Glaciers on Uludag

Uludag (2542 m above sea level, which means almighty mountain in Turkish) is a very well known mountain in Turkey and one of the most popular ski destination, just about 100 km south of Istanbul, very close to the city of Bursa. It is indeed one of the mountains that has experienced glaciations during the Late Pleistocene. Zahno et al. recently published a paper in Quaternary Science Reviews about the chronology of its past glaciations. They have used 10Be and 26Al cosmogenic isotopes to date the glacier related landforms in the mountain. Their absolute age results indicate that the local glacial maximum occurred about 20.3 thousands years ago, which is in well agreement with other ages obtained from other mountains of Turkey. This is the time frame in which there were very large glaciers existed on most of the northern Europe and on many high mountains in the region. Zahno et al., have also found later phases of glacier expansions on Uludag at around 16.1 to 11.5 thousands years ago. Today, there is no glaciers exist in the mountain. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.01.012

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