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The Pleistocene in Eastern Austria

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Julius Fink
Julius Fink
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January 01, 1965

Periglacial conditions were prevalent in eastern Austria during the Pleistocene; therefore, investigations have dealt mainly with terrace and loess features. In this area it is possible to compile a stratigraphy of the complete Pleistocene. The Pleistocene period consists of the “classic” Diluvium in the sense of Penck and Brückner and also of the pre-Günz times. Pre-Günz times lasted probably as long as the “classic” Diluvium: several terraces, accumulated in cold times, are preserved from this period. Large-scale down-cutting occurred in the “great” interglacial (Mindel-Riss) when, for the last time, intensive weathering took place. The Würm Glaciation is distinguished by many loess deposits with well-defined paleosols, originating from several paleoclimatic provinces. In spite of earlier opinions, a bipartition of the Würm must be assumed, with the Paudorf interstadial separating the two sections. The fossil soil of Göttweig was formed in the Riss-Würm Interglacial.

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GSA Special Papers

International Studies on the Quaternary: Papers Prepared on the Occasion of the VII Congress of the International Association for Quaternary Research Boulder, Colorado, 1965

H. E. Wright, Jr.
H. E. Wright, Jr.
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David G. Frey
David G. Frey
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Geological Society of America
Volume
84
ISBN print:
9780813720845
Publication date:
January 01, 1965

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