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Surface runoff to the Black Sea from the East European Plain during Last Glacial Maximum–Late Glacial time

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Aleksey Yu. Sidorchuk
Aleksey Yu. Sidorchuk
Geographical Faculty, Moscow State University, Vorob'evy Gory, Moscow 119991, Russia
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Andrey V. Panin
Andrey V. Panin
Geographical Faculty, Moscow State University, Vorob'evy Gory, Moscow 119991, Russia
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Olga K. Borisova
Olga K. Borisova
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Staromonetny per., Moscow 119017, Russia
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Hydromorphological and hydroclimatic methods were used to reconstruct the former surface runoff from the East European part of the Black Sea drainage basin. Data on the shape and dynamics of the last Fennoscandian ice sheet were used to calculate meltwater supply to the headwaters of the Dnieper River. The channel width and meander wavelength of well-preserved fragments of large paleochannels were measured at 51 locations in the Dnieper and Don River basins (East European Plain), which allowed reconstruction of the former surface runoff of the ancient rivers, as well as the total volume of flow into the Black Sea, using transform functions. Studies of the composition of fossil floras derived from radiocarbon-dated sediments of various origins and ages make it possible to locate their modern region analogues. These analogues provide climatic and hydrological indexes for the Late Pleniglacial and Late Glacial landscapes. Morphological, geological, geochronological, and palynological studies show that the landscape, climatic, and hydrologic history of the region included: (1) a cold and dry interval close to the Last Glacial Maximum characterized by high meteoritic surface runoff supplemented by meltwater flow from ice-dam lakes; (2) a warmer humid interval at the end of the Late Pleniglacial with very high surface runoff and formation of extremely large meandering channels, combined with a short event of substantial inflow from the Caspian Sea; and (3) a period from the Oldest Dryas to the Preboreal of nonsteady surface runoff decrease, and transformation of large meandering channels into smaller ones against the background of climate warming.

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Geology and Geoarchaeology of the Black Sea Region: Beyond the Flood Hypothesis

Ilya V. Buynevich
Ilya V. Buynevich
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Valentina Yanko-Hombach
Valentina Yanko-Hombach
Avalon Institute of Applied Science, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Department of Physical and Marine Geology, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, Odessa, Ukraine
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Allan S. Gilbert
Allan S. Gilbert
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, USA
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Ronald E. Martin
Ronald E. Martin
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
473
ISBN print:
9780813724737
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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