Quaternary Glaciation in the Mediterranean Mountains
The mountains of the Mediterranean world are now largely ice free, but many were repeatedly glaciated during the Quaternary ice age. This created spectacular glaciated landscapes with a rich array of glacial deposits and landforms. The glacial and glacio-fluvial records are often very well preserved and our understanding of the timing of Quaternary glaciation has very recently been transformed through the application of dating methods utilizing uranium-series and cosmogenic isotopes. Glacial records from the Mediterranean now boast some of the most robust chronologies for mountain glaciation anywhere in the world – they represent a unique archive of Quaternary environmental change of global significance. The southerly latitude and relatively small size of Mediterranean glaciers rendered them especially sensitive to Pleistocene and Holocene climate changes. This volume brings together the leading researchers and the latest research on Mediterranean glaciation. Several papers also explore glacier behaviour in the Holocene – including those glaciers of southernmost Europe at risk of disappearing this century.
Quaternary glacial history of the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain: a new synthesis
Published:January 01, 2017
Enrique Serrano, Juan José González-Trueba, Ramón Pellitero, Manuel Gómez-Lende, 2017. "Quaternary glacial history of the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain: a new synthesis", Quaternary Glaciation in the Mediterranean Mountains, P. D. Hughes, J. C. Woodward
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Recent dating and morphostratigraphical studies on glaciations in the Cantabrian Mountains permit a first reconstruction of the glacial evolution of the area. Located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Atlantic coast and the inner Mediterranean upland of the Duero basin, the mountains were occupied by ice fields as well as alpine and cirque glaciers during the Pleistocene. Five glacial phases can be distinguished, four belonging to the last Pleistocene glacial cycle and one historical in the Little Ice Age (LIA). Pre-maximum phases (predating the Late Pleistocene glacier maximum), identified at only three places, need more data...