores de cambios ambientales del Cuaternario. El objetivo de este trabajo ha sido describir y comparar la fauna de moluscos del Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno en Bahía Anegada. Para ello se analizaron dos áreas de la región: Canal Villalonga y Los Pocitos. Los depósitos marinos pleistocenos (asociados al estadio isotópico marino MIS5e) analizados para Bahía Anegada mostraron mayor número de especies, tanto de gasterópodos (17 versus 9) como bivalvos (14 versus 12) respecto al Holoceno. En los depósitos pleistocenos de Canal Villalonga se destaca la presencia de Crassostrea rhizophorae (Guilding) y Abra aequalis (Say) que actualmente tienen un área de distribución en latitudes bajas. En cuanto a los micromoluscos, se menciona por primera vez Turbonilla argentina Doello -Jurado para el Pleistoceno. Con base en estos análisis se concluye para la región estudiada que el Pleistoceno tardío registró mayor número de especies, tanto de bivalvos como gasterópodos, respecto al Holoceno, y que la abundancia de las especies del Pleistoceno se ha mantenido durante el Holoceno. Dichas variaciones se interpretan en asociación con cambios de la temperatura e indicarían condiciones más cálidas para el Pleistoceno tardío (último interglacial). Abstract in english Marine deposits representing the last two transgressive Quaternary events (late Pleistocene and Holocene) are observed along the coastal area of the southwestern Atlantic. Littoral deposits in the Anegada Bay region, southern province of Buenos Aires, are characterized by good preservation and abund [...] ance of fossil marine shells, especially gastropods and bivalves. These records, which have not been previously investigated from a paleontological viewpoint, are here useful as indicators of Quaternary environmental changes. The aim of this study was to describe and to compare the molluscan fauna of late Pleistocene with the equivalent of the Holocene. For that, we analyzed two areas within this region: Canal Villalonga and Los Pocitos. Compared to the Holocene, Pleistocene marine deposits (associated to Marine Isotope Stage MIS5e) from Anegada Bay showed a greater number of species, in both gastropods (17 versus 9) and bivalves (14 versus 12). In the Pleistocene deposits of Canal Villalonga is remarkable the presence of Crassostrea rhizophorae (Guilding) and Abra aequalis (Say), which are today displaced toward low latitudes. In relation to micromolluscs, Turbonilla argentina Doello-Jurado is for the first time mentioned for the Pleistocene. Our data indicate that the number of species of bivalves and gastropods was higher during the late Pleistocene than in the Holocene, and that the abundance of species during the Pleistocene has also remained during the Holocene. These variations are interpreted in association with changes in temperature, indicating warmer conditions for the late Pleistocene (last interglacial).

  7. Paleoecological and biogeographical implications of late Pleistocene noble marten ( Martes americana nobilis) in eastern Washington State, USA

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    Lyman, R. Lee

    2011-01-01

    A mandible identified as noble marten ( Martes americana nobilis) recovered from sediments dating to 11,800 cal yr BP and a humerus identified as M. a. cf. nobilis recovered from sediments dating from 13,100 to 12,500 cal yr BP at the Marmes Rockshelter archaeological site in southeastern Washington represent the first record of this taxon in the state. Mammalian taxa associated with the Marmes Rockshelter noble marten represent a diversity of open mesic habitats corroborating earlier analyses of other records of the noble marten in the western United States and exemplify how paleozoologists determine the ecology and environmental predilections of extinct taxa. The recovery site represents the topographically lowest record of this species in western North America and the farthest north record in the United States. Future research should examine known late-Quaternary Martes spp. remains from British Columbia and Alberta to fill in the 2200-km geographic gap in the known distribution of this taxon between a record in the northern Yukon and those in the western United States, and to refine our knowledge of noble marten paleoecology.

  8. Late Pleistocene, Holocene, and decadal constancy of slip-rate of the Doruneh strike-slip fault, Iran.

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    Walker, R. T.; Fattahi, M.; Mousavi, Z.; Pathier, E.; Sloan, R. A.; Talebian, M.; Thomas, A. L.; Walpersdorf, A.

    2014-12-01

    The Doruneh left-lateral strike-slip fault of NE Iran has a prominent expression in the landscape, showing that the fault is active in the late Quaternary. Existing estimates of its slip-rate vary, however, which has led to suggestions that it may exhibit temporal changes in activity. Using high-resolution optical satellite imagery we make reconstructions of displacement across four alluvial fans that cross the Doruneh fault, and determine the ages of these fans using luminescence dating, combined with U-series dating of pedogenic carbonates in one case. The four fans, which vary in age from 10-100 kyr, yield estimates of slip rate of ~2-3 mm/yr. We compare the average slip-rate measurements to the rate of accumulation of strain across the Doruneh fault using GPS and InSAR measurements, and find that the slip-rate is likely to have remained constant - within the uncertainty of our measurements - over the last ~100 ka. The slip-rate that we measure is consistent with the E-W left-lateral Doruneh fault accommodating N-S right-lateral faulting by 'bookshelf' faulting, with clockwise rotation about a vertical axis, in a similar manner to the Eastern California Shear Zone.

  9. Late Pleistocene/Holocene slip rate of the Zhangye thrust (Qilian Shan, China) and implications for the active growth of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau

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    Hetzel, Ralf; Tao, Mingxin; Stokes, Stephen; Niedermann, Samuel; Ivy-Ochs, Susan; Gao, Bo; Strecker, Manfred R.; Kubik, Peter W.

    2004-12-01

    We derive a slip rate for a thrust at the central Qilian Shan mountain front by combining structural investigations, satellite imagery, topographic profiling, luminescence dating, and 10Be exposure dating. The seismically active Zhangye thrust transects late Pleistocene alluvial fan deposits and forms a prominent north facing scarp. The fault consists of two segments that differ in orientation, scarp height, and age. A series of loess-covered terraces records the uplift history of the western thrust segment. Loess accumulation on all terraces started at 8.5 ± 1.5 kyr and postdates terrace formation. Gravels from the highest terrace yielded a 10Be exposure age of 90 ± 11 kyr, which dates the onset of faulting. With a displacement of 55-60 m derived from fault scarp profiles, this yields a vertical slip rate of 0.64 ± 0.08 mm yr-1. Along the eastern thrust segment, three 10Be ages from the uplifted alluvial fan constrain that faulting started at ˜31 ± 5 kyr. Together with a displacement of 25-30 m this leads to a vertical faulting rate of 0.88 ± 0.16 mm yr-1. A dip estimate of 40° to 60° for the fault plane combined with lower and upper limits of ˜0.6 and ˜0.9 mm yr-1 for the vertical slip rate gives minimum and maximum horizontal shortening rates of 0.4 and 1.1 mm yr-1 across the Zhangye thrust. Our results are consistent with geologic and GPS constraints, which suggest that NNE directed shortening across the northeastern Tibetan Plateau is distributed on several active faults with a total shortening rate of 4 to 10 mm yr-1.

  10. Hippidion saldiasi Roth, 1899 (Mammalia, Perissodactyla en el Pleistoceno tardío de Calama, norte de Chile Late Pleistocene Hippidion saldiasi Roth, 1899 (Mammalia, Perissodactyla from Calama, northern Chile

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    MARÍA TERESA ALBERDI

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    Full Text Available Se describen restos del género Hippidion procedentes de la zona del desierto de Atacama (Calama, Segunda Región de Chile. El conjunto analizado corresponde a un esqueleto bastante completo proveniente del yacimiento Betecsa 1, así como escasas unidades del yacimiento Kamac Mayu. En ambos sitios se identifica H. saldiasi. A partir de dos dataciones radiométricas por AMS del ejemplar estudiado, los restos se sitúan estratigráficamente en el Pleistoceno Superior (21.070 ± 100 AP y 21.380 ± 100 14C AP. Se infieren datos ambientales y de dieta a partir de análisis de isótopos estables en los restos de Hippidion saldiasi del sitio Betecsa 1 cuyo valor de ?13C en hueso fue de -15,45 y el valor en esmalte de dientes fue de -16,68, sugiriendo una alimentación con pastos C3. El cráneo recuperado es el primero conocido de esta especieThis paper describes the Hippidion bones recovered from the Atacama Desert (Calama, Second Region of Chile. The analyzed assemblage corresponds to a nearly complete skeleton from Betecsa 1 site and more poorly preserved remains from Kamac Mayu site. In both H. saldiasi is identified. Two 14C radiometric determinations indicate late Pleistocene age for these remains (21,070 ± 100 BP and 21,380 ± 100 BP. Environmental and diet inferences from stable isotope analysis are also presented. The ?13C value from Betecsa 1 horses (-15.45 from bone sample and -16.68 from enamel sample suggest a dietary adaptation exclusively C3 feeders. This is the first skull and associated skeleton recovered of this species

  11. Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Glyptodont and Pampathere (Xenarthra, Cingulata) from Sonora, Mexico / Gliptodonte y Pampaterio (Xenarthra, Cingulata) del Pleistoceno tardío (Rancholabreano) de Sonora, México

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    Jim I., Mead; Sandra L., Swift; Richard S., White; H. Greg, McDonald; Arturo, Baez.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Los yacimientos ricos en fósiles de Térapa (área centro-oriental de Sonora) contienen más de 60 taxon zoológicas, muchos con afinidades tropicales como Crocodylus (crocodrilo), Hydrochaeris (capibara), y muchas aves. Los depósitos contienen además la dermis ósea de oído (osteodermis) de dos xenartro [...] s extintos, un gliptodonte (Glyptotherium cylindricum) y un armadillo gigante (Pampatherium cf. mexicanum) (Mammalia, Xenarthra). También se han hallado restos de gliptodonte en otras localidades de Sonora menos estudiadas. Las faunas de estas localidades contienen además el género Bison, lo cual indica que los depósitos son del Rancholabreano (Rancholabrean Land Mammal Age), Pleistoceno tardío. La presencia de Pampatherium en Térapa y de Glyptotherium en Térapa y los sitios del Río Mayo/Río Yaqui representa el primer recuento publicado de estas especies en Sonora y extiende grandemente su distribución conocida durante el Rancholabreano, o pleistoceno tardío, en unos 1,100 kms hacia el noroeste de México. Abstract in english The fossil-rich deposits of Térapa (east-central Sonora) contain more than 60 zoological taxa, many with tropical affinities such as Crocodylus (crocodylian), Hydrochaeris (capybara), and many birds. The deposits also contain the dermal ossicles (osteoderms) of two extinct xenarthrans, a glyptodont [...] (Glyptotherium cylindricum) and a pampathere (giant armadillo; Pampatherium cf. mexicanum). Glyptodont remains are also known from other less-well studied localities in Sonora. The faunas from these localities also contain the genus Bison, which indicates that the deposits are of the Rancholabrean Land Mammal Age, late Pleistocene. The presence of Pampatherium at Térapa and the presence of Glyptotherium at Térapa and the Río Mayo/Río Yaqui sites represent the first published accounts of these species from Sonora, and greatly extends their known geographical distribution during the Rancholabrean by about 1,100 km into northwestern Mexico.

  12. Hippidion saldiasi Roth, 1899 (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) en el Pleistoceno tardío de Calama, norte de Chile / Late Pleistocene Hippidion saldiasi Roth, 1899 (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) from Calama, northern Chile

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    MARÍA TERESA, ALBERDI; JOSÉ LUIS, PRADO; PATRICIO, LÓPEZ; RAFAEL, LABARCA; ISMAEL, MARTÍNEZ.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Se describen restos del género Hippidion procedentes de la zona del desierto de Atacama (Calama, Segunda Región de Chile). El conjunto analizado corresponde a un esqueleto bastante completo proveniente del yacimiento Betecsa 1, así como escasas unidades del yacimiento Kamac Mayu. En ambos sitios se [...] identifica H. saldiasi. A partir de dos dataciones radiométricas por AMS del ejemplar estudiado, los restos se sitúan estratigráficamente en el Pleistoceno Superior (21.070 ± 100 AP y 21.380 ± 100 14C AP). Se infieren datos ambientales y de dieta a partir de análisis de isótopos estables en los restos de Hippidion saldiasi del sitio Betecsa 1 cuyo valor de ?13C en hueso fue de -15,45 y el valor en esmalte de dientes fue de -16,68, sugiriendo una alimentación con pastos C3. El cráneo recuperado es el primero conocido de esta especie Abstract in english This paper describes the Hippidion bones recovered from the Atacama Desert (Calama, Second Region of Chile). The analyzed assemblage corresponds to a nearly complete skeleton from Betecsa 1 site and more poorly preserved remains from Kamac Mayu site. In both H. saldiasi is identified. Two 14C radiom [...] etric determinations indicate late Pleistocene age for these remains (21,070 ± 100 BP and 21,380 ± 100 BP). Environmental and diet inferences from stable isotope analysis are also presented. The ?13C value from Betecsa 1 horses (-15.45 from bone sample and -16.68 from enamel sample) suggest a dietary adaptation exclusively C3 feeders. This is the first skull and associated skeleton recovered of this species

  13. Revised Late Oligocene to Early Miocene magnetic stratigraphy recorded by drift sediments at Sites U1405 and U1406, IODP Expedition 342 (Newfoundland, NW Atlantic)

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    van Peer, Tim; Xuan, Chuang; Wilson, Paul; Liebrand, Diederik; Lippert, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The nannofossil oozes drilled at IODP Expedition 342 (Paleogene Newfoundland Sediment Drifts) Sites U1405 and U1406 provide an exceptional sedimentary archive of the Late Oligocene to Early Miocene due to high sedimentation rates (2-6 cm/kyr at U1406 and up to 20 cm/kyr at U1405) and their ideal location below the Deep Western Boundary Current. These drift sediment sequences provide a unique opportunity to study the Oligocene-Miocene Transition (OMT) and Mi1-event (a transient 1‰ positive oxygen isotope excursion) at an unprecedented resolution from a Northern Hemisphere perspective. The exact timing of the OMT and its rate of change require a reliable and high-resolution magnetic stratigraphic age control, as Chron C6Cn with its three subchrons roughly spans the Mi1 event and the reversal C6Cn.2n/C6Cn.2r defines the Oligocene-Miocene boundary. Natural Remanent Magnetisation (NRM) was measured on 140 m of u-channel samples at U1405 and 190 m at U1406. The u-channel sample based magnetostratigraphy is in good agreement with that based on the shipboard data and reveal distinctive well-defined patterns of normal and reversed polarities, which can be correlated to the Geomagnetic Polarity Time Scale between C6Bn.2n and C9n (ca. 22.2 to 27 Ma) at U1406 and between C6Bn.2n and C6Cr (ca. 22.2 to 23.5 Ma) at U1405. Furthermore, putative cryptochrons in Chron C6Br and C7Ar, previously reported at Site U1334 (IODP Expedition 320), are observed in the u-channel magnetic stratigraphy for Sites U1405 and U1406. Anhysteretic Remanent Magnetisation (ARM) intensity variations are combined with X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) generated elemental measurements to refine the shipboard splice of both U1405 and U1406. Latest Oligocene to earliest Miocene splice refinements are complicated by the presence of large-scale stratigraphic gaps (up to 25 m at U1405) unrelated to drilling disturbances. The depth and estimated age of these stratigraphic gaps vary from hole to hole, and do not appear to impact the completeness of the spliced magnetostratigraphic record. Rock and mineral magnetic studies of selected samples are currently ongoing to characterise the magnetic mineralogy of the sediments and how it changes across the stratigraphic gaps and intervals with contrasting lithological and/or palaeomagnetic properties. These data will help us understand the origin of the palaeomagnetic signal and test its reliability, while providing insights on the nature of the observed stratigraphic gaps and how they relate to global climate dynamics of the OMT and the Deep Western Boundary Current.

  14. Palaeovegetation dynamics of an ecotone forest-savanna in southern Brazilian Amazon during the late Pleistocene and Holocene based on carbon isotopes of soil organic matter

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    This study was carried out in the Brazilian southern Amazon region (Rondonia state and Humaita, southern Amazon state). Carbon isotope data on soil organic matter have been collected along an ecosystem transect of about 750 km that includes a savanna, a wooded savanna (cerrado), a tropical semideciduous forest (cerradao), a forest transition type and a tropical forest. The main objective is to evaluate the expansion-regression dynamics of these vegetation units in relation to climate changes during the Late Pleistocene (Late Glacial) and Holocene. Large ranges in ?13 values were observed in soil organic matter collected from profiles in the savanna (-27 to -14 per mille and forest regions (-26 to -19 per mille) reflecting changing distribution of 13C-depleted C3 forest and 13C enriched C4 savanna vegetation in response to climate change. 14C data of humin fraction and buried charcoal indicate that the organic matter in these soils is at least 17,000 years BP at 300-cm depth. In this period, the entire ecosystem transect are characterized by ?13C soil depth profiles, generated typically by C3 plants (forest), inferring a humid climate in the southern Amazon region after the end of last glaciation. 13C data also indicate that C4 plants (grasses) have influenced significantly the vegetation at the transitional forest and the cerrado sites of southern Rondonia state and two distinct points in the forest ecosystem in the southern Amazon state. These typical C4 type isotopic signatures probably reflect a drier climate during about 9000-8000 yr BP to 3000 yr BP and the savanna and wooded savanna expansion in distinct points of the transect. The 13C records representing the 3000 yr show an expansion of the forest, due to a climatic improvement, in areas previously occupied by savanna vegetation. This study adds to the mounting evidence that extensive forested areas existed in the Amazon during the last glacial and that savanna vegetation expanded in response to warm and dry conditions during the early to middle Holocene. (author)

  15. Cosmogenic dating of rock avalanches constraining Quaternary stratigraphy and regional neotectonics in the Argentine Central Andes (32° S)

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    Moreiras, Stella M.; Hermanns, Reginald L.; Fauqué, Luis

    2015-03-01

    This paper provides a comprehensive review of the chronostratigraphy of six rock avalanches clustered in the northern extreme of the Cordon del Plata range. These rock avalanches are stratigraphically related to Pleistocene glacial drifts and valley-fill deposits documenting the regional neotectonic activity. We used cosmogenic dating (TCN) to directly date block surfaces of rock-avalanche deposits, as well as optically stimulated luminescence dating (OSL) of paleo-lakes dammed by these rock avalanches. Our new direct dates (17 TCN and 4 OSL) determine the Middle-to-Late Pleistocene age of these collapses. These are in contrast to the previously established chronostratigraphy based on relative dating techniques, paleontological context, and tephrochronology. These new data help to redefine the geomorphological evolution of the Mendoza River valley. Especially, the new data indicate that the glacial stratigraphy earlier proposed must be reconsidered. We redefine this stratigraphy as far as possible with our data and discuss the data in relation with other recently published results. However, it becomes clear that the glacial history of the Mendoza valley has to be studied anew by using modern dating techniques. In addition, our data suggest that the Carrera Fault system bounding the valleys of the Cordillera del Plata has been active more recently than proposed earlier.

  16. Stratigraphic evidence of a Middle Pleistocene climate-driven flexural uplift in the Alps

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    Scardia, Giancarlo; de Franco, Roberto; Muttoni, Giovanni; Rogledi, Sergio; Caielli, Grazia; Carcano, Cipriano; Sciunnach, Dario; Piccin, Andrea

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    This interdisciplinary study on the subsurface stratigraphy of the Po Plain (northern Italy) brings new evidence in support of a climate-driven erosional unloading of the Alps since the Middle Pleistocene. A newly acquired, high-resolution seismic profile and a critical review of industrial seismic lines were integrated with sedimentologic observations on four magnetostratigraphically dated continental cores to reconstruct a three-sequence evolution of the Pleistocene clastic infill in the northern Po basin. During the first sequence (PS1; ˜1.4-0.87 Ma), characterized by sedimentation rates of ˜34 cm/kyr outpacing regional subsidence, meandering river systems prograded over the basin passing downstream to a cyclothemic shelfal succession. The second sequence (PS2; ˜0.87-0.45 Ma), heralded by a regional unconformity (R surface) correlated to the onset of the major Pleistocene glaciations, was characterized by widespread continental sedimentation of generally distal braidplain. The third sequence (PS3; ˜0.45 Ma to present), marked at the base by another regional unconformity (Y surface), is characterized by proximal braided fluvial deposition under combined conditions of confinement, erosion, and bypass. We interpret the PS3 sequence as deposited under the effects of a flexural uplift of the northern Po Plain during the Middle Pleistocene starting at ˜0.45 Ma, in response to the long-term erosional unloading of the Alps triggered by the waxing and waning of Alpine glaciers since the late Early Pleistocene global cooling (˜0.9 Ma). According to our modeling, erosion on a relatively limited area of the Alpine mountain chain, ranging from 1.3 to 1.7 mm/yr in the axial sector to 0.1-0.3 mm/yr at the margins, has been able to trigger rock uplift over a wider area including the proximal peripheral basins.

  17. Cambrian Stratigraphy

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    This site describes in detail the stratigraphy of the Cambrian period, starting approximately 545 million years ago and ending about 490 million years ago. It was one of the most important and dramatic periods because the lower boundary of the Cambrian is not only the beginning of a new system, but also the start of the Paleozoic and the Phanerozoic. Also the Early Cambrian saw the extremely rapid diversification of multicellular animals, the Cambrian Explosion, which determined the animal evolution and is indirectly responsible for present-day life. The site defines both the bottom and the top of the Cambrian layers and also provides a list of type sections with corresponding dates. Two charts are provided. One shows the changes in age assignments from 1982 to 1998 and another shows a time line for the Vendian and the Cambrian. The site also includes a section on isotopic studies and paleomagnetism of Cambrian strata.

  18. Reconstruction of Equilibrium Line Altitudes of Nevado Coropuna Glaciers (Southern Peru) from the Late Pleistocene to the present

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    Úbeda, J.; Palacios, D.; Vázquez, L.

    2009-04-01

    The Nevado Coropuna (15°31'S-72°39'W) is a volcanic complex located 200 km NE of the city of Arequipa, in the Southern Peruvian Andes. The summit area in the complex is covered with a glacier system formed by dozens of branches descending in all directions totaling many km2 in surface area. The study of the volcanic complex and its glaciers is of great interest because it is the main water reserve for tens of thousands of people, because of the risk scenario created by the presence of ice masses on a volcano with relatively recent activity, and because it constitutes an excellent geoindicator of the effects of climate change on ice masses in the western mountain chain of the Central Andes. This research aims to analyze glacier evolution using as geoindicators variations in glacier surface and equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs), defining deglaciation rates based on those variations and preparing forecasts with them on when the ice masses might disappear if the same rates were to occur in the future. In addition, a first estimation is attempted of the chronologies of the last phase of volcanic activity and the last phase of maximum glacier advance that can be attributed to the Late Glacial or Last Glacial Maximum periods. To achieve these aims, digital topography with 50m contour interval, two orthophotos of the central section of the Coropuna complex (15-6-1955 and 21-10-1986), an ASTER satellite image (12-11-2007) and geomorphological mapping of the volcanic complex created in a previous phase of the research (Ubeda, 2007) were integrated into a Geographical Information System (GIS). The GIS was used to determine the global extent of the glacier system, and in more detail, that of two groups (NE and SE) in 1955, 1986 and 2007. Using the geomorphological cartography as a basis, the extent of the glaciers during their last advance in the Little Ice Age (LIA) and their last maximum advance were calculated. Next, surface areas for all phases were calculated using automatic functions within the GIS operating environment. To reconstruct the ELAs of the glaciers, the Area x Altitude Balance Ratio (AABR) method was used. This method is extensively described in Osmaston (2005). To determine the rates of deglaciation, variations observed for 2007 in surface areas and ELAs against their values in 1986, 1955 and the Little Ice Age (LIA) were used as geoindicators. Establishing deglaciation rates has allowed forecasts to be made as to when the complete disappearance of ice mass could occur for three future scenarios, considering the hypothetical reproduction in each scenario of the rates of deglaciation observed since 1986 (Scenario 1), 1955 (Scenario 2) and the LIA (Scenario 3). To determine the chronology of the last maximum advance of the glaciers and the last volcanic manifestations, samples were taken from moraine blocks and glaciated rocky thresholds, and also from lava ejected during the last eruption, in the eastern sector of the complex. Due to their recent external appearance, since they have been channeled by glacial valleys and have been affected by ice masses only at the head, these lavas had been dated as Holocene. Absolute dating was performed using cosmogenic methods (Cl36). As a result of applying the proposed method, glacial system surface areas have been estimated for 2007 (47 km2), 1986 (54 km2) and 1955 (56 km2), implying a reduction of ~18% in 52 years. The process appears to have speeded up in the last decades (~13% in only 21 years). Surfaces were also estimated and ELAs reconstructed for the NE and SE groups in 2007, 1986, 1955, the Little Ice Age and during the last maximum advance. Glaciers from the NE group show an area during all periods (2.3, 2.7, 2.9, 3.3 and 30 km2) smaller than SE group glaciers (8.1, 9.9, 10.3, 11.9 and 66.5 km2). An individual analysis of glaciers in the NE and SE groups in 2007 shows a reduction in surface area two to four times greater than that observed between 1955 and 1986. ELAs are also higher for all periods in the Northern section (5968, 5930, 5923, 5886 and 5186 m) than in

  19. A new record of Equus (Mammalia: Equidae) from the Late Pleistocene of central-south Chile Un nuevo registro de Equus (Mammalia: Equidae) para el Pleistoceno Superior de Osorno, Chile

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    Recabarren, Omar P.; MARIO PINO; INÉS CID

    2011-01-01

    Fourteen dental and bone parts of a horse excavated from the Pilauco paleontological site, Osorno (40°39' S-73°07' W) are analysed and interpreted. This site was formed in association with a peat bog located on the banks of the old Damas River and has conserved abundant late Pleistocene mammalian fauna and flora materials. A date of 11457 ± 140 14C yrs B.P. was obtained from a molar and agrees with our stratigraphic age model. We have identified the fossils as pertaining to the species Equ...

  20. Pollen and lithological data from the Bukovynka Cave deposits as recorders of the Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic change in the eastern foothills of the Carpathian Mountains (Ukraine

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    Full Text Available The study of clastic sediments of the BukovynkaCaveshows biotic and climatic changes during the Middle Pleniglacial (the Trapeznyi Chamber, Late Glacial and Holocene (the Sukhyi Chamber in the south-eastern part of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The artesian BukovynkaCaveis located near the villageof Stal’nivtsi(the Chernivtsi region, in the PrutRiver basin. It is developed in the Miocene gypsum strata. The Quaternary clastic infilling of the cave, as well as mammal taphonomy has been previously studied in the Trapeznyi Chamber (Vremir et al., 2000; Ridush, 2004; Ridush et al., 2012, whereas palaeomagnetic research and its palaeoenvironmental implication has been provided for the Sukhyi Chamber (Bondar and Ridush, 2014. The results of pollen and grain-size studies of clastic deposits in both chambers, supported by mammal finds, are presented in this paper. In the Chernivtsi region, the pollen study has been previously performed (without 14C-dating on the Upper Pleistocene loess-paleosol section of Snyatyn and on the Onut site of the Holocene flood-plain deposits of the River Prut (Artyushenko et al., 1982. 39 samples from the cave sediments have been processed for grain-size analyses using the ‘pipette’ technique by Kachinsky (1965. In order to get pollen from clastic sediments, the following technique has been applied: heating with 10% HCl and 10% KOH, cold treatment with HF, disintegration in a solution of Na4P2O7 and separation in heavy liquid (CdI2 and KI with a specific gravity 2.2. The abundance and good preservation of pollen show that the cave chambers turned periodically into sedimentation traps. Mammal bones are also mostly well preserved. Re-deposited pollen are abundant in the Trapeznyi Chamber but occur very rarely in the Suchyi Chamber. The present-day vegetation near the cave is a meadow-steppe surrounded by Carpinus-Quercus forest. The high proportion of Pinus sylvestris pollen in the surface soil samples (30-40% does not correspond to the limited role that pine has in the modern vegetation. On the basis of this fact, pine pollen in the cave deposits are also regarded as over-represented because of its ability to travel farther on the wind than other pollen and its better preservation in rocks.

  1. (UnResolved contradictions in the Late Pleistocene glacial chronology of the Southern Carpathians - new samples and recalculated cosmogenic radionuclide age estimates

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    Zsófia RUSZKICZAY-RÜDIGER

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    Full Text Available Application of cosmogenic nuclides in the study of Quaternary glaciations has increased rapidly during the last decade owing to the previous absence of direct dating methods of glacial landforms and sediments. Although several hundred publications have already been released on exposure age dating of glacial landforms worldwide, very few studies targeted the Carpathians so far (Kuhlemann et al, 2013a; Makos et al., 2014; Reuther et al, 2004, 2007; Rinterknecht et al. 2012.There are many unresolved or contradictory issues regarding the glacial chronology of the Romanian Carpathians. Recently, some attempts have been made to develop an improved temporal framework for the glaciations of the region using cosmogenic 10Be dating (Reuther et al. 2004, 2007, Kuhlemann et al. 2013a. However, these studies made the picture even more confusing because the local last glacial maximum, for instance, apparently occurred in asynchronous timing compared to each other and also to other dated glacial events in Europe (Hughes et al, 2013.This situation is even more interesting if we take into account that the local glacial maximum tends to agree with the global LGM derived from the Eastern Balkans (Kuhlemann et al. 2013b, while the penultimate glaciation seems to significantly overtake the LGM advance over the Western Balkans (Hughes et al. 2011.The primary candidate reasons to resolve these discrepancies are methodological, e.g. insufficient number of samples (one sample/landform ignoring geological scatter of the data and the application of different half-lives, production rates and scaling schemes during the calculation of exposure ages. Systematic methodological uncertainties in computing exposure ages from measured nuclide concentrations have a significant impact on the conclusions concerning correlations of exposure-dated glacier chronologies with millennial scale climate changes (Balco, 2011. The changes in glacial timing generated by only using the most recent constants for the exposure age calculations has not been considered in the most recent review on the timing of the LGM (Hughes et al., 2013.Main objective of our study is to utilize the potential offered by the cosmogenic in situ produced 10Be dating to disentangle the contradictions in the available Southern Carpathian Late Pleistocene glacial chronology (Kuhlemann et al, 2013a; Reuther et al, 2004, 2007. We recalculate 10Be data published by Reuther et al. (2007 in accordance with the new half-life and production rate of 10Be. Besides, a new sample set has been collected to establish a precise chronological framework supported by in-situ exposure dating of several additional moraine generations.

  2. 40Ar/39Ar and U-series ages of a Late Pleistocene geomagnetic excursion in Western North America: The Halina Pali event in Western North America?

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    Turrin, B. D.; Champion, D. E.; Mortlock, R. A.; Fairbanks, R. G.; Swisher, C. C.

    2013-12-01

    Here we report 40Ar/39Ar results on two mafic flows, Swift Creek (SC) andesite (17.3 ×1.6ka), located near Mount St. Helens, WA and Tabernacle Hill (TH) basalt (16.9 ×1ka) near Fillmore UT that record paleomagnetic co-latitudes of 28° for SC and 23° for TH, respectively. The remnant directions of these two flows are on the fringe of secular variation and we consider them 'excursionoid'. Because these magnetic directions are somewhat unusual, there are limited matches in the magnetic record preserved in the Mono Lake and Lake Bonneville sediments in this time interval. The best matches to the radiocarbon (calibrated to calendar year age) dated lacustrine magnetic record are at 22 and 18 for the SC flow and 22, 19, or 17 ka for the TH flows. The closest matches for the SC and TH paleomagnetic directions are between 18 and 17 ka, which stratigraphically bracket an excursion recorded in the sediments. Pending additional analyses, our best estimate for the age of the excursion is 17.1 ×1.9ka, which is concordant with the radiocarbon-calibrated age of 17.6 ka for the excursion as determined from the age calibrated paleomagnetic record of the lacustrine sections. In addition to the 40Ar/39Ar ages on the TH flow, we also report an isochron U-Th age of 15 × 4 ka on the outer surface tufa coating, which provides a minimum constraint on the age of the TH lava flows. Discussion: Evidence of a Late Pleistocene geomagnetic excursion event is quite extensive and has been reported from several localities. The earliest report of the excursion, from the Halina Pali scarp, Hawaii, suggested an age of about 17-18 ka [1]. Subsequently, there have been additional reports and age estimates of a similar age excursional event from several other localities; Lake Imurak, Alaska, USA (17-18 ka), Hokkaido, Japan (~23 ka), Lake Baikal, Russia (~20 ka), and from Tule Lake, California, USA (~23 ka), summarized in Oda, [2] and referenced therein, and in China (17-18 ka) [3]. In conclusion, the combined results suggest that the geomagnetic excursion event first reported in the Halina Pali scarp is a 'world-wide' event. The best age estimate of this event is about 17 ka. The age calibrated paleomagnetic records from the lacustrine sections indicate that the duration of this event is on the order of 0.8 to 1.2 ka. 1. Coe et al., 1978, J. Geophys. Res., 83, 1740-175. 2. Oda, 2005, J. Geog 114(2), 174-193. 3. Singer, 2011, AGU Fall meeting, GP13A-04.

  3. Geophysical Characterization of Late Pleistocene Coquina and Eolianite on Western Black Sea Coast of Turkey By Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography Survey

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    Ekinci, Yunus Levent; Demirci, Alper; Ekinci, Rezzan; Evren Erginal, Ahmet

    2013-04-01

    Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) survey was carried out in order to investigate the nature and subsurface geometry of cemented coquina and eolianite on western Black Sea coast of NW Turkey. The study area is located about 13 km west of the ?ile district of Istanbul in the Marmara Region. The coquinite beds lie ahead of a 150-m-long and 10-30 m-wide sandy beach and are backed by a coastal dune field that rests on carbonate cemented eolianite. Three coastline-parallel ERT transects were measured for imaging the subsurface structure of the studied coastal area. The first tomogram was taken along the wave swash zone where coquina beds are widely exposed. The second tomogram was obtained from the transition zone between the sandy beach and incipient foredunes in order to monitor the landward extension of coquina beds under the beach sands. Space limitation due to the width of the beach (maximum 15 m) did not allow the measuring of transects perpendicular to the coastline. Therefore, and because the beach is backed by Late Pleistocene eolianites encased in foredune sands, we obtained a third transect from the foredune area at the back to identify the resistivity difference between the eolianites and coquinite. First tomogram showed a large resistivity range varying between 1-900 ohm-m. Relatively high resistivity values observed at the beginning and end of the transect indicated that the exposed blocks are protrusions of a body of coquinite buried under the beach sands. On the other hand, lower values (500 ohm-m) rugged bedrock at the bottom. Second tomogram, obtained 13 m back from the first one, showed very similar subsurface patterns and revealed a landward extension of the coquinite beds under the beach sands. The thicknesses of the coquinite beds here are not more than 5 m, based on tomographic images. The last transect helped ensure the existence of coquinite beds under the beach sands. Unlike to the coquinite, the 3-8 m thick eolianite body showed very high resistivity values of between 400-900 ohm-m. The overlying coastal dune characterized by moderate resistivity values have a maximum thickness of 3 m and sand and clay levels were displayed in the lowermost part of the resistivity tomogram. Keywords: Coquina, Eolianite, Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Black Sea

  4. Rapid anthropogenic response to short-term aeolian-fluvial palaeoenvironmental changes during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene transition in the northern Negev Desert, Israel

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    Roskin, Joel; Katra, Itzhak; Agha, Nuha; Goring-Morris, A. Nigel; Porat, Naomi; Barzilai, Omry

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    Archaeological investigations along Nahal Sekher on the eastern edge of Israel's northwestern Negev Desert dunefield revealed concentrations of Epipalaeolithic campsites associated respectively with ancient water bodies. This study, aimed at better understanding the connections between these camps and the water bodies, is concerned with a cluster of Natufian sites. A comprehensive geomorphological study integrating field mapping, stratigraphic sections, sedimentological analysis and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages was conducted in the vicinity of a recently excavated Natufian campsite of Nahal Sekher VI whose artifacts directly overlay aeolian sand dated by OSL to 12.4 ± 0.7 and 11.7 ± 0.5 ka. Residual sequences of diagnostic silty sediments, defined here as low-energy fluvial fine-grained deposits (LFFDs), were identified within the drainage system of central Nahal Sekher around the Nahal Sekher VI site. LFFD sections were found to represent both shoreline and mid-water deposits. The thicker mid-water LFFD deposits (15.7 ± 0.7-10.7 ± 0.5 ka) date within the range of the Epipalaeolithic campsites, while the upper and shoreline LFFD units that thin out into the sands adjacent to the Nahal Sekher VI site display slightly younger ages (10.8 ± 0.4 ka-7.6 ± 0.4 ka). LFFD sedimentation by low-energy concentrated flow and standing-water developed as a result of proximal downstream dune-damming. These water bodies developed as a result of encroaching sand that initially crossed central Nahal Sekher by 15.7 ± 0.7 ka and probably intermittently blocked the course of the wadi. LFFD deposition was therefore a response to a unique combination of regional sand supply due to frequent powerful winds and does not represent climate change in the form of increased precipitation or temperature change. The chronostratigraphies affiliate the Natufian sites to the adjacent ancient water bodies. These relations reflect a rapid, but temporary anthropogenic response to a transient ‘window' of improved local aeolian-fluvial palaeoenvironmental conditions during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene transition, but don't necessarily point to a wetter or drier palaeoclimate.

  5. The Pleistocene glaciations of the North Sea Basin

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    Graham, Alastair G. C.; Stoker, Martyn S.; Lonergan, Lidia; Bradwell, Tom; Stewart, Margaret A.

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    We review the Quaternary geology of the North Sea area, summarising evidence for extents, configurations and timing of former glacial activity, focusing attention on key sites across the basin, and for the first time, integrating the stratigraphy with up-to-date information on the geomorphic (morphological) framework of the Pleistocene glacial sequence.

  6. Radiocarbon date on megafauna from the late Pleistocene-early Holocene of Córdoba province, Argentina: Stratigraphic and paleoclimatic significance / Fechamiento por radiocarbono de megafauna del Peistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano de la provincia de Córdoba, Argentina: significado estratigráfico y paleoclimático

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    Laura Edith, Cruz; María Susana, Bargo; Eduardo Pedro, Tonni; Aníbal Juan, Figini.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el primer fechamiento por radiocarbono (7550 ± 60 yr 14C AP) para la provincia de Córdoba, obtenido a partir de colagéno presente en huesos de Scelidotherium leptocephalum, un perezoso terrestre extinto. Los materiales fósiles fueron exhumados de sedimentos asignados a la Formación La In [...] vernada, en el Departamento de Río Cuarto, provincia de Córdoba, Argentina. Lafecha aquí presentada soporta la asignación temporal de la Formación La Invernada al Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano y permite la correlación de estos sedimentos con los eventos climáticos que tuvieron lugar durante ese periodo. Asimismo, es uno de los fechamientos por radiocarbono más jóvenes de megamamíferos de Argentina. Abstract in english A radiocarbon date (7550 ± 60 yr 14C BP) was obtained from bone collagen of an extinct ground sloth (Scelidotherium leptocephalum) from the locality of Río Cuarto (Córdoba province, Argentina). The fossil remains were recovered from the La Invernada Formation (late Pleistocene- Holocene). The date p [...] resented in this paper is the first radiocarbon date obtainedfrom megafauna in Córdoba province, Argentina. It supports the temporal assignation of the La Invernada Formation to the late Pleistocene-early Holocene, and it will allow correlation of these sediments with climatic events that took place during this time. Moreover, it is the youngest radiocarbon date from megamammals recorded in central Argentina.

  7. New approach on the Saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica/borealis; Bovidae from the Late Pleistocene and Holocene of Crimea (SE Ukraine

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    Matei Vremir

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    Full Text Available The present paper is a short review of the knowledge regarding the fossil saiga antelopes from the Pleistocene and Holocene of Crimea, in the context of the general taxonomic and phylogenetic problems in question. According to the newly discovered paleontological material from the Crimean Mountain cave-sites, a new point of view is considered.

  8. The presence of Ursus ex gr. minimus-thibetanus in the late villányian and its position among the Pliocene and Pleistocene black bears in Europe.

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    Wagner, Jan; ?ermák, Stanislav; Horá?ek, I.

    -, ?. 4 (2011), s. 39-58. ISSN 1771-1150 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA205/09/0184 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Black bear * MN17 * Ursus aff. thibetanus * Villány 3 * Central Europe - Hungary * Ursus * Pleistocene * Pliocene Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  9. Tendencias climáticas para los pastizales pampeanos durante el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno: estimaciones cuantitativas basadas en secuencias polínicas fósiles / Climatic trends for the pampa grasslands during the late Pleistocene-Holocene: quantitative estimations based on fossil pollen sequences

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    Marcela Sandra, Tonello; Aldo Raúl, Prieto.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los modelos de calibración polen-clima de temperatura media anual (Tan), precipitación anual (Pan) y eficiencia de la precipitación (EP) para la región de los pastizales pampeanos (33º-41ºS y 56º-67ºO). Los modelos de Pan y EP fueron óptimos (r² boot s=0,669 y 0,717 respectivamente; RMS [...] EPboots= 16%) para obtener estimaciones cuantitativas aplicando la Técnica del Análogo Moderno a datos polínicos fósiles de dos sucesiones aluviales del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno. En el centro de los pastizales los valores de Pan y EP fueron entre 100 y 200 mm menores a los actuales durante el Pleistoceno tardío (16.000-12.000 años cal AP) y similares a los actuales durante la transición Pleistoceno-Holoceno, el Holoceno temprano y el Holoceno tardío. En el sudoeste los valores de Pan y EP fueron c. 200 mm mayores a los actuales durante el Holoceno medio (5500-3000 años cal AP) y disminuyeron durante el Holoceno tardío alcanzando valores similares a los actuales durante los últimos 500 años cal. Las inferencias climáticas son coincidentes con las interpretaciones paleoclimáticas previas al señalar condiciones secas a semiáridas durante el Pleistoceno tardío y subhúmedas húmedas durante la transición Pleistoceno-Holoceno y el Holoceno temprano. Sin embargo, existen discrepancias a partir de 5000 años cal AP, probablemente por la diferente sensibilidad de los registros proxies de clima. El gradiente NE-SO de precipitación durante los últimos c. 5500 años cal habría sido más pronunciado que en la actualidad. Estas estimaciones son las primeras reconstrucciones climáticas cuantitativas para la región de los pastizales pampeanos, y deberían considerarse como tendencias hasta que nuevas reconstrucciones permitan su convalidación. Abstract in english Pollen-climate calibration models for mean annual temperature (Tan), annual precipitation (Pan) and precipitation efficiency (EP) are presented for the Pampa grasslands region (33º-41ºS and 56º-67ºW). The Pan and EP models were optimal (r²boots =0,669 and 0,717; RMSEPboots= 16%) to apply Modern Anal [...] og Technique and to obtain late Pleistocene-Holocene quantitative climatic estimations based on fossil pollen from two alluvial sequences. In the central Pampa grasslands, Pan and EP values were 100 to 200 mm lower than present ones during the late Pleistocene (16000-12000 yr cal BP). During the Pleistocene- Holocene transition, early Holocene and late Holocene the values were similar to modern ones. In the southwest, Pan and EP values were c. 200 mm higher than present ones during the mid-Holocene (5500-3000 yr cal BP), and decreased during the late Holocene reaching similar modern values during the last 500 years cal. The climatic inferences agree with previous paleoclimatic interpretations that state dry to semiarid conditions during the late Pleistocene, and subhumid humid conditions during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition and early Holocene. However, there are discrepancies as from 5000 yr cal BP, probably related to the different sensitivity of the climate proxy data. The NE-SW precipitation gradient during the last c. 5500 yr cal may have been steeper than at present. These estimations are the first quantitative climatic reconstructions for the Pampa grasslands region, and should be taken as trends until new reconstructions confirm them.

  10. Contribution to the stratigraphy of the onshore Paraiba Basin, Brazil

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    Rossetti, Dilce F.; Valeriano, Marcio M., E-mail: rossetti@dsr.inpe.br [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Divisao de Sensoriamento Remoto; Goes, Ana M.; Brito-Neves, Benjamim B. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Bezerra, Francisco H.R.; Ochoa, Felipe L. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra. Departamento de Geologia

    2012-06-15

    Several publications have contributed to improve the stratigraphy of the Paraiba Basin in northeastern Brazil. However, the characterization and distribution of sedimentary units in onshore areas of this basin are still incomplete, despite their significance for reconstructing the tectono- sedimentary evolution of the South American passive margin. This work provides new information to differentiate among lithologically similar strata, otherwise entirely unrelated in time. This approach included morphological, sedimentological and stratigraphic descriptions based on surface and sub-surface data integrated with remote sensing, optically stimulated luminescence dating, U+Th/He dating of weathered goethite, and heavy mineral analysis. Based on this study, it was possible to show that Cretaceous units are constrained to the eastern part of the onshore Paraiba Basin. Except for a few outcrops of carbonatic-rocks nearby the modern coastline, deposits of this age are not exposed to the surface in the study area. Instead, the sedimentary cover throughout the basin is constituted by mineralogically and chronologically distinctive deposits, inserted in the Barreiras Formation and mostly in the Post-Barreiras Sediments, of early/middle Miocene and Late Pleistocene-Holocene ages, respectively. The data presented in this work support tectonic deformation as a factor of great relevance to the distribution of the sedimentary units of the Paraiba Basin. (author)

  11. Contribution to the stratigraphy of the onshore Paraiba Basin, Brazil

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    Several publications have contributed to improve the stratigraphy of the Paraiba Basin in northeastern Brazil. However, the characterization and distribution of sedimentary units in onshore areas of this basin are still incomplete, despite their significance for reconstructing the tectono- sedimentary evolution of the South American passive margin. This work provides new information to differentiate among lithologically similar strata, otherwise entirely unrelated in time. This approach included morphological, sedimentological and stratigraphic descriptions based on surface and sub-surface data integrated with remote sensing, optically stimulated luminescence dating, U+Th/He dating of weathered goethite, and heavy mineral analysis. Based on this study, it was possible to show that Cretaceous units are constrained to the eastern part of the onshore Paraiba Basin. Except for a few outcrops of carbonatic-rocks nearby the modern coastline, deposits of this age are not exposed to the surface in the study area. Instead, the sedimentary cover throughout the basin is constituted by mineralogically and chronologically distinctive deposits, inserted in the Barreiras Formation and mostly in the Post-Barreiras Sediments, of early/middle Miocene and Late Pleistocene-Holocene ages, respectively. The data presented in this work support tectonic deformation as a factor of great relevance to the distribution of the sedimentary units of the Paraiba Basin. (author)aiba Basin. (author)

  12. Late Pleistocene-Holocene evolution of the southern Marmara shelf and sub-basins: middle strand of the North Anatolian fault, southern Marmara Sea, Turkey

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    Vardar, Denizhan; Öztürk, Kurultay; Yalt?rak, Cenk; Alpar, Bedri; Tur, Hüseyin

    2014-03-01

    Although there are many research studies on the northern and southern branches of the North Anatolian fault, cutting through the deep basins of the Sea of Marmara in the north and creating a series of pull-apart basins on the southern mainland, little data is available about the geometrical and kinematical characteristics of the middle strand of the North Anatolian fault. The first detailed geometry of the middle strand of the North Anatolian fault along the southern Marmara shelf, including the Gemlik and Band?rma Bay, will be given in this study, by a combined interpretation of different seismic data sets. The characteristic features of its segments and their importance on the paleogeographic evolution of the southern shelf sub-basins were defined. The longest one of these faults, the Armutlu-Band?rma segment, is a 75-km long dextral strike-slip fault which connects the W-E trending Gençali segment in the east and NE-SW trending Kap?da?-Edincik segment in the west. In this context, the Gemlik Bay opened as a pull-apart basin under the control of the middle strand whilst a new fault segment developed during the late Pleistocene, cutting through the eastern rim of the bay. In this region, a delta front forming the paleoshoreline of the Gemlik paleolake was cut and shifted approximately 60 ± 5 m by the new segment. The same offset on this fault was also measured on a natural scarp of acoustic basement to the west and integrated with this paleoshoreline forming the slightly descending topset-foreset reflections of the delta front. Therefore the new segment is believed to be active at least for the last 30,000 years. The annual lateral slip rate representing this period of time will be 2 mm, which is quite consistent with modern GPS measurements. Towards the west, the Band?rma Bay is a rectangular transpressional basin whilst the Erdek Bay is a passive basin under the control of NW-SE trending faults. When the water level of the paleo-Marmara lake dropped down to -90 m, the water levels of the suspended paleolakes of Band?rma and Gemlik on the southern shelf were -50.3 (-3.3 Global Isostatic Adjustment—GIA) and -60.5 (-3.3 GIA) m below the present mean sea level, respectively. As of today a similar example can be seen between the Sea of Marmara and the shallow freshwater lakes of Manyas and Uluabat. Similarly, the paleolakes of Gemlik and Bandirma were affected by the water level fluctuations at different time periods, even though both lakes were isolated from the Sea of Marmara during the glacial periods.

  13. Causes of Late Pleistocene water level change in Lake Victoria, Equatorial East Africa, derived from clumped isotopes of land snails and fresh water mollusks. (Invited)

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    Zaarur, S.; Affek, H. P.; Tryon, C.; Peppe, D. J.; Faith, J.

    2013-12-01

    Carbonate clumped isotope thermometry is based on the dependence of 13C-18O bond abundance in the carbonate lattice (measured as ?47) on the carbonate formation temperature. Most marine and freshwater biogenic carbonates are found to be in agreement with the clumped isotopes - temperature calibration. Clumped isotope thermometry is particularly useful in terrestrial environments where the interpretation of carbonate ?18O is limited due to difficulty in estimating the paleo-water isotopic composition. Clumped isotope-derived temperatures from land snails are generally higher than the ambient environmental temperatures, but show no evidence for disequilibrium. We attribute these higher body temperatures to snail eco-physiological adaptations through shell color, morphology, and behavior. We use the clumped isotope-derived temperatures in combination with shell ?18O to calculate snail body water ?18O composition. This parameter is interpreted as a paleo-hydrological indicator that reflects the isotopic composition of local precipitation modified by local evaporation. Rusinga and Mfangano Islands in Lake Victoria provide a unique opportunity to compare extant species of modern and fossil freshwater mollusks and land snails from the same location to examine lake paleo-hydrology. This location is particularly interesting as Lake Victoria itself is the main source of rain-water in the region such that the isotopic composition of land snail body water can be related back to the source waters. We combine clumped isotope and oxygen isotope measurements of both freshwater mollusks and land snails to examine the water balance of the lake, testing hypotheses about the mechanism of a significant rise in lake level in Lake Victoria ~35 - 40 ka BP. Outcrops of paleo-beach deposits ~18 m above the modern day lake level indicate high water stands at ~35-40 ka BP. Based on water balance models for Lake Victoria, an increase in lake level of this magnitude could be driven by local mean annual precipitation that is significantly greater than modern. However, this is inconsistent with regional climate reconstructions. This suggests that either lake level was controlled by non-climatic factors, or that local climate in the Lake Victoria basin was different than regional patterns of climate across eastern Africa. We use oxygen and clumped isotopes of modern and fossil shells (Corbicula sp., Melanoides sp. and Bellamya unicolor) from this 18 m beach outcrop on Mfangano Island to (1) compare with modern lake water ?18O values and (2) calculate paleo-water compositions. We combine these results with calculated snail body water ?18O composition (using oxygen and clumped isotopes) of land snails (Limicoloria cf. martensiana) from Rusinga and Mfangano Islands, to study hydrological changes of Lake Victoria. We use these data to evaluate the relative importance of climate change and tectonics as mechanisms for the Late Pleistocene expansion of Lake Victoria.

  14. Climatic characteristics of the late Pleistocene and Holocene continental deposits from southwestern Syria based on palynological data / Características climaticas de los depósitos continentales del Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno del suroeste de Siria sobre la base de datos palinológicos

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    Kamal M., Hussein.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación fue reconstruir la vegetación, el clima y los cambios que han tenido lugar durante el Pleistoceno tardío y el Holoceno, en el suroeste de Siria. Esta reconstrucción se basó en datos palinológicos obtenidos del análisis de 27 sedimentos y muestras de superficie (con [...] un espesor total de 4,55 m) coleccionadas durante el verano de 1998 en el lago Al-Hijaneh (Pleistoceno tardío) y en el valle del rio Al-Aouaj (Holoceno), y analizadas en 1999. Se establecieron tres zonas de alemacenamiento de polen. La más antigua (zona A) corresponde al Pleistoceno tardío en los depósitos lacustres del lago Al-Hijaneh. Las zonas B y C quedaron definidas en los depósitos lacustres del Holoceno del valle del rio Al-Aouaj. Las tres zonas polínicas son correlativas con zonas de polen similar en territorios del Mediterráneo del este. Los climas presentes y pasados de la región, y su vegetación son tema de discusión. Abstract in english The goal of this research was to reconstruct the vegetational and climatic changes that took place during the late Pleisocene and Holocene in southwestern Syria. This reconstruction was based on palynological data obtained from the analysis of 27 sediments and surface samples (with a total thickness [...] of 4.55 m) collected from Al-Hijaneh Lake basin (late Pleistocene) and from Al-Aouaj River valley (Holocene). Three pollen zones were established. The oldest one (zone A) corresponds to the late Pleistocene lacustrine deposits of Lake Al-Hijaneh. Zones B and C were defined in the Holocene fluvial- lacustrine deposits of the Al-Aouaj River valley. These three pollen assemblage zones are correlated to synchronic and similar C14 dated pollen zones from Syria, Turkey, Iran and Greece. This allows a more definite age determination for the deposits of this study. The region's past climates and vegetation are discussed.

  15. Did humans cause the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene mammalian extinctions in South America in a context of shrinking open areas?

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    Tonni, Eduardo Pedro; Cione, Alberto Luis; Soibelzon, Leopoldo Héctor

    2008-01-01

    The last important –and possibly the most spectacular– turnover in South American mammal history occurred around the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary, when 100% of megamammal species and about 80% of large mammal species became extinct. In this paper, we consider as “megamammals” those with body mass over 1,000 kg, and “large mammals” those over 44 kg. With the exception of a few smaller mammals, no other animal or plant disappeared. Consequently, this extinction event was distinct from mass ext...

  16. Los mamíferos finipleistocénicos de la Formación Quebrada Quereo (IV Región-Chile): biogeografía, bioestratigrafía e inferencias paleoambientales / The Late Pleistocene mammal record of Quebrada Quereo Formation: biogeography, biostratigraphy and paleoclimatic inferences

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    Rafael O., Labarca; Patricio G., López.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english This paper describes the fossil fauna recovered from the Quebrada Quereo Formation (Late Pleistocene - Holocene) located at Choapa Province, IV Region, Chile. In this formation, two cultural levels (Quereo I y II) with Pleistocenic fauna were detected. The remains identified include living species ( [...] Dusycion cf. D. culpaeus), as well as extinguished fauna (Palaeolama sp., Antifer sp., Equus [Amerhippus] sp., cf. Panthera onca, Milodontidae, and Gomphoteriidae). For each of these, we present taxonomic, paleogeographic and paleoclimatic remarks. The possible presence of P. onca in Quebrada Quereo Formation constitutes the first evidence of a locally extinct felid outside the Patagonic area of Chile. The identified faunal assemblage presents differences with those recorded in Argentinean territory; which is explained by the presence of the Cordillera de los Andes. The Chilean paleofaunistic assemblages, therefore, are related to those found in Bolivia and the Andean occidental sector in general, although some enrichment with taxa from the oriental side of the range is not discarded.

  17. First reported occurrence of Palaeolama mirifica (Camelidae, Lamini) from the Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) of Puebla, central Mexico / Primera localización de Paleolama mirifica (Camelidae, Lamini) en el Pleistoceno (Rancholabreano) de Puebla, México central

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    Victor M., Bravo-Cuevas; Eduardo, Jiménez-Hidalgo.

    Full Text Available Palaeolama fue un camélido poco común en Norteamérica durante el Pleistoceno. En este trabajo damos a conocer el primer registro de P. mirifica en el Pleistoceno tardío de Puebla, México. Se trata del registro más austral de P. mirifica en Norteamérica y complementa su distribución geográfica con el [...] registro de esta especie en Costa Rica. La unidad fosilífera consiste de limo, arena fina y escasa grava, la cual es parcialmente correlacionable con la secuencia de Axamilpa, Puebla, considerada de edad MIS 2-3. Datos isotópicos y de Mesodesgaste III indican que P. mirifica de Barranca Xocoa tuvo hábito alimentario mixto. Abstract in english Palaeolama was a relatively rare camelid in North America during the Pleistocene. Here we report the first occurrence of P. mirifica in the Late Pleistocene of Puebla, central Mexico. This is the southernmost record of P. mirifica in North America, and fills in a geographic gap with a record of the [...] species in Costa Rica. The fossil-bearing unit is composed of silt, fine sand, and scarce pebbles. This unit is partially correlative with the alluvial sequence of Axamilpa, Puebla, considered to be MIS 2 - 3 in age. Isotopic data and Mesowear III values indicate that P. mirifica from Barranca Xocoa was an intermediate feeder.

  18. The origin, nature and stratigraphy of Pleistocene-Holocene palaeosols in Wadi Es-Salqa (Gaza Strip, Palestine) / Sobre El Origen, Naturaleza Y Estratigrafía De Los Paleosuelos Pleistoceno-Holocenos En Wadi Es-Salqa (firanja De Gaza, Palestina)

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    Khalid F, Ubeid.

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    Full Text Available La firanja de Gaza se encuentra en la parte suroeste de Palestina. Su topografía es definida por tres cordones (localmente llamado “cordones o crestas kurkar “) que son paralelas a la costa mediterránea. Las mismas se componen de areniscas calcáreas (kurkar) y depósitos de grano fino de color rojizo [...] (Hamra) del Pleistoceno - Holoceno (kurkar). Las crestas son interceptadas por tres cauces principales, de norte a sur: Beit Hanoun, Gaza y Es- Salqa (Silka). Durante el invierno Es- Salqa recoge las aguas de una cuenca de 40 km². La sección geológica de Es-Salqa muestra que la sucesión consiste en kurkar y Hamra de la Formación Gaza (Pleistoceno-Holoceno), que se incluye en el Grupo Kurkar del Plioceno-Holoceno y se superpone en contacto neto al Grupo Saqia. Las sucesiones aforantes en Es-Salqa consisten en paleosuelos de color marrón rojizo asignados a la Formación Gaza. Estos paleosuelos están constituidos por material loésico desarrollados en suelos firancos a firanco-arenosos, y suelos arenosos. El modelo de distribución del suelo loésico lo vincula genéticamente al desierto del Sinaí y el sur del Sahara, mientras que los suelos arenosos son derivados de materiales parentales de arena que generalmente cubre la parte occidental de la llanura costera del sur de Palestina. Abstract in english The Gaza Strip is located in the southwestern part of Palestine. Its topography is defined by three ridges (locally termed “kurkar ridges”) that are parallel to the Mediterranean coastline. The ridges consist of Pleistocene-Holocene calcareous sandstones (kurkar) and reddish fine-grained deposits (h [...] amra). The ridges are intersected by three main wadis, firom north to south: Wadi Beit Hanoun, Wadi Gaza, and Wadi Es-Salqa (Wadi Silka). During winter Wadi Es-Salqa collects water firom a 40 km² catchment area. The subcrop geological cross-section at Wadi Es-Salqa shows that the succession consists of kurkar and hamra of the Pleistocene-Holocene Gaza Formation, which belongs to the Pliocene-Holocene Kurkar Group and sharply overlies the Saqia Group. The outcrop successions in Wadi Es-Salqa consist of reddish-brown palaeosols of Gaza Formation. These palaeosols are loessial soils that developed in loam to sandy loam soils, as well as sandy soils. The model distribution of the loessial soil grains refects atmospheric dust that accumulated firom the Sinai and Saharan Deserts. The sandy soils are derived firom sandy parent materials that generally cover the western part of the southern coastal plain of Palestine.

  19. Synthetic seismograms from vibracores: A case study in correlating the late quaternary seismic stratigraphy of the New Jersey inner continental shelf

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    Esker, D.; Sheridan, R.E.; Ashley, G.M.; Waldner, J.S.; Hall, D.W.

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    A new technique, using empirical relationships between median grain size and density and velocity to calculate proxy values for density and velocity, avoids many of the problems associated with the use of well logs and shipboard measurements to construct synthetic seismograms. This method was used to groundtruth and correlate across both analog and digital shallow high-resolution seismic data on the New Jersey shelf. Sampling dry vibracores to determine median grain size eliminates the detrimental effects that coring disturbances and preservation variables have on the sediment and water content of the core. The link between seismic response to lithology and bed spacing is more exact. The exact frequency of the field seismic data can be realistically simulated by a 10-20 cm sampling interval of the vibracores. The estimate of the percentage error inherent in this technique, 12% for acoustic impedance and 24% for reflection amplitude, is calculated to one standard deviation and is within a reasonable limit for such a procedure. The synthetic seismograms of two cores, 4-6 m long, were used to correlate specific sedimentary deposits to specific seismic reflection responses. Because this technique is applicable to unconsolidated sediments, it is ideal for upper Pleistocene and Holocene strata. Copyright ?? 1996, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

  20. Palaeoecology of well-preserved coral communities in a siliciclastic environment from the Late Pleistocene (MIS 7), Kish Island, Persian Gulf (Iran): the development of low-relief reef frameworks (biostromes) in increasingly restricted environments

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    Mossadegh, Zahra Karimi; Parker, Justin; Gischler, Eberhard; Oschmann, Wolfgang; Blakeway, David; Eisenhauer, Anton

    2013-03-01

    Major changes in community structure and depositional relief of high-latitude coral communities in the southern Persian Gulf between marine isotope stage (MIS) 7 and the present day suggest that the area has become increasingly restricted. Corals and bivalves from outcrops on Kish Island, Iran, were identified in order to interpret the Late Pleistocene palaeoenvironmental setting. U/Th disequilibrium dating was used to constrain the ages of the stratigraphic units. During MIS 7, two coral-bearing sequences were deposited on what is now Kish Island. The lower sequence is dated as MIS 7.5 and changes laterally from an assemblage dominated by Cyphastrea sp. and Platygyra daedalea in the west to one characterized by branching Montipora in the east. By contrast, the upper sequence, dated as MIS 7.1, transitions from an assemblage dominated by platy Montipora in the west to a diverse assemblage of Platygyra and other faviids in the east. The assemblages of both sequences are within a marl matrix and bounded by thin lithified mollusc-rich layers. Corals and bivalves indicate that the sequences were deposited on gentle slopes in sheltered environments less than 20 m deep. The MIS 7 deposits may be classified as coral carpets or biostromes that developed a low-relief framework. During MIS 5, coral communities were no longer framework building and are now limited to an Acropora-rich layer of coral rubble that covers large parts of the island, and two small incipient reefs with sparse faviids. Similarities between the MIS 5 and modern nearshore coral communities suggest that the environmental conditions during MIS 5 were comparable to those of today. The late Pleistocene coral carpets and non-framework coral communities of the southern Persian Gulf may serve as models for coral biostromes in the fossil record, which formed under restricted environmental conditions such as elevated terrigenous input, high turbidity, and strong seasonal changes in temperature and/or salinity.

  1. A new record of Equus (Mammalia: Equidae) from the Late Pleistocene of central-south Chile / Un nuevo registro de Equus (Mammalia: Equidae) para el Pleistoceno Superior de Osorno, Chile

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    OMAR P, RECABARREN; MARIO, PINO; INÉS, CID.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Se analizan e interpretan 14 fósiles correspondientes a dientes y huesos de caballo registrados en el sitio Pilauco, Osorno (40°39' S-73°07' W). El sitio se formó asociado a un pantano en un borde del antiguo río Damas; en él se ha conservado abundante material de mastofauna y flora pleistocénica. U [...] na fecha radiocarbónica de 11457 ± 140 A.P obtenida de un molar, es concordante con el modelo de edad del sitio. La identificación taxonómica permite asociar a los fósiles a la especie Equus (Amerhippus) andium, lo que confirma la presencia de la especie en el centro-sur de Chile. Por otra parte, la posición geográfica de los hallazgos y la reconstrucción del paisaje indicarían que se trata de ejemplares cuyas adaptaciones en los metapodios son concordantes para el paisaje pleistocénico de Pilauco dominado por suelos volcánicos blandos, con presencia de bosquetes dispersos en grandes extensiones de praderas de gramíneas. Abstract in english Fourteen dental and bone parts of a horse excavated from the Pilauco paleontological site, Osorno (40°39' S-73°07' W) are analysed and interpreted. This site was formed in association with a peat bog located on the banks of the old Damas River and has conserved abundant late Pleistocene mammalian fa [...] una and flora materials. A date of 11457 ± 140 14C yrs B.P. was obtained from a molar and agrees with our stratigraphic age model. We have identified the fossils as pertaining to the species Equus (Amerhippus) andium, which confirms its presence in central-south Chile. Furthermore, the recorded geographic location indicate that the metapodial adaptations of the specimens previously described agree with the reconstructed late Pleistocene landscape of Pilauco, dominated by soft volcanic soils and isolated forest patches over large extensions of grasslands.

  2. A new record of Equus (Mammalia: Equidae from the Late Pleistocene of central-south Chile Un nuevo registro de Equus (Mammalia: Equidae para el Pleistoceno Superior de Osorno, Chile

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    OMAR P RECABARREN

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    Full Text Available Fourteen dental and bone parts of a horse excavated from the Pilauco paleontological site, Osorno (40°39' S-73°07' W are analysed and interpreted. This site was formed in association with a peat bog located on the banks of the old Damas River and has conserved abundant late Pleistocene mammalian fauna and flora materials. A date of 11457 ± 140 14C yrs B.P. was obtained from a molar and agrees with our stratigraphic age model. We have identified the fossils as pertaining to the species Equus (Amerhippus andium, which confirms its presence in central-south Chile. Furthermore, the recorded geographic location indicate that the metapodial adaptations of the specimens previously described agree with the reconstructed late Pleistocene landscape of Pilauco, dominated by soft volcanic soils and isolated forest patches over large extensions of grasslands.Se analizan e interpretan 14 fósiles correspondientes a dientes y huesos de caballo registrados en el sitio Pilauco, Osorno (40°39' S-73°07' W. El sitio se formó asociado a un pantano en un borde del antiguo río Damas; en él se ha conservado abundante material de mastofauna y flora pleistocénica. Una fecha radiocarbónica de 11457 ± 140 A.P obtenida de un molar, es concordante con el modelo de edad del sitio. La identificación taxonómica permite asociar a los fósiles a la especie Equus (Amerhippus andium, lo que confirma la presencia de la especie en el centro-sur de Chile. Por otra parte, la posición geográfica de los hallazgos y la reconstrucción del paisaje indicarían que se trata de ejemplares cuyas adaptaciones en los metapodios son concordantes para el paisaje pleistocénico de Pilauco dominado por suelos volcánicos blandos, con presencia de bosquetes dispersos en grandes extensiones de praderas de gramíneas.

  3. Seismic stratigraphy of the central South China Sea basin and implications for neotectonics

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    Li, Chun-Feng; Li, Jiabiao; Ding, Weiwei; Franke, Dieter; Yao, Yongjian; Shi, Hesheng; Pang, Xiong; Cao, Ying; Lin, Jian; Kulhanek, Denise K.; Williams, Trevor; Bao, Rui; Briais, Anne; Brown, Elizabeth A.; Chen, Yifeng; Clift, Peter D.; Colwell, Frederick S.; Dadd, Kelsie A.; Hernández-Almeida, Iván.; Huang, Xiao-Long; Hyun, Sangmin; Jiang, Tao; Koppers, Anthony A. P.; Li, Qianyu; Liu, Chuanlian; Liu, Qingsong; Liu, Zhifei; Nagai, Renata H.; Peleo-Alampay, Alyssa; Su, Xin; Sun, Zhen; Tejada, Maria Luisa G.; Trinh, Hai Son; Yeh, Yi-Ching; Zhang, Chuanlun; Zhang, Fan; Zhang, Guo-Liang; Zhao, Xixi

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    Coring/logging data and physical property measurements from International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 349 are integrated with, and correlated to, reflection seismic data to map seismic sequence boundaries and facies of the central basin and neighboring regions of the South China Sea. First-order sequence boundaries are interpreted, which are Oligocene/Miocene, middle Miocene/late Miocene, Miocene/Pliocene, and Pliocene/Pleistocene boundaries. A characteristic early Pleistocene strong reflector is also identified, which marks the top of extensive carbonate-rich deposition in the southern East and Southwest Subbasins. The fossil spreading ridge and the boundary between the East and Southwest Subbasins acted as major sedimentary barriers, across which seismic facies changes sharply and cannot be easily correlated. The sharp seismic facies change along the Miocene-Pliocene boundary indicates that a dramatic regional tectonostratigraphic event occurred at about 5 Ma, coeval with the onsets of uplift of Taiwan and accelerated subsidence and transgression in the northern margin. The depocenter or the area of the highest sedimentation rate switched from the northern East Subbasin during the Miocene to the Southwest Subbasin and the area close to the fossil ridge in the southern East Subbasin in the Pleistocene. The most active faulting and vertical uplifting now occur in the southern East Subbasin, caused most likely by the active and fastest subduction/obduction in the southern segment of the Manila Trench and the collision between the northeast Palawan and the Luzon arc. Timing of magmatic intrusions and seamounts constrained by seismic stratigraphy in the central basin varies and does not show temporal pulsing in their activities.

  4. Pollen analyses of Pleistocene hyaena coprolites from Montenegro and Serbia

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    Full Text Available The results of pollen analyses of hyaena coprolites from the Early Pleistocene cave of Trlica in northern Montenegro and the Late Pleistocene cave of Baranica in southeast Serbia are described. The Early Pleistocene Pachycrocuta brevirostris, and the Late Pleistocene Crocuta spelaea are coprolite-producing species. Although the pollen concentration was rather low, the presented analyses add considerably to the much-needed knowledge of the vegetation of the central Balkans during the Pleistocene. Pollen extracted from a coprolite from the Baranica cave indicates an open landscape with the presence of steppe taxa, which is in accordance with the recorded conditions and faunal remains. Pollen analysis of the Early Pleistocene samples from Trlica indicate fresh and temperate humid climatic conditions, as well as the co-existence of several biotopes which formed a mosaic landscape in the vicinity of the cave.

  5. Sobre la presencia de un supuesto Haplodontheriinae (Mammalia, Toxodontidae en el Pleistoceno tardío de la provincia de Corrientes (Argentina On the presence of an alleged Haplodontheriinae (Mammalia, Toxodontidae from the late Pleistocene of the Corrientes province (Argentina

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    Ángel R. Miño-Boilini

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available En el extremo sur de Sudamérica se han postulado varias áreas que podrían haber actuado como reservorio de taxones supérstites, especialmente en el lapso Mioceno-Pleistoceno tardío ("Araucanense"-Lujanense. Así, en el Pleistoceno tardío (ca. 58-28 ka de la provincia de Corrientes, Argentina, se ha reconocido la persistencia de ciertos taxones ya desaparecidos en la región pampeana de Argentina, particularmente entre los Xenarthra Glyptodontidae, Artiodactyla Cervidae y Notoungulata "Haplodontheriinae". Aquí se efectua una revisión con criterios taxonómicos modernos de los materiales (3 restos dentarios asignados a Toxodontidae Haplodontheriinae, cuyos registros últimos en la región pampeana provienen del Montehermosense (Plioceno. El estudio comparado indica que los 2 "caniniformes" superiores derechos (CTES-PZ 1608, 1609 corresponden en realidad a un Xenarthra Phyllophaga (Lestodon, en tanto que el tercero (CTES-PZ 1610 debe ser asignado a un Notoungulata (Toxodon, ambos géneros típicos del Pleistoceno de América del Sur. Por último, las revisiones sistemáticas que se llevan a cabo son claves para refinar el registro paleontológico regional, y brindar un aporte fundamental al esquema bioestratigráfico en áreas extra-pampeanas.In southern South America, some regions have been postulated as containing supersite taxa, especially during the Miocene-late Pleistocene lapse. Thus, from the Late Pleistocene (ca. 58-28 ka of the current territory of the Corrientes Province, Argentina, it has been recognized the presence of some taxa, which were extinct from the Pampean region of Argentina: Xenarthra Glyptodontidae, Artiodactyla Cervidae and Notoungulata "Haplodontheriinae". In this contribution, we carried out a review with modern taxonomic criteria of the materials belonging to Toxodontidae "Haplodontheriinae" (represented by 3 teeth, whose last record in the Pampean region corresponds to Montehermosan Age/Stage (Pliocene. The comparative study clearly shows that 2 of the 3 teeth (CTES-PZ 1608, 1609 belong to the Xenrthra Phyllophaga (Lestodon, whereas the other (CTES-PZ 1610 corresponds to the Notoungulata (Toxodon. Both genera are typical of the Pleistocene of South America. Finally, this kind of taxonomic revisions are essentials to depurate the regional paleontological record, and thus to provide a key contribution to the biostratigraphic scheme in extra-pampean areas.

  6. Sobre la presencia de un supuesto Haplodontheriinae (Mammalia, Toxodontidae) en el Pleistoceno tardío de la provincia de Corrientes (Argentina) / On the presence of an alleged Haplodontheriinae (Mammalia, Toxodontidae) from the late Pleistocene of the Corrientes province (Argentina)

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    Ángel R., Miño-Boilini; Alfredo E., Zurita; Mariano, Bond; Analía, Francia; Esteban, Soibelzon.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available En el extremo sur de Sudamérica se han postulado varias áreas que podrían haber actuado como reservorio de taxones supérstites, especialmente en el lapso Mioceno-Pleistoceno tardío ("Araucanense"-Lujanense). Así, en el Pleistoceno tardío (ca. 58-28 ka) de la provincia de Corrientes, Argentina, se ha [...] reconocido la persistencia de ciertos taxones ya desaparecidos en la región pampeana de Argentina, particularmente entre los Xenarthra Glyptodontidae, Artiodactyla Cervidae y Notoungulata "Haplodontheriinae". Aquí se efectua una revisión con criterios taxonómicos modernos de los materiales (3 restos dentarios) asignados a Toxodontidae Haplodontheriinae, cuyos registros últimos en la región pampeana provienen del Montehermosense (Plioceno). El estudio comparado indica que los 2 "caniniformes" superiores derechos (CTES-PZ 1608, 1609) corresponden en realidad a un Xenarthra Phyllophaga (Lestodon), en tanto que el tercero (CTES-PZ 1610) debe ser asignado a un Notoungulata (Toxodon), ambos géneros típicos del Pleistoceno de América del Sur. Por último, las revisiones sistemáticas que se llevan a cabo son claves para refinar el registro paleontológico regional, y brindar un aporte fundamental al esquema bioestratigráfico en áreas extra-pampeanas. Abstract in english In southern South America, some regions have been postulated as containing supersite taxa, especially during the Miocene-late Pleistocene lapse. Thus, from the Late Pleistocene (ca. 58-28 ka) of the current territory of the Corrientes Province, Argentina, it has been recognized the presence of some [...] taxa, which were extinct from the Pampean region of Argentina: Xenarthra Glyptodontidae, Artiodactyla Cervidae and Notoungulata "Haplodontheriinae". In this contribution, we carried out a review with modern taxonomic criteria of the materials belonging to Toxodontidae "Haplodontheriinae" (represented by 3 teeth), whose last record in the Pampean region corresponds to Montehermosan Age/Stage (Pliocene). The comparative study clearly shows that 2 of the 3 teeth (CTES-PZ 1608, 1609) belong to the Xenrthra Phyllophaga (Lestodon), whereas the other (CTES-PZ 1610) corresponds to the Notoungulata (Toxodon). Both genera are typical of the Pleistocene of South America. Finally, this kind of taxonomic revisions are essentials to depurate the regional paleontological record, and thus to provide a key contribution to the biostratigraphic scheme in extra-pampean areas.

  7. Late Oligocene larger foraminifera from Nosara (Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica) and Indward (Carriacou, Lesser Antilles), calibrated by 87SR/86SR isotope stratigraphy

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    The late Oligocene first occurrence of Miogypsina gunteri Cole and Miogypsina tani Drooger is verified in the light of larger foraminiferal assemblages from Nosara (Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica) and Windward (Carriacou, Grenada, Lesser Antilles). At Windward, they co-occur with planktonic foraminifera and nannofossils studied by earlier workers. 87SR/86SR isotope ratios were measured in calcite of larger foraminifera at both sites to determine independent absolute ages of the two outcrops. Late Oligocene shallow water formations unconformably overlie Paleocene-Eocene distal turbidites and siliceous shales in the outcrops in Costa Rica. The shallow-water lithostratigraphy includes near shore volcanic sandstones that alternate with sandy bioclastic limestones. The latter have yielded rich assemblages of larger foraminifera that have been studied in oriented sections, SEM for split material and polished rock thin sections for transmitted light and cathodoluminescence (CL) observation. The association of larger foraminifera includes Heterostegina antillea Cushman, Miogypsina tani Drooger, Miogypsina gunteri Cole, Miogypsina c.f (Miolepidocyclina) panamensis (Cushman), Miogypsina sp., Lepidocyclina (nephrolepidina) vaughani Cushman, Lepidocyclina yurnagurensis Cushman, Lepidocyclina undosa Cushman. At Windward, scattered outcrops of the Belvedere Formation expose mass flow deposits rich in larger foraminifera associated with an early late Oligocene (Nassociated with an early late Oligocene (NP24) planktonic foraminifa assemblage. Planktonic foraminifera and nannofossils recovered in rocks slightly downsection indicate an upper Middle Oligocene age. Larger foraminifera species collected just north of Windward include Lepidocyclina undosa Cushman and Miogypsina gunteri Cole. The 87SR/86SR ratio was measured in 11 specimens of megalosphaeric Lepidocyclina spp., mechanically extracted from 2 rock samples collected at Punta Peladas (Costa Rica) Ratios range from 0.709088 to 0.708196, which correspond to a model age of 27.4 to 24.94 Ma. Very similar ratios, ranging from 0.708150 to 0.708167 were obtained from Windward Village (Carriacou). All measured 87SR/86SR ratios fall within a Chattian (Late Oligocene) age. Nannofossils, planktonic foraminifera and identical 87SR/86SR ratios from Punta Peladas and Windward clearly indicate a Chattian (Upper Oligocene) first occurrence of Miogypsina gunteri and Miogypsina tani and confirm this age range for the other larger foraminifera cited above. The first occurrence of Miogypsina gunteri in the lower Aquitanian and Miogypsina tani in the upper Aquitanian as proposed by European workers cannot be confirmed. (author)

  8. Isotopic Constraints (U, Th, Pb, Sr, Ar) on the Timing of Magma Generation, Storage and Eruption of a Late-Pleistocene Subvolcanic Granite, Alid Volcanic Center, Eritrea

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    Lowenstern, J. B.; Charlier, B. L.; Wooden, J. L.; Lanphere, M. A.; Clynne, M. A.; Bullen, T. D.

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    Isotopic analyses demonstrate that a shallow granophyric intrusion from the Alid volcanic center (AVC) was generated, intruded and crystallized over a 20,000-year period in the latest Pleistocene. The granophyre is not exposed, but was ejected as unmelted blocks within a ~1 km3 pyroclastic flow deposit around 15 ka and is a subvolcanic equivalent of the erupted rhyolitic pumice (Lowenstern et al., 1997: J Petrol 12, p. 1707-1721). The rock contains 2.59) is 15.2+/- 5.8 ka (all errors are 2 ? ). Two other splits with lower density (thus higher in Na) yielded ages older than 24 ka, and may retain some excess Ar. Thus, the time between intrusion and complete crystallization for the granophyre was http://wrgis.wr.usgs.gov/docs/geologic/jlwnstrn/alid/ Alidpage.html

  9. Macroecological analyses support an overkill scenario for late Pleistocene extinctions Análises macroecológicas apoiam o cenário de sobreexploração para as extinções do final do Pleistoceno

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    Full Text Available The extinction of megafauna at the end of Pleistocene has been traditionally explained by environmental changes or overexploitation by human hunting (overkill. Despite difficulties in choosing between these alternative (and not mutually exclusive scenarios, the plausibility of the overkill hypothesis can be established by ecological models of predator-prey interactions. In this paper, I have developed a macroecological model for the overkill hypothesis, in which prey population dynamic parameters, including abundance, geographic extent, and food supply for hunters, were derived from empirical allometric relationships with body mass. The last output correctly predicts the final destiny (survival or extinction for 73% of the species considered, a value only slightly smaller than those obtained by more complex models based on detailed archaeological and ecological data for each species. This illustrates the high selectivity of Pleistocene extinction in relation to body mass and confers more plausibility on the overkill scenario.A extinção da megafauna no final do Pleistoceno tem sido tradicionalmente explicada por grandes mudanças climáticas ou pelo efeito de "sobreexploração" por parte dos primeiros caçadores (overkill. Apesar das dificuldades e controvérsias na distinção desses dois cenários não mutuamente exclusivos, a plausibilidade do cenário de sobreexploração pode ser avaliada por modelos de interação predador-presa. Neste estudo, demonstrou-se como um modelo macroecológico determinístico (isto é, utilizando parâmetros derivados de relações alométricas para diferentes espécies pode ser utilizado para avaliar a dinâmica das presas potenciais dos primeiros caçadores na América. Esse modelo previu corretamente o destino de 73% das espécies, valor apenas pouco inferior ao obtido por outros modelos mais complexos para o cenário. Isso ilustra a elevada seletividade do cenário de sobreexploração em relação ao tamanho do corpo e sua plausibilidade como explicação para as extinções da megafauna no final do Pleistoceno.

  10. Macroecological analyses support an overkill scenario for late Pleistocene extinctions / Análises macroecológicas apoiam o cenário de sobreexploração para as extinções do final do Pleistoceno

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    J. A. F., Diniz-Filho.

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available A extinção da megafauna no final do Pleistoceno tem sido tradicionalmente explicada por grandes mudanças climáticas ou pelo efeito de "sobreexploração" por parte dos primeiros caçadores (overkill). Apesar das dificuldades e controvérsias na distinção desses dois cenários não mutuamente exclusivos, a [...] plausibilidade do cenário de sobreexploração pode ser avaliada por modelos de interação predador-presa. Neste estudo, demonstrou-se como um modelo macroecológico determinístico (isto é, utilizando parâmetros derivados de relações alométricas para diferentes espécies pode ser utilizado para avaliar a dinâmica das presas potenciais dos primeiros caçadores na América. Esse modelo previu corretamente o destino de 73% das espécies, valor apenas pouco inferior ao obtido por outros modelos mais complexos para o cenário. Isso ilustra a elevada seletividade do cenário de sobreexploração em relação ao tamanho do corpo e sua plausibilidade como explicação para as extinções da megafauna no final do Pleistoceno. Abstract in english The extinction of megafauna at the end of Pleistocene has been traditionally explained by environmental changes or overexploitation by human hunting (overkill). Despite difficulties in choosing between these alternative (and not mutually exclusive) scenarios, the plausibility of the overkill hypothe [...] sis can be established by ecological models of predator-prey interactions. In this paper, I have developed a macroecological model for the overkill hypothesis, in which prey population dynamic parameters, including abundance, geographic extent, and food supply for hunters, were derived from empirical allometric relationships with body mass. The last output correctly predicts the final destiny (survival or extinction) for 73% of the species considered, a value only slightly smaller than those obtained by more complex models based on detailed archaeological and ecological data for each species. This illustrates the high selectivity of Pleistocene extinction in relation to body mass and confers more plausibility on the overkill scenario.

  11. Late Triassic - Early Jurassic successions of the Atuel depocenter: sequence stratigraphy and tectonic controls / Sucesiones del Triásico Tardío - Jurásico Temprano del depocentro Atuel: estratigrafía secuencial y controles tectónicos

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    Silvia, Lanés; Laura, Giambiagi; Florencia, Bechis; Maisa, Tunik.

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    Full Text Available La correlación bioestratigráfica de las sucesiones del Triásico Tardío - Jurásico Temprano del depocentro Atuel permitió determinar los cambios del espacio de acomodación y los posibles controles tectónicos de la sedimentación. La sección del Retiano - Sinemuriano Temprano tardío contiene facies de [...] abanicos deltaicos de talud, ríos entrelazados y ríos de baja sinuosidad con desarrollo de barras alternas, depositados durante una fase de sinrift. La sucesión del Sinemuriano Temprano tardío - Toarciano alberga facies de abanicos deltaicos intermedios (entre los de tipo Gilbert y los de plataforma), ríos entrelazados, ríos de baja sinuosidad, estuarios dominados por oleaje y plataformas marinas transgresivas (desde plataformas dominadas por tormentas hasta otras influídas por corrientes de turbidez), todos los cuales registran la fase de sag. Se proponen dos esquemas estratigráficos según diferentes criterios: el primero considerando unidades tectosedimentarias (TSU) y el segundo usando secuencias depositacionales (o de tipo "Exxon"). En el primer esquema la TSU de sinrift se corresponde con la Mesosecuencia Precuyo y la TSU de sag equivale parcialmente a la Mesosecuencia Cuyo, manteniendo en gran parte el esquema de mesosecuencias vigente para la cuenca Neuquina aunque asignando los depósitos de abanicos deltaicos a la Mesosecuencia Precuyo. En el segundo esquema se considera a toda la sucesión del Triásico Tardío - Jurásico Temprano como parte de la Mesosecuencia Cuyo, donde los depósitos de sinrift componen el cortejo de mar bajo (LST) y la mayoría de los depósitos de sag forman parte del cortejo transgresivo (TST). El límite de secuencia basal no aflora, la superficie de inundación en la base del TST y la superficie de máxima inundación en el tope del TST están marcados, respectivamente, por los niveles estuáricos más bajos y por las lutitas negras con bivalvos subóxicos (Bositra sp.). Abstract in english Biostratigraphic correlations of the Late Triassic - Early Jurassic successions of the Atuel depocenter allowed determining the accommodation changes and the possible tectonic controls on sedimentation. The Rhaetian - late Early Sinemurian deposits contain facies of slope-type fan deltas, braided fl [...] uvial systems and low sinuosity rivers with alternate bars deposited during a synrift phase. The late Early Sinemurian - Toarcian series host facies of intermediate (Gilbert to shelf) type fan deltas, braided and low sinuosity fluvial systems, wave-dominated estuaries, transgressive storm-dominated and turbidite-influenced marine shelves which record the sag phase. According to different criteria two stratigraphic schemes are proposed, the first one considering tectosedimentary units (TSU) and the second one using "Exxon-like" sequences. In the first scheme the synrift TSU matches the actual Precuyo Mesosequence and the sag TSU is partly equivalent to the Cuyo Mesosequence, mainly keeping the current mesosequence scheme for the Neuquén basin but assigning the fandeltaic deposits to the Precuyo Mesosequence. The second sequence scheme considers the whole Late Triassic - Early Jurassic succession as a part of the Cuyo Mesosequence, where the synrift deposits composes the detached lowstand system tract (LST) and most of the sag deposits makes the transgressive system tract (TST). The basal sequence boundary does not crop out, the flooding surface at the TST base and the maximum flooding surface at the TST top are respectively marked by the lowest estuarine levels and by black shales with suboxic-compatible bivalves (Bositra sp.).

  12. Oxygen isotope and sapropel stratigraphy in the Eastern Mediterranean during the last 3.2 million years

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    Kroon, Dick; Alexander, I.; Little, M.; Lourens, L. J.; Matthewson, A.; Robertson, Alastair H. F.; Sakamoto, T.

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    Stable oxygen isotope data from four holes drilled at the Ocean Drilling Program Site 967, which is located on the lower northern slope of the Eratosthenes Seamount, provide a continuous record of Eastern Mediterranean surface-water conditions during the last 3.2 Ma. A high-resolution stratigraphy for the Pliocene–Pleistocene sequence was established by using a combination of astronomical calibration of sedimentary cycles, nannofossil stratigraphy, and stable oxygen isotope fluctua...

  13. Stratigraphy and structural geology

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    Carr, M. H.; Wilhelms, D. E.; Greeley, R.; Guest, J. E.

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    The immediate goal of stratigraphy and structural geology is to reduce the enormous complexity of a planetary surface to comprehensible proportions by dividing the near-surface rocks into units and mapping their distribution and attitude.

  14. Cretaceous Tethyan Stratigraphy

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    The objective of this site is to construct a database for Cretaceous Tethyan stratigraphy. Stratigraphic information, photos and charts are arranged by geologic stage in a vertical menu. The types of information found in this site include basin reference sections, basin or platform control sections, biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic data, as well as other data that support and refine correlations. Access to scientific forums about Tethyan stratigraphy and a list of relevant links are also provided.

  15. Calibration of amino acid racemization (AAR) kinetics in United States mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain Quaternary mollusks using 87Sr/ 86Sr analyses: Evaluation of kinetic models and estimation of regional Late Pleistocene temperature history

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    Wehmiller, J. F.; Harris, W.B.; Boutin, B.S.; Farrell, K.M.

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    The use of amino acid racemization (AAR) for estimating ages of Quaternary fossils usually requires a combination of kinetic and effective temperature modeling or independent age calibration of analyzed samples. Because of limited availability of calibration samples, age estimates are often based on model extrapolations from single calibration points over wide ranges of D/L values. Here we present paired AAR and 87Sr/ 86Sr results for Pleistocene mollusks from the North Carolina Coastal Plain, USA. 87Sr/ 86Sr age estimates, derived from the lookup table of McArthur et al. [McArthur, J.M., Howarth, R.J., Bailey, T.R., 2001. Strontium isotopic stratigraphy: LOWESS version 3: best fit to the marine Sr-isotopic curve for 0-509 Ma and accompanying Look-up table for deriving numerical age. Journal of Geology 109, 155-169], provide independent age calibration over the full range of amino acid D/L values, thereby allowing comparisons of alternative kinetic models for seven amino acids. The often-used parabolic kinetic model is found to be insufficient to explain the pattern of racemization, although the kinetic pathways for valine racemization and isoleucine epimerization can be closely approximated with this function. Logarithmic and power law regressions more accurately represent the racemization pathways for all amino acids. The reliability of a non-linear model for leucine racemization, developed and refined over the past 20 years, is confirmed by the 87Sr/ 86Sr age results. This age model indicates that the subsurface record (up to 80m thick) of the North Carolina Coastal Plain spans the entire Quaternary, back to ???2.5Ma. The calibrated kinetics derived from this age model yield an estimate of the effective temperature for the study region of 11??2??C., from which we estimate full glacial (Last Glacial Maximum - LGM) temperatures for the region on the order of 7-10??C cooler than present. These temperatures compare favorably with independent paleoclimate information for the region. ?? 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  16. Taxonomía y hábito alimentario de Equus conversidens (Perissodactyla, Equidae) del Pleistoceno Tardío (Rancholabreano) de Hidalgo, centro de México / Taxonomy and dietary behavior of Equus conversidens (Perissodactyla, Equidae) from the late Pleistocene (Rancholabream) of Hidalgo, central Mexico

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    Víctor M., Bravo-Cuevas; Eduardo, Jiménez-Hidalgo; Jaime, Priego-Vargas.

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    Full Text Available El estudio comparado de material craneal y dental perteneciente a équidos, recuperado de sedimentos pleistocénicos innominados de origen fluvio-lacustre ubicados en la parte suroriental de Hidalgo, permitió caracterizar y asignar la muestra disponible a Equus conversidens. Este registro aporta evide [...] ncia adicional acerca de la amplia distribución que tuvo esta especie a lo largo del territorio nacional y del subcontinente Norteamericano en conjunto durante los últimos dos millones de años. Por otra parte, la interpretación del hábito alimentario mediante la implementación del método de mesodesgaste, reveló que el patrón de desgaste observado en los elementos dentales considerados en el análisis, caracterizado por una combinación de relieve oclusal bajo y cúspides romas, es estrechamente cercano al que distingue a la especie pacedora reciente Bison bison. Los resultados obtenidos indican que la población de équidos hidalguense tuvo una dieta conformada predominantemente por recursos abrasivos con un alto contenido de sílice y/o fitolitos (pastos, polvo y/o arena). El comportamiento alimentario propuesto evidencia la presencia de zonas de vegetación abierta en lo que ahora es parte del centro de México durante la segunda mitad del Pleistoceno; aunado a esto, las formas herbívoras asociadas al registro de équidos sugieren que, además de áreas donde posiblemente predominaron los pastos y otras herbáceas, también existieron zonas más arboladas, lo cual es indicativo de un hábitat heterogéneo. Abstract in english A comparative study of equid cranial and dental material, recovered from unnamed fluvio-lacustrine deposits of late Pleistocene age that crop out in southeastern Hidalgo, allowed to assign the fossil sample to Equus conversidens. The record gives additional evidence on the widespread distribution of [...] this species throughout the North American subcontinent during the last two million years. On the other hand, we evaluated the dietary behavior of this Equus population from Hidalgo by the extended mesowear analysis method. The observed mesowear pattern is comparable to that of the recent grazer species Bison bison. These species display a particular combination of low occlusal relief and blunt cusps. This suggests that the horse population from Hidalgo was a grass feeder that incoporated abrasive food items into its diet (grass and/or extrinsic grit). The results provide evidence for the existence of local grazing habitats in central Mexico during the late Pleistocene; furthermore, the associated herbivore fauna indicates wooded areas as well, thus suggesting a heterogeneous habitat.

  17. Late Pleistocene horse and camel hunting at the southern margin of the ice-free corridor: reassessing the age of Wally's Beach, Canada.

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    Waters, Michael R; Stafford, Thomas W; Kooyman, Brian; Hills, L V

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    The only certain evidence for prehistoric human hunting of horse and camel in North America occurs at the Wally's Beach site, Canada. Here, the butchered remains of seven horses and one camel are associated with 29 nondiagnostic lithic artifacts. Twenty-seven new radiocarbon ages on the bones of these animals revise the age of these kill and butchering localities to 13,300 calibrated y B.P. The tight chronological clustering of the eight kill localities at Wally's Beach indicates these animals were killed over a short period. Human hunting of horse and camel in Canada, coupled with mammoth, mastodon, sloth, and gomphothere hunting documented at other sites from 14,800-12,700 calibrated y B.P., show that 6 of the 36 genera of megafauna that went extinct by approximately 12,700 calibrated y B.P. were hunted by humans. This study shows the importance of accurate geochronology, without which significant discoveries will go unrecognized and the empirical data used to build models explaining the peopling of the Americas and Pleistocene extinctions will be in error. PMID:25831543

  18. Depositional environments and sequence stratigraphy of the Late Carboniferous-Early Permian coal-bearing successions (Shandong Province, China): Sequence development in an epicontinental basin

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    Lv, Dawei; Chen, Jitao

    2014-01-01

    This study focuses on the Late Carboniferous-Early Permian coal-bearing successions in Shandong Province, North China in order to understand the depositional processes and sequence-stratigraphic framework in an epicontinental basin. Based on detailed analysis of eleven facies, five facies assemblages (FAs) were recognized in the studied succession. FA1-3 are present mainly in the Benxi and Taiyuan formations, and consist of mixed siliciclastic and carbonate lithofacies, representing eluvial-lagoon, barrier-lagoon, and tidal-flat environments. FA4 occurs in the Shanxi formation and consists mainly of interbedded medium to fine sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, and coal lithofacies, representing river-dominated deltaic environments. FA5 is characterized by interbeds of trough cross-stratified coarse sandstone, and silty mudstone, mainly in the Lower Shihezi Formation, which was deposited in meandering river channel and floodplain. Three third-order sequences were established based on the vertical arrangement of facies assemblages and identification of physical surfaces (i.e., subaerial unconformity, transgressive surface, and regressive surface). Each sequence comprises a transgressive systems tract (TST) and a highstand systems tract (HST). TST of sequence 1 is composed of eluvial lagoonal deposits (FA1), whereas HST formed in lagoon-barrier and tidal-flat settings (FA2 and FA3). TST of sequence 2 formed in a barrier-lagoon system (FA2), whereas HST is characterized by repetitive accumulation of interbedded limestone, sandstone, mudstone, and coal, deposited under lagoonal and tidal-flat settings (FA2 and FA3). TST of sequence 3 comprises FA2, and HST mainly FA4, deposited in a river-dominated shallow-water delta system. Sequence 3 is overlain by a fluvial sequence (FA5). The three third-order sequences in the Shandong region are generally correlated with those in the Taebaeksan Basin (South Korea), the eastern part of the North China Block. The relative sea-level curves established in the two regions show a generally similar long-term rising trend.

  19. Stratigraphy of the Harwell boreholes

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    Seven boreholes, five of them partially cored, were drilled at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell as part of a general investigation to assess the feasibility of storing low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste in underground cavities. Two of the deeper boreholes were almost wholly cored to provide samples for hydrogeological, hydrochemical, mineralogical, geochemical, geotechnical, sedimentological and stratigraphical studies to enable variations in lithology and rock properties to be assessed, both vertically and laterally, and related to their regional geological setting. This report describes the lithologies, main faunal elements and stratigraphy of the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic and Carboniferous sequences proved in the boreholes. More detailed stratigraphical accounts of the late Jurassic and Cretaceous sequences will be prepared when current studies of the faunal assemblages are complete. (author)

  20. Paudorf locus typicus (Lower Austria) revisited – The potential of the classic loess outcrop for Middle to Late Pleistocene landscape reconstructions

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    Sprafke, Tobias; Terhorst, Birgit

    2013-01-01

    The more than 12 m thick loess-paleosol sequence in Paudorf, Lower Austria, has been known for decades as locus typicus of the “Paudorfer Bodenbildung” (Paudorf paleosol). The upper section of the outcrop contains an up to 1 m thick pedocomplex that developed during MIS 5. The differentiated sequence of loess-like sediment below, including a more than 2 m thick pedocomplex in its basal part, is an exceptional archive of landscape evolution from the Middle Pleistocene. Herein we present detailed paleopedological and sedimentological surveys, as well as first micromorphological observations to address the sequence in its entirety and the processes leading to its genesis. Furthermore, high resolution color and carbonate analyses, as well as detailed texture analyses, have resulted in a substantial database. The studies show that the loess sediments were subject to a polygenetic development under periglacial conditions reflected in eolian silt and fine sand accumulation, admixture of local material during (mostly solifluidal) redeposition and in situ processes. Horizons with signs of pedogenesis, particularly the two pedocomplexes, document longer phases of stability; the stages of development can be correlated to equivalent sequences and seen as paleoclimatic signals where chronological data are available. The upper pedocomplex is a Chernozem of the early last glacial (MIS 5c–[a?]), which developed in a solifluidal redeposited (MIS 5d) interglacial Cambisol (MIS 5e). Cryosols, typical for MIS 6 sequences, are present in the loess sediment below. The lower pedocomplex formed during several warm stages of varying intensities, with interruptions caused by colluvial processes and admixture of eolian sediment during colder stages.

  1. Orbitally tuned age model for the late Pliocene-Pleistocene lacustrine succession of drill core SG-1 from the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau)

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    Herb, Christian; Appel, Erwin; Voigt, Silke; Koutsodendris, Andreas; Pross, Jörg; Zhang, Weilin; Fang, Xiaomin

    2015-01-01

    The availability of accurate and reliable age control is a crucial prerequisite for palaeoclimate studies, particularly when different archives are to be compared. Here we present a detailed depth-to-time transformation for the lacustrine sediments of a ˜940-m-long drill core (SG-1) from the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau). To establish a more precise age model than the one previously available, which was based solely on magnetostratigraphic dating using polarity boundaries as tie points, we applied time-series analysis on magnetic susceptibility (?) variation. The ? data are available in high resolution and are considered to be closely linked to orbital forcing. Since the sediment accumulation rate (SAR) varies strongly throughout the succession of core SG-1, conventional cyclostratigraphy by bandpass filtering cannot be applied. We present two alternative age models based on spectral characteristics and orbital tuning. The first age model (TPspec) is based on the assumption that changes in SAR occurred when the frequency spectra revealed obviously different characteristics in the spectral pattern. For the second age model (SARA), SAR was adjusted every 2 m by comparing observed with expected orbital cycles in accordance with the age of magnetic reversals. This age model appears more robust and shows the most convincing spectral results in the frequency and wavelet power spectrum of ?. According to the SARA age model, SAR varies between 14 and 73 cm kyr-1, and the bottom of SG-1 has an age of 2.69 Ma. Our results show that orbital tuning can be successfully applied for sequences with strongly variable SAR. The age model SARA can be used for a more detailed analysis of the existing multiproxy data set in terms of palaeoclimate evolution. The most prominent feature of ? spectra using the SARA age model is the identification of the middle Pleistocene transition.

  2. Tectonic and sedimentary evolution of the late Miocene-Pleistocene Dali Basin in the southeast margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Evidences from anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility and rock magnetic data

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    Li, Shihu; Deng, Chenglong; Paterson, Greig A.; Yao, Haitao; Huang, Sheng; Liu, Chengying; He, Huaiyu; Pan, Yongxin; Zhu, Rixiang

    2014-08-01

    The Cenozoic Dali Basin, located at the northeast of Diancang Shan and south of the first bend of Yangtze River, is tectonically controlled by the Dali fault system in the southeast margin of the Tibetan Plateau. The basin is filled with late Miocene to Pleistocene fluviolacustrine sediments, which provide invaluable information about the tectonic deformation and drainage network reorganization in this area. In this study, we discuss the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) of the Dasongping section in the Dali Basin, which spans an interval from 7.6 to 1.8 Ma. Although rock magnetic experiments indicate that magnetite and hematite are the main remanence carriers, hysteresis loops, low values of bulk susceptibility and low temperature susceptibility suggest that paramagnetic minerals are major contributors to low-field AMS. The rock magnetic parameters indicate that the Dali Basin experienced four stages of infilling and the sediment sources may have changed at 4.2 Ma. The clustering of the minimum principle axes (Kmin) nearly perpendicular to the bedding plane and the pronounced N-S magnetic lineation parallel to the bedding plane indicate that the AMS of the Dali Basin is a superimposed fabric consisting of a sedimentary-compaction and a mild initial deformation overprint. The well-defined N-S magnetic lineation is likely due to the NNW and NNE oblique shear caused by the Heqing and Red River faults.

  3. Diagenetic rejuvenation of raised coral reefs and precision of dating. The contribution of the Red Sea reefs to the question of reliability of the Uranium-series datings of middle to late Pleistocene key reef-terraces of the world

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper is a general review of the dating of reefs on the coasts of the Red Sea, including those of Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Djibouti. New methods of sampling and dating (U/Th already tested on the reefs and associate deposits of the African coast of Egypt have demonstrated that processes of rejuvenation shown to exist in the best-preserved corals are probably attributable to the diagenesis of the organic material in their bio-minerals, thus justifying a revision of a great many datings of corals supposedly younger or older than the age assigned to the high-level isotopic substage (?18O MIS 5.5 (= 5e. During this late Pleistocene substage, a rapid lowering of sea level, short and limited to about ten meters, was detected and associated with a glacio-eustatic episode of global influence. A comparison of these Middle East reef chronologies with those of New Guinea, Australia and the western Atlantic that are referred only with difficulty to the ?18O global sea-level curves, casts doubt on the reliability of many regional reconstructions. Moreover the most "classic" reef chronologies, more or less out-of-phase with global isotopic records calls for a reexamination of the chronologic basis of the reference curves derived from marine isotopic data.

  4. New evidence of the sabertooth cat Smilodon (Carnivora: Machairodontinae) in the late Pleistocene of southern Chilean Patagonia / Nueva evidencia del gato dientes de sable Smilodon (Carnivora: Machairodontinae) en el Pleistoceno tardío de Patagonia meridional chilena

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    ALFREDO, PRIETO; RAFAEL, LABARCA; VÍCTOR, SIERPE.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Surpatagonia es particularmente rica en mamíferos finiplesitocenos, particularmente camélidos, équidos y xenartros. Los carnívoros, por su parte, se encuentran representados en menor número en el registro paleontológico. Dentro de estos, el género Smilodon, es de particular interés debido a que su p [...] resencia en la región no ha sido convincentemente demostrada. En este trabajo presentamos evidencia dental que permite confirmar la presencia de Smilodon populator (Lund) en la región. Esta evidencia corresponde al registro más sureño de este taxón y al paso final en la colonización de América del Sur después del Gran Intercambio Biótico Americano. Un fechado radiocarbónico directo AMS indica que los restos de Patagonia del Sur corresponden a los registros más tardíos para este género en el subcontinente. Abstract in english Southern Patagonia is rich in late Pleistocene mammals, especially herbivores such as Camelids, Equids and Xenarthrans. Carnivores, on the other hand, are not commonly found in the paleontological record. One genus, Smilodon, is of particular interest because its presence in the region has not been [...] demonstrated. In this paper, we present new fossil dental evidence that supports the presence of Smilodon populator (Lund) in the region. This evidence corresponds to the most southern record of the genus in the world, and the final step in the colonization of South America after the Great American Biotic Interchange. An AMS radiocarbon date on teeth indicates that the remains from Southern Chilean Patagonia are the most recent record for the genus in South America.

  5. New evidence of the sabertooth cat Smilodon (Carnivora: Machairodontinae in the late Pleistocene of southern Chilean Patagonia Nueva evidencia del gato dientes de sable Smilodon (Carnivora: Machairodontinae en el Pleistoceno tardío de Patagonia meridional chilena

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Southern Patagonia is rich in late Pleistocene mammals, especially herbivores such as Camelids, Equids and Xenarthrans. Carnivores, on the other hand, are not commonly found in the paleontological record. One genus, Smilodon, is of particular interest because its presence in the region has not been demonstrated. In this paper, we present new fossil dental evidence that supports the presence of Smilodon populator (Lund in the region. This evidence corresponds to the most southern record of the genus in the world, and the final step in the colonization of South America after the Great American Biotic Interchange. An AMS radiocarbon date on teeth indicates that the remains from Southern Chilean Patagonia are the most recent record for the genus in South America.Surpatagonia es particularmente rica en mamíferos finiplesitocenos, particularmente camélidos, équidos y xenartros. Los carnívoros, por su parte, se encuentran representados en menor número en el registro paleontológico. Dentro de estos, el género Smilodon, es de particular interés debido a que su presencia en la región no ha sido convincentemente demostrada. En este trabajo presentamos evidencia dental que permite confirmar la presencia de Smilodon populator (Lund en la región. Esta evidencia corresponde al registro más sureño de este taxón y al paso final en la colonización de América del Sur después del Gran Intercambio Biótico Americano. Un fechado radiocarbónico directo AMS indica que los restos de Patagonia del Sur corresponden a los registros más tardíos para este género en el subcontinente.

  6. Post-last glacial alluvial fan and talus slope associations (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria): A proxy for Late Pleistocene to Holocene climate change

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    Sanders, Diethard; Ostermann, Marc

    2011-08-01

    Near Innsbruck city (Austria, Eastern Alps), following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), an alluvial fan-to-talus slope succession was supplied from a carbonate-rock cliff more than 1000 m in height. 234U/ 230Th ages of 9.5 to 9.37 isotope kyrs of diagenetic cements in the alluvial-fan succession suggest that the fan/talus deposit accumulated mainly during late-glacial to, perhaps, early Holocene times. The deepest-exposed interval of the fan succession contains cracked lithoclasts probably fractured by overburden from late-glacial ice; this interval is topped by an intra-sequence unconformity. Following final glacial retreat, and rapid aggradation of the alluvial fan and talus slope, the geomorphic regime changed to erosion, as recorded by fanhead trenching and cutting of fluvial terraces, abandonment and vegetating of scree slopes, and excavation of 'talus flatirons'. The changeover from the accumulation of fan and talus to abandonment and dissection probably took place during the terminal late-glacial interval to perhaps the early Holocene. This erosional regime persists until present. A record of rapid late-glacial to early Holocene accumulation of an alluvial fan/talus deposit followed by: (i) abandonment and vegetation growth, combined with (ii) cutting of intra-sequence unconformities of limited lateral extent, is typical of Alpine mountain-flank deposystems situated at comparatively low altitudes. This record consists of (a) an autocyclic component, that is, progressive lowering of sediment input due to onlap and burial of freshly-deglaciated mountain flanks supplying alluvial fans and talus slopes, and (b) an allocyclic component, that is, deglacial climatic warming and upward rise of an altitudinal range with a maximum number of freeze-thaw cycles ('talus window'), also leading to progressive vegetation-induced hillslope stabilization and lowering of scree production.

  7. Late Pleistocene slip rate of the Hoh Serh-Tsagaan Salaa fault system, Mongolian Altai and intracontinental deformation in central Asia

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    Frankel, KL; Wegmann, KW; Bayasgalan, A; Carson, RJ; Bader, NE; Adiya, T; Bolor, E; Durfey, CC; Otgonkhuu, J; Sprajcar, J; Sweeney, KE; WALKER, RT; Marstellar, TL; Gregory, L

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    The Mongolian Altai is an intracontinental oblique contractional orogen related to the far-field effects of the Indo-Asian collision. Global Positioning System (GPS) data suggest that ~10-15 per cent of total Indo-Asia convergence is accommodated across this orogen. The Höh Serh-Tsagaan Salaa fault system is one of several NNW-SSE-trending oblique contractional faults acting to partition strain and accommodate shortening and dextral shear in the Mongolian Altai. This fault zone displaces late...

  8. Geochemistry of the Zaire continental slope and deep-sea fan core-samples : sediments provenance and temporal evolution during the late Pleistocene

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    Bentahila, Y.; Ben Othman, D.; Luck, J.-M.; Hébrard, O.; Lopez, M.; Séranne, M.

    2003-04-01

    This study focuses on the trace elements (Rb, Sr) and Pb-Sr isotopic compositions of Pleistocene sediments accumulated on the Zaire continental slope and deep-sea fan. The analyses of 8 piston-cores from the ZaiAngo project (Ifremer- TotalFinaElf) addresses the following questions : What is the main source of these fine terrigenous sediments? Are there differences between sediments deposited in the glacial and inter-glacial stages of the last 300 ka ? Firstly, Sr and Pb isotopic compositions show a strong similarity between sediments from cores situated on the slope, 100 km apart North and South of the Zaire estuary. This similarity can be explained by: 1) the northward-flowing Benguela current which homogenises the sediments along the continental shelf. 2) the spreading of the Zaire sediment plume which covers extensive areas of the margin. Indeed, Pb isotopic data suggest a strong signature of the Zaire drainage basin, in spite of the distance (several hundred of km) of the samples from the river mouth. Secondly, the variation of the chemical and mineralogical^star characteristics observed allow the identification of the main glacial and interglacial periods in the studied drillings. Glacial - interglacial stratigraphic succession is consistent with calculated sedimentation rates, and with the Rb, Sr, trace elements, and Sr-Pb isotopes evolution. Indeed, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) sample and the ocean bottom present opposite isotopic compositions (in the range of available data), a characteristic confirmed by the other samples according to their "warm" or "cold" period belonging. The study of the glacial and interglacial stages strongly suggest that the linear trend observed in the Rb/Sr "isochron" diagram is not due to a mixture phenomenon, but is representative of the effects of weathering on the Rb/Sr ratio during wet periods. The LGM sample also presents more radiogenic Pb isotopic compositions from those of the other samples : we interpret the Pb isotopic differences between warm and cold periods as reflecting distinct (or varying proportions of) terrigenous Pb sources, due to the different erosion conditions during the LGM period. ^star mineralogical and CaCO_3 data obtained through courtesy of Ifremer

  9. Paleoceanographic interpretations of late Pleistocene to Holocene sedimentological and geochemical proxy-data from SE-Atlantic abyssal plains (Cape, Angola and Guinea Basin)

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    Piller, W. E.; Müllegger, S.

    2009-04-01

    Sediments of the deep abyssal regions of the Southeast Atlantic (Cape Basin, Angola Basin and Guinea Basin) were studied to reconstruct changes in surface and deep water circulation, bioproductivity, and terrigenous sediment flux. To gain these results various sedimentological and geochemical proxies were imposed, including grain size data, foraminiferal fragmentation, carbonate and organic carbon content, as well as stable oxygen and carbon isotope contents of foraminiferal tests. Samples were gained with a multicorer device during Meteor cruise 63/2 (2005) in water depths between ~5,100 and ~5,600 m. The superficial 30 cm of sediment, sampled in 1/2, 1 and 5 cm steps, were processed for this study. The record covers parts of the Pleistocene and Holocene. Even if the sedimentation conditions seem to be similar in the deep-sea regions of the SE-Atlantic there are clear differences between the three sampled locations. This is caused by major changes in deep water corrosiveness leading to fluctuations in the sedimentation rate and carbonate preservation. Cape Basin localities show a pattern of enhanced carbonate preservation around 12 ka BP possibly indicating a delayed Last Glacial Maximum signal. This pattern, which is typical for Indo-Pacific records, clearly points to an influence of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) at water depths below 5000 m in the Northern Cape Basin. The non-correlation between carbonate content and grain size distribution is owing to a coccoliths' dominated carbonate production possibly caused by low nutrient availability in surface waters and the higher dissolution susceptibility of foraminiferal tests. Angola Basin samples delivered highest sand contents, a carbonate peak and low organic carbon values around 8.2 ka BP which indicate a reduced bioproduction and nutrient supply in superficial waters. A connection of the 8.2 ka cold event in the northern hemisphere and central African precipitation, equatorial East Atlantic (EEA) upwelling intensity and bioproduction is likely. Thus we expect the observed peak to be a response to the mentioned cold event at about 8.2 ka. The overall sedimentological record indicates that the Northern Angola Basin sedimentation may not be triggered by changes in the influence of North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW) and AABW as observed in the Northern Cape Basin. Therefore, the Walvis Ridge is expected to be an effective barrier for AABW. Studied Guinea Basin sediments (>5000 m) show quite uniform spatial bioproduction caused by the EEA divergence zone overlying the sample sites. Concerning the Holocene, temporal variations are mirrored in the grain size distribution which can possibly be correlated to changes in the thermocline depth. The trend to higher sand contents, especially in the uppermost sediment layers hints to increasing bioproductivity (foraminifers) and thus upwelling intensity during the Holocene. Dissolution, even in the deepest parts of the Guinea Basin, is minimal during the sampled timespan (low foraminferal fragmentation) owing to a predominant influence of NADW north of the Guinea Rise. Differences in the carbonate content are therefore expected to be caused by dilution by terrigenous material delivered by fluvial (Niger River) and eolian (Trade Winds) transport in combination with a change in bioproductivity.

  10. Reconstructing the Late Pleistocene Southern Ocean biological pump using the vertical gradient of Cd/Ca in planktic and benthic foraminifera

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    Charidemou, Miros; Hall, Ian; Ziegler, Martin

    2015-04-01

    The Southern Ocean is a particularly important region in the global carbon cycle because its wind-driven upwelling regime brings CO2-rich deep waters to the ocean surface. However, outgassing of CO2 to the atmosphere is ultimately determined by the efficiency of the soft-tissue biological pump which transfers carbon back into the deep sea. Biological productivity in the Southern Ocean on glacial-interglacial timescales is thought to be influenced by the availability of iron from terrestrial dust sources (Martin, 1990). However, the exact nature of the relationship between productivity and dust flux is still debated (Ziegler et al., 2013; Martinez-Garcia et al., 2014) and remains unclear for earlier times such as during the Middle Pleistocene Transition (MPT). Changes in the strength of the soft-tissue biological pump can be reconstructed with relative ease by measuring carbon isotopes in planktic and benthic foraminifera and quantifying the vertical gradient between them (Ziegler et al., 2013). Our ultimate aim is to use this technique to reconstruct changes in the biological pump in the Southern Ocean during the MPT, when a sharp rise in dust flux is observed in the sedimentary record (Martinez-Garcia et al., 2011). This will allow us to assess the contribution of changes in the Southern Ocean biological pump to the climatic reorganisation that occurred during the MPT. However, before the ??13C record is constructed for the MPT it is vital to confirm that this method is indeed a reliable proxy for the soft-tissue biological pump. Records of ??13C can be influenced by changes in the whole ocean inventory of ?13C, changes in circulation and changes in the degree of fractionation between the ocean and the atmosphere. The impact of inventory and circulation changes can be minimised by careful selection of study sites and by targeting foraminifera that live within specific water masses. However, deviations of ??13C from the biological signal could certainly arise due to ?13C fractionation between the ocean and the atmosphere. Due to the similarity in the distribution of phosphate and cadmium (Cd) in the ocean and the incorporation of this trace metal into the calcite tests of foraminifera, Cd/Ca ratios can provide an additional proxy for reconstructing the vertical nutrient distribution in the ocean in the same way as ?13C. We present downcore records of Cd/Ca in the deep-dwelling planktic species, Globorotalia truncatulinoides (s) and the benthic species, Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi from sediment core MD02-2588. A new core a core-top calibration of Cd/Ca in G. truncatulinoides, combined with the established calibration for benthic species allows us to estimate seawater Cd within intermediate and deep water masses that bath the study site and to reconstruct the vertical seawater Cd gradient (?Cdsw) over the past 150,000 years. Comparison of ?Cdsw to ??13C from the same samples from core MD02-2588 in the Southern Ocean indicate a very similar downcore variability which supports the use of the ??13C method to reconstruct the biological pump during the MPT.

  11. Quaternary stratigraphy of the western Rolling Plains of Texas: Preliminary findings: Final report

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    Quaternary deposits as much as 76 m (250 ft) thick discontinuously cover more than 7800 km2 (3000 mi2) of the western Rolling Plains of northwestern Texas. The stratigraphy of this sedimentary sequence is complex, reflecting changes in paleoclimate during the late Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs. There are clear indications of syngenetic structural control of deposition and postdepositional deformation of the Quaternary strata. These effects were caused by regional and local karstic subsidence resulting from dissolution of Upper Permian evaporites, particularly halite, at depths of 120 to 240 m (400 to 800 ft). Dissolution created voids within the bedded evaporites. As the voids expanded the overlying strata collapsed, forming depressions wherein sediment accumulated preferentially. Subsidence also caused local faulting and downwarping of some of the Quaternary deposits. Affected deposits include beds of coarse-grained sediment eroded from the westward-retreating Caprock Escarpment (adjacent to the Rolling Plains). This sediment was trapped within the zone of subsidence, forming a broad bajada at the base of the escarpment. At most sites the coarse-clastic deposits compose the lowest of three genetic components of the regional Quaternary section. 120 refs., 5 figs

  12. Subsurface geology at the Lake Mikata and Nakayama lowlands, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan. Implications on the late pleistocene activity for the Mikata fault zone

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    The Lake Mikata and Nakayama lowlands are situated along the central coast of Wakasa Bay, at the center of the Japan Sea side of Honshu Island, and fringed by the Mikata fault zone at the east side. The 1662 Kanbun Great Earthquake (estimated magnitude of 7.2 to 7.6) occurred there with vertical crustal movements up to 3 to 4 meters. Submerged topography with thick alluvial deposits in the lowlands might have been caused by Late Quaternary crustal movements of the Mikata fault zone. We analyzed the subsurface geology of the lowlands using many drilling cores recently obtained for scientific purpose such as the 60-m long MK09 core and highway construction (represented by NEXCO core). The main results are summarized below. (1) Subsurface geology beneath the eastern basin and eastern coast of Lake Mikata is clarified by detailed investigations of many drilling cores up to 100 m deep including the NEXCO core. Many radiocarbon (14C) dating and tephrochronological correlations have elucidated the standard chronostratigraphy during the Late Quaternary in this area. At least 100-m thick sediments have deposited continuously for about 130 kyr, recording climatic and seismic events etc. during the last glacial period. (2) The MK09 core is composed of a repeated coarsening-upward sequence with rapid facies changes at unit boundaries. We infer that these units reflect the rapid rise of a relative level of a paleo-lake and subsequent progradation of alluvial fans. The mquent progradation of alluvial fans. The mean interval of individual units is estimated to be about 7.7 kyr from the sedimentary age of each unit, and is considered to be an upper limit of the recurrence interval of the Mikata fault zone. (3) The Mikata fault is recognized for observations of new outcrops and core inspections at the northeastern part of the Nakayama lowland. The vertical displacement across the Mikata fault is inferred to be 30-35 m, and probably reached further after formation of a higher terrace. (4) The concealed Mikata fault extending N-S parallel to the Mikata fault on the east, is estimated from our drilling data. On the basis of the displacements of tephra horizons such as the Aira-Tn volcanic ash beds (AT) in deposits of the Nakayama lowland, it is possible that activity of this fault is equivalent to or larger than that of the Mikata fault. Further detailed studies by deeper drilling cores and seismic refraction surveys are required to clarify the E-W direction underground structure across the Mikata fault zone. They will unravel major development histories of this lowland with many datable materials. (author)

  13. THE EL PALTO PHASE OF NORTHERN PERÚ: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE LATE PLEISTOCENE-EARLY HOLOCENE / LA FASE EL PALTO EN EL NORTE DE PERÚ: DIVERSIDAD CULTURAL EN EL PLEISTOCENO TARDÍO-HOLOCENO TEMPRANO

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    Greg J, Maggard.

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    Full Text Available En la costa norte del Perú, las tradiciones líticas más tempranas documentadas se conocen, en conjunto, como la fase El Palto (~14.200-9.600 cal a.p.). Esta fase, que abarca desde el Pleistoceno Tardío hasta el Holoceno Temprano, contiene evidencias de varias tradiciones contemporáneas o que coincid [...] en parcialmente en el tiempo, lo que incluye conjuntos unifaciales tempranos y los complejos Cola de Pescado y Paiján. Un reciente estudio de los sitios de la fase El Palto en el valle bajo de Jequetepeque se enfocó en la evaluación de los vínculos entre estos conjuntos y las poblaciones que los produjeron. Los resultados de varios estudios regionales de largo plazo se combinan con estos análisis con el objeto de proporcionar una nueva síntesis acerca de los patrones de asentamiento temprano y el cambio tecnológico en esta región de los Andes Centrales. Abstract in english On Perú's North Coast, the earliest documented lithic traditions are collectively known as the El Palto Phase (~14,200-9,600 cal BP). This phase, which spans the Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene, contains evidence for several contemporary or overlapping traditions, including early unifacial assemb [...] lages, and the Fishtail and Paiján complexes. Recent study of El Palto phase sites in the lower Jequetepeque Valley focused on evaluating the relationships between these assemblages and the populations who manu-factured them. The results from several long-term regional studies are considered with these analyses to provide a new synthesis regarding early settlement patterns and technological change in this region of the Central Andes.

  14. THE EL PALTO PHASE OF NORTHERN PERÚ: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE LATE PLEISTOCENE-EARLY HOLOCENE / LA FASE EL PALTO EN EL NORTE DE PERÚ: DIVERSIDAD CULTURAL EN EL PLEISTOCENO TARDÍO-HOLOCENO TEMPRANO

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    Greg J, Maggard.

    Full Text Available En la costa norte del Perú, las tradiciones líticas más tempranas documentadas se conocen, en conjunto, como la fase El Palto (~14.200-9.600 cal a.p.). Esta fase, que abarca desde el Pleistoceno Tardío hasta el Holoceno Temprano, contiene evidencias de varias tradiciones contemporáneas o que coincid [...] en parcialmente en el tiempo, lo que incluye conjuntos unifaciales tempranos y los complejos Cola de Pescado y Paiján. Un reciente estudio de los sitios de la fase El Palto en el valle bajo de Jequetepeque se enfocó en la evaluación de los vínculos entre estos conjuntos y las poblaciones que los produjeron. Los resultados de varios estudios regionales de largo plazo se combinan con estos análisis con el objeto de proporcionar una nueva síntesis acerca de los patrones de asentamiento temprano y el cambio tecnológico en esta región de los Andes Centrales. Abstract in english On Perú's North Coast, the earliest documented lithic traditions are collectively known as the El Palto Phase (~14,200-9,600 cal BP). This phase, which spans the Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene, contains evidence for several contemporary or overlapping traditions, including early unifacial assemb [...] lages, and the Fishtail and Paiján complexes. Recent study of El Palto phase sites in the lower Jequetepeque Valley focused on evaluating the relationships between these assemblages and the populations who manu-factured them. The results from several long-term regional studies are considered with these analyses to provide a new synthesis regarding early settlement patterns and technological change in this region of the Central Andes.

  15. Late Pleistocene vertebrates from Touro Passo Creek (Touro Passo Formation), southern Brazil: a review / Vertebrados del Pleistoceno Tardío del arroyo Touro Passo (Formación Touro Passo), sur de Brasil: Una revisión

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    Leonardo, Kerber; Vanessa Gregis, Pitana; Ana Maria, Ribeiro; Annie Schmaltz, Hsiou; Edison V., Oliveira.

    Full Text Available El Arroyo Touro Passo es una de las más importantes localidades con fósiles pleistocénicos del sur de Brasil. Aunque los vertebrados colectados en esta localidad han sido estudiados desde la década de 1970, varias preguntas siguen abiertas. En este trabajo se presenta una revisión del conocimiento a [...] cumulado desde la proposición original de la Formación Touro Passo en 1976. Las asociaciones fosilíferas contienen una predominancia de fósiles de mamíferos, y entre estos, los artiodáctilos y cingulados son los más diversos. Las edades absolutas muestran que los niveles litológicos de grano fino (por lo menos) se depositaron durante condiciones más húmedas, en los estadios isotópicos 3 y 2. Los vertebrados muestran una mezcla de afinidades entre taxones de afinidad pampeana e intertropical. El largo intervalo de tiempo en que se depositaron los estratos del Arroyo Touro Passo pudo haber contribuido a esta mezcla de fauna. Abstract in english Touro Passo Creek is one of the most important fossiliferous late Pleistocene localities from southern Brazil. Although fossil vertebrates collected from this locality have been studied since the 1970s, several questions remain open. This paper provides a review of the knowledge on this subject accu [...] mulated since the original proposition of the Touro Passo Formation in 1976. The fossil assemblages of Touro Passo Creek show a predominance of mammals, and among them, artiodactyls and cingulates are the most diverse. The available absolute ages indicate that the fine-grained lithological levels (at least) were deposited during humid conditions of the Last Glacial Maximum, within oxygen isotope stages 3 and 2. The mammal assemblages contain a mixture of intertropical and pampean taxa. The large span of time that encompasses the deposition of the Touro Passo Creek beds could have contributed to this faunal mixture.

  16. The Balitx landslide (Mallorca, Spain) and its possible seismic origin: active spreading since the Late Pleistocene; El deslizamiento de Balitx (Mallorca) y su posible origen sismico. Procesos activos desde el Pleistoceno superior

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    Mateos, R. M.; Rodriguez-Peces, M. J.; Azanon, J. M.; Rodriguez-Fernandez, J.; Roldan, F. J.; Garcia-Moreno, I.; Galabert, B.; Garcia-Mayordomo, J.

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    The Balitx landslide, located on the steep coastal side of the Tramuntana range on the island of Mallorca, is a large translational rock landslide in which the failure surface coincides with the reactivation of an earlier normal fault. The dating of calcite striae on the fault plane with U/Th techniques reveals that the last movement was over 400 kyr ago, which falls outside of the range of this method. The volume of the landslide is estimated to be over 700 million cubic metres, with a north-westward displacement of 300 m. Active extensional cracks as well as block spreads have been identified along the main scarp, together with displacement and toppling of blocks, the beginning of which coincides with oxygen isotope stage OIS 5a (Late Pleistocene = 83 kyr), a wetter and warmer period than the present. Currently active decametre-long cracks up to 50 m wide can be seen to affect the displaced materials. They reveal the rupture of the displaced block into several units at different speeds. A retrospective analysis of slope stability has been carried out, taking into account different scenarios according to three critical sea stands. All the scenarios are stable, with a safety factor of over 1.35. These results support the thesis that the Balitx landslide could have been triggered by seismicity. A study of the Balitx landslide under dynamic conditions reveals that the landslide could have been triggered by a moderate-to-high-magnitude earthquake (Mw=6.0) located close to the landslide (10-30 km) and probably related to some of the active faults identified in Majorca, such as the Palma Fault. (Author) 58 refs.

  17. New camelid (Artiodactyla: Camelidae) record from the late Pleistocene of Calama (Second Region, Chile): a morphological and morphometric discussion / Nuevo registro de camélido (Artiodactyla: Camelidae) del Pleistoceno final de Calama (Segunda Región, Chile): una discusión morfológica y morfométrica

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    Isabel, Cartajena; Patricio, López; Ismael, Martínez.

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se describe el material correspondiente a restos fósiles de camélidos del sitio Kamac Mayu (II Región, Chile). Este registro, fue recobrado a partir de excavaciones sistemáticas en depósitos de grava arenosa y arena dispuestos sobre una formación kárstica, erosionadas por curs [...] os fluviales durante el Pleistoceno tardío. Además de los restos de camélidos se recobró material fósil diverso compuesto por Hippidion saldiasi (Mammalia, Equidae), Macrauchenia patachonica (Mammalia, Litopterna), xenarthros indeterminados (Mammalia, Xenarhra) y aves (Aves, Rheidae), junto a especímenes de Planorbidae, Hydrobiidaee and Sphaeriidae (Mollusca) dentro de depósitos formados por el desagüe de la antigua cuenca Chiu Chiu-Calama. El estudio anatómico comparado de los restos fósiles permitió la asignación taxonómica a Lama gracilis (Gervais y Ameghino 1880), constituyéndose en un hallazgo inédito para esta región del país. Abstract in english A description of fossil remains belonging to camelids from the Kamac Mayu site (Second Region, Chile) is presented. This record was recovered from deposits of gravel and sand on karstic formations eroded by rivers during the late Pleistocene. In addition to the remains of camelids, diverse fossil ma [...] terial composed ofHippidion saldiasi (Mammalia, Equidae), Macraucheniapatachonica (Mammalia, Litopterna), undeterminedxenarthrans (Mammalia, Xenarhra) and birds (Aves, Rheidae), were recovered, along with specimens of Planorbidae, Hydrobiidaee and Sphaeriidae (Mollusca) from deposits formed by the drainage of the Chiu Chiu-Calama basin. The comparative anatomical study of the fossil material enabled the taxonomic assignment of the camelid remains to Lama gracilis (Gervais and Ameghino 1880), constituting an unprecedented finding for this region of the country.

  18. Late Pleistocene Panthera leo spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810 skeletons from the Czech Republic (central Europe; their pathological cranial features and injuries resulting from intraspecific fights, conflicts with hyenas, and attacks on cave bears

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The world’s first mounted "skeletons" of the Late Pleistocene Panthera leo spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810 from the Sloup Cave hyena and cave bear den in the Moravian Karst (Czech Republic, central Europe are compilations that have used bones from several different individuals. These skeletons are described and compared with the most complete known skeleton in Europe from a single individual, a lioness skeleton from the hyena den site at the Srbsko Chlum-Komín Cave in the Bohemian Karst (Czech Republic. Pathological features such as rib fractures and brain-case damage in these specimens, and also in other skulls from the Zoolithen Cave (Germany that were used for comparison, are indicative of intraspecific fights, fights with Ice Age spotted hyenas, and possibly also of fights with cave bears. In contrast, other skulls from the Perick and Zoolithen caves in Germany and the Ur?ilor Cave in Romania exhibit post mortem damage in the form of bites and fractures probably caused either by hyena scavenging or by lion cannibalism. In the Srbsko Chlum-Komín Cave a young and brain-damaged lioness appears to have died (or possibly been killed by hyenas within the hyena prey-storage den. In the cave bear dominated bone-rich Sloup and Zoolithen caves of central Europe it appears that lions may have actively hunted cave bears, mainly during their hibernation. Bears may have occasionally injured or even killed predating lions, but in contrast to hyenas, the bears were herbivorous and so did not feed on the lion carcasses. The articulated lion skeletons found in cave bear dens deep within caves scattered across Europe (such as those from the Sloup, Zoolithen and Ur?ilor caves can therefore now be explained as being the result of lions being killed during predation on cave bears, either by the cave bears defending themselves or as a result of interspecific fights.

  19. Quantification of climate and vegetation from southern African Middle Stone Age sites - an application using Late Pleistocene plant material from Sibudu, South Africa

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    Bruch, Angela A.; Sievers, Christine; Wadley, Lyn

    2012-06-01

    In southern Africa numerous Middle Stone Age (MSA) sites document important steps in technological and behavioural development leading to significant changes in the lifeways of modern humans. To assess whether these cultural changes and developments may be related to environmental changes we need to ascertain past environments. To do this we apply a new quantitative method, the GIS-based Coexistence Approach (CAGIS), on fossil plant material from the MSA site Sibudu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Previous qualitative environmental interpretations of the fossil fauna and flora of the site remain ambiguous. Because much of the material is anthropogenically introduced, it is difficult to distinguish between the effects of natural changes in the local vegetation and behavioural changes of the people that inhabited the shelter. CAGIS can be applied to such biased assemblages and seems to be an adequate method to directly quantify palaeoclimate and vegetation parameters at an archaeological site. The CAGIS analysis shows that during the Howiesons Poort (HP) Industry winters were slightly colder and drier than present, whereas during summer, temperatures and precipitation were similar to today. Post-HP winters were drier and colder than present, presumably colder than during the HP. Summer temperatures remained the same, but summer precipitation decreased from the HP to post-HP. Vegetation cover was less than today, may be even less than during the HP. The late MSA was observably warmer than the older periods, especially during winter. At the same time summer precipitation slightly increased and vegetation became more dense, but still remained generally open similar to today's anthropogenic landscape. Generally, climatic changes are most pronouncedly reflected in winter temperature parameters, especially in minimum winter temperatures, and to a lesser extent by changes in summer precipitation. The observed ecological trends seem to be affected mainly by variations through time in winter temperatures. This refinement of interpretation was not discernible using previous methods for analysing the Sibudu data.

  20. Palaeoseismic evidence for a medieval earthquake, and preliminary estimate of late Pleistocene slip-rate, on the Firouzkuh strike-slip fault in the Central Alborz region of Iran

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    Nazari, H.; Ritz, J.-F.; Walker, R. T.; Salamati, R.; Rizza, M.; Patnaik, R.; Hollingsworth, J.; Alimohammadian, H.; Jalali, A.; Kaveh Firouz, A.; Shahidi, A.

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    The ˜55 km-long Firouzkuh fault is located in the Central Alborz Mountains of Iran. It is a left-lateral fault, which dips to the south, and possesses a small dip-slip component of motion that we interpret to result from extension. The ratio of horizontal to vertical displacement across the fault, calculated from the cumulative displacement of landscape features, is 7.6. We provide constraints on the timing of the last earthquake on the Firouzkuh fault from two trenches (T1 and T2) across the fault zone, excavated in 2004, and located east of Firouzkuh city. The trenches expose faulted sedimentary deposits. Two optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages from sediments in the lower part of trench T1 date from the late Pleistocene (15.9 ± 0.9 ka and 27.1 ± 1.7 ka). The younger of the two dated units in T1 is displaced vertically across the fault by 2.2-4.4 m, from which we estimate a strike-slip displacement of 18.2-33.4 m, and hence a average horizontal slip-rate of 1.1-2.2 mm/yr. The sediments exposed in T1 do not yield constraints on the most recent earthquake history. In trench T2, however, human skeletal remains of a middle aged male, which yield a radiocarbon age of 1159 ± 28 BP (corresponding to a mean calendar age of 791 AD), were found within a faulted alluvial layer at a depth of 60-70 cm from the surface. The existence of these medieval human places shows that a surface-rupturing earthquake occurred at some time after 1159 ± 28 BP. The amount of slip in each earthquake on the Firouzkuh fault is difficult to estimate, but assuming the entire ˜55 km fault length ruptures in each event, they will have had a maximum magnitude of 7.1. At our estimated late Quaternary slip-rate of ˜1.1-2.2 mm/yr magnitude 7.1 earthquakes, involving ˜1.2 m average displacement, would be expected to occur every ˜1100-540 years. As the last earthquake on the Firouzkuh fault may be up to ˜700 years in age we suggest that the Firouzkuh fault is a major hazard for earthquakes in the near future.

  1. Geochronology of the Baye Mn oxide deposit, southern Yunnan Plateau: Implications for the late Miocene to Pleistocene paleoclimatic conditions and topographic evolution

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    Deng, Xiao-Dong; Li, Jian-Wei; Vasconcelos, Paulo M.; Cohen, Benjamin E.; Kusky, Timothy M.

    2014-08-01

    40Ar/39Ar laser incremental heating analyses of supergene K-Mn oxides from weathering profiles at the Baye Mn deposit, southern Yunnan Plateau, SW China, were carried out to place constraints on the timing of weathering and derive insights into local paleoclimatic and landscape evolution. Weathering profiles in the Baye Mn mine are dominated by 20-30 m thick saprolites, which are locally covered by unconsolidated alluvial deposits. We analyzed 70 grains from 35 hand samples collected from four sites located at distinct elevations. In most cases, different grains from the same hand sample and different samples from the same site have reproducible 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages. The plateau ages of individual grains are also consistent with the respective isochron, integrated, and ideogram ages. This age consistency attests to the reliability of the geochronological results as numerical constraints on the formation and evolution of these weathering profiles. Sixty-four grains from 32 hand samples collected from weathering profiles at four sites (A to D) yield well-defined plateau or pseudoplateau ages ranging from 2.98 ± 0.07 to pebbles contained in the alluvial deposits overlying the saprolite-dominated weathering profiles at the two highest sites provided additional information on the timing of weathering. Four grains from two pebbles yield plateau ages of 6.32 ± 0.19 to 5.27 ± 0.10 Ma, whereas the other two grains from the third pebble indicate the minimum formation ages of 8.2 ± 0.4 and 9.3 ± 0.3 Ma. These ages confirm the existence of older weathering profiles, now dismantled, in the region. Manganese oxide 40Ar/39Ar ages of the Baye deposit, when combined with results from other localities, indicate that lateritic weathering and supergene Mn enrichment and, by inference, warm and humid climates conducive to intense weathering have prevailed over the Plateau since the middle to late Miocene. The climatic conditions inferred from the weathering geochronology are consistent with multiple independent marine and terrestrial sedimentary and paleontological records, confirming that supergene Mn oxides can be used as a useful proxy for past climate. Age clusters of Mn oxides at 2.9-2.4, 1.2-0.8, and 0.6-0.4 Ma are broadly coincident with and thus likely reflect intensification events of the Indian Summer Monsoon that brings moisture and abundant precipitation to the Yunnan Plateau. These clusters also coincide with the periods of significant surface uplift in the Yunnan Plateau, demonstrating a causal link between topographic evolution, plateau uplift, and intensification of the monsoonal climate.

  2. Temporal labyrinths of eastern Eurasian Pleistocene humans

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    Wu, Xiu-Jie; Crevecoeur, Isabelle; Liu, Wu; Xing, Song; Trinkaus, Erik

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    One of the morphological features that has been identified as uniquely derived for the western Eurasian Neandertals concerns the relative sizes and positions of their semicircular canals. In particular, they exhibit a relatively small anterior canal, a relatively larger lateral one, and a more inferior position of the posterior one relative to the lateral one. These discussions have not included full paleontological data on eastern Eurasian Pleistocene human temporal labyrinths, which have the potential to provide a broader context for assessing Pleistocene Homo trait polarities. We present the temporal labyrinths of four eastern Eurasian Pleistocene Homo, one each of Early (Lantian 1), Middle (Hexian 1), and Late (Xujiayao 15) Pleistocene archaic humans and one early modern human (Liujiang 1). The labyrinths of the two earlier specimens and the most recent one conform to the proportions seen among western early and recent modern humans, reinforcing the modern human pattern as generally ancestral for the genus Homo. The labyrinth of Xujiayao 15 is in the middle of the Neandertal variation and separate from the other samples. This eastern Eurasian labyrinthine dichotomy occurs in the context of none of the distinctive Neandertal external temporal or other cranial features. As such, it raises questions regarding possible cranial and postcranial morphological correlates of Homo labyrinthine variation, the use of individual “Neandertal” features for documenting population affinities, and the nature of late archaic human variation across Eurasia. PMID:25002467

  3. Pleistocene to recent dietary shifts in California condors

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    Chamberlain, C. P.; Waldbauer, J. R.; Fox-Dobbs, K.; Newsome, S. D.; Koch, P. L.; Smith, D. R.; Church, M. E.; Chamberlain, S. D.; Sorenson, K. J.; Risebrough, R.

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    We used carbon and nitrogen isotopes to investigate changes in the diet of California condors from the Pleistocene to the recent. During the Pleistocene, condors from California fed on both terrestrial megafauna and marine mammals. Early accounts reported condors feeding on the carcasses of marine mammals, but by the late 1700s, condor diets had shifted predominantly to terrestrial animals, following the commercial harvesting of marine mammals and the development of cattle ranching on land. A...

  4. The intensification of northern component deepwater formation during the mid-Pleistocene climate transition

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    Poirier, Robert K.; Billups, Katharina

    2014-11-01

    We reconstruct mid-Pleistocene (marine isotope stages (MISs) 13-18) deepwater hydrography at Ocean Drilling Program Site 1063 (4583 m water depth, subtropical North Atlantic) using benthic foraminiferal stable isotope records. These new records complete an ~900 kyr long stratigraphy spanning MISs 8-29 (~250-1030 Ka) when combined with previously published records from Site 1063. The results indicate a change in the circulation regime of the abyssal subtropical North Atlantic during MIS 17. Prior to MIS 17, no significant glacial or interglacial ?13C gradients are evident between Site 1063 and the deep South Atlantic. After MIS 17, interglacial intervals at Site 1063 are characterized by ?13C values that consistently approach those recorded in the deep North Atlantic. Comparing Site 1063 ?13C values to 26 additional published records throughout the entire Atlantic basin supports the idea that this ?13C increase is unique to the deep North Atlantic. After MIS 17, the basin-wide influence of higher ?13C values suggests an increased relative flux of northern sourced bottom waters during interglacial periods. The timing of northern sourced water influence at Site 1063 is consistent with the timing of a shift in the orientation of the Arctic Front. Thus, this shift may signify a link between the northward penetration of relatively warm, saline surface waters into the Norwegian-Greenland Seas stimulating deep convection. Our findings fit well with the model of Imbrie et al. (1993) for the importance of the Nordic heat pump in establishing strong 100 kyr cyclicity in late Pleistocene glacial cycles.

  5. USC Sequence Stratigraphy Web

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    Christopher Kendall

    Sequence stratigraphy is a technique used to subdivide the sedimentary section into packages that are defined by bounding unconformities and internal surfaces, and are the products of changes in relative sea level and rates of sedimentation. Sequence stratigraphic analyses are made from seismic cross-sections, well logs, and outcrop studies of sedimentary rocks to infer changes of relative sea level and rates of sedimentation, and predict the continuity and extent of their lithology. This University of South Carolina website provides: animated cartoons demonstrating how gross sedimentary geometric relationships develop in response to varying rates of change of sedimentation, eustasy, and tectonic movement; movies of sedimentary simulations; video narration; films on location; 3D perspectives; simple interactive exercises on chronostratigraphy; fact sheets on world petroleum; historical perspectives about stratigraphy; the potential to simulate the development of geometric relationships on-line; links; references; and on-line papers.

  6. Pleistocene and pre-Pleistocene Begonia speciation in Africa.

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    Plana, Vanessa; Gascoigne, Angus; Forrest, Laura L; Harris, David; Pennington, R Toby

    2004-05-01

    This paper presents a historical biogeographic analysis of African Begonia based on combined internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and trnL intron sequences. Age range estimates for Begonia in Africa ranged from only 1.5 Ma for some terminal nodes to 27 Ma for basal nodes when the ages of Réunion (2 Ma) andMayotte (5.4 Ma) were used to date the split between Begonia salaziensis and Begonia comorensis. Assuming a more recent origin age for Begonia salaziensis (2 Ma) provided age estimates in other parts of the phylogeny which agreed with patterns observed in other African organisms. A large proportion of the Begonia diversity seen today in Africa is of pre-Pleistocene origin. Species of Pleistocene origin are concentrated in species-rich groups such as sections Loasibegonia, Scutobegonia, and Tetraphila, which have their centre of diversity in western Central Africa. Phylogenetically isolated taxa such as Begonia longipetiolata, Begonia iucunda, and Begonia thomeana date to the late Miocene, a period of extended aridification on the African continent that had severe effects on African rain forest species. A general pattern is identified where phylogenetically isolated species occur outside the main identified rain forest refuges. Endemic species on the island of São Tomé such as Begonia baccata, Begonia molleri, and Begonia subalpestris appear to be palaeoendemics. Of these species, the most recent age estimate is for B. baccata, which is dated at ca. 3 Ma. Therefore, São Tomé appears to have functioned as an important (if previously unrecognised) pre-Pleistocene refuge. On the mainland, areas such as the Massif of Chaillu in Gabon, southern Congo (Brazzaville), and far western areas of Congo (Kinshasa) have played similar roles to São Tomé. PMID:15062787

  7. The orbital record in stratigraphy

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    Fischer, Alfred G.

    1992-01-01

    Orbital signals are being discovered in pre-Pleistocene sediments. Due to their hierarchical nature these cycle patterns are complex, and the imprecision of geochronology generally makes the assignment of stratigraphic cycles to specific orbital cycles uncertain, but in sequences such as the limnic Newark Group under study by Olsen and pelagic Cretaceous sequence worked on by our Italo-American group the relative frequencies yield a definitive match to the Milankovitch hierarchy. Due to the multiple ways in which climate impinges on depositional systems, the orbital signals are recorded in a multiplicity of parameters, and affect different sedimentary facies in different ways. In platform carbonates, for example, the chief effect is via sea-level variations (possibly tied to fluctuating ice volume), resulting in cycles of emergence and submergence. In limnic systems it finds its most dramatic expression in alternations of lake and playa conditions. Biogenic pelagic oozes such as chalks and the limestones derived from them display variations in the carbonate supplied by planktonic organisms such as coccolithophores and foraminifera, and also record variations in the aeration of bottom waters. Whereas early studies of stratigraphic cyclicity relied mainly on bedding variations visible in the field, present studies are supplementing these with instrumental scans of geochemical, paleontological, and geophysical parameters which yield quantitative curves amenable to time-series analysis; such analysis is, however, limited by problems of distorted time-scales. My own work has been largely concentrated on pelagic systems. In these, the sensitivity of pelagic organisms to climatic-oceanic changes, combined with the sensitivity of botton life to changes in oxygen availability (commonly much more restricted in the Past than now) has left cyclic patterns related to orbital forcing. These systems are further attractive because (1) they tend to offer depositional continuity, and (2) presence of abundant microfossils yields close ties to geochronology. A tantalizing possibility that stratigraphy may yield a record of orbital signals unrelated to climate has turned up in magnetic studies of our Cretaceous core. Magnetic secular variations here carry a strong 39 ka periodicity, corresponding to the theoretical obliquity period of that time - Does the obliquity cycle perhaps have some direct influence on the magnetic field?

  8. Luminescence Chronology for the Formation of Glacial Lake Calgary, Southern Alberta, Canada: Age Constraints for the Initiation of the Late Pleistocene Retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet from its Western Margin

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    Munyikwa, K.; Rittenour, T. M.

    2014-12-01

    Glacial Lake Calgary in southern Alberta, Canada, was a Late Pleistocene proglacial lake that formed along the southwest margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS), dammed by the retreating ice sheet margin. Attempts to constrain the age of the lake using radiocarbon methods have been hampered by the lack of datable organic material. In an effort to apply an alternative chronometer, this study uses two optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating approaches to date fine grained sand and silt that were deposited in the lake during its existence. OSL dating determines the depositional ages of sediments by measuring the energy from ionizing radiation that is stored in mineral grains such as quartz and feldspar. Dividing the stored energy, also referred to as the paleodose, by the rate at which the dose accumulated, allows an age to be ascertained. In one method applied in this study, the paleodose stored in the feldspar component of the sediment is determined using normalized infrared stimulated luminescence signals acquired using a portable OSL reader. In the second method, blue optically stimulated luminescence signals obtained from quartz separates from the sediment by employing a regular OSL reader and standard protocols are used to determine the paleodose. After correcting the feldspar data for anomalous fading, the age results from the two dating approaches are compared. The ages signify a time period by which the LIS had retreated from the study area and, hence, serve as constraints for the initiation of the retreat of the ice sheet from its western limit. Advantages and limitations of the dating methods are briefly discussed. Constraining the chronology of the retreat of the LIS from western Canada allows for a better understanding of the driving forces behind ice sheet retreat. Secondly, assigning a temporal scale to the postglacial evolution of the environment of the region permits a better insight into the dynamics of the physical and biological environments of the time. Thirdly, the region is at the heart of the ice-free corridor that was ostensibly used by early humans to migrate southwards to populate the Americas ca. 16 ka ago. Hence, an improved deglaciation chronology would allow a more comprehensive evaluation of this concept.

  9. Quaternary stratigraphy: Recent changes

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    Gaudenji Tivadar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Corrections to the Quaternary stratigraphic division of Serbia was updated/renewed by lowering limit of the Pleistocene / Quaternary to the beginning of the Gelasian that is at approximately 2.588 million years. Rather than the officially rejected Penck & Brückner Alpine stratigraphic model, the use of oxygen isotope stages (OIS / MIS is recommended. Climatostratigraphic terms glacial and interglacial have a regional applicability and their use is recommended only in areas where there are traces of glaciation, while the terms cold and warm stage (or moderate stages should be used within the global context. Eopleistocene is a regional term for the former Soviet Union and due to its uniqueness it can hardly be applied in the stratigraphical scheme of the Quaternary depostis in Serbia. With the latest extension of the Lower Pleistocene, further use of Eopleistocene would lead to further confusion in stratigraphic correlation as such the use of the Lower / Early Pleistocene or other appropriate stratigraphic units is recommended. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 47007

  10. Pleistocene Paleoart of Australia

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    Pleistocene rock art is abundant in Australia, but has so far received only limited attention. Instead there has been a trend, begun over a century ago, to search for presumed depictions of extinct megafauna and the tracks of such species. All these notions have been discredited, however, and the current evidence suggests that figurative depiction was introduced only during the Holocene, never reaching Tasmania. Nevertheless, some Australian rock art has been attributed to the Pleistocene by ...

  11. Contribution to the stratigraphy of the onshore Paraíba Basin, Brazil

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    Dilce F. Rossetti

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Several publications have contributed to improve the stratigraphy of the Paraíba Basin in northeastern Brazil. However, the characterization and distribution of sedimentary units in onshore areas of this basin are still incomplete, despite their significance for reconstructing the tectono-sedimentary evolution of the South American passive margin. This work provides new information to differentiate among lithologically similar strata, otherwise entirely unrelated in time. This approach included morphological, sedimentological and stratigraphic descriptions based on surface and sub-surface data integrated with remote sensing, optically stimulated luminescence dating, U+Th/He dating of weathered goethite, and heavy mineral analysis. Based on this study, it was possible to show that Cretaceous units are constrained to the eastern part of the onshore Paraíba Basin. Except for a few outcrops of carbonatic rocks nearby the modern coastline, deposits of this age are not exposed to the surface in the study area. Instead, the sedimentary cover throughout the basin is constituted by mineralogically and chronologically distinctive deposits, inserted in the Barreiras Formation and mostly in the Post-Barreiras Sediments, of early/middle Miocene and Late Pleistocene-Holocene ages, respectively. The data presented in this work support tectonic deformation as a factor of great relevance to the distribution of the sedimentary units of the Paraíba Basin.Várias publicações têm contribuído para melhorar a estratigrafia da Bacia Paraíba no nordeste do Brasil. Entretanto, a caracterização e distribuição das unidades sedimentares em áreas continentais desta bacia são ainda incompletas, apesar de sua importância para reconstruir a evolução tectono-sedimentar da margem passiva sulamericana. Este trabalho fornece novas informações para diferenciar entre estratos litologicamente similares que, por outro lado, não são relacionados no tempo. Esta abordagem incluiu descrições morfológica, sedimentológica e estratigráfica baseadas em dados de superfície e sub-superfície, integrada com sensoriamento remoto, datação por luminescência opticamente estimulada, datação de goetita intempérica por U+Th/He e análise de minerais pesados. Baseado neste estudo, foi possível mostrar que unidades cretáceas são restritas à parte leste da porção continental da Bacia Paraíba. Exceto por poucos afloramentos de rochas carbonáticas próximo da linha de costa atual, depósitos desta idade não são expostos à superfície na área de estudo. Ao invés disto, a cobertura sedimentar ao longo da bacia é constituída por depósitos mineralogicamente e cronologicamente distintos, inseridos na Formação Barreiras e, principalmente, nos Sedimentos Pós-Barreiras, de idade eo/mesomiocena e pleistocena tardia-holocena, respectivamente. Os dados apresentados neste trabalho suportam deformação tectônica como um fator de grande relevância na distribuição das unidades sedimentares da Bacia Paraíba.

  12. Snow Pit Stratigraphy

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    Stephan Custer

    The student understands that snow leads to avalanches, but is often very inexperienced in the observation of the snow pack. This exercise provides the opportunity to learn about snow stratigraphy, observation, and measurement from a detailed observational perspective. The students work in small groups in 3-6 pits (depends on the class size). By working on a transect from the trees out into the opening, they discover (usually) that the snow depth is different and that the descriptions in the pits differ as one proceeds out from the trees into the opening. (Different stratigraphic units, different thickness, different temperature, different density, different crystals.)

  13. Late Pleistocene- Holocene stratigraphic nomenclature and scheme analyses at the Luján River Basin, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Análisis de las nomenclaturas y de los esquemas estratigráficos del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno en la cuenca del río Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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    Adriana, Blasi; Aldo R., Prieto; Enrique, Fucks; Aníbal, Figini.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Los depósitos sedimentarios expuestos en las barrancas del río Luján en la ciudad homónima constituyen, para los estudios geológicos y paleontológicos del noreste de la región pampeana de Argentina, la localidad tipo del Cuaternario tardío. Las nomenclaturas y esquemas de ordenamiento estratigráfico [...] propuestos a lo largo de más de un siglo, se han utilizado para correlacionar con otras sucesiones sedimentarias de Argentina, norte de Uruguay y sur de Brasil. Las progresivas modificaciones y la creación de nuevos esquemas, han causado el caos estratigráfico actual. Con el objetivo de comprender el significado estratigráfico y la ubicación geocronológica de las unidades referidas al lapso Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno, se realizó una revisión histórica de los antecedentes evaluando el significado de los términos asignados a las diferentes unidades. La información se ordenó en tres períodos, que comprenden los intervalos 1847-1920, 1920-1960 y 1995-2005. Se construyó una escala geocronométrica para establecer un marco temporal para los depósitos sedimentarios continentales y marinos, frecuentemente denominados Lujanense, Platense y Querandinense en la localidad tipo. Se analizó la validez actual de los términos y se propuso (1) abandonar las denominaciones estratigráficas formales e informales en uso para el sector (2) definir esquemas estratigráficos mediante la descripción de unidades depositacionales limitadas por discontinuidades, sus litofacies y diferencias faciales, (3) realizar dataciones numéricas y (4) evitar la creación de nomenclaturas estratigráficas que no cumplan con las normativas vigentes. Abstract in english The sedimentary deposits exposed in cutbanks along the Luján River are considered to be the late Quaternary type locality for geological and paleontological studies of the northeastern Pampas of Argentina. The stratigraphic nomenclatures and sequences proposed for over a century have been used to co [...] rrelate with sedimentary successions from other regions of Argentina, north of Uruguay and south of Brazil. This long history abounds in mistakes and misinterpretations, and the result is evident in the current stratigraphic nomenclature 'chaos'. In order to understand the stratigraphic meaning and the geochronological placement of the units referring to the late Pleistocene-Holocene period, a critical historical study of the antecedents was carried out, evaluating the meaning of the terms assigned to the different units. The information is organized into three periods: 1847-1920, 1920-1960, and 1995-2005. A geochronometric scale that sets the temporal frame for the continental and marine deposits known as Lujanense, Platense and Querandinense in its type-locality was made. The validity of some of the terms currently in use was analyzed, and the following was proposed: (1) to leave behind the both formal and informal stratigraphic terms in use for the area, (2) to define stratigraphic schemes through the description of depositional units limited by unconformities, their lithofacies and facies differences (3) to carry out numerical dating and, (4) to avoid the creation of stratigraphical nomenclatures that are not in accordance with the current normatives.

  14. El registro sedimentario Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno de la Salina de Ambargasta (Argentina central): una aproximación paleolimnológica / The late Pleistocene-Holocene sedimentary record of the Salina de Ambargasta (central Argentina): a paleolimnological approach

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    Gabriela A., Zanor; Eduardo L., Piovano; Daniel, Ariztegui; Andrea I., Pasquini; Jorge O., Chiesa.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available La Salina de Ambargasta es un sistema playa localizado a latitudes medias de Argentina (29°S; 64°W). El estudio de dos testigos sedimentarios, AB-1 (borde este de la salina) y AB-2 (área central), efectuado mediante un enfoque de multi-indicadores ambientales, la aplicación de un modelo sedimentario [...] análogo y edades radiocarbónicas, permitió reconstruir la historia paleohidrológica de la salina de Ambargasta a partir del Pleistoceno tardío. La reconstrucción paleoambiental de los últimos ca. 45,000 años hasta el presente, indica seis estadios ambientales principales: 1) entre 44,700 y 39,600 años cal. AP, un intervalo seco está representado por el desarrollo de una planicie fangosa capilar; 2) entre 39,600 y 26,700 años cal. AP, un período más húmedo es registrado por facies lacustres con precipitación carbonática y sulfatada; 3) entre 26,700y 23,600 años cal. AP ocurre la fase más húmeda en Ambargasta, caracterizada por la sedimentación en una laguna efímera sulfatada, relativamente profunda, rica en tapices microbianos y marginada por planicies fangosas; 4) entre 23,600y 18,500 años cal. AP se presenta un cambio a condiciones más secas con pulsos húmedos intercalados, evidenciado por el desarrollo de planicies fangosas salinas que alternan con lagunas efímeras, y planicies fangosas capilares en las zonas supralitorales; 5) entre 18,500y 8,600 años cal. AP se identifica un intervalo más seco caracterizado por el dominio de planicies fangosas salinas y capilares, y 6) desde los 8,600 años cal. AP al presente se registra el balance hídrico más negativo en el sistema salino representado por una expansión de las planicies fangosas capilares. El control del balance hidrológico en la Salina de Ambargasta está vinculado con la variación del Sistema de tipo Monzónico Sudamericano, por lo cual la reconstrucción efectuada desde el Pleistoceno tardío permite aportar nuevas claves para comprender las fluctuaciones pasadas de este importante forzante del sistema climático de Sudamérica. Abstract in english Salina de Ambargasta is a playa system located at the middle latitude of Argentina (29°S; 64°W). Two sedimentary cores retrieved at the eastern border (AB-1) and the central area of the salina (AB-2) were studied using a multi-proxy approach, an actualistic sedimentary model and radiocarbon dates al [...] lowed reconstructing the paleohydrological history of the Salina de Ambargasta since the late Pleistocene. The paleoenvironmental reconstruction for the last ca. 45,000 years to the present suggests six main environmental stages: 1) between 44,700 and 39,600 cal. year BP, a dry period is represented by the development of a capillary mudflat; 2) between ca. 39,600 and 26,700 cal. year BP a more humid period is recorded by lacustrine facies with carbonate and sulfateprecipitation; 3) between ca. 26,700 and 23,600 cal. year BP occurs the most humid phase in Ambargasta, characterized by the sedimentation in an ephemeral sulfate lake, relatively deep, enriched with microbial mats and fringed by mudflats; 4) between 23,600 and 18,500 cal. year BP, a change to drier conditions with humid pulses is evidenced by the development of saline mudflats alternating with ephemeral lakes and associated with mudflats in the supralittoral areas; 5) between 18,500 and 8,600 cal. year BP a drier period is identified by the dominance of capillary and saline mudflats, and 6) since 8,600 cal. year BP to the present the most negative hydrological balance is recorded in the saline system, represented by an expansion of capillary mudflats The control of the hydrological balance in the Salina de Ambargasta is mostly associated with the variation of the South America Monsoon-like System. Thus, the record presented here allows us to provide new clues in order to decipherformerfluctuations of this important driver of the climatic system of South America since the late Pleistocene.

  15. A phase-space model for Pleistocene ice volume

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    Imbrie, John Z; Lisiecki, Lorraine E

    2011-01-01

    We present a phase-space model that simulates Pleistocene ice volume changes based on Earth's orbital parameters. Terminations in the model are triggered by a combination of ice volume and orbital forcing and agree well with age estimates for Late Pleistocene terminations. The average phase at which model terminations begin is approximately 90 +/- 90 degrees before the maxima in all three orbital cycles. The large variability in phase is likely caused by interactions between the three cycles and ice volume. Unlike previous ice volume models, this model produces an orbitally driven increase in 100-kyr power during the mid-Pleistocene transition without any change in model parameters. This supports the hypothesis that Pleistocene variations in the 100-kyr power of glacial cycles could be caused, at least in part, by changes in Earth's orbital parameters, such as amplitude modulation of the 100-kyr eccentricity cycle, rather than changes within the climate system.

  16. University of Georgia Stratigraphy Lab's Online Guide to Sequence Stratigraphy

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    The Online Guide to Sequence Stratigraphy created by the University of Georgia addresses the relevance of sequence stratigraphy on outcrops. With a series of helpful figures and great images, students and educators can learn about parasequences, stacking patterns, chronostratigraphy, and much more. The glossary assists users with the terminology used within the materials. For those interested in more detailed materials, the website provides a lengthy list of popular scientific books and papers. This website provides a great tutorial for novice stratigraphers.

  17. Pleistocene Paleoart of Australia

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    Full Text Available Pleistocene rock art is abundant in Australia, but has so far received only limited attention. Instead there has been a trend, begun over a century ago, to search for presumed depictions of extinct megafauna and the tracks of such species. All these notions have been discredited, however, and the current evidence suggests that figurative depiction was introduced only during the Holocene, never reaching Tasmania. Nevertheless, some Australian rock art has been attributed to the Pleistocene by direct dating methods, and its nature implies that a significant portion of the surviving corpus of rock art may also be of such age. In particular much of Australian cave art is of the Ice Age, or appears to be so, and any heavily weathered or patinated petroglyphs on particularly hard rocks are good candidates for Pleistocene antiquity. On the other hand, there is very limited evidence of mobiliary paleoart of such age in Australia.

  18. Aspectos sedimentológicos de arenas eólicas del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno de la provincia de La Pampa Sedimentologic aspects of eolian sands from the Late Pleistocene-Holocene of the La Pampa Province

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    Manuel Szelagowski

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    Full Text Available El objetivo general de este trabajo es analizar la procedencia, génesis y dinámica de transporte de los depósitos eólicos arenosos del centro-este de la provincia de la Pampa. Para ello, se analizaron el marco geológico-geomorfológico y los aspectos estratigráficos de tres sectores considerados como sendos estudios de casos: cordón medanoso La Pastoril-Santa Isabel, cordón medanoso Toay y cordón medanoso General Acha. Estos cordones se caracterizaron sedimentológicamente (granulometría, mineralogía a través del análisis de 20 muestras. Se identificaron dos unidades eólicas asociadas a dos ciclos de sedimentación, informalmente denominadas inferior (Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno medio y superior (originado por acción antrópica durante el siglo XX relacionados con vientos del cuadrante O-NO en Santa Isabel y del S y SO en General Acha. Los resultados obtenidos sugieren que la topografía sería un factor de control importante en la distribución de los sedimentos, además de la distancia al sistema fluvial, que determinaría su tamaño de grano. Los análisis mineralógicos indicarían un aporte mixto de materiales, tanto distal (sistema fluvial del Bermejo-Desaguadero-Salado-Curacó, como local (afloramientos rocosos de la provincia.The main goal of this paper is to analyze the provenience of sandy eolian deposits of the central eastern part of La Pampa Province. Considering present eolian models proposed by different authors, the hypothesis tested in this paper is that eolian sediments are the result of deflation of alluvial deposits from the Bermejo-Desaguadero-Salado-Curacó fluvial system. With this purpose in mind, three case studies were selected (La Pastoril-Santa Isabel, Toay and General Acha (Fig. 1. The analysis was made following the concept of spatial scale hierarchy which considered the geological and general environmental setting of the studied areas along with fundamental geomorphological features of the analyzed dune systems. This was complemented by the stratigraphic survey of selected sections from which 20 samples were collected for sedimentological analysis (grain-size and mineralogy. Also, due to the lack of information, three samples were collected from the present Desaguadero fluvial system for general characterization. At the regional scale two main geoforms were identified: an extensive plain and the paleovalley of the Desaguadero fluvial system. The plain grades eastward and includes several longitudinal depressions (longitudinal valleys. A sandy silt mantle is covering the plain, whereas the main dune system is located along the longitudinal depressions and the Desaguadero paleovalley (Fig. 1. In the three studied areas two eolian units, informally named lower and upper, were identified. These units, separated by a buried soil, were generated by winds from the W-NW in Santa Isabel and from the S and SW in General Acha. Wind directions coincide with present wind systems. The upper part of the lower unit is modified by the development of a buried soil showing an A-C horizon sequence. This soil is only buried in areas deeply affected by anthropic activities. Away from these impacted settings, the soil is on the present groundsurface. In Toay, fossil remains of Megatherium americanum were exhumed from the lowermost part of the sampled section which together with regional evidences indicate a late Pleistocene-Holocene age to the lower eolian unit. The upper eolian unit is also restricted to areas deeply modified by human activities, where the vegetation cover was removed and the sediments exposed to eolian reactivation. The occurrence of cultural artifacts (pieces of wire fences, plastic bags as well as written documents suggest that this eolian reactivation occurred during the XXth century. Based on the stratigraphic results, the sedimentolo-gical analysis was focused on the lower eolian unit. In all three areas the eolian sediments are medium to fine sands with unimodal distribution, transported in saltation and modified saltation or short term suspensions unde

  19. Aspectos sedimentológicos de arenas eólicas del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno de la provincia de La Pampa / Sedimentologic aspects of eolian sands from the Late Pleistocene-Holocene of the La Pampa Province

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    Manuel, Szelagowski; Marcelo A, Zárate; Adriana M, Blasi.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo general de este trabajo es analizar la procedencia, génesis y dinámica de transporte de los depósitos eólicos arenosos del centro-este de la provincia de la Pampa. Para ello, se analizaron el marco geológico-geomorfológico y los aspectos estratigráficos de tres sectores considerados como [...] sendos estudios de casos: cordón medanoso La Pastoril-Santa Isabel, cordón medanoso Toay y cordón medanoso General Acha. Estos cordones se caracterizaron sedimentológicamente (granulometría, mineralogía) a través del análisis de 20 muestras. Se identificaron dos unidades eólicas asociadas a dos ciclos de sedimentación, informalmente denominadas inferior (Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno medio) y superior (originado por acción antrópica durante el siglo XX) relacionados con vientos del cuadrante O-NO en Santa Isabel y del S y SO en General Acha. Los resultados obtenidos sugieren que la topografía sería un factor de control importante en la distribución de los sedimentos, además de la distancia al sistema fluvial, que determinaría su tamaño de grano. Los análisis mineralógicos indicarían un aporte mixto de materiales, tanto distal (sistema fluvial del Bermejo-Desaguadero-Salado-Curacó), como local (afloramientos rocosos de la provincia). Abstract in english The main goal of this paper is to analyze the provenience of sandy eolian deposits of the central eastern part of La Pampa Province. Considering present eolian models proposed by different authors, the hypothesis tested in this paper is that eolian sediments are the result of deflation of alluvial d [...] eposits from the Bermejo-Desaguadero-Salado-Curacó fluvial system. With this purpose in mind, three case studies were selected (La Pastoril-Santa Isabel, Toay and General Acha) (Fig. 1). The analysis was made following the concept of spatial scale hierarchy which considered the geological and general environmental setting of the studied areas along with fundamental geomorphological features of the analyzed dune systems. This was complemented by the stratigraphic survey of selected sections from which 20 samples were collected for sedimentological analysis (grain-size and mineralogy). Also, due to the lack of information, three samples were collected from the present Desaguadero fluvial system for general characterization. At the regional scale two main geoforms were identified: an extensive plain and the paleovalley of the Desaguadero fluvial system. The plain grades eastward and includes several longitudinal depressions (longitudinal valleys). A sandy silt mantle is covering the plain, whereas the main dune system is located along the longitudinal depressions and the Desaguadero paleovalley (Fig. 1). In the three studied areas two eolian units, informally named lower and upper, were identified. These units, separated by a buried soil, were generated by winds from the W-NW in Santa Isabel and from the S and SW in General Acha. Wind directions coincide with present wind systems. The upper part of the lower unit is modified by the development of a buried soil showing an A-C horizon sequence. This soil is only buried in areas deeply affected by anthropic activities. Away from these impacted settings, the soil is on the present groundsurface. In Toay, fossil remains of Megatherium americanum were exhumed from the lowermost part of the sampled section which together with regional evidences indicate a late Pleistocene-Holocene age to the lower eolian unit. The upper eolian unit is also restricted to areas deeply modified by human activities, where the vegetation cover was removed and the sediments exposed to eolian reactivation. The occurrence of cultural artifacts (pieces of wire fences, plastic bags) as well as written documents suggest that this eolian reactivation occurred during the XXth century. Based on the stratigraphic results, the sedimentolo-gical analysis was focused on the lower eolian unit. In all three areas the eolian sediments are medium to fine sands with unimodal distribution, transported in saltation and modi

  20. Una sucesión de paleosuelos superpuestos del pleistoceno medio - tardio, holoceno: Zona sur de La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires / A succession of superposed paleosols (Middle-Late Pleistocene and Holocene) in the south area of La Plata. Argentina

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    Perla A, Imbellone; Andrea, Cumba.

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Se estudia una sucesión (Pleistoceno medio-tardío y Holoceno) de 11 m de exposición, ubicada en un interfluvio plano de la zona sur de la ciudad de la Plata (34º55´ 00´´S y 57º57´30´´O). El objetivo del trabajo es analizar los procesos sedimentario-pedológicos acaecidos a fin de obtener: a) nuevas e [...] videncias que permitan hacer consideraciones sobre el modelo sedimentario-pedológico propuesto por Teruggi e Imbellone (1987); b) correlacionar los eventos indicados en la descripción del perfil tipo en los diferentes frentes de exposición de la cantera, y c) correlacionar el contenido de vitroclastos con otros perfiles de la zona. En el perfil tipo se identifican 6 unidades constituidas por loess retrabajado y paleosuelos asociados con rasgos semejantes al de suelos actuales. La porción superior muestra cambios morfológicos más sutiles que la inferior hasta la base y correspondería a la Fm La Postrera y Fm Buenos Aires hasta 2,10 y 4,45 m de profundidad, respectivamente. Se identifican dos paleosuelos además del suelo actual separados por una superficie de erosión suave y discontinua, y una discontinuidad temporal insinuada p or cambios de color y características de las calcretas. A partir de 4,45 m de profundidad (Fm Ensenada) la sucesión refleja acontecimientos sedimentario-pedológicos identificables claramente en el campo y laboratorio. Se identifican tres paleosuelos superpuestos separados por superficies de erosión. Dos de ellas onduladas y acompañadas por concreciones de carbonato de calcio subparalelas a la superficie de erosión a 4,45 y 9,60 m, respectivamente, y otra totalmente planar a 7,30 m sólo interrumpida en su continuidad lateral por megacrotovinas. La variación lateral de las paleosuperficies muestra unidades de contactos concordantes, paralelos y subparalelos con escasa variación de espesores entre ellas. Los rasgos pedológicos con mayor variación entre uno y otro frente son los de carbonatación e hidromorfismo. La ciclicidad sedimentariopedológica está mejor definida en la base de la cantera. Toda la sección posee clases texturales arcillo limosas y franco limosas, y con característica de loess retrabajado. El intervalo modal es 62-31mm (limo grueso) y 62-125 mm (arena muy fina) con escasa representatividad de las subfracciones de mayor tamaño. La arena se incrementa en la mitad inferior de la sucesión por aumento de pseudopartículas. La micromorfología fue instrumental en la verificación de a) procesos pedogenéticos superpuestos de iluviación, hidromorfismo y carbonatación indicados por rasgos texturales, amorfos y cristalinos; b) presencia de biorasgos como pedotúblulos y fábrica excremental de fundamental importancia en procesos de bioturbación, y c) presencia de microestructura laminar, sedirelictos y pedorelictos que aseguran el carácter retrabajado del loess. En los paleosuelos inferiores la evidencia micromorfológica se corresponde con la observación de campo. En cambio, en los superiores los aparentes rasgos macroscópicos de iluviación pertenecerían a superficies de fricción muy finas en correspondencia con abundante fábrica plásmica poro, grano estriada y reticulada. El modelo clásico de sedimentación y pedogénesis episódica se aplicaría a los tres paleosuelos inferiores. Ellos están separados espacialmente en la columna sedimentaria, con el material originario identificable, y decapitados por una superficie de erosión. Se habrían desarrollado con aporte discontinuo de sedimentos y un período de pedogénesis suficiente para desarrollar un suelo maduro. En los paleosuelos superiores habría existido un aporte continuo o levemente discontinuo pero lento, que permitió la formación de rasgos pedológicos mientras el paisaje se elevaba acrecionalmente y se producía la superposición de pedogénesis. Abstract in english A 11-m deep pedological sedimentary succession (Middle-Late Pleistocene and Holocene) has been studied in a quarry exposure located on a flat interfluve, in the vicinity of La Plata airport, Ar

  1. Una sucesión de paleosuelos superpuestos del pleistoceno medio - tardio, holoceno: Zona sur de La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires A succession of superposed paleosols (Middle-Late Pleistocene and Holocene in the south area of La Plata. Argentina

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    Perla A Imbellone

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Se estudia una sucesión (Pleistoceno medio-tardío y Holoceno de 11 m de exposición, ubicada en un interfluvio plano de la zona sur de la ciudad de la Plata (34º55´ 00´´S y 57º57´30´´O. El objetivo del trabajo es analizar los procesos sedimentario-pedológicos acaecidos a fin de obtener: a nuevas evidencias que permitan hacer consideraciones sobre el modelo sedimentario-pedológico propuesto por Teruggi e Imbellone (1987; b correlacionar los eventos indicados en la descripción del perfil tipo en los diferentes frentes de exposición de la cantera, y c correlacionar el contenido de vitroclastos con otros perfiles de la zona. En el perfil tipo se identifican 6 unidades constituidas por loess retrabajado y paleosuelos asociados con rasgos semejantes al de suelos actuales. La porción superior muestra cambios morfológicos más sutiles que la inferior hasta la base y correspondería a la Fm La Postrera y Fm Buenos Aires hasta 2,10 y 4,45 m de profundidad, respectivamente. Se identifican dos paleosuelos además del suelo actual separados por una superficie de erosión suave y discontinua, y una discontinuidad temporal insinuada p or cambios de color y características de las calcretas. A partir de 4,45 m de profundidad (Fm Ensenada la sucesión refleja acontecimientos sedimentario-pedológicos identificables claramente en el campo y laboratorio. Se identifican tres paleosuelos superpuestos separados por superficies de erosión. Dos de ellas onduladas y acompañadas por concreciones de carbonato de calcio subparalelas a la superficie de erosión a 4,45 y 9,60 m, respectivamente, y otra totalmente planar a 7,30 m sólo interrumpida en su continuidad lateral por megacrotovinas. La variación lateral de las paleosuperficies muestra unidades de contactos concordantes, paralelos y subparalelos con escasa variación de espesores entre ellas. Los rasgos pedológicos con mayor variación entre uno y otro frente son los de carbonatación e hidromorfismo. La ciclicidad sedimentariopedológica está mejor definida en la base de la cantera. Toda la sección posee clases texturales arcillo limosas y franco limosas, y con característica de loess retrabajado. El intervalo modal es 62-31mm (limo grueso y 62-125 mm (arena muy fina con escasa representatividad de las subfracciones de mayor tamaño. La arena se incrementa en la mitad inferior de la sucesión por aumento de pseudopartículas. La micromorfología fue instrumental en la verificación de a procesos pedogenéticos superpuestos de iluviación, hidromorfismo y carbonatación indicados por rasgos texturales, amorfos y cristalinos; b presencia de biorasgos como pedotúblulos y fábrica excremental de fundamental importancia en procesos de bioturbación, y c presencia de microestructura laminar, sedirelictos y pedorelictos que aseguran el carácter retrabajado del loess. En los paleosuelos inferiores la evidencia micromorfológica se corresponde con la observación de campo. En cambio, en los superiores los aparentes rasgos macroscópicos de iluviación pertenecerían a superficies de fricción muy finas en correspondencia con abundante fábrica plásmica poro, grano estriada y reticulada. El modelo clásico de sedimentación y pedogénesis episódica se aplicaría a los tres paleosuelos inferiores. Ellos están separados espacialmente en la columna sedimentaria, con el material originario identificable, y decapitados por una superficie de erosión. Se habrían desarrollado con aporte discontinuo de sedimentos y un período de pedogénesis suficiente para desarrollar un suelo maduro. En los paleosuelos superiores habría existido un aporte continuo o levemente discontinuo pero lento, que permitió la formación de rasgos pedológicos mientras el paisaje se elevaba acrecionalmente y se producía la superposición de pedogénesis.A 11-m deep pedological sedimentary succession (Middle-Late Pleistocene and Holocene has been studied in a quarry exposure located on a flat interfluve, in the vicinity of La Plata airport, Argentina (34º55´00´´S y 57º57´30´´

  2. Evaluation of the structure and stratigraphy over Richton Dome, Mississippi

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    The structure and stratigraphy over Richton Salt Dome, Mississippi, have been evaluated from 70 borings that were completed to various depths above the dome. Seven lithologic units have been identified and tentatively correlated with the regional Tertiary stratigraphy. Structure-contour and thickness maps of the units show the effects of dome growth from Eocene through early Pliocene time. Growth of the salt stock from late Oligocene through early Pliocene is estimated to have averaged 0.6 to 2.6 centimeters (0.2 to 1.1 inches) per 1000 years. No dome growth has occurred since the early Pliocene. The late Oligocene to early Pliocene strata over and adjacent to the dome reflect arching over the entire salt stock; some additional arching over individual centers may represent pre-Quaternary differential movement in the salt stock. The lithology and structure of the caprock at the Richton Salt Dome indicate that the caprock probably was completely formed by late Oligocene. In late Oligocene, the caprock was fractured by arching and altered by gypsum veining. Since late Oligocene, there are no indications of significant hydrologic connections through the caprock - that is, there are no indications of dissolution collapse or further anhydrite caprock accumulation. This structural and stratigraphic analysis provides insights on dome growth history, dome geometry, and neardome hydrostratigraphy that will aid in planning site characterization field activities, including an exploratory shaft, and in the conceptual design of a high-level waste (HLW) repository

  3. Gold placer and Quaternary stratigraphy of the Jabal Mokhyat area, southern Najd Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Schmidt, D.L.; Puffett, W.P.; Campbell, W.L.; Al-Koulak, Z. H.

    1981-01-01

    An ancient gold placer at Jabal Mokhyat (lat 20?12.2'N., long 43?28'E.), about 90 km east of Qalat Bishah in the southern Najd Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was studied in 1973. Seven hundred and twenty-eight samples in 25 measured sections were collected along trenches and pits 2.5 m in depth and 2,600 m in total length. Alluvium was thicker than the excavation depth along about 50 percent of the trench length. The average gold content was 4.4 mg per m3, and the highest grade trench contained 40 mg gold per m 3. Because fine particulate gold is rare in the alluvium, a few large particles, 1 to 5 mm in diameter, greatly affected the sampling results. The ancient placer diggings are in small headwater wadis distributed over a 30-km 2 area, and the total dug area is about 1.2 km2. The placer produced an estimated 50 kg of gold and was worked about 2,600 + 250 years ago. The potential for a present-day placer operation is small. The gold is sparsely distributed in locally derived, flood-deposited, immature gravels throughout a stratigraphic section that consists of 1) calichified, saprolitic bedrock of Precambrian age; 2) basal, intensely calichified, saprolitic gravel (0-3 m thick) of Pleistocene age; 3) disconformable, slightly consolidated gravel and sand (0-1 m thick) of late Pleistocene age containing sparse, disseminated caliche; 4) firm loessic silt (0-1 m thick) of early Holocene age; and 5) loose sand and gravel (0.3-1 m thick) of late Holocene age. The loessic silt accumulated during the Holocene pluvial. The top of the loessic silt unit is dated at about 6,000 years B.P. by using charcoal from hearths of ancient man. Following the Holocene pluvial, the climate became arid, and extreme desiccation resulted in abundant eolian sand that progressively diluted the late Holocene gravels. The remnants of the pre-Holocene stratigraphy suggest similar climatic cycles during the Pleistocene. Abundant, sparsely mineralized, gold-bearing quartz veins (0-1 m wide) were the source of the placer gold. These late Proterozoic veins have hydrothermally altered wall-rock zones (1-5 m wide). The veins are dispersed over an area of 50 km 2. Though many veins were prospected in ancient times and some were slightly worked, only the Mokhyat ancient mine, located on a quartz-vein zone 30 m wide by 200 m long, was extensively worked. The quartz contains chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, tetrahedrite, an unidentified bismuth mineral, and small amounts of dispersed gold. The fissure quartz veins lie at the complexly splayed, terminal end of a small northwest-trending Najd fault that elsewhere along strike has ii km of left-lateral displacement. Most large veins are in north-trending vertical fractures where the stresses were distributed along an older, north-trending structural grain in andesitic greenstone terrane. Subhorizontal fracture sets contain conspicuous, well-developed gold-bearing quartz veins and associated alteration zones. These attest to the shallowness and youthfulness of mineralization during latest Precambrian time. Late Precambrian granitic plutons (625-600 m.y. old) had been deeply eroded before the gold minerals were emplaced; hence, the gold is not related to granitic plutonism. Abundant, widely distributed diabasic dikes associated with the Najd faulting event of latest Precambrian age were probably the heat source for the hydrothermal convection system and possibly the source of the gold.

  4. Pleistocene glaciation of the Biokovo Massif

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    Manja Žebre

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Biokovo massif is situated in the coastal part of the Dinaric Mountains in Croatia. Detailed morphographic and morphometric analysis of the highest parts of the massif were used to determine the extent and characteristics of Late Pleistocene glaciation. The reconstruction of glaciers and calculations of equilibrium line altitude (ELA were carried out. Our research revealed that on the north-eastern side of the highest peak Sveti Jure two cirque glaciers with an overall area of 1 km2 were formed and their ELA was 1515 m a.s.l.

  5. Pleistocene oceanographie changes indicated by deep sea benthic foraminifera in the northern Indian Ocean

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    Rai, Ajai K.; Srinivasan, M. S.

    1994-12-01

    An attempt has been made to understand the Pleistocene bottom water history in response to the paleoclimatic changes in the northern Indian Ocean employing quantitative analyses of deep sea benthic foraminifera at the DSDP sites 219 and 238. Among the 150 benthic foraminifera recorded a few species show dominance with changing percent frequencies during most of the sequence. The dominant benthic foraminiferal assemblages suggest that most of the Pleistocene bottom waters at site 219 and Early Pleistocene bottom waters at site 238 are of North Indian Deep Water (NIDW) origin. However, Late Pleistocene assemblage at site 238 appears to be closely associated with a water mass intermediate between North Indian Deep Water (NIDW) and Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW). Uvigerina proboscidea is the most dominant benthic foraminiferal species present during the Pleistocene at both the sites. A marked increase in the relative abundance of U. proboscidea along with less diverse and equitable fauna during Early Pleistocene suggests a relative cooling, an intensified oceanic circulation and upwelling of nutrient rich bottom waters resulting in high surface productivity. At the same time, low sediment accumulation rate during Early Pleistocene reveals increased winnowing of the sediments possibly due to more corrosive and cold bottom waters. The Late Pleistocene in general, is marked by relatively warm and stable bottom waters as reflected by low abundance of U. proboscidea and more diverse and equitable benthic fauna. The lower depth range for the occurrence of Bulimina aculeate in the Indian Ocean is around 2300 m, similar to that of many other areas. B. aculeata also shows marked increase in its abundance near the Pliocene/Pleistocene boundary while a sudden decrease in the relative abundance of Stilostomella lepidula occurs close to the Early/Late Pleistocene boundary.

  6. Quaternary deposits and glacial stratigraphy in Ireland

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    McCabe, A. M.

    Quaternary stratigraphic studies in Ireland have been based largely on lithostratigraphy. The division of complex sedimentary sequences into the traditional framework of Munsterian and Midlandian events has created a series of stratigraphic scenarios which cannot be fully substantiated either by biostratigraphy or by facies basin analysis. Many of the current problems of glacial stratigraphy in Ireland therefore arise directly from the field procedures used and the frameworks used to subdivide sedimentary sequences. These problems are centred on the selection of type-sites, the subdivision of sedimentary sequences into unnatural divisions, the concepts of 'direct' and 'indirect' stratigraphy, classical models of climatically determined ice advance/retreat cycles and the genetic inferences of the term till. The conceptual basis of various stratigraphic schemes has changed little since the work of Farrington (1934-1966). It is argued that a more realistic approach to description and assessment of glacigenic sediments should be based on basinal facies analysis and must include a documentation of the composition and geometry of three dimensional facies variations. Palaeoenvironmental interpretations of complex glacigenic sequences, especially in coastal locations, should take account of the influences of marine ice sheets on the sedimentary record. In the past most sequences were interpreted in terms of glacioterrestrial models. A large body of sedimentary evidence now indicates that shallow, glaciomarine environments occurred along the margins of the last ice sheet during its maximum and subsequent retreat phases. The locations and patterns of associated icemarginal systems indicate that the magnitude of, and patterns of crustal deformation were greater and more complex than formerly realised. Thus the primary control on sea-level variation at successive ice sheet margins was largely a function of glacioisostatic disequilibrium. Although complex glacial and glacially-related sequences are known it is argued here that most of the multiple glacigenic sequences in Ireland can be accommodated within the Midlandian Cold Stage. The basal units from certain sequences and erratic fans have been attributed to events earlier than the Midlandian. However, it is difficult to compare these traces of earlier events from different sectors of the island due to poor dating correlation and the fact that 'direct' and 'indirect' stratigraphy is not adequately defined or separated. The age of the Gortian-style interglacial sequences, the implications of their floristic composition and their relationships to drift stratigraphy remains a major problem in stratigraphic constructions of the Irish Quaternary. The stratigraphic significance of many till units must remain largely unknown until these matters are resolved. At present it is not clear if the Gortian sequences represent more than one interglacial. A series of exposures in Ulster provide evidence for major environmental changes during the Midlandian Cold Stage. These include: an early stadial, an early forest biozone (>48.1 ka BP), an early herb biozone (>41.5 ka BP), a middle 'interstadial' phase of cold but non-glacial aspect (30.5 ka BP), a late stadial (max. 24-22 ka BP) and a late glacial climatic oscillation. The Late Midlandian stadial comprises a major glaciation that almost covered the island and, a later, more restricted phase when drumlins formed in the northern and western parts of the island (max. 17 ka BP).

  7. Sequence stratigraphy: Fact, fantasy, or work in progress

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    Leckie, D.A. [Geological survey of Canada, Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

    1995-11-01

    Sequence stratigraphy has been hailed as a magic elixir to cure exploration problems in mature and frontier basins. Yet, like most cure-alls, analyses of modern depositional systems show that critical assumptions regarding sequence stratigraphy merit further review. An example from the modern Canterbury Plains, New Zealand, demonstrates some of the potential pit- falls of sequence stratigraphy and its application to hydrocarbon exploration. The Canterbury Plains, New Zealand, bounded by the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean, are 60 km wide and 185 km long, and traversed by four large gravel rivers. The Canterbury basin is up to 750 m deep, filled primarily with gravel. The coastline is wave dominated and microtidal, with high rates of north-directed longshore drift. The southern coast is transgressive with 22 in wave-cut cliffs in Pleistocene gravel. Beaches are gravel and sand. Coastal erosion at approximately 1 m/yr steepens the fluvial gradient, causing the rivers to incise 1.5-4.2 mm/yr during the present highstand. River headwaters in the Southern Alps are uplifting, tectonically causing incision, which decreases seaward. Thus, fluvial incision takes place in the west due to mountain uplift and in the east due to the transgressing shoreline. A zone of null valley incision occurs 8-15 km from the coast. Existing sequence stratigraphic models suggest that downcutting should occur during falling sea level, not during transgression. The southern coastline is separated from the northern coast-line by Banks Peninsula, a resistant volcanic complex that acts as a large groyne to southerly waves. The northern coastline progrades approximately I m/yr and is largely sandy. Thus, the coastline within the same basin during the present sea level highstand is at one locale progradational and elsewhere transgressive. Gravel reaches the transgressive coast, where a steep gradient is maintained by downcutting.

  8. Linking Top-down Forces to the Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions

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    William Ripple (Oregon State University; Forest Ecosystems and Society)

    2010-07-14

    Humans, in conjunction with natural top-down processes and through a sequence of cascading trophic interactions, may have contributed to the Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions. The arrival of the first humans, as hunters and scavengers, through top-down forcing, could have triggered a population collapse of large herbivores and their predators. We present evidence that the large mammalian herbivores of the North American Pleistocene were primarily predator limited and at low densities, and therefore highly susceptible to extinction when humans were added to the predator guild. Our empirical evidence comes from data on carnivore dental attrition, proboscidean age structure, life history, tusk growth rates, and stable isotopes from the fossil record. We suggest a research agenda for further testing of this hypothesis that will provide a more detailed comprehension of late Pleistocene megafaunal ecology, and thereby allow us to better understand and manage remaining megafauna.

  9. Towards the standardization of sequence stratigraphy

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    Catuneanu, O.; Abreu, V.; Bhattacharya, J. P.; Blum, M. D.; Dalrymple, R. W.; Eriksson, P. G.; Fielding, C. R.; Fisher, W. L.; Galloway, W. E.; Gibling, M. R.; Giles, K. A.; Holbrook, J. M.; Jordan, R.; Kendall, C. G. St C.; Macurda, B.

    2009-01-01

    Sequence stratigraphy emphasizes facies relationships and stratal architecture within a chronological framework. Despite its wide use, sequence stratigraphy has yet to be included in any stratigraphic code or guide. This lack of standardization reflects the existence of competing approaches (or models) and confusing or even conflicting terminology. Standardization of sequence stratigraphy requires the definition of the fundamental model-independent concepts, units, bounding surfaces and workf...

  10. Volcanic stratigraphy and geological evolution of the Apan region, east-central sector of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

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    G. Valdez

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available The Apan region, which straddles the central and eastern sectors of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB, was geologically shaped by interrelated, intermittent tectonism and volcanism. The oldest volcanic rocks in the area were erupted about 13.5 Ma ago, followed by a nearly 10-million year volcanic hiatus. Volcanism in the area then resumed ~3.0-1.5 Ma; the most recent volcanic activity occurred in the late Pleistocene (~42-31 ka. The volcanic rocks in the Apan region range in composition from basalt to rhyolite (50-75 wt.% SiO2 and exhibit calc-alkaline affinity; their geochemical characteristics suggest that they are subduction-zone eruptive products. Detailed geologic and stratigraphic studies using a new digital 1:100 000 scale base map for compilation of new and previous data, coupled with new K-Ar age determinations, demonstrate that the loci of volcanic centers in the region were controlled largely by a system of NE-SW-trending normal faults and associated horst-and-graben structures, resulting from a stress field with a least principal stress (?3 oriented to the NW. Moreover, the results of this study, combined with a reexamination of geologic and age data from other investigations of the TMVB, make possible a refined correlation of the volcanic stratigraphy of the Apan region with the stratigraphic sequences of volcanic rocks in other areas of the TMVB. An important conclusion of our study is that volcanic activity in the TMVB was initiated during the Middle Miocene.

  11. Presencia de Antifer ultra Ameghino (=Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela (Artiodactyla, Cervidae en el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano de Chile central (30-35°S Presence of Antifer ultra Ameghino (=Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela in the late Pleistocene-early Holocene of Central Chile (30-35°S

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    Rafael Labarca E

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo discute el estatus taxonómico de la especie Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela, 1984, definida a partir de astas completas procedentes de la laguna Taguatagua y la quebrada de Quereo (Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano, en Chile central (30-35°S. Se concluye, a partir de un estudio morfológico y morfométrico detallado, que Antifer niemeyeri debe ser considerado sinónimo de Antifer ultra Ameghino, 1889 dados los caracteres anatómicos compartidos con esta especie. Los resultados amplían la distribución geográfica del taxón, que previamente se registraba en Argentina, Uruguay y sur de Brasil, y confirman su biocrón para el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano (edad Lu-janense, aun cuando las fechas radiocarbónicas de Chile central (ca. 9.900 años 14C AP corresponden a las más tardías para la especie. A la luz de la evidencia paleoclimática disponible, se vincula A ultra durante el Pleistoceno de Chile central a ambientes cálidos y abiertos. Considerando estos requerimientos, se discute su posible vía de ingreso al actual territorio chileno a través de corredores ubicados hacia el sur del macizo andino, y su coexistencia con Hippocamelus bisulcus Molina, 1782. De acuerdo a la información estratigráfica y paleoambiental, se postula que ambas especies habrían sido alopátridas, por lo menos en el área de estudio.This paper discusses the taxonomic status of Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela, 1984, defined from complete antlers from Taguatagua lake and Quereo canyon, both located in central Chile (30-35°S. From a detailed morphological and moiphometrical study, it is concluded that Antifer niemeyeri should be considered synonymous with Antifer ultra Ameghino, 1889, due to the anatomical characters shared between both forms. These results expand the geographical distribution of this taxa previously recorded in Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil, confirming their late Pleistocene-early Holocene biochron, in spite the fact that radiocarbon dates obtained in central Chile (ca. 9.900 14C yr BP imply the youngest age for the species. According to the available paleoclimate evidence, A. ultra is linked to warm climate and an open landscape during the late Pleistocene of central Chile. Its possible routes of entry to central Chile through corridors located at the south of the Andean range and its coexistence with Hippocamelus bisulcus Molina, 1782, are also discussed. According to the stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data we suggest that both species have been allopatric, at least in the study area.

  12. Presencia de Antifer ultra Ameghino (=Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela) (Artiodactyla, Cervidae) en el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano de Chile central (30-35°S) / Presence of Antifer ultra Ameghino (=Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela) in the late Pleistocene-early Holocene of Central Chile (30-35°S)

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    Rafael, Labarca E; M. Alejandra, Alcaraz.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo discute el estatus taxonómico de la especie Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela, 1984, definida a partir de astas completas procedentes de la laguna Taguatagua y la quebrada de Quereo (Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano), en Chile central (30-35°S). Se concluye, a partir de un estudi [...] o morfológico y morfométrico detallado, que Antifer niemeyeri debe ser considerado sinónimo de Antifer ultra Ameghino, 1889 dados los caracteres anatómicos compartidos con esta especie. Los resultados amplían la distribución geográfica del taxón, que previamente se registraba en Argentina, Uruguay y sur de Brasil, y confirman su biocrón para el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano (edad Lu-janense), aun cuando las fechas radiocarbónicas de Chile central (ca. 9.900 años 14C AP) corresponden a las más tardías para la especie. A la luz de la evidencia paleoclimática disponible, se vincula A ultra durante el Pleistoceno de Chile central a ambientes cálidos y abiertos. Considerando estos requerimientos, se discute su posible vía de ingreso al actual territorio chileno a través de corredores ubicados hacia el sur del macizo andino, y su coexistencia con Hippocamelus bisulcus Molina, 1782. De acuerdo a la información estratigráfica y paleoambiental, se postula que ambas especies habrían sido alopátridas, por lo menos en el área de estudio. Abstract in english This paper discusses the taxonomic status of Antifer niemeyeri Casamiquela, 1984, defined from complete antlers from Taguatagua lake and Quereo canyon, both located in central Chile (30-35°S). From a detailed morphological and moiphometrical study, it is concluded that Antifer niemeyeri should be co [...] nsidered synonymous with Antifer ultra Ameghino, 1889, due to the anatomical characters shared between both forms. These results expand the geographical distribution of this taxa previously recorded in Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil, confirming their late Pleistocene-early Holocene biochron, in spite the fact that radiocarbon dates obtained in central Chile (ca. 9.900 14C yr BP) imply the youngest age for the species. According to the available paleoclimate evidence, A. ultra is linked to warm climate and an open landscape during the late Pleistocene of central Chile. Its possible routes of entry to central Chile through corridors located at the south of the Andean range and its coexistence with Hippocamelus bisulcus Molina, 1782, are also discussed. According to the stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data we suggest that both species have been allopatric, at least in the study area.

  13. Nuevo registro de Equus (Amerhippus) santaeelenae (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) del pozo de asfalto de Inciarte (Pleistoceno Superior), estado Zulia, Venezuela / New record of Equus (Amerhippus) santaeelenae (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) from the Pozo de asfalto de Inciarte site (Late Pleistocene), Zulia State, Venezuela

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    Ascanio D., Rincón R.; María Teresa, Alberdi; José Luis, Prado.

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Los fósiles de Equidae del pozo de asfalto de Inciarte son descritos y determinados taxonómicamente. Se han comparado los p3-4 inferiores de Inciarte con los de Equus (Amerhippus) andium, Equus (A.) santaeelenae, Equus (A.) insulatus y Equus (A.) neogeus de varias localidades de América del Sur medi [...] ante análisis multivariante. Los resultados de este análisis indican que la especie Equus (Amerhippus) santaeelenae (Spillmann) está representada en el yacimiento. Se discuten sus implicaciones paleoecológicas. Algunos autores sugieren que un estrés nutricional, producto de un cambio rápido en las comunidades vegetales, podría ser una de las causas que expliquen la extinción de fines del Pleistoceno. La especialización en la dieta que se atribuye a esta especie es una evidencia en favor de esta teoría. Abstract in english Fossil remains of Equidae from the asphaltic well of Inciarte quarry are described and taxonomically determined. We compared the lower p3-4 from Inciarte with Equus (Amerhippus) andium, Equus (A.) santaeelenae, E. (A.) insulatus and Equus (A.) neogeus remains from several localities in South America [...] using multivariate analysis. The results of this analysis indicate that Equus (Amerhippus) santaeelenae (Spillmann) is represented in the quarry. Its paleoecological implications are discussed. The resource partitioning preference of this species supports the several nutritional hypotheses to explain latest Pleistocene extinctions.

  14. Fragilariopsis diatom evolution in Pliocene and Pleistocene Antarctic shelf sediments

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    Sjunneskog, Charlotte; Riesselman, Christina; Winter, Diane; Scherer, Reed

    2012-01-01

    The late Pliocene – early Pleistocene sediment record in the AND-1B core from the McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, displays a rich diversity and high abundance of diatoms, including several new morphologies within the genus Fragilariopsis. These new morphologies exhibit similarities to the extinct late Miocene/early Pliocene species Fragilariopsis aurica Gersonde and Fragilariopsis praecurta Gersonde, as well as to the modern sea ice-associated species Fragilariopsis ritscheri Hustedt and Fragilariopsis obliquecostata van Heurck. From the diverse morphologies present, we use light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy to identify and describe the characteristics of three new taxa, Fragilariopsis laqueata Riesselman, Fragilariopsis bohatyi Sjunneskog et Riesselman, and Fragilariopsis robusta Sjunneskog, which are common in the diatom-bearing intervals from ~3.2 to 1.95 Ma. Comparisons with extant and extinct species are made to assess possible environmental affinities, evolutionary relationships, and potential for future biostratigraphic utility. This complex of newmorphologies diversified as conditions cooled during the Pliocene, then went into decline as heavy sea ice conditions of the Pleistocene were established. Only the lineage of F. robusta appears to continue into the late Pleistocene, where it is interpreted to have evolved into F. obliquecostata.

  15. Registros de fluctuaciones paleobatimétricas del sistema lacustre Pueyrredon-Posadas-Salitroso durante el Pleistoceno Tardío? - Holoceno Temprano, noroeste de Santa Cruz, Argentina / Register of paleobametric fluctuations of the Pueyrredon-Posadas-salitroso Lacustrine System during the Late Pleistocene? -Early holocene (Northwestern of Santa Cruz, Argentina

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    Luis R, Horta; Sergio M, Georgieff; Carlos A, Console Gonella; José, Busnelli; Carlos A, Aschero.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de depósitos lacustres datados entre el Pleistoceno Tardío? - Holoceno Temprano vinculado con un modelo de elevación digital han permitido reconstruir la posición de las paleocostas del Sistema lacustre Pueyrredón - Posadas - Salitroso, demostrando la conexión entre ellos, que se verifica [...] en algunos niveles específicos de paleocotas. En este trabajo, se utilizaron como indicadores paleobatimétricos: la ubicación altitudinal relativa de depósitos glacilacustres, depósitos de arenas costeras, depósitos de abanico deltaico en la margen sur del lago Pueyrredón, dataciones absolutas (AMS y 14C), trazas fósiles y comparaciones de malacofauna fósil con la actual para las interpretaciones paleoambientales. Abstract in english The palaeocoast line positions of the lacustrine system of Pueyrredón - Posadas - Salitroso lakes were determined through the study of the lacustrine deposits, which were dated between the Late Pleistocene? - Early Holocene, together with a digital elevation model (DEM). This has demonstrated the li [...] nk among them verified on some specific palaeoheight levels. In this research, paleo-bathymetric geoindicators, as relative height of glaci-lacustrine, coastal sand and fandelta deposits onto the southern margin of Pueyrredon Lake, and absolute dating techniques (AMS & 14C), fossil trace and fossil and current malacofauna comparison were used in order to develop palaeoenvironment interpretations.

  16. Late Triassic and Early Cretaceous sedimentary sequences of the northern Isfahan Province (Central Iran): stratigraphy and paleoenvironments / Paleoecología y paleogeografía de secuencias del Triásico Superior al Cretácico Inferior en el área de Isfahan (Irán central)

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    Maryam, Mannani; Mehdi, Yazdi.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio provee de un esquema general de las secuencias del Triásico Superior y Cretáceo Inferior localizadas al norte de Isfahan, en el Centro de Irán. La formación Nayband del Triásico Superior está subdividida en los miembros Gelkan, Bidestan, Howz-e-Sheikh, Howz-e-Khan y Qadir. Dos niveles d [...] e biostroma están documentados en los miembros Bidestan y Howz-e-Khan. Debido a las condiciones favorables en el Triásico tardío que incluyeron luz, oxígeno y nutrientes, fauna como: corales, esponjas, hidrozoarios, bivalvos, gasterópodos, braquiópodos, equinodermos y Dicroidium prosperaron en el agua y la flora en tierra. La presencia de Heterastridium spp. en el nivel del Miembro Bidestan es aparentemente el primer registro de este taxón el Centro de Irán. El miembro Qadir tiene varios estratos índice, uno de ellos con flora terrestre Clathropteris spp., y tres estratos índice con el bivalvo Indopecten glabra, fechados como etapa Rhaetian. Una disconformidad angular se puede trazar entre los sedimentos Rhaetian, conglomerados rojos, y areniscas provenientes de Secuencias del Cretáceo inferior en el área de Isfahan que incluye a todas las rocas del Jurásico. Esta discontinuidad puede estar relacionada con la fase tectónica Cimmeriana. Abstract in english This research gives a general outline of the Upper Triassic and Lower Cretaceous sequences cropping out north of Isfahan, Central Iran. Upper Triassic Nayband Formation subdivided into the Gelkan, Bidestan, Howz-e-Sheikh, Howz-e Khan and Qadir members. Two biostromal levels are documented in the Bid [...] estan and Howz-e-Khan members. Due to a suitable condition in Late Triassic time including light, oxygen and nutrient, fauna such as: corals, sponges, hydrozoas, bivalves, gastropods, brachiopods, echinoderms and Dicroidium were fourished in water and flora on land. The first appearance of Heterastridium spp. in level of the Bidestan Member is apparently the first occurrence of this taxon in Central Iran. Qadir Member has several key beds, one key bed with land flora Clathropteris spp., and three key beds with bivalve Indopecten glabra, dating as Rhaetian Stage. An angular unconformity can be traced between Rhaetian sediments and red conglomerates and sandstones of Lower Cretaceous Sequences in Isfahan area which encompasses all Jurassic rocks. This gap can be related to Cimmerian tectonic phase.

  17. Integrated diagenetic and sequence stratigraphy of a late Oligocene-early Miocene, mixed-sediment platform (Austral Basin, southern Patagonia): Resolving base-level and paleoceanographic changes, and paleoaquifer characteristics

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    Dix, George R.; Parras, Ana

    2014-06-01

    A condensed (~ 20-m-thick) marine transgressive-highstand succession comprises the upper San Julián Formation (upper Oligocene-lower Miocene) of the northern retroarc Austral Basin, southern Patagonia. Mixed-sediment facies identify a shelf-interior setting, part of an overall warm-temperate regional platform of moderate energy. Giant oyster-dominated skeletal-hiatal accumulations along the maximum flooding surface and forming high-energy event beds in the highstand succession preserve relict micrite in protected shelter porosity, and identify periods of reduced sediment accumulation. The stratigraphic distribution of marine-derived glaucony and diagenetic carbonates is spatially related to sequence development. Depositional siderite coincides with prominent marine transgression, defining transient mixing of marine and meteoric waters across coastal-plain deposits. Chemically evolved autochthonous glaucony coincides with periods of extended seafloor exposure and transgressions that bracket the marine succession, and within the oyster-dominated skeletal accumulations. Seafloor cement, likely once magnesian calcite, formed in association with an encrusting/boring biota along the maximum flooding surface in concert with incursion of cool (11-13 °C) water. The cement is present locally in skeletal event beds in the highstand succession suggesting a possible association with high-order base-level change and cooler water. As the highstand succession coincides with elevated global sea level in the late Oligocene-early Miocene, the locally marine-cemented glauconitic skeletal event beds in the highstand succession may identify higher order glacio-eustatic control. Local stratal condensation, however, is best explained by regional differences in basement subsidence. In the burial realm, carbonate diagenesis produced layers of phreatic calcrete coincident with skeletal-rich deposits. Zeolite (clinoptilolite-K) cement is restricted to the lowermost marine transgressive interval probably due to initial elevated metastability of reworked weathered silicates. Clay (illite)-cement is restricted to siliciclastic-rich intervals wherein skeletal carbonate did not buffer pore-water pH. Diagenetic carbonate geochemistry (Sr, Na, and ?18O and ?13C) shows that, with burial, the transgressive and highstand system tracts developed as distinct paleoaquifers resulting from different proximities to meteoric recharge zones.

  18. Northwest African Sahel climate variations during Holocene/Late Pleistocene: Insights from plant wax stable hydrogen (dD) and carbon (d13C) isotopic composition and sea-surface temperature

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    Niedermeyer, Eva Maria

    2009-01-01

    This study investigates the last 44 kyr of Late Quaternary changes in West African monsoon intensity and vegetation, and their potential link to Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and sea-surface temperatures of the adjacent ocean. Analyses were done using marine cores retrieved from the continental slope off the coast of Senegal. Changes in West African monsoon intensity and vegetation (that is C3 vs. C4 plants) were estimated using Deuterium/Hydrogen ratios (dD) and the stable carb...

  19. An Online Guide to Sequence Stratigraphy

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    Steven Holland

    This online guide focuses primarily on the application of sequence stratigraphy to outcrops. Topics covered include sediment accumulation and the accommodation space equation, parasequences, stacking patterns, depositional sequences, surfaces, type I and type II sequences, application of this information to outcrops, chronostratigraphic applications and carbonate sequence stratigraphy. There are references for this material and a glossary of terms to use with this guide.

  20. Buried Middle Pleistocene ice wedge systems and longterm survival of ancient Yedoma carbon

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    Froese, D. G.; Jensen, B. J.; Reyes, A.; Poinar, H.; Shapiro, B.; Zazula, G.; Calmels, F.

    2012-12-01

    Deep syngenetic permafrost of Beringia, or the deep Yedoma, hosts a reservoir of at least several hundred Pg of C that has survived through multiple interglaciations at least as warm or warmer than the present interglaciation. Relatively few sites are known across the northern hemisphere to estimate this reservoir, but based on a review of existing data, it appears that this reservoir is largely a feature of the Middle Pleistocene and may not pre-date the Early to Middle Pleistocene transition. Relict polygonal ice-wedge networks associated with syngenetic permafrost are present at four sites in the discontinuous permafrost zone of central Yukon. They are stratigraphically associated with the Gold Run tephra (ca. 700 ka) and other Middle Pleistocene tephra beds, consistent with their normal magnetic polarity and vertebrate fossil assemblages. Soil organic matter content within these deposits is indistinguishable from Late Pleistocene and Holocene organic matter, with organic carbon ranging between 1 and 15% reflecting the depositional context. Plant and vertebrate communities show that the majority of this material accumulated in typical steppe-tundra ecosystems associated with Pleistocene cold stages, similar to late Pleistocene contexts. Where differences are more pronounced, however, is at the molecular scale. Ancient biomolecules show much greater rates of DNA damage reflected by decreases in the obtained plant and bacterial sequence diversity and elevated deamination of the 5 and 3' termini of DNA molecules, characteristic of ancient DNA extracts.

  1. Obliquity and precession as pacemakers of Pleistocene deglaciations

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    Feng, Fabo

    2015-01-01

    The Milankovitch theory states that the orbital eccentricity, precession, and obliquity of the Earth influence our climate by modulating the summer insolation at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere. Despite considerable success of this theory in explaining climate change over the Pleistocene epoch (2.6 to 0.01 Myr ago), it is inconclusive with regard to which combination of orbital elements paced the 100 kyr glacial-interglacial cycles over the late Pleistocene. Here we explore the role of the orbital elements in pacing the Pleistocene deglaciations by modeling ice-volume variations in a Bayesian approach. When comparing models, this approach takes into account the uncertainties in the data as well as the different degrees of model complexity. We find that the Earth's obliquity (axial tilt) plays a dominant role in pacing the glacial cycles over the whole Pleistocene, while precession only becomes important in pacing major deglaciations after the transition of the dominant period from 41 kyr to 100 kyr ...

  2. Quaternary alluvial stratigraphy and palaeoclimatic reconstruction at the Thar margin

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    Jain, M.; Tandon, S.K.

    2003-01-01

    Quaternary alluvial record at the Thar desert margin has been examined using the exposed succession along Mahudi, Sabarmati river, Western India. Different alluvial facies, their associations and granulometry have been studied for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Clay mineral indices smectite/chlorite and smectite/illite of the alluvial palaeosols have been used as proxy indicators of climate change. These indicate wet phases during the OIS 5 and OIS 1. The overall stratigraphic development is discussed in the framework of fluvial response to climate change during the Late Pleistocene.

  3. Cambios en lagos y circulación fluvial vinculados al calentamiento climático del Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano en Patagonia e isla 25 de mayo, islas Shetland del Sur, Antártida / Changes in lakes and fluvial circulationlinked to climate warming in Late Pleistocene - Early Holocene in Patagonia and 25 de Mayo Island, Shetland del Sur Islands, Antarctica

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    R.A., del Valle; A., Tatur; C.A., Rinaldi.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available El calentamiento clim ático que afectó a la Patagonia en el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano produjo cambios en la morfología del paisaje, incluyendo la génesis, desarrollo y desintegración de grandes lagos al este de los Andes. Hasta entonces, los glaciares y sus morenas formaban diques natural [...] es que embalsaron las aguas de deshielo y mantenían alto el nivel de las aguas en los grandes paleolagos. Posteriormente, la migración hacia el sur de la mejoría climática ocasionó la progresiva fusión del campo de hielo regional, y las morenas fueron cortadas por la erosión fluvial, cuando el calentamiento climático impactó plenamente en la región. El proceso afectó a la región de norte a sur en tiempos diferentes: 1) hace c. 13.200 años en el norte, 2) durante la transición Pleistoceno/Holoceno en la parte central, y 3) finalmente, en Tierra del Fuego hace unos 7.800 años. El rápido retroceso de los glaciares produjo el desalojo de los valles andinos a ambos lados de la cordillera, lo cual abrió cauces fluviales que atraviesan la cordillera desde entonces, inaugurando el drenaje hacia el océano Pacífico de grandes lagos glaciales que existían al oriente de los Andes. Esto resultó en el rápido descenso del nivel de los paleolagos. Un proceso similar ocurrió en las islas Shetland del Sur (Antártida) hace unos 6.000 años. Abstract in english The climate warming that affected Patagonia region during late Pleistocene-early Holocene times produced changes in landscape morphology, including the formation, development, breakdown and disintegration of big lakes at the eastern side of Andes. Before these times, glaciers and their moraines form [...] ed natural dams that maintained a high water level in large paleolakes. The subsequent southward migration of climate amelioration produced the melting of the regional ice field, and moraines were cut by fluvial erosion, when climate warming strongly impacted in the region. The process occurred in the region from north to south at different times: 1) in the northern part c. 13,200 years ago, 2) in the central part during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition and 3) finally, in Tierra del Fuego c. 7,800 years ago. With the rapid retreat of glaciers from the Andean valleys during prominent regional deglaciation, outflow from the eastern side of Andes to the Pacific Ocean was formed. As a result, the water level in glacial paleolakes fell down rapidly in stages. A similar process occurred in South Shetland Islands (Antarctica) c. 6,000 years ago.

  4. Pleistocene Paleoart of Europe

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    Robert G. Bednarik

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available As in Australia, Pleistocene rock art is relatively abundant in Europe, but it has so far received much more attention than the combined Ice Age paleoart of the rest of the world. Since archaeology initially rejected its authenticity for several decades, the cave art of France and Spain and the portable paleoart from various regions of Europe have been the subjects of thousands of studies. It is shown, however, that much of the published information is unreliable and subjective, and that fundamental trends in the evidence have been misunderstood. In particular, the data implies that the paleoart of the Early Upper Paleolithic, the work of robust humans such as Neanderthals, is considerably more sophisticated and developed that that of more recent times. Thus, the European paleoart demonstrates that the teleological model of cultural “evolution” is false, which is to be expected because evolution is purely dysteleological. This is confirmed by the extensive record of pre-Upper Paleolithic European paleoart, which is comprehensively reviewed in this paper.

  5. El registro más completo de un Hoplophorini (Xenarthra: Glyptodontidae para los Pisos/Edades Chapadmalalense-Marplatense (Plioceno tardío-Pleistoceno temprano The most complete record of a Hoplophorini (Xenarthra: Glyptodontidae for the Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages (Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene

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    Alfredo E Zurita

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Los Glyptodontidae del Neógeno tardío (Pisos/Edades Chapadmalalense-Marplatense; ca. 3.9-1.8 Ma constituyen un grupo escasamente conocido, en tanto la mayoría de los registros están limitados a restos aislados de la coraza dorsal y/o caudal. Las únicas excepciones están representadas por Paraglyptodon chapalmalensis (Ameghino in Rovereto, un fósil guía para el Chapadmalalense superior, y el Plohophorini Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino. Por otro lado, los "Hoplophorinae" Hoplophorini son gliptodontes que tienen sus primeros registros durante los Pisos Huayqueriense (Mioceno tardío y "Araucanense" (Mioceno tardío-Plioceno, pero están prácticamente ausentes durante los Pisos Chapadmalalense-Marplatense (Plioceno-Pleistoceno temprano. Posteriormente, los Hoplophorini (Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto son, junto con Glyptodon Owen, los Glyptodontidae de registro más frecuente en el Pleistoceno de América del Sur. En esta contribución damos a conocer el primer registro de un Hoplophorini de antigüedad Chapadmalalense, asignado al género Eosclerocalyptus C. Ameghino (Eosclerocalyptus cf. E. lineatus. Este nuevo material, representado por una coraza dorsal, fue exhumado de la sección superior de la Fm. Chapadmalal, Mar del Plata, provincia de Buenos Aires. Desde una perspectiva morfológica, esta coraza presenta un tamaño intermedio entre E. tapinocephalus Cabrera, E. proximus (Moreno & Mercerat y Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto. Junto con cf. Paraglyptodon chapalmalensis y Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino, estos registros representan los Glyptodontidae Pliocenos más completos que se conocen; a su vez, completa parcialmente la distribución estratigráfica de los Glyptodontidae Hoplophorini.The late Neogene (Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages; ca. 3.9-1.8 Ma Glyptodontidae from southern South America are poorly known since most of the record are limited to remains of the dorsal and/or caudal armour. In this sense, the exceptions are represented by Paraglyptodon chapadmalensis (Ameghino in Rovereto, a fossil guide of the Upper Chapadmalalan Stage, and the Plohophorini Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino. On the other hand, the "Hoplophorinae" Hoplophorini are glyptodonts that have its first records during the Huayquerian (late Miocene and "Araucanian" Stages (late Miocene-early Pliocene, but they are almost absents during the Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages (Pliocene-early Pleistocene. Later, the Hoplophorini (Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto are, together with Glyptodon Owen, the most common South American Pleistocene Glyptodontidae. In this contribution we report the first record of a Chapadmalalan Hoplophorini, assigned to the genus Eosclerocalyptus C. Ameghino (Eosclerocalyptus cf. E. lineatus, coming from the Mar del Plata locality, Buenos Aires province (Argentina. This new material, represented by a complete dorsal carapace, was exhumed from the upper section of the Chapadmalalan Formation. From a morphological perspective, this dorsal carapace shows an intermediate size between E. tapinocephalus Cabrera, E. proximus (Moreno & Mercerat and Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto. Together with cf. Paraglyptodon chapadmalensis and Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino those records represents the most entire Pliocene Glyptodontidae known and, in addition, it partially complete the stratigraphical distribution of the Glyptodontidae Hoplophorini.

  6. El registro más completo de un Hoplophorini (Xenarthra: Glyptodontidae) para los Pisos/Edades Chapadmalalense-Marplatense (Plioceno tardío-Pleistoceno temprano) / The most complete record of a Hoplophorini (Xenarthra: Glyptodontidae) for the Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages (Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene)

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    Alfredo E, Zurita; Cristian, Oliva; Alejandro, Dondas; Esteban, Soibelzon; Federico I, Isla.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Los Glyptodontidae del Neógeno tardío (Pisos/Edades Chapadmalalense-Marplatense; ca. 3.9-1.8 Ma) constituyen un grupo escasamente conocido, en tanto la mayoría de los registros están limitados a restos aislados de la coraza dorsal y/o caudal. Las únicas excepciones están representadas por Paraglypto [...] don chapalmalensis (Ameghino in Rovereto), un fósil guía para el Chapadmalalense superior, y el Plohophorini Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino. Por otro lado, los "Hoplophorinae" Hoplophorini son gliptodontes que tienen sus primeros registros durante los Pisos Huayqueriense (Mioceno tardío) y "Araucanense" (Mioceno tardío-Plioceno), pero están prácticamente ausentes durante los Pisos Chapadmalalense-Marplatense (Plioceno-Pleistoceno temprano). Posteriormente, los Hoplophorini (Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto) son, junto con Glyptodon Owen, los Glyptodontidae de registro más frecuente en el Pleistoceno de América del Sur. En esta contribución damos a conocer el primer registro de un Hoplophorini de antigüedad Chapadmalalense, asignado al género Eosclerocalyptus C. Ameghino (Eosclerocalyptus cf. E. lineatus). Este nuevo material, representado por una coraza dorsal, fue exhumado de la sección superior de la Fm. Chapadmalal, Mar del Plata, provincia de Buenos Aires. Desde una perspectiva morfológica, esta coraza presenta un tamaño intermedio entre E. tapinocephalus Cabrera, E. proximus (Moreno & Mercerat) y Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto. Junto con cf. Paraglyptodon chapalmalensis y Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino, estos registros representan los Glyptodontidae Pliocenos más completos que se conocen; a su vez, completa parcialmente la distribución estratigráfica de los Glyptodontidae Hoplophorini. Abstract in english The late Neogene (Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages; ca. 3.9-1.8 Ma) Glyptodontidae from southern South America are poorly known since most of the record are limited to remains of the dorsal and/or caudal armour. In this sense, the exceptions are represented by Paraglyptodon chapadmalensis (Ameghino in [...] Rovereto), a fossil guide of the Upper Chapadmalalan Stage, and the Plohophorini Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino. On the other hand, the "Hoplophorinae" Hoplophorini are glyptodonts that have its first records during the Huayquerian (late Miocene) and "Araucanian" Stages (late Miocene-early Pliocene), but they are almost absents during the Chapadmalalan-Marplatan Stages (Pliocene-early Pleistocene). Later, the Hoplophorini (Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto) are, together with Glyptodon Owen, the most common South American Pleistocene Glyptodontidae. In this contribution we report the first record of a Chapadmalalan Hoplophorini, assigned to the genus Eosclerocalyptus C. Ameghino (Eosclerocalyptus cf. E. lineatus), coming from the Mar del Plata locality, Buenos Aires province (Argentina). This new material, represented by a complete dorsal carapace, was exhumed from the upper section of the Chapadmalalan Formation. From a morphological perspective, this dorsal carapace shows an intermediate size between E. tapinocephalus Cabrera, E. proximus (Moreno & Mercerat) and Neosclerocalyptus Paula Couto. Together with cf. Paraglyptodon chapadmalensis and Plohophorus figuratus Ameghino those records represents the most entire Pliocene Glyptodontidae known and, in addition, it partially complete the stratigraphical distribution of the Glyptodontidae Hoplophorini.

  7. Paleosuelos y niveles límnicos desarrollados en sucesiones aluviales del Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno del Piedemonte Andino de Mendoza (33°-34° ls), Argentina / Paleosoils and limnic levels in the late Pleistocene and Holocene alluvial successions of the Andean Piedmont of Mendoza (33°-34° LS), Argentina

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    Adriana, Mehl; Marcelo, Zárate.

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    Full Text Available Los depósitos aluviales del Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno de la cuenca del Arroyo La Estacada, en el piedemonte andino mendocino, entre los 33° y 34° LS, componen tres unidades geomorfológicas conspicuas: una planicie de agradación regional (PAR, Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno temprano), una terraza [...] de relleno aluvial (TRA, Holoceno medio y tardío) y la planicie de inundación actual (posterior a los 400 a AP). La PAR y la TRA registran procesos alternantes de agradación y pedogénesis, siendo estos últimos más frecuentes en los depósitos holocenos, caracterizados también por una mayor abundancia de niveles con contenido orgánico elevado (niveles límnicos). Este trabajo evalúa el registro de paleosuelos y niveles límnicos de la cuenca, con el objetivo de inferir sus implicancias en la dinámica paleoambiental y paleoclimática de la región centrooeste de Argentina durante el Pleistoceno tardío y Holoceno, y aportar información al marco paleoclimático del extremo sur de Sudamérica. Se muestrearon depósitos aluviales que exhiben paleosuelos y niveles límnicos en cuatro perfiles litoestratigráficos en las márgenes del Arroyo La Estacada y su tributario el Arroyo Anchayuyo; se utilizó el color como indicador de campo. Se describieron atributos en forma cualitativa (granulometría, color; consistencia, tipo y grado de estructuración de los sedimentos; forma y tipo de límites, sustancias cementantes y/o aglutinantes, rasgos redoximórficos, etc) y cuantitativa (contenido de materia orgánica y carbonato de calcio); se realizaron análisis micromorfológicos en muestras de sedimentos no disturbadas. Los resultados se presentan con un criterio cronológico decreciente basado en la calibración cronológica de los depósitos aluviales. Los paleosuelos de la PAR revelan un pobre desarrollo pedológico, con presencia de carbonato de calcio en la masa, y en forma de nódulos y concreciones. Por su parte, los paleosuelos de la TRA presentan mayor desarrollo relativo, y ausencia de carbonatos en general. Los niveles límnicos reflejan un incremento en la productividad vegetal en ambientes de la planicie de inundación saturados en agua; y quizás también un mayor transporte de MO por parte de las corrientes de agua en el valle fluvial. La mayor concentración de rasgos de carbonatación de la PAR reflejaría condiciones de mayor evaporación en los ambientes depositacionales del Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno temprano; mientras que la abundancia de rasgos redoximórficos en los niveles de la TRA, registraría la saturación en agua de los depósitos del Holoceno medio y tardío, quizás en respuesta a frecuentes fluctuaciones del nivel freático. Las sucesiones aluviales analizadas registran los cambios paleoambientales / paleoclimáticos acaecidos en el piedemonte andino oriental entre los 33° y 34° LS, en vinculación con la transición climática del Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno. Los paleosuelos y niveles límnicos observados resultaron herramientas útiles para la calibración geocronológica de las sucesiones aluviales estudiadas. Abstract in english The late Pleistocene and Holocene alluvial deposits of the Arroyo La Estacada basin, located in the Andean piedmont of Mendoza province between 33° and 34° SL (Fig. 1a-b), are arranged in three conspicuous geomorphological units, a regional aggradational plain (RAP, late Pleistocene - early Holocene [...] ), a fill terrace (FT, middle and late Holocene) and a present floodplain (developed ca. 400 yr BP) (A-A', B-B', Fig. 1c). The RAP (Figs. 2a, 3a) and the FT (Figs. 2b, 3b) record aggradational and pedological proccesses; the latter are more frequents in the Holocene deposits together with abundant sedimentary levels showing high organic matter content (limnic levels). High organic matter content deposits have been studied by the international scientific community, particularly in North America, where some authors discussed the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic implicances of the 'black mats' (Haynes, 1968; 2008; Firesto

  8. Late-glacial pollen, macrofossils and fish remains in northeastern U.S.A. — The Younger Dryas oscillation. A contribution to the 'North Atlantic seaboard programme' of IGCP-253, 'Termination of the Pleistocene'

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    Peteet, D. M.; Daniels, R. A.; Heusser, L. E.; Vogel, J. S.; Southon, J. R.; Nelson, D. E.

    The late-glacial environmental histories of Allamuchy Pond, New Jersey and Linsley Pond, Connecticut are reconstructed from pollen, macrofossil and fish scale remains. Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) 14C dating of seeds and needles indicates that the first organic deposition, evidenced by fossil Picea (spruce) needles, occurred approximately 12,400 BP. A major regional warming began in the northeastern United States at this time, correlative with the Bølling/Allerød warming of Europe and Greenland. The increase in Quercus (oak) pollen and presence of Pinus strobus (white pine) needles demonstrates the magnitude of warming reached at about 11,000 BP. The subsequent decline of thermophilous species and increase in boreal Picea, Abies (fir), Larix (larch), Betula papyrifera (paper birch) and Alnus (alder) from 10,800-10,000 BP was a regional vegetational reversal. Thus we find a North American expression of the Younger Dryas with a mean annual temperature depression of 3-4° C. The subsequent classical southern New England pine pollen zone 'B' and Pinus strobus macrofossils signalled a return to warmer conditions at approximately 10,000 BP, regionally, within approximately 50-100 years. A large increase in Quercus follows. This study is unique in documenting a continuous late-glacial record of fish remains from Allamuchy Pond, New Jersey sediments, indicating that members of the families Centrarchidae (sunfish), Salmonidae (trout), Percidae (perch) and Cyprinidae (minnow) were regionally present.

  9. Dark humic alluvial paleosols in Central and Southern Mexico: Micromorphological indicators of Late Pleistocene megafauna habitats Paleosuelos aluviales con humus oscuro en el Centro y Sur de México: indicadores micromorfológicos de los hábitats de la megafauna del Pleistoceno tardío Paleosolos aluviais com húmus escuro no Centro e Sul do México: indicadores micromorfológicos dos habitats da megafauna do Pleistocénico tardio

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    Full Text Available During the Late Pleistocene, Mexico had a richer fauna than today with many different forms of megafauna that are now extinct. However, the ecosystems they inhabited and the particular ecological niches that they occupied are still poorly understood. Most of the findings of Pleistocene megafauna have been in alluvial deposits that present rich opportunities for paleoecological studies using paleopedological records. Floodplain paleosols commonly are poorly developed. However, micromorphological analysis provides information about the grade of development of the soil at a microscale, discriminating between genetic and sedimentary processes; thus helping in the identification of the environmental setting in which they formed. We analyzed the micromorphology of six pedogenetic units in the sequences of Santa Cruz Nuevo and Axamilpa, in the south of Puebla, and Huexoyucan, in the state of Tlaxcala. These pedosequences correspond to the second half of marine isotopic stage 3 (MIS3, MIS2 and the early Holocene. All studied units are characterized by strong pigmentation with dark humus. The micromorphological analysis of MIS3 paleosols reveals aquatic conditions with evidence of freshwater biota and microlamination as well as pedogenetic features of hydrogenic carbonate precipitation and redoximorphic processes. The dark paleosols of MIS2 and the early Holocene demonstrate signs of stronger coprogenic aggregation, weathering and fewer gleyic features. Comparison with modern soils shows that the latter were formed under better-drained, aerated conditions that exclude redoximorphic processes. We conclude that the dark colored Pleistocene paleosol units are indicative of different paleo-landscapes: wetlands in the MIS3 and moist meadows in MIS2 ? early Holocene. The swampy ecosystems could play an important role as a megafauna habitat.En el Pleistoceno Tardío, México tenía una diversidad faunística más rica que en la actualidad, con diferentes formas de megafauna, hoy extinta. Sin embargo, los ecosistemas que habitaron y determinados nichos ecológicos que ocupaban son poco conocidos. Los hallazgos más numerosos de la megafauna del Pleistoceno han sido en depósitos aluviales, los cuales son registros paleoecológicos importantes que representan una excelente oportunidad para ser estudiados. Los paleosuelos aluviales regularmente son poco desarrollados, sin embargo, el análisis micromorfológico proporciona información relevante sobre el grado de desarrollo del suelo a una microescala, permitiendo discriminar entre los procesos edafogenéticos y sedimentarios; ayudando con ello a la identificación de la configuración del medio ambiente en el que se formaron. Nosotros analizamos la micromofología de seis unidades edafogenéticas en las secuencias de Santa Cruz Nuevo y Axamilpa, en el sur de Puebla y Huexoyucan, en el estado de Tlaxcala. Estas edafosecuencias corresponden a la segunda mitad de la etapa isotópica marina 3 (MIS3, etapa isotópica marina 2 MIS2 y al Holoceno Temprano. Todas las unidades estudiadas se caracterizan por una fuerte pigmentación con humus oscuro. El análisis micromorfológico de los paleosuelos de MIS3 revela condiciones acuáticas con evidencias de biota de agua dulce, como también microlaminaciones de precipitación de carbonatos hidrogénicos y procesos redoximórficos. Los paleosuelos oscuros de MIS2 y el Holoceno Temprano muestran fuerte agregación coprogénica, intemperismo y pocos rasgos gleycos, presentando fuertes diferencias con los suelos modernos. Los suelos modernos se formaron en condiciones aireadas, con un mejor drenaje que excluyen los procesos redoximórficos. Llegamos a la conclusión de que las unidades de paleosuelos del Pleistoceno de color oscuro son indicativos de diferentes paleopaisajes: humedales pantanosos en la MIS3 y praderas húmedas desde MIS2 hasta el Holoceno Temprano. Los ecosistemas pantanosos podrían representar un importante hábitat para la megafauna del Pleistoceno.No Pleistocénico tardio, o México apresentava uma diversidade fa

  10. Sedimentología de unidades loéssicas (Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno del centro-sur de Santa Fe Sedimentology of loessic units (Late Pleistocene - Holocene of the center-south of Santa Fe

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    Daniela Kröhling

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    Full Text Available Se presenta una caracterización integral de las secuencias loess-paleosuelos aflorantes en un área típica de la Pampa Norte, basada en el análisis estratigráfico y en la variabilidad granulométrica y mineralógica. El estudio sedimentológico de detalle del loess fue practicado en dos perfiles del centro-sur de Santa Fe (Tortugas y Carcarañá. El loess está representado por la Fm Tezanos Pinto, integrada por dos miembros separados por una discordancia intraformacional (generados durante el Ultimo Máximo Glacial y el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano, respectivamente. Esta unidad está coronada por un suelo parcialmente erodado, desarrollado durante el Período Hypsithermal. Una formación loéssica delgada (Fm San Guillermo; Holoceno tardío yace sobre el suelo decapitado. La fracción granulométrica dominante de la Fm Tezanos Pinto en ambos perfiles es el limo (?70%, con participación subordinada de arena muy fina y arcilla. En general, el tamaño medio corresponde a la fracción limo entre 4 y 6 ?; con una tendencia granodecreciente y un mejoramiento del coeficiente de selección desde el miembro inferior hacia el superior. Las curvas de frecuencias acumuladas evidencian una subpoblación transportada por saltación y dos subpoblaciones de partículas asociadas a transporte por suspensión. Cada una de estas dos subpoblaciones representa entre el 30 y el 50% de la distribución. La población mayoritaria de minerales livianos de la fracción modal de arenas (125- 63µm del loess aflorante en ambos perfiles está formada por materiales volcaniclásticos andinos aportados por vía eólica (cuarzo policristalino, microaglomerados, vidrio volcánico, fragmentos líticos y plagioclasas. La fuente minoritaria integra minerales provenientes del basamento cristalino de las Sierras Pampeanas, transportados y depositados por acción fluvial (cuarzo y feldespatos potásicos. El limo (63-4µm está compuesto por cuarzo, con menor cantidad de feldespatos; la illita es el mineral arcilloso más abundante. En la arcilla (An integral characterization of the outcropping loess-paleosols sequence in a type area of North Pampa is presented, based on the stratigraphic analyses and the grain size and mineralogic variability. Two loess profiles representative of interfluve areas of southern Santa Fe province were selected for detailed sedimentological analyses (Tortugas and Carcarañá Profiles. The loessic cover is part of the quaternary aeolian sedimentary body of the Argentine plain, defined as "Pampean Aeolian System" by Iriondo (1990a and Iriondo and Kröhling (1995. Both geomorphological and sedimentological systems compose the Pampean Aeolian System: a Sand Sea and a Peripheral Loess Belt. The Loess Belt, about 2,000 Km long and 250-300 Km wide in North Pampa, is located at the northeast of the Sand Sea. The sediments of the Pampean Aeolian System accumulated during the first stages of the last Pleistocene glaciation; later on they were partially reworked during successive dry phases and underwent pedogenesis in humid periods (Iriondo and Kröhling, 1995. The outcropping sedimentary sequence of the area is represented by fine aeolian units interbedded with buried soils. The Tezanos Pinto Fm (Iriondo, 1987 is the typical loessic unit of the North Pampa. In most places (Carcarañá Profile it lays in erosive contact on a dissipation deposit of aeolian sand (Carcarañá Fm; Kröhling, 1999a. The loess is a loose deposit, silt with subordinated clay and very fine sand, light brown in colour. The loess thickness generally ranges from 4 to 10 m in the interfluves. The loess is a homogeneous, massive and permeable deposit. The sedimentary mass is calcareous; it contains powdery concentrations and hard concretions of CaCO3. The loess body is crossed by fine rhizoid ramified canalicula and very fine micropores of tubular forms. It is stable in steep walls, in parts altered by subcutaneous subfussion and shaped by columnar disjunction. Two members of the loess unit are differentiated in both profiles

  11. Sedimentología de unidades loéssicas (Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno) del centro-sur de Santa Fe / Sedimentology of loessic units (Late Pleistocene - Holocene) of the center-south of Santa Fe

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    Daniela, Kröhling; Oscar, Orfeo.

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una caracterización integral de las secuencias loess-paleosuelos aflorantes en un área típica de la Pampa Norte, basada en el análisis estratigráfico y en la variabilidad granulométrica y mineralógica. El estudio sedimentológico de detalle del loess fue practicado en dos perfiles del cen [...] tro-sur de Santa Fe (Tortugas y Carcarañá). El loess está representado por la Fm Tezanos Pinto, integrada por dos miembros separados por una discordancia intraformacional (generados durante el Ultimo Máximo Glacial y el Pleistoceno tardío-Holoceno temprano, respectivamente). Esta unidad está coronada por un suelo parcialmente erodado, desarrollado durante el Período Hypsithermal. Una formación loéssica delgada (Fm San Guillermo; Holoceno tardío) yace sobre el suelo decapitado. La fracción granulométrica dominante de la Fm Tezanos Pinto en ambos perfiles es el limo (?70%), con participación subordinada de arena muy fina y arcilla. En general, el tamaño medio corresponde a la fracción limo entre 4 y 6 ?; con una tendencia granodecreciente y un mejoramiento del coeficiente de selección desde el miembro inferior hacia el superior. Las curvas de frecuencias acumuladas evidencian una subpoblación transportada por saltación y dos subpoblaciones de partículas asociadas a transporte por suspensión. Cada una de estas dos subpoblaciones representa entre el 30 y el 50% de la distribución. La población mayoritaria de minerales livianos de la fracción modal de arenas (125- 63µm) del loess aflorante en ambos perfiles está formada por materiales volcaniclásticos andinos aportados por vía eólica (cuarzo policristalino, microaglomerados, vidrio volcánico, fragmentos líticos y plagioclasas). La fuente minoritaria integra minerales provenientes del basamento cristalino de las Sierras Pampeanas, transportados y depositados por acción fluvial (cuarzo y feldespatos potásicos). El limo (63-4µm) está compuesto por cuarzo, con menor cantidad de feldespatos; la illita es el mineral arcilloso más abundante. En la arcilla ( Abstract in english An integral characterization of the outcropping loess-paleosols sequence in a type area of North Pampa is presented, based on the stratigraphic analyses and the grain size and mineralogic variability. Two loess profiles representative of interfluve areas of southern Santa Fe province were selected f [...] or detailed sedimentological analyses (Tortugas and Carcarañá Profiles). The loessic cover is part of the quaternary aeolian sedimentary body of the Argentine plain, defined as "Pampean Aeolian System" by Iriondo (1990a) and Iriondo and Kröhling (1995). Both geomorphological and sedimentological systems compose the Pampean Aeolian System: a Sand Sea and a Peripheral Loess Belt. The Loess Belt, about 2,000 Km long and 250-300 Km wide in North Pampa, is located at the northeast of the Sand Sea. The sediments of the Pampean Aeolian System accumulated during the first stages of the last Pleistocene glaciation; later on they were partially reworked during successive dry phases and underwent pedogenesis in humid periods (Iriondo and Kröhling, 1995). The outcropping sedimentary sequence of the area is represented by fine aeolian units interbedded with buried soils. The Tezanos Pinto Fm (Iriondo, 1987) is the typical loessic unit of the North Pampa. In most places (Carcarañá Profile) it lays in erosive contact on a dissipation deposit of aeolian sand (Carcarañá Fm; Kröhling, 1999a). The loess is a loose deposit, silt with subordinated clay and very fine sand, light brown in colour. The loess thickness generally ranges from 4 to 10 m in the interfluves. The loess is a homogeneous, massive and permeable deposit. The sedimentary mass is calcareous; it contains powdery concentrations and hard concretions of CaCO3. The loess body is crossed by fine rhizoid ramified canalicula and very fine micropores of tubular forms. It is stable in steep walls, in parts altered by subcutaneous subfussion and shaped by columnar disjunction. Two members of the loe

  12. Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas

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    Full Text Available In contrast to the great time depth of Pleistocene rock art and mobiliary ‘art’ in the four other continents, the available evidence from the Americas is very limited, and restricted at best to the last part of the final Pleistocene. A review of what has so far become available is hampered by a considerable burden of literature presenting material contended to be of the Ice Age, even of the Mesozoic in some cases, that needs to be sifted through to find a minute number of credible claims. Even the timing of the first colonization of the Americas remains unresolved, and the lack of clear-cut substantiation of palaeoart finds predating about 12,000 years bp is conspicuous. There are vague hints of earlier human presence, rendering it likely that archaeology has failed to define its manifestations adequately, and Pleistocene palaeoart remains almost unexplored at this stage.

  13. The Pliocene to Early Pleistocene marine to fluviatile succession of the Seuil du Cotentin basins (Armorican Massif, Normandy, France)

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    Dugué, Olivier

    2003-02-01

    Marine and fluvial Plio-Pleistocene deposits of the Seuil du Cotentin, western Normandy range in age from Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene. They are preserved in small Cenozoic grabens and are divided into six new formations based on lithology, granulometry, sedimentary structures and associated fossils. The depositional environments of these formations change from marine to fluviatile and represent two transgression-regression cycles. This paper outlines the detailed stratigraphical relationships of the western Normandy Plio-Pleistocene succession and discusses its correlation with the adjacent eastern area in the Seine River valley (France), in Cornwall and in the southern North Sea basin (East Anglia, Belgium, The Netherlands).

  14. Late Quaternary activity along the Scorciabuoi Fault (Southern Italy as inferred from electrical resistivity tomographies

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    Full Text Available The Scorciabuoi Fault is one of the major tectonic structures affecting the Southern Apennines, Italy. Across its central sector, we performed several electrical resistivity tomographies with different electrode spacing (5 and 10 m and using a multielectrode system with 32 electrodes. All tomographies were acquired with two different arrays, the dipole-dipole and the Wenner-Schlumberger. We also tested the different sensitivity of the two arrays with respect to the specific geological conditions and research goals. Detailed geological mapping and two boreholes were used to calibrate the electrical stratigraphy. In all but one tomography (purposely performed off the fault trace, we could recognise an abrupt subvertical lateral variation of the main sedimentary bodies showing the displacement and sharp thickening of the two youngest alluvial bodies in the hanging-wall block. These features are interpreted as evidence of synsedimentary activity of the Scorciabuoi Fault during Late Pleistocene and possibly as recently as Holocene and allow accurate location of the fault trace within the Sauro alluvial plain.

  15. High resolution sequence stratigraphy in China

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    Since high resolution sequence stratigraphy was introduced into China by DENG Hong-wen in 1995, it has been experienced two development stages in China which are the beginning stage of theory research and development of theory research and application, and the stage of theoretical maturity and widely application that is going into. It is proved by practices that high resolution sequence stratigraphy plays more and more important roles in the exploration and development of oil and gas in Chinese continental oil-bearing basin and the research field spreads to the exploration of coal mine, uranium mine and other strata deposits. However, the theory of high resolution sequence stratigraphy still has some shortages, it should be improved in many aspects. The authors point out that high resolution sequence stratigraphy should be characterized quantitatively and modelized by computer techniques. (authors)

  16. Macro fossils vegetable in Palmar formation (later pleistocene) in Entre Rios - Argentina

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    This work is about the macro fossil knowledge preserved like wood fossils in the El Palmar Formation (Late Pleistocene) from a systematic - anatomical as well as paleoecological and paleoclimate point of view.The paleo Flora comes from various fossil located in the province of Entre Rios - Argentina

  17. Single-grain OSL chronologies for Middle Palaeolithic deposits at El Mnasra and El Harhoura 2, Morocco: implications for Late Pleistocene human-environment interactions along the Atlantic coast of northwest Africa.

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    Jacobs, Zenobia; Roberts, Richard G; Nespoulet, Roland; El Hajraoui, Mohammed Abdeljalil; Debénath, André

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    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) measurements were made on individual, sand-sized grains of quartz from Middle Palaeolithic deposits at two cave sites (El Harhoura 2 and El Mnasra) on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. We were able to calculate OSL ages for 32 of the 33 samples collected from the Middle Palaeolithic deposits, including the earliest and latest Aterian levels at both sites. These ages reveal periods of occupation between about 110 and 95 ka (thousands of years ago), and at ~75 ka. A late Middle Palaeolithic occupation of El Harhoura 2 is also recorded at ~55 ka. Our single-grain OSL chronologies largely support previous age estimates from El Mnasra and other sites along the Atlantic coast of Morocco, but are generally more precise, reproducible and stratigraphically more coherent (i.e., fewer age reversals). We compare the single-grain ages for El Harhoura 2 and El Mnasra with those obtained from single- and multi-grain OSL dating of Middle Palaeolithic deposits in the nearby sites of Contrebandiers and Dar es-Soltan 1 and 2, and with records of past regional environments preserved in sediment cores collected from off the coast of northwest Africa. A conspicuous feature of the new chronologies is the close correspondence between the three identified episodes of human occupation and periods of wetter climate and expanded grassland habitat. Owing to the precision of the single-grain OSL ages, we are able to discern gaps in occupation during Marine Isotope Stages 5 and 4, which may represent drier periods with reduced vegetation cover. We propose that these climatic conditions can be correlated with events in the North Atlantic Ocean that exert a major control on abrupt, millennial-scale fluctuations between wet and dry periods in northwest and central North Africa. PMID:22245146

  18. The ``Problem of the quaternary'' and the taxonomic rank of the late cenozoic in the international stratigraphic scale

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    Zubakov, V. A.

    2011-02-01

    An international scientific conflict has arisen around the International Stratigraphic Scale, the main document that regulates the rules of reading of geological records and, hence, concerns all Earth sciences. The matter of debate is the geological time scale of 2004, developed by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, where the Quaternary system was abandoned. This ICS decision triggered a protest among Quaternary geologists, members of INQUA, and became the subject of much controversy. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of the Quaternary problem and proposes a reasonable scientific solution that may be appropriate for both parties. The subject of Late Cenozoic geology is discussed: glaciations, human evolution, and recent deposits. In contrast to Charles Lyell's definition of the Plio-Pleistocene according to the percentage of modern mollusk species, it is defined here as a blanket formation, which is correlative to the topography and consists of mapped stratogens hosting fossils of modern biogeocenoses. Features of the description of the Plio-Pleistocene in terms of gravitational orbital tuning are considered. Four paleogeographic phases of modern environment evolution are recognized and ranked as stages: (1) The Messinian evolutionary explosion involved the appearance of many biogeocenoses and the bipedal walking of our extinct ancestors armed with sticks. It was a consequence of the Early Greenland (7.6 Ma BP) and Patagonian (6.7 Ma BP) hyperglaciations. (2) The Zanclean age is marked by climatic and hydrological but not evolutionary boundaries. (3) The appearance of the Villafranchian animal assemblage and Australopithecus, who used stones as weapon: 4.0-3.6 Ma BP. Orogeny and isolation of the Arctic Ocean changed the global climate dramatically. (4) The sexual revolution became the third evolutionary jump: the appearance of the first woman, "Eve", and the genus Homo with her: 1.9 Ma BP. According to the current view, the Plio-Pleistocene, as defined by Lyell, consists of nineteen chronozones, four stages and two series. Hence, it is a true system, Pliocene-Pleistocene = Hologene, with a GSSP at 7.6 Ma BP, complying with all rules of scientific stratigraphical subdivision, rather than the mere beginning of the archaic Quaternary pseudo system with GSSPs at 1.8 or 2.6 Ma BP

  19. Análisis fitolítico de la Formación Tezanos Pinto (Pleistoceno tardío- Holoceno temprano) en el sector noroeste de su área de distribución en la provincia de Entre Ríos (Argentina) / Phytolitic analysis of the Tezanos Pinto Formation (Late Pleistocene-early Holocene) in the northwestern sector of its distribution area, Provincia de Entre Ríos (Argentina)

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    Georgina, Erra; Alejandro Fabián, Zucol; Daniela Mariela, Kröhling.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Los depósitos de loess son los componentes principales de las secuencias del Cuaternario Superior de la llanura pampeana (Sudamérica). La unidad loéssica generada durante el Ultimo Máximo Glacial a sotavento del Sistema Eólico Pampeano (Pampa Norte) representa un loess primario, indicando la expansi [...] ón de condiciones semiáridas al noreste de dicho sistema. La Formación Tezanos Pinto es la unidad loéssica típica del Pleistoceno tardío - Holoceno temprano de la Pampa Norte, caracterizada por su considerable continuidad espacial. En esta contribución se presentan los primeros resultados del análisis fitolítico del loess en el área noroeste de esta formación en la provincia de Entre Ríos. Las asociaciones fitolíticas analizadas presentaron una elevada homogeneidad con variaciones que permitieron su diferenciación cuantitativa a través de los perfiles analizados, mediante la presencia de fitolitos graminoides (de afinidad dantonioide, pooide-festucoide, chloridoide y panicoide), de palmeras, podostemáceas y ciperáceas. Estas variaciones posibilitaron reconocer la presencia de una estepa templada fría a templada con condiciones xéricas en los niveles basales, con episodios templados húmedos principalmente hacia las secciones medias y superiores. Abstract in english Loess deposits are the main component of the Late Quaternary sequences of Pampa plains (South America). The loess unit of the Last Glacial Maximum at the leeward side of the Pampean aeolian system represents primary loess, indicating the expansion of semiarid conditions to the NE of that system. The [...] Tezanos Pinto Formation is the typical loessic unit of the late Pleistocene-early Holocene of North Pampa, characterized by its considerable spatial continuity. The first result of the phytolith analysis of the Tezanos Pinto Formation at the northwestern area of this formation in the Entre Ríos province is presented in this contribution. The analyzed phytolith assemblages show a high homogeneity with several variations that allowed their quantitative differentiation across the sedimentary sections. The presences of grass phytoliths jointly with palm, podostemoid and ciperoid elements allowed to realize this characterization. The association of danthoniod, pooid-festucoid, chloridoid and panicoid grass phytolith types described the presence of a cold temperate to temperate steppe with xeric conditions in the basal levels, with temperate episodes with major moistureprincipally in their middle and top sections.

  20. Eocene to Pleistocene lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Calama Basin, northern Chile Litoestratigrafía, cronoestratigrafía durante el Eoceno al Pleistoceno y evolución tectono-sedimentaria de la Cuenca de Calama, norte de Chile

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    Full Text Available New 40Ar/39Ar radiometric, sedimentological and structural data from post-Paleocene sedimentary strata in the Calama Basin, northern Chile suggest that the established lithostratigraphy of the basin-fill requires revision. A new lithostratigraphic scheme for the Eocene-Pleistocene stratigraphy of the Calama Basin is proposed here. The key features of this scheme are that the existing Calama Formation is retained although the age of the formation is redefined as (?Lower Eocene to (?Lower Miocene. The El Loa Formation is elevated to group status and redefined as Lower Miocene to Upper Pliocene in age. The El Loa Group includes four newly defined formations: the Jalquinche, Opache, Lasana and Chiquinaputo formations. The existing definition of the uppermost unit within the Calama Basin, the Upper Pliocene to Pleistocene Chiu-Chiu Formation, is retained. The tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Calama Basin-fill reveals three distinct unconformity-bounded phases of sedimentation: Eocene-Oligocene, early Miocene to late mid-Miocene and late Miocene to late Pliocene. Sedimentation commenced in the Eocene with deposition of alluvial braidplain deposits (Calama Formation. This style of sedimentation occurred across northern Chile throughout the Oligocene following the Incaic Orogeny. From 22 Ma to 10 Ma ephemeral fluvial sediments were developed along the Calama Basin flanks (Lasana Formation, playa sandflat and mudflat deposits (Jalquinche Formation in the basin centre. Equivalently-aged sediments in both the Salar de Atacama and Pampa del Tamarugal basins also indicate deposition in endorheic basins. Late Miocene sedimentation occurred diachronously across the north Chilean forearc. The Pampa del Tamarugal and Calama Basin areas were linked around 6 Ma following tectonic activity. Regional palustrine carbonate sedimentation occurred in the Calama Basin centre (Opache Formation with fluvial sedimentation along the eastern basin margin (Chiquinaputo Formation. The change in depositional style is attributed to increased rainfall in drainage basins. At about 3 Ma the Calama Basin was subject to gentle folding, followed by entrenchment of the Río Loa and Río San Salvador through Miocene to Pliocene strata to reach a new base-level caused by breaching of the Coastal Cordillera by the Río Loa to reach the Pacific. Localised diatomite and evaporite (anhydrite deposition took place in depressions created by either folding of older strata or geomorphic features (Chiu-Chiu Formation. Up to 5 unconformities are present in the Calama Basin-fill and occur across either the whole of the basin or localised areas of the basin. They are not present in adjacent basins which suggests they were generated by movement on the Precordilleran/West Fissure Fault Systems. Facies analysis of the Eocene to Pleistocene succession suggests that sedimentation took place under an arid/semi-arid climate throughout this time period. Occasional fluctuations in climate suggesting increased runoff are indicated by the development of diatomites together with lacustrine and palustrine limestones. However, it is unlikely that the climate was never more humid than semi-arid. Similar facies developments in the Pampa del Tamarugal and Salar de Atacama basins during the Oligocene to Pleistocene suggest that climate changes affected the whole of the forearc and were not restricted to individual basinsLos resultados obtenidos de estudios estructurales, sedimentológicos y dataciones radiométricas de las secuencias sedimentarias post Eoceno de la Cuenca de Calama, sugieren que la litoestratigrafía establecida para su relleno sedimentario, requiere una revisión. En este trabajo, se propone un nuevo esquema litoestratigráfico pos-Paleoceno para esta cuenca. Las características claves de este esquema son que la Formación Calama se mantiene aunque su edad es considerada como Eoceno Inferior (? a Mioceno Inferior (?. La Formación El Loa es redefinida como Grupo y asignada al Mioceno Inferior-Plioceno Superior. Este Grupo incluiría la definición de

  1. Pleistocene and Holocene Iberian flora: a complete picture and review

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    González Sampériz, Penélope

    2010-05-01

    A detailed analysis of the location and composition of Iberian vegetation types during the whole Pleistocene and Holocene periods shows a complex patched landscape with persistence of different types of ecosystems, even during glacial times. In addition, recent, high-resolution palaeoecological records are changing the traditional picture of post-glacial vegetation succession in the Iberian Peninsula. The main available charcoal and pollen sequences include, coniferous and deciduous forest, steppes, shrublands, savannahs and glacial refugia during the Pleistocene for Meso-thermophytes (phytodiversity reservoirs), in different proportions. This panorama suggests an environmental complexity that relates biotic responses to climate changes forced by Milankovitch cycles, suborbital forcings and by the latitudinal and physiographic particularities of the Iberian Peninsula. Thus, many factors are critical in the course of vegetational developments and strong regional differences are observed since the Early Pleistocene. Currently, the flora of Iberia is located in two biogeographical/climatic regions: the Eurosiberian and the Mediterranean. The first one includes northern and northwestern areas of the peninsula, where post-glacial responses of vegetation are very similar to Central Europe, although with some particularities due to its proximity to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean region. The second one comprises the main territory of Iberia and shows more complex patterns and singularities, now and in the past. Steppe landscapes dominated extensive areas over all the territory during the cold spells of the Quaternary, especially during the Late Pleistocene up to the Last Glacial Maximum, but differences in composition of the dominant taxa (Compositae versus Artemisia) are observed since the Early Pleistocene, probably related to moisture regional gradients. Coastal shelves and intramountainous valleys, even in continental areas, are spots of floristic diversity and nuclei of population expansion during climatic ameliorations of the Pleistocene. The floristic composition, location and structure of glacial tree populations and communities may have been a primary control on these developments and on the origin and composition of Holocene scenarios. Refugial populations would have been a source, but not the only one, for the early Lateglacial oak expansions for example. From Middle to Late Holocene, inertial, resilient, and rapid responses of vegetation to climatic change are described, any time with regional and local differences. The role of fire, pastoralism, agriculture and other anthropogenic disturbances such as mining during the Copper, Bronze, Iberic, and Roman times must be also considered as an important factor of the current vegetation distribution. In fact, the Iberian Peninsula constitutes a territory where climatic, geological, biogeographical and historical conditions have converged to produce environmental heterogeneity, large biological diversity and ecosystem richness. A note of singularity: in comparison with other Mediterranean peninsulas, Iberia was, doubtless, particularly suitable for the survival and permanence of sclerophyllous elements of any kind (including Ibero-Maghrebian scrubs such as Maytenus, Periploca, Ziziphus,Withania, Lycium, and Calicotome), currently, during the Holocene, and even during glacial stages of the Pleistocene. However, no macro-remains of these taxa have been documented until Late Holocene chronologies, but the survival of other thermophilous species, such as Olea, reveals the existence of glacial refugia in the southernmost areas of Iberia. Over all, and dealing with plant species, the Iberian Peninsula is a land of survival.

  2. Early Pleistocene sea level and millennial-scale climate fluctuations: a view from the tropical Pacific

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    Alix Jakob, Kim; Friedrich, Oliver; Pross, Jörg

    2015-04-01

    This project aims at deciphering the rate of sea level variability and its effect on millennial-scale climate fluctuations during the final phase of the intensification of northern hemisphere glaciation (NHG). Millennial-scale climate fluctuations appear to have changed significantly at glacial-interglacial time scales during the late Pliocene and Pleistocene. Thereby, millennial-scale climate fluctuations under a warmer climate during late Pliocene and early Pleistocene show markedly lower ampitudes compared to the fluctuations of the late Pleistocene. Numerous Pleistocene proxy records (e.g. McManus et al., 1999) suggest that this difference can be explained by an ice-volume/sea-level threshold that amplifies millennial-scale climate fluctuations and was not reached prior to the Mid-Pleistocene Transition (MPT). However, new records question the existence of this threshold (Bolton et al., 2010) and indicate that either the amplification of millennial-scale climate fluctuations before the MPT required a higher ice-volume threshold than in the late Pleistocene, that ice-volume had no significant effect on the amplitude of climate fluctuations, and/or the available sea level estimates for the early Pleistocene are inaccurate. For identifying the mechanisms underlying the dynamics of early Pleistocene ice sheets, material from the tropical Pacific Ocean (ODP Site 849) is studied over a time interval from 2.6 to 2.4 Ma (marine isotope stages 104 to 96). In summary, the main deliverables are (1) the establishment of a precise ?18O chemostratigraphy using the benthic foraminifera Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi by tuning the ?18O dataset to the LR04 benthic isotope stack (Lisiecki & Raymo, 2005), and (2) providing high-resolution (˜700 years) Mg/Ca and ?18O datasets using the benthic foraminifera Oridorsalis umbonatus and the planktonic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber. This combined geochemical approach will be used to address the following research questions: (1) Quantification of sea level change from 2.6 to 2.4 Ma; (2) Critically assess the hypothesis of an ice-volume threshold for millennial-scale climate amplification during the early Pleistocene (and if it exists, what its value was); (3) Detailed comparison with late Pleistocene glacials; (4) Model-data comparison to assess the fidelity of model-based sea level estimates; and (5) reconstruction of sea surface temperature fluctuations of the tropical Pacific. References Bolton, C.T., Wilson, P.A., Bailey, I., Friedrich, O., Beer, C.J., Becker, J., Baranwal, S., Schiebel, R. (2010): Millennial-scale climate variability in the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean during the late Pliocene. Paleoceanography 25, doi:10.1029/2010PA001951. Lisiecki, L.E. & Raymo, M.E. (2005): A Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally distributed benthic ?18O records. Paleoceanography 20, doi:10.1029/2004PA 001071. McManus, J., Oppo, D.W., Cullen, J.L. (1999): A 0.5-Million-Year Record of Millenial-Scale Climate Variability in the North Atlantic. Science 283, 971-975.

  3. Middle Pleistocene bivalves of the ?znik lake basin (Eastern Marmara, NW Turkey) and a new paleobiogeographical approach

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    Islamo?lu, Ye?im

    2009-12-01

    ?znik Lake is a tectonically originated basin mainly controlled by the E-W trending middle strand of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) system. Pleistocene sediments occurring in front of the faults are well exposed both in the northern and in the southern shorelines of the basin. In this study, two endemic brackish water bivalve species, Didacna subpyramidata Pravoslavkev 1939 and Didacna nov. sp. were found in the oldest terrace of the northern Pleistocene sequence. Having characterized morphology, these species serve as stratigraphic indicators in the regional Pleistocene stratigraphy of the Ponto-Caspian region, and thus are well correlated to the assemblages of the early Khazarian subhorizon (Middle Pleistocene). Hence, these data demonstrate that the early Khazarian brackish water sea covered the study area. Additionally, a model for the formation of the basin is proposed: the ?znik lake basin was a gulf of the former Marmara Sea in the early Khazarian, connecting the Marmara to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The subsequent regional prograding uplifts, main dextral strike-slip fault and many normal faults of the NAF Zone cut off the marine connections to the basin, leading to its present location and topographic level.

  4. Oleistocene mammals in the late-early Holocene in Santa Lucia river basin (Uruguay southern)

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    This work is about the fossileferous outcrops belongs to the late Pleistocene - early Holocene in Santa Lucia River. It enable to analyse the last records of megafauna vertebrate extinctions (olistecene mammals) with the climate conditions / environment

  5. La dieta y el hábitat del mamut y los caballos del Pleistoceno tardío de El Cedral con base en isótopos estables (?13C, ?18O) / Diet and habitat of the late Pleistocene mamut and horses from El Cedral based on stable isotopes (?13C, ?18O)

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    Víctor Adrián, Pérez-Crespo; Begoña, Sánchez-Chillón; Joaquín, Arroyo-Cabrales; María Teresa, Alberdi; Óscar J., Polaco; Antonio, Santos-Moreno; Mouloud, Benammi; Pedro, Morales-Puente; Edith, Cienfuegos-Alvarado.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available La dieta y el hábitat de Mammuthus columbi y de tres especies de Equus procedentes de El Cedral (San Luis Potosí, México) son inferidos a partir del análisis de isótopos estables de ?13C y ?18O en el apatito del esmalte dental. En el mamut, los valores de ?13C reflejan una dieta mixta C3/C4, mientra [...] s que los équidos tienen un intervalo que va desde individuos con una dieta mixta C3/C4 a aquéllos que sólo se alimentan de plantas C4. Las comparaciones realizadas entre los valores obtenidos de las muestras mexicanas con las publicadas para los mismos grupos de Florida, Nuevo México y Texas, señala que las preferencias alimentarias en ambos grupos eran parecidas. Asimismo, la comparación efectuada de los valores de ?13C junto con los de ?18O, para las especies de El Cedral con los valores de jabalíes, mastodontes, tapires y venados cola blanca del Pleistoceno tardío de Florida, revela que los caballos y el mamut de El Cedral habitaban en una zona abierta, como pastizales o sabanas, lo que concuerda con el estudio palinológico de la localidad. Abstract in english The diet and habitat for Mammuthus columbi and three species of Equus from El Cedral (San Luis Potosí, Mexico) were inferred from the analysis of stable isotopes, ?13C and ?18O, present in dental enamel apatite. For the mammoth, ?13C values indicate a mix C3/C4 diet, while the equids have a range of [...] values from individuals feeding only a mix C3/C4 diet to those that ate exclusively C4 plants. Comparisons between values obtained for Mexican samples with those published for the same groups from Florida, New Mexico, and Texas, point out to similar food habits in both groups. Also, comparisons of ?13C and ?18O values of the El Cedral species with those for javelinas, mastodonts, tapirs, and white-tailed deer from the Floridan late Pleistocene, showed that horses and mammoth from El Cedral lived in open spaces, with grasslands savanna, in accordance with the pollen studies for the locality.

  6. Entrampamientos en la Formación Luján (Pleistoceno tardío): Análisis tafonómico de un espécimen de Hippidion Owen de la cuenca del río Salado (provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina) / Miring In The Lujan Formation (Late Pleistocene): Taphonomic Analysis Of A Specimen Of Hippdion Owen From The Salado River Basin (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

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    Lucas H, Pomi.

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Se da a conocer un interesante hallazgo de un espécimen de Hippidion en sedimentos referidos al Miembro Guerrero de la Formación Luján (Pleistoceno tardío) del noreste de la provincia de Buenos Aires. Se considera preliminarmente, que el nivel portador representa un ambiente de depositación similar [...] a las actuales planicies de inundación mal drenadas. El análisis de diversos atributos tafonómicos (e.g. posición, grado de articulación, moldes de tejidos blandos) permiten considerar que la incorporación del espécimen mediante un proceso de entrampamiento, lo que además produjo la muerte del animal. La información paleoautoecológica disponible del taxón, permite considerar la posibilidad de que el ambiente de acumulación del espécimen, haya sido un hábitat utilizado regularmente por el taxón. La reconstrucción de la trayectoria tafonómica de este espécimen, supone que al menos algunos sitios de la planicie de inundación funcionaron como trampas. La presencia de este modo tafonómico en la cuenca del río Salado, es de relevancia ya que por un lado da cuenta de cierta abundancia de esqueletos relativamente completos y articulados, y por otro evidencia un posible sesgo tafonómico relacionado con la regularidad en que fue utilizado dicho ambiente por cada taxón. Abstract in english The interesting finding of a Hippidion specimen in sediments referred to the Guerrero Member of the Luján Formation (late Pleistocene) in northeast Buenos Aires Province is reported. Preliminary considerations indicate that the bearing level represents a deposition environment similar to existing po [...] orly-drained flood plains. Analysis of several taphonomic characteristics (e.g. position, degree of articulation, soft tissue molds) allows considering that the specimen was incorporated through swamp-miring that also led to its death. Available palaeoautoecological information for this taxon allows the possibility that the accumulation environment of this specimen was a habitat used regularly by the taxon. Reconstruction of the taphonomic path of this specimen admits the assumption that at least some parts of the floodplain could have worked as swamp-miring sites. The occurrence of this taphonomic mode in the Salado River Basin is particularly relevant because it accounts for the relative abundance of relatively complete and well-articulated skeletons, and it also evidences possible taphonomic bias related to the frequency of use of this environment by each taxon.

  7. Stable isotope stratigraphy of the shallow marine early Quaternary of Noordwijk, North Sea Basin.

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    Noorbergen, Lars J.; Lourens, Lucas J.; Munsterman, Dirk K.; Verreussel, Roel M. C. H.

    2015-04-01

    The North sea area is a classical region of Early Quaternary stratigraphy, comprising many investigations in both the terrestrial and marine realm. Several investigations suggested the imprint of early Quaternary glacial - interglacial cycles in the sedimentary archive. Complementary integration of these studies is however hampered due to scarcity of independent age control. Moreover, a counterintuitive relation between lithology and glacial - interglacial sea level fluctuation is further complicating palaeo-environmental interpretations. In order to tackle above problems an independent high resolution chronology is essential. Here, a high-resolution benthic stable isotope record is presented of shallow marine sediments from borehole Noordwijk covering the early Quaternary. Based on isotope value and pattern similarities, we calibrate our ?18O record of Noordwijk to the global LR04 reference stack [1]. The resultant high-resolution isotope chronology is providing important insights on regional stratigraphy. The time control is further used for correlating additional on- and offshore North Sea boreholes in order to create a regional interpretation of environmental and sedimentary changes. [1] Lisiecki, L.E., Raymo, M.E.A., (2005). Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally distributed benthic d18O records. Paleoceanography, 20.

  8. Integrated sequence stratigraphy of the postimpact sediments from the Eyreville core holes, Chesapeake Bay impact structure inner basin

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    Browning, J.V.; Miller, K.G.; McLaughlin, P.P., Jr.; Edwards, L.E.; Kulpecz, A.A.; Powars, D.S.; Wade, B.S.; Feigenson, M.D.; Wright, J.D.

    2009-01-01

    The Eyreville core holes provide the first continuously cored record of postimpact sequences from within the deepest part of the central Chesapeake Bay impact crater. We analyzed the upper Eocene to Pliocene postimpact sediments from the Eyreville A and C core holes for lithology (semiquantitative measurements of grain size and composition), sequence stratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy. Age is based primarily on Sr isotope stratigraphy supplemented by biostratigraphy (dinocysts, nannofossils, and planktonic foraminifers); age resolution is approximately ??0.5 Ma for early Miocene sequences and approximately ??1.0 Ma for younger and older sequences. Eocene-lower Miocene sequences are subtle, upper middle to lower upper Miocene sequences are more clearly distinguished, and upper Miocene- Pliocene sequences display a distinct facies pattern within sequences. We recognize two upper Eocene, two Oligocene, nine Miocene, three Pliocene, and one Pleistocene sequence and correlate them with those in New Jersey and Delaware. The upper Eocene through Pleistocene strata at Eyreville record changes from: (1) rapidly deposited, extremely fi ne-grained Eocene strata that probably represent two sequences deposited in a deep (>200 m) basin; to (2) highly dissected Oligocene (two very thin sequences) to lower Miocene (three thin sequences) with a long hiatus; to (3) a thick, rapidly deposited (43-73 m/Ma), very fi ne-grained, biosiliceous middle Miocene (16.5-14 Ma) section divided into three sequences (V5-V3) deposited in middle neritic paleoenvironments; to (4) a 4.5-Ma-long hiatus (12.8-8.3 Ma); to (5) sandy, shelly upper Miocene to Pliocene strata (8.3-2.0 Ma) divided into six sequences deposited in shelf and shoreface environments; and, last, to (6) a sandy middle Pleistocene paralic sequence (~400 ka). The Eyreville cores thus record the fi lling of a deep impact-generated basin where the timing of sequence boundaries is heavily infl uenced by eustasy. ?? 2009 The Geological Society of America.

  9. Eocene to Pleistocene lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Calama Basin, northern Chile Litoestratigrafía, cronoestratigrafía durante el Eoceno al Pleistoceno y evolución tectono-sedimentaria de la Cuenca de Calama, norte de Chile

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    Geoffrey May; Adrian J Hartley; Guillermo Chong; Fin Stuart; Peter Turner; Stephanie J Kape

    2005-01-01

    New 40Ar/39Ar radiometric, sedimentological and structural data from post-Paleocene sedimentary strata in the Calama Basin, northern Chile suggest that the established lithostratigraphy of the basin-fill requires revision. A new lithostratigraphic scheme for the Eocene-Pleistocene stratigraphy of the Calama Basin is proposed here. The key features of this scheme are that the existing Calama Formation is retained although the age of the formation is redefined as (?Lower) Eocene to (?)Lower Mio...

  10. Ecological consequences of early Late Pleistocene megadroughts in tropical Africa

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    Cohen, Andrew S.; Stone, Jeffery R.; Beuning, Kristina R. M.; Park, Lisa E.; Reinthal, Peter N.; Dettman, David; Christopher A. Scholz; Thomas C. Johnson; King, John W.; Talbot, Michael R.; Brown, Erik T.; Ivory, Sarah J.

    2007-01-01

    Extremely arid conditions in tropical Africa occurred in several discrete episodes between 135 and 90 ka, as demonstrated by lake core and seismic records from multiple basins [Scholz CA, Johnson TC, Cohen AS, King JW, Peck J, Overpeck JT, Talbot MR, Brown ET, Kalindekafe L, Amoako PYO, et al. (2007) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:16416–16421]. This resulted in extraordinarily low lake levels, even in Africa's deepest lakes. On the basis of well dated paleoecological records from Lake Malawi, whi...

  11. Ecological consequences of early Late Pleistocene megadroughts in tropical Africa.

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    Cohen, Andrew S; Stone, Jeffery R; Beuning, Kristina R M; Park, Lisa E; Reinthal, Peter N; Dettman, David; Scholz, Christopher A; Johnson, Thomas C; King, John W; Talbot, Michael R; Brown, Erik T; Ivory, Sarah J

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    Extremely arid conditions in tropical Africa occurred in several discrete episodes between 135 and 90 ka, as demonstrated by lake core and seismic records from multiple basins [Scholz CA, Johnson TC, Cohen AS, King JW, Peck J, Overpeck JT, Talbot MR, Brown ET, Kalindekafe L, Amoako PYO, et al. (2007) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:16416-16421]. This resulted in extraordinarily low lake levels, even in Africa's deepest lakes. On the basis of well dated paleoecological records from Lake Malawi, which reflect both local and regional conditions, we show that this aridity had severe consequences for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. During the most arid phase, there was extremely low pollen production and limited charred-particle deposition, indicating insufficient vegetation to maintain substantial fires, and the Lake Malawi watershed experienced cool, semidesert conditions (Africa. PMID:17925446

  12. Climate variability of the tropical Andes since the late Pleistocene

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    Bra?uning, A.

    2009-01-01

    Available proxy records witnessing palaeoclimate of the tropical Andes are comparably scarce. Major implications of palaeoclimate development in the humid and arid parts of the Andes are briefly summarized. The long-term behaviour of ENSO has general significance for the climatic history of the Andes due to its impact on regional circulation patterns and precipitation regimes, therefore ENSO history derived from non-Andean palaeo-records is highlighted. Methodological constraints of the chron...

  13. Dietary resource partitioning in the Late Pleistocene horses from Cedral, north-central Mexico: evidence from the study of dental wear / Partición de recursos dietéticos en los caballos del Pleistoceno Tardío de Cedral, centro-norte de México: evidencia del estudio de desgaste dental

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    Christian R., Barrón-Ortiz; Jessica M., Theodor; Joaquín, Arroyo-Cabrales.

    Full Text Available Los sedimentos del Pleistoceno Tardío (etapa glacial del Wisconsiniano tardío) del sitio arqueológico-paleontológico de Cedral, centro-norte de México, han producido abundantes restos fósiles de tres especies de équidos, los cuales han sido identificados como Equus mexicanus, E. conversidens y E. sp [...] . Estos caballos al parecer fueron simpátricos, no solamente en esta localidad, sino también en diferentes sitios de México y el suroeste de Estados Unidos, lo que plantea la posibilidad de que presentaban una partición de los recursos alimenticios disponibles para coexistir. En el presente estudio, se investigaron los hábitos alimenticios de los caballos de Cedral a través del análisis del desgaste dental. Se emplearon los métodos de mesodesgaste y microdesgaste de baja magnificación para inferir la paleodieta de cada especie de caballo. El análisis de mesodesgate muestra diferencias significativas en la forma de las cúspides de los molares entre E. mexicanus y las otras dos especies, ya que E. mexicanus presenta un mayor porcentaje de cúspides redondeadas y menores porcentajes de cúspides aguzadas y romas. Estas diferencias son consistentes con los resultados reportados en un estudio reciente de isótopos estables. Por otra parte, el análisis de microdesgaste dental indica diferencias significativas en el patrón de microdesgaste de los tres équidos. Los resultados del análisis de microdesgaste sugieren que cada especie tendía a ingerir materiales con diferentes propiedades físicas, lo cual apoya la hipótesis de que presentaban una partición de recursos alimenticios. Integrando los resultados derivados del estudio de mesodesgaste y microdesgaste con aquéllos reportados en un estudio de isótopos estables, se sugiere que E. conversidens y E. sp. presentaban una dieta predominantemente pacedora y posiblemente se alimentaban a diferentes alturas del suelo y/o en diferentes microhábitats. Equus mexicanus parece también haber incorporado en su dieta una gran proporción de pastos, pero con un hábito alimenticio más generalista que los otros dos équidos. Abstract in english The Late Pleistocene (late Wisconsinan glacial stage) deposits of the archeological-paleontological site of Cedral, north-central Mexico, have yielded abundant fossil remains of three horse species: Equus mexicanus, E. conversidens, and E. sp. These horses appear to have been sympatric, not only at [...] this locality but in different sites in Mexico and the southwestern United States, posing the possibility that they partitioned available food resources in order to coexist. In this study, we investigated the feeding ecology of the Cedral horses through the analysis of dental wear (i.e., mesowear and microwear). The extended mesowear and low magnification microwear methods were used to infer the paleodiet of each species. The analysis of mesowear reveals significant differences in cusp shape between E. mexicanus and the other two equid species, with the former showing a higher percentage of rounded cusps and lower percentages of sharp and blunt cusps. These differences are consistent with those reported in a recent study of stable isotopes. Furthermore, the analysis of dental microwear indicates significant differences between the microwear patterns of the three equids. The results of the microwear analysis suggest that each species tended to feed on different foodstuffs with varying physical properties, supporting the hypothesis of dietary resource partitioning. Integrating the results derived from the examination of mesowear and microwear, as well as those gathered from the study of stable isotopes, it is suggested that E. conversidens and E. sp. were predominantly grazers, which may have fed at different feeding heights and/or in different microhabitats. Equus mexicanus also appears to have grazed to a large extent, but possibly with a more generalist dietary behavior.

  14. Taphonomic aspects of the Pleistocene vertebrate assemblage of Itaboraí, state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil

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    Araújo Júnior, Hermínio Ismael de; Dominato, Victor Hugo; Bertoni-Machado, Cristina; Avilla, Leonardo dos Santos

    2013-10-01

    Pleistocene vertebrates from Itaboraí Basin have not been taphonomically studied prior to this work, limiting the understanding of the deposition and preservation of the only Pleistocene vertebrate accumulation known for the state of Rio de Janeiro. In this work, the taphonomic signatures of the Pleistocene vertebrate assemblage of Itaboraí are identified and interpreted in order to increase the knowledge about the formation of this fossil association and the paleoecology of the region of Rio de Janeiro during the late Pleistocene. Our analysis shows that the thanatocoenosis was exposed to the biostratinomic processes during a small time span; that it is parautochthonous; and experienced short transport distances by normal fluvial streams and floods. Subsequently, the fossiliferous horizon was quickly covered by the superjacent soil. Yet, the skeletal elements were fractured and deformed during the sedimentary compaction. The differential preservation of megamammal bones is associated to the bone resistance against those destructive processes and to the specific anatomical features. Comparison between Itaboraí and other Brazilian Pleistocene vertebrate accumulations shows that the Itaboraí fossil accumulation was less affected by taphonomic processes, although it is also a time-averaged fossil concentration. Finally, some of the taphonomic features indicate an arid paleoclimate.

  15. Carboniferous-Permian sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Nordfjorden High and Loppa Spur, Arctic Norway

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    Ahlborn, Morten

    2014-01-01

    Abstract (shortened) Facies analysis of Late Paleozoic warm-water carbonates, were conducted in order to investigate the depositional evolution, cyclicity, internal architecture and sequence stratigraphy of the upper Gipsdalen Group carbonate platform on the Nordfjorden High in central Spitsbergen. In addition a 3D seismic analysis of the offshore northeastern Loppa High was carried out to investigate a hitherto undescribed Late Paleozoic carbonate-dominated succession in the southwestern Barents Sea Shelf. The Late Paleozoic carbonates of the Gipsdalen Group have previously been studied in great detail in central Spitsbergen and offshore in the Barents Sea using well data and seismic analysis. These studies have mainly focused on the tectonic development, depositional evolution and the sedimentary facies of the Late Paleozoic succession and have greatly improved the overall perception of the evolution of the Northern Pangean margin. In this study, the emphasis has been to understand the warm-water carbonate deposition, cyclicity, sequence stratigraphy and subaerial exposure events in high resolution across a structural high, all problems not fully understood so far in the Barents Sea. This Ph.D. study increase the knowledge on these topics and furthermore contribute with the first detailed outcrop analogue of a carbonate ramp on a structural high in the area - useful for the ongoing exploration studies of the Gipsdalen Group on offshore structural highs in the Barents Sea (e.g. Loppa High and Norsel High).

  16. Stratigraphy and dissolution of the Rustler Formation

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    This report describes the physical stratigraphy of the Rustler Formation, because the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will be constructed in salt beds that underlie this formation. Described are subdivisions of the formations, the major karst features, and a proposed method for the formation of Nash Draw. 2 refs., 2 figs

  17. Thermoluminescence dating of pleistocene sediments

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    After a short introduction on recent trends in quaternary geochronology, this article focuses on the thermoluminescence dating of sediments, whose principles and present limits and prospects are discussed. Results are presented for the TL behaviour of sands from various geological contexts in Brazil. They show that the coarse (approx. 100-200?m) quartz fraction of coastal and intra continental, eolian and fluvial-type deposits, might be datable by TL from the upper Holocene to at least the basis of the upper Pleistocene, with a precision of + - 10-15%. (Author)

  18. Mammal diversity during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in Eastern Europe.

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    Puzachenko, Andrei Yurievich; Markova, Anastasia Konstantinovna

    2014-08-01

    Fossil record data on the mammal diversity and species richness are of importance for the reconstruction of the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene transition. In Eastern Europe, the transformations during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition consisted mainly in changes in zonal structure and local fauna composition (Markova & Kolfschoten 2008). We investigated the species richness and the analogues of the ?, ? diversity indexes (in the sense of Whittaker 1972) of large and medium size mammals for 13 climate-stratigraphic units dating to the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene, from the Hasselo Stadial (44-39 kBP) to the Subatlantic period and the present day. The biological diversity of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and the Holocene thermal optimum was investigated in more detail using information about all mammalian taxa (PALEOFAUNA database; Markova 1995). One of our results show that the ?, ? diversity values show only a negative correlation with the temperature conditions during the Late Pleistocene, the period that is characterized by the so-called 'Mammoth Fauna' complex. For the Holocene faunas the diversity indexes are nearly independent from physical conditions; the ? diversity index decreased and the ? diversity index increased. The relatively low ? diversity and high ? diversity indexes for the present-day faunas are referred to the decrease of the population number of some forest species in historical time and the increase of the dominance of unspecialized species or the species connected with intra-zonal ecosystems. The study shows furthermore the occurrence of several East European 'centers' with a high mammal diversity, which are relatively stable during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. The orientation of the boundaries between the large geographical mammal assemblages depended, particularly in the northwestern part of Eastern Europe, on the expansion of the Scandinavian ice sheet. PMID:25236416

  19. Mid-Pleistocene environmental change in tropical Africa began as early as 1.05 Ma

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    Dupont, L. M.; Donner, B.; Schneider, R.; Wefer, G.

    2001-03-01

    Palynological records from the Congo fan reveal environmental change in equatorial Africa occurring 1.05 Ma ago, 100 k.y. before the mid-Pleistocene climatic shift at 0.9 Ma. Prior to 1.05 Ma, a glacial-interglacial rhythm is not obvious in the African vegetation variation. Afterwards, Podocarpus spread in the mountains of central Africa mainly during glacials and Congo River discharge decreased. The sequence of vegetation variation associated with the mid-Pleistocene glacials and interglacials differed from that observed during the late Pleistocene. Between 0.9 and 0.6 Ma, interglacials were characterized by warm dry conditions and glacials were characterized by cool humid conditions, while during the past 0.2 Ma glacials were cold and dry and interglacials warm and humid. Our data indicate that before the Northern Hemisphere ice caps dramatically increased in size (0.9 0.6 Ma), low-latitude climate forcing and response in the tropics played an important role in the initiation of 100 k.y. ice-age cycles. During the mid to late Pleistocene, however, the climate conditions in the tropics were increasingly influenced by the glacial-interglacial variations of continental ice sheets.

  20. Snapshots of the Greenland ice sheet configuration in the Pliocene to early Pleistocene

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    Solgaard, Anne M.; Reeh, Niels

    2011-01-01

    The geometry of the ice sheets during the Pliocene to early Pleistocene is not well constrained. Here we apply an ice-flow model in the study of the Greenland ice sheet (GIS) during three extreme intervals of this period constrained by geological observations and climate reconstructions. We study the extent of the GIS during the Mid-Pliocene Warmth (3.3-3.0 Ma), its advance across the continental shelf during the late Pliocene to early Pleistocene glaciations (3.0-2.4 Ma) as implied by offshore geological studies, and the transition from glacial to interglacial conditions around 2.4 Ma as deduced from the deposits of the Kap Kobenhavn Formation, North Greenland. Our experiments show that no coherent ice sheet is likely to have existed in Greenland during the Mid-Pliocene Warmth and that only local ice caps may have been present in the coastal mountains of East Greenland. Our results illustrate the variability of the GIS during the Pliocene to early Pleistocene and underline the importance of including independent estimates of the GIS in studies of climate during this period. We conclude that the GIS did not exist throughout the Pliocene to early Pleistocene, and that it melted during interglacials even during the late Pliocene climate deterioration.

  1. Sr-isotope stratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic of central Portugal (Lusitanian Basin) based on oyster shells

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    Schneider, Simon; Fürsich, Franz T.; Werner, Winfried

    2009-12-01

    Strontium isotope stratigraphy was performed on oyster shells from the Late Jurassic of the Lusitanian Basin (central Portugal). This represents the first approach to obtain numerical ages for these strata. The new chronostratigraphic data provide a more precise age determination of several units. After a basin-wide hiatus sedimentation in the Late Jurassic is proven in the Cabo Mondego and Cabaços formations to resume as early as the Middle Oxfordian. The Alcobaça formation can be placed in the latest Late Oxfordian to Late Kimmeridgian, while data from the upper part of the Abadia Formation indicate an Early to Late Kimmeridgian age. The Farta Pao formation ranges from the latest Kimmeridgian to the latest Tithonian. The largely synchronous Sobral, Arranhó I, and Arranhó II members are overlain by the late Early to Late Tithonian Freixial Member. The brief, local carbonate incursion of the Arranhó I member marks the Kimmeridgian-Tithonian boundary. Oysters are shown once more to be suitable for strontium isotope studies. Their calcitic shells are often unaffected by diagenesis. In particular for marginal marine Jurassic and Cretaceous strata, where belemnites are usually absent, oysters may serve as a valuable tool for isotope stratigraphy.

  2. High-latitude steppe vegetation and the mineral nutrition of Pleistocene herbivores

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    Davydov, S. P.; Davydova, A.; Makarevich, R.; Loranty, M. M.; Boeskorov, G.

    2014-12-01

    High-latitude steppes were widespread and zonal in the Late Pleistocene and formed a landscape basis for the Mammoth Biome. Now the patches of these steppes survived on steep slopes under southern aspects. These steppes serve as unique information sources about the Late Pleistocene "Mammoth" steppe. Numerous data obtained by palynological, carpological, and DNA analysis of plant remains from feces and stomach contents of Pleistocene herbivore mummies, as well as from buried soils and enclosing deposits show that they are similar to modern steppe plant assemblage in taxa composition. Plant's nutrient concentrations are of fundamental importance across Pleistocene grass-rich ecosystems because of their role in the support of large herbivores. The average weight of an adult mammoth skeleton (about 0.5 tons) and of a woolly rhinoceros (about 0.2 tons) clearly suggests this. Detailed studies on fossil bone remains showed mineral deficiency in large Pleistocene herbivores. A three-year study of ash and mineral contents of two types of relict steppe vegetation at the Kolyma Lowland, Arctic Siberia has been carried out. Nowadays refugia of similar vegetation are located not far (1 - 15km) from the Yedoma permafrost outcrops were abundant fossil remains are found. Dominant species of the steppe vegetation were sampled. Preliminary studies indicate that the ash-content varied 1.5-2 times in speceies of steppe herbs. The Ca, P, Mg, K element contents was higher for most steppe species than in the local herbaceous vegetation, especially in Ca and P. One of the most important elements of the mineral nutrition, the phosphorus, was always found in higher concentrations in the steppe vegetation than in plants of recently dominant landscapes of the study area. It should be noted that the mineral nutrient content of the modern steppe vegetation of Siberian Arctic is comparable to that of the recent zonal steppe of Transbaikal Region. This study supports the hypothesis that aboveground mineral concentrations of late Pleistocene grass-rich ecosystem were consistently higher than that of the recent common species of Siberian Arctic grassland. The source of mineral nutrients in the Pleistocene high-latitude steppe vegetation served as one of the reasons for the existence and survival of large herbivores in the Mammoth Biome.

  3. The sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Early Tertiary, Cusiana field, Colombia

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    The cusiana field (BP, Ecopetrol, Total and Triton is located in the llanos foothills of Eastern Colombia. There are three key reservoirs in the Cusiana field; the late Eocene to Early Oligocene Mirador Formation, the late Paleocene Barco Formation and the Santonian to Late Campanian Guadalupe Formation. The Mirador Formation contains over 50% of the original oil in place. Production for 1995 is planned at 130.000 barrels of oil per day (bopd; daily average), principally for the Mirador Formation with some production from the Guadalupe Formation. The mirador formation has therefore been the focus of a detailed reservoir description study aimed at understanding reservoir performance and putting a foundation in place for long-term reservoir management. The Mirador Formation comprises sandy (>60%), high frequency sequences dominated by the deposits of incised valleys. This paper describes the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Mirador and the methodology chosen to construct a reservoir model fit for reservoir simulation

  4. Effects of Pleistocene environmental changes on the distribution and community structure of the mammalian fauna of Mexico

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    Ceballos, Gerardo; Arroyo-Cabrales, Joaquín; Ponce, Eduardo

    2010-05-01

    Biological communities in Mexico experienced profound changes in species composition and structure as a consequence of the environmental fluctuations during the Pleistocene. Based on the recent and fossil Mexican mammal checklists, we determine the distribution, composition, diversity, and community structure of late Pleistocene mammalian faunas, and analyze extinction patterns and response of individual species to environmental changes. We conclude that (1) differential extinctions occurred at family, genus, and species level, with a major impact on species heavier than 100 kg, including the extinction all proboscideans and several ruminants; (2) Pleistocene mammal communities in Mexico were more diverse than recent ones; and (3) the current assemblages of species are relatively young. Furthermore, Pleistocene relicts support the presence of biogeographic corridors; important refugia existed as well as centers of speciation in isolated regions. We identified seven corridors: eastern USA-Sierra Madre Oriental corridor, Rocky Mountains-Sierra Madre Occidental corridor, Central United States-Northern Mexico corridor, Transvolcanic Belt-Sierra Madre del Sur corridor, western USA-Baja California corridor, Tamaulipas-Central America gulf lowlands corridor, and Sonora-Central America Pacific lowlands corridor. Our study suggests that present mammalian assemblages are very different than the ones in the late Pleistocene.

  5. Parallels between playbacks and Pleistocene tar seeps suggest sociality in an extinct sabretooth cat, Smilodon

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    Carbone, Chris; Maddox, Tom; Funston, Paul J.; Mills, Michael G. L.; Grether, Gregory F.; Valkenburgh, Blaire

    2008-01-01

    Inferences concerning the lives of extinct animals are difficult to obtain from the fossil record. Here we present a novel approach to the study of extinct carnivores, using a comparison between fossil records (n=3324) found in Late Pleistocene tar seeps at Rancho La Brea in North America and counts (n=4491) from playback experiments used to estimate carnivore abundance in Africa. Playbacks and tar seep deposits represent competitive, potentially dangerous encounters where multiple predators ...

  6. Introduction: Paleozoic applications of sequence stratigraphy

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    Witzke, B.J.; Ludvigson, Greg A.; Day, J.

    1996-01-01

    Despite conceptual origins from studies of the Paleozoic strata of cratonic basins, sequence stratigraphy has largely been developed and applied to post-Paleozoic successions in extracratonic settings. The application of continental-margin sequence stratigraphic concepts to cratonic basinal successions is fraught with problems owing to slower rates of sediment accumulation, and consequently, a more coarsely defined temporal resolution. In addition, some important sequence stratigraphic components are rare or completely missing from cratonic areas. Common usage of genetic sequence stratigraphic terminology can coopt critical evaluation of depositional characters, and must be practiced with extreme caution in order to avoid 'model-driven' approaches to stratigraphic synthesis. The best available tests for evaluating current questions regarding the central role of eustasy in sequence stratigraphy may be through interregional and intercontinental comparisons of cratonic stratigraphic sequences.

  7. The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP)

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    Munnecke A; Cramer B D; Boon D P; Kharwat R; Aiken C L; Schofield D I

    2012-01-01

    The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) aims to eliminate the stratigraphical ambiguity associated with sample position within a stratigraphical section. For example, it is often impractical or impossible to compare one author’s measured section and data precisely against another author’s geographically identical measured section and data due to discrepancies in the measured thicknesses of units, variations in the assignments of litho- and chronostratigraphical terms, and/or the pr...

  8. A Pleistocene lacustrine episode in southeastern Libya

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    Results of an investigation of the Th/U dating and isotopic (stable carbon and oxygen) palaeohydrology of the fossiliferous lacustrine deposits of middle Pleistocene age found in Central Fezzan (Libya) are reported. (U.K.)

  9. The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP

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    Munnecke A

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP aims to eliminate the stratigraphical ambiguity associated with sample position within a stratigraphical section. For example, it is often impractical or impossible to compare one author’s measured section and data precisely against another author’s geographically identical measured section and data due to discrepancies in the measured thicknesses of units, variations in the assignments of litho- and chronostratigraphical terms, and/or the precise line of measured sections between authors. The DISP will provide a solution to this problem by producing a precise 3-D digital rendering of the exposure using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS LiDAR, Real-Time Kinematic (RTK Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS, overlain digital photography, and GIS software to produce a cm to mm-scale accurate digital version of a given exposure. Once available online as a permanent web-based digital resource for stratigraphy, researchers will be able to access the program and digital models of scanned exposures where they will have the means to log their sample positions directly onto the digital exposure while in the field, thus allowing unambiguous stratigraphical reference for future comparison. The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project represents the next generation of stratigraphical standard and can serve as the protocol for the future of high-resolution Palaeozoic Earth history research.

  10. Th/U disequilibria, allo/isoleucine ratios and 18O content of mollusc shells from pleistocene littoral deposits of southern Peru: a basis for geochronological assessments

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    None of the dating methods of marine faunal remains allows unequivocal age assessments. However, by combining several approaches, such as amino-acid racemization rates measured on a statistically significant number of samples, Th/U disequilibria, and by taking into account environmental isotope data (18O), it has been possible to set a stratigraphy of raised marine deposits of Pleistocene age in southern Peru and to identify unambiguously the terrace formed during the highest sea level of the last interglacial (isotopic substage 5 e)

  11. The Pleistocene to recent geological development of the Ormen Lange area

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    Berg, K.; Bryn, P. [Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo (Norway); Solheim, A. [Norwegian Geotechnical Inst., Oslo (Norway); University Centre, Svalbard, Longyearbyen (Norway)

    2005-02-01

    A large volume of geological, geophysical and geotechnical data have been acquired over the last decade in order to perform a safe development of the Ormen Lange gas field, which is located in the scar of the Holocene Storegga Slide, the last in a series of large slides in this region over the last 500 ky. Based on high resolution seismic data and a series of geotechnical borings, a unified Pleistocene stratigraphy has been established for the area. Two main modes of deposition prevailed in the Pleistocene. During periods of peak glaciation, when glaciers extended to the shelf break, basal tills were deposited on the shelf, and glacial debris flows on the continental slope. During the much longer periods of reduced ice cover, including interglacial periods, normal marine and distal glacial marine deposition prevailed, partly developed as contourites on the slope. The resulting two sediment types are unsorted glacial diamictons, and fine grained, partly laminated sediments, respectively. These display distinctly different sedimentological and geotechnical properties, and the failure planes for all the major slides are found in the fine grained marine deposits. (author)

  12. Subdividing the Pleistocene using the Matuyama-Brunhes boundary (MBB): an Australasian perspective

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    Pillans, Brad

    2003-07-01

    The last major reversal of the Earth's magnetic field, the Matuyama-Brunhes boundary (MBB), dated at 0.78 Ma, is widely identified in Australian and New Zealand Pleistocene deposits. In New Zealand, the MBB is precisely located in shallow marine sediments of Wanganui Basin, where it corresponds with the base of the New Zealand Putikian Substage. A combination of marine biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and tephrostratigraphy permit correlation from Wanganui Basin to other on-land sections and deep-sea cores. In Australia, the MBB is identified in many continental sequences, particularly saline lake basins. However, chemical weathering has resulted in variable Brunhes-age normal overprints that are sometimes difficult to remove. Australasian tektites are a potential lithostratigraphic marker just prior to the MBB, but have yet to be identified in the same on-land section as the MBB in Australia. Identification of reverse polarity magnetisation in weathered deposits, including soils, provides a minimum age of 0.78 Ma for these materials. A widespread arid shift in paleoclimate succeeded the MBB in Australia. Placement of the Lower-Middle Pleistocene boundary at the MBB would constitute the most recognisable chronostratigraphic marker in weathered continental deposits.

  13. Late Triassic (Carnian) Palynology of the Northern Barents Sea (Sentralbanken High)

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    Holen, Lars Haug

    2014-01-01

    This study is part of a broader palynological investigation of late Middle to Late Triassic, where the main aim is to improve the biostratigraphic resolution by applying palynology. The low abundance of macrofossils (e.g. ammonites) in Svalbard and the Barents area, coupled with the long duration of the Late Triassic Epoch results in very low biostratigraphic resolution. This makes palynology an important tool for resolving the stratigraphy and dating the successions.

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  14. Investigating Sea Ice Regimes and Glacial Cycles of the Early Pleistocene in a Sediment Record from the Northwind Ridge, Western Arctic Ocean

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    Dipre, G.; Polyak, L. V.; Ortiz, J. D.; Cook, A.; Oti, E.

    2014-12-01

    We are conducting a comprehensive study of a sediment record from the Arctic Ocean in order to improve our understanding of paleoceanographic conditions during the early Pleistocene, a potential paleo-analog for the current and future states of the Arctic. The study deals with a sediment core raised on the HOTRAX 2005 expedition from the Northwind Ridge, western Arctic Ocean. By comparison with an earlier reported stratigraphy (Polyak et al., 2013), the core dates back to estimated ca. 1.5 Ma. A suite of paleobiological, lithological, and geochemical proxies will be utilized to reconstruct paleoceanographic environments in the early Pleistocene part of the record. In contrast to most Arctic Ocean sediment cores, calcareous microfossils occur in abundance to ca. 1.2 Ma. This enables the use of microfaunal assemblages as proxies for sea-ice conditions, which control the seasonal organic production. Physical properties such as sediment density, grain size, and sediment fabric (based on XCT imagery) will be employed to determine the impact of glaciations on sedimentation. By reconstructing sea-ice history and glacial cycles, we will gain insights into poorly understood controls on the Arctic environments during the early Pleistocene and Mid-Pleistocene Transition.

  15. Pliocene-Pleistocene Surface and Intermediate Water Hydrography of the South Pacific Ocean

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    Elmore, A.; McClymont, E.; Elderfield, H.; Kender, S.

    2014-12-01

    The reconstruction of past sea surface (SST) and intermediate water temperatures (IWT) is critical for understanding feedbacks within the ocean-climate system. Pliocene Southern Ocean dynamics are largely ambiguous, especially at intermediate water depths. However, the intermediate water reconstructions are particularly important since intermediate waters, including Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW), may be an important driver in high-low latitude teleconnections. Herein, we present the first Pliocene SST and IWT records from a sediment core in the Southwest Pacific (DSDP 593; 1068m water depth), in the core of modern AAIW. Benthic paleotemperature proxies have caveats, including the 'Carbonate Ion Effect' on the magnesium to calcium ratio (Mg/Ca) of benthic foraminifera. However, recent studies demonstrated that the infaunal species, Uvigerina peregrina, is carbonate ion independent, affording the use of Mg/CaU.peregrina as a paleotemperature proxy (Elderfield et al., 2010). Our results suggest that Southern Ocean IWT was warmer during the Pliocene than during the Mid- to Late-Pleistocene. The range of IWT values during the Pliocene is nearly as large as the glacial-interglacial-scale IWT changes during the Pleistocene, despite smaller ice volume oscillations suggested by benthic ?18O time series (Lisiecki & Raymo, 2005). Alkenone-derived UK37' data show Pliocene SSTs are also, on average, warmer than those estimated for the Mid- to Late-Pleistocene. Orbital-scale SST changes are evident through the Pliocene, although the range is smaller than during the late Pleistocene. Our data are consistent with modeled SST and IWT reconstructions by Dowsett et al. (2009), but raise questions about the stability or dynamism of Pliocene climate relative to the modern. References:Dowsett et al. (2009) www.clim-past.net/5/769/2009. Elderfield et al. (2010) doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.817473. Lisiecki & Raymo (2005) doi:10.1029/2004PA001071.

  16. Understanding Late Quaternary change at the land-ocean interface: a synthesis of the evolution of the Wilderness coastline, South Africa

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    Cawthra, Hayley C.; Bateman, Mark D.; Carr, Andrew S.; Compton, John S.; Holmes, Peter J.

    2014-09-01

    Coastal barrier systems have been widely used to understand the responses of coastal margins to fluctuating Pleistocene sea levels. What has become apparent, particularly with the development of robust chronological frameworks, is that gaps in terrestrial barrier sedimentary records are not uncommon and that they most likely reflect phases of barrier construction on the now submerged continental shelf. Thus, understanding the land-ocean interface through time is critical to fully appreciate the Quaternary archives contained within the barriers and their associated back-barrier deposits. This study uses offshore and lakefloor (back-barrier) seismic profiling from the South African south coast at Wilderness to link the sub-aerially exposed barrier stratigraphy to the currently submerged geological and sedimentological record. A total of eight separate submerged aeolian units are identified at water depths of up to 130 m below mean sea level. Their approximate ages are constrained with reference to the eustatic sea-level record and the deepest units are consistent with the estimated magnitude of sea-level lowering during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) on the South African coastline. As previously assumed, aeolian sedimentation tracked the shoreline onto the continental shelf during the Late Pleistocene. During sea-level regressions, both the incision of fluvial channels and the deposition of back-barrier systems occurred across the continental shelf. During late low stand/early transgression periods, landward shoreface migration occurred, pre-existing channel incisions were infilled and pre-existing barriers were truncated. Rapid transgression, however, allowed the preservation of some back-barrier deposits, possibly aided by protection from antecedent topography. As sea level neared the present-day elevation, erosion of the mid-shelf sediments resulted in the development of a Holocene sediment wedge, which was augmented by Holocene fluvial sediment supply. The Holocene sand wedge is preserved in the back-barrier lakes and was deposited during the Holocene highstand inundation. Overlying middle to late Holocene terrestrial muds reflect the deposition of river-borne mud onto the shelf. These results clearly demonstrate that within transgressive-regressive sea-level cycles, accommodation space for barriers is controlled by antecedent drainage systems and gradients on the adjacent inner continental shelf.

  17. Changing depositional environments during the Late Quatrnary along the western continental margin of India

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    Thamban, M.

    1998-01-01

    variations on a shallow core off Cochin, suggests that the average sedimentation rates were very high (~6 13.2 cm/kyr) and varied widely during the Holocene and the late Pleistocene. Grain size measurements reveal that the clay content varied with the Late...

  18. Stratigraphy and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of a Quaternary sequence along the Dong Nai River, southern Vietnam

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    Kitazawa, Toshiyuki; Nakagawa, Takahiro; Hashimoto, Tetsuo; Tateishi, Masaaki

    2006-10-01

    The pre-Holocene Cenozoic sequence outcrops in the terrestrial part of the eastern margin of the Mekong Basin. However, the stratigraphy of the sequence is still unclear. Its detailed stratigraphy and chronology were therefore studied along the Dong Nai River, southern Vietnam, and the lithofacies and the relations among the formations were investigated from the outcrops. The ages of the deposits were determined by using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. The Ba Mieu Formation was deposited about 176±52 ka during marine isotope stage (MIS) 7-6. The Thu Duc Formation was deposited about 97±27 ka during MIS 5. Both the Ba Mieu and Thu Duc formations are composed of fluvial and tidally influenced coastal deposits. The newly proposed Nhon Trach Formation was originally an eolian (blanket) deposit, but it has been partly reworked by fluvial processes. The Nhon Trach Formation was deposited about 10.9±4.7 ka, in the last part of the Pleistocene to the beginning of the Holocene. The OSL ages for the Ba Mieu, Thu Duc, and Nhon Trach formations are younger than the ages previously assigned to these formations.

  19. Silurian sequence stratigraphy in the North American craton, Great Lakes area

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    Shaver, R.H.

    1996-01-01

    A notable circumstance of late Early through Late Silurian sedimentation on the Great Lakes area craton is that at least two and possibly three cycles of third-order duration (if eustatically considered) are recognized in basin and shallow-platform settings alike. Both virtually pure and siliciclastic-rich carbonate rocks exist in parts of platform-situated sections in contrast to siliciclastic-rich to evaporite-dominated basin sections. Knowledge of the reef history, together with evidence of incidental periodic incursions of siliciclastic sediments, permitted understanding of a regional event or sequence stratigraphy more than 15 years ago before conventional biostratigraphic and physical stratigraphic evidence became adequate to corroborate. This midwestern US and Ontario Silurian record has become strategic for testing different schools of thought that champion either tectonism or eustasy to explain cyclical sequences.

  20. Bathymetry and seismic stratigraphy in St. Jonsfjorden, Spitsbergen

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    Forwick, Matthias; Sverre Laberg, Jan; Husum, Katrine

    2014-05-01

    St. Jonsfjorden is an approx. 21 km long and maximum ~5 km wid