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Reconstruction of a complex late Quaternary glacial landscape in the Cordillera de Cochabamba (Bolivia) based on a morphostratigraphic and multiple dating approach.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
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2011 (English)In: Quaternary Research, ISSN 0033-5894, E-ISSN 1096-0287, Vol. 76, 106-118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although glacial landscapes have previously been used for the reconstruction of late Quaternary glaciations inthe Central Andes, only few data exist for the Eastern Cordillera in Bolivia. Here, we present results fromdetailed morphostratigraphic mapping and new data of surface exposure dating (SED), optically stimulatedluminescence (OSL), and radiocarbon dating (14C) from the Huara Loma Valley, Cordillera de Cochabamba(Bolivia). Discrepancies between individual dating methods could be addressed within the context of a solidgeomorphic framework. We identified two major glaciations. The older is not well constrained by theavailable data, whereas the younger glaciation is subdivided into at least four major glacial stages. Regardingthe latter, a first advance dated to ~29–25 ka occurred roughly contemporaneous with the onset of the globallast glacial maximum (LGM) and was followed by a less extensive (re-)advance around 20–18 ka. The locallast glacial maximum (LLGM) in the Huara Loma Valley took place during the humid lateglacial ~17–16 ka,followed by several smaller readvances until ~10–11 ka, and complete deglaciation at the end of the EarlyHolocene.

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2011. Vol. 76, 106-118 p.
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Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
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Quarternary Geology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69340OAI: diva2:476216
Available from: 2012-01-11 Created: 2012-01-11 Last updated: 2012-01-11Bibliographically approved

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