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Paleoglaciation on opposite flanks of the Ikh-Turgen Mountains, Central Asia: Importance of style of moraine deposition for 10-Be surface exposure dating
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. (Geomorphology and Glaciology)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0306-5291
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The ages of marginal moraines that record extensive glacier expansions across the Altai Mountains of Central Asia are poorly documented. We present 18 10Be exposure ages from moraines in valleys on opposite flanks of the Ikh-Turgen Mountains. On the eastern side, exposure ages from a latero-frontal moraine indicate deglaciation during MIS 3 (45.3±2.7 ka) and MIS 2 (22.8±3.5 ka). Corresponding exposure ages, from the western side, indicate a more complex story with large scatter (~14-53 ka). Owing to their close proximity, the paleoglaciers should have responded similarly to climate forcing, yet they exhibited a distinctly different behavior. We propose that differences in glacier dynamics caused differences in ice-marginal depositional environments, explaining the scatter in exposure ages on the western side. This study shows the importance of style of deposition in chronological studies of glacial landforms and demonstrates that certain moraine types can be difficult to use as paleoclimate proxies.

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Physical Geography
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Physical Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134739OAI: diva2:1037705
Central Asia Paleoglaciology Project (CAPP)
Swedish Research Council, No. 2011-4892
Available from: 2016-10-17 Created: 2016-10-17 Last updated: 2016-10-17
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