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An obliquity-controlled Early Pleistocene river terrace record from Western Turkey?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Darrel Maddy, Dr Chris Stemerdink, Dr Tim van der Schriek, Dr Rob Westaway


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Investigation of the Pleistocene sequence of the Gediz River, Western Turkey, has revealed a record of Early Pleistocene river terraces. Eleven terraces spanning the interval from 1.67 to 1.245 million years ago (MIS 59-37) are preserved beneath basaltic lava flows. The high number of terraces over this short time period reflects high-frequency sedimentation/incision cycles preserved due to the fortuitous combination of relatively high uplift rates (∼0.16 mm yr-1) and progressive southwards valley migration. Comparison of this record with ODP967 from the Eastern Mediterranean Basin suggests a link between the production of terraces and obliquity-driven ∼41,000 year climate cycles in the Early Pleistocene. © 2005 University of Washington. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Maddy D, Demir T, Bridgland D, Veldkamp A, Stemerdink C, van der Schriek T, Westaway R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Quaternary Research

Year: 2005

Volume: 63

Issue: 3

Pages: 339-346

Print publication date: 01/05/2005

ISSN (print): 0033-5894

ISSN (electronic): 1096-0287


DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2005.01.004


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