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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...

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