Loess correlations – Between myth and reality

Slobodan B. Marković*, Thomas Stevens, Joseph Mason, Jef Vandenberghe, Shiling Yang, Daniel Veres, Gábor Újvári, Alida Timar-Gabor, Christian Zeeden, Zhengtang Guo, Qingzhen Hao, Igor Obreht, Ulrich Hambach, Haibin Wu, Milivoj B. Gavrilov, Christian Rolf, Nemanja Tomić, Frank Lehmkuhl

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The correlation of loess sequences across global, hemispheric, regional and local scales is one of the most fundamental aspects to loess research. However, despite recent progress in stratigraphic and chronometric methods, the correlation of many loess sequences is often still based on untested assumptions over loess deposition, preservation, soil type and age. As such, the aim of this overview is to provide an adequate framework for evaluation of the accuracy of loess correlations applied on different temporal and spatial scales across Eurasia. This opens up possibilities for detailed temporal and spatial environmental reconstructions across the huge loess provinces of the Eurasia and provides a framework for future extension of this to North America. Additionally, we evaluate the potential development of appropriate sub-millennial scale loess correlations, as well as essentially important chronological approaches for establishing valid correlations between different loess records, such as current improvements in tephrochronology, 14C and luminescence dating techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-23
Number of pages20
JournalPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Volume509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Loess-palaeosol sequences
  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Pleistocene
  • Scales

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