Archive for the ‘Geomorphology’ category

Homo erectus skull dating with cosmogenic nuclides in Denizli

January 21, 2014

Newly  obtained cosmogenic ages challenge our current knowledge of the Anatolian Homo erectus dispersal. A new discovery within a travertine quarry from Denizli was made by Cihat Alçiçek from Pamukkale University and his colloquies, Lebatard et al. (published in EPSL vol. 390). The burial ages determined on pebbles from conglomeratic levels framing travertine unit that bears the fossil. “The actual age of the fossils is likely to be in the 1.1–1.3 Ma range”, they report. This date is in close agreement with the paleoanthropological conclusions based on morphometric comparisons. The Turkish Homo erectus belongs to the Chinese and African fossil groups, and is different from Middle and Upper Pleistocene specimens. It attests to the antiquity of human occupation of the Anatolian Peninsula. please refer to for more information.

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Remarkably extensive glaciation in Turkey near the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary

December 26, 2011

A new paper was published in GSA’s Journal of Geology by Zreda and others in November 2011. This is their media paragraph published in the journal’s web site: “Looking at how climate changed in the geological past can provide a useful perspective for studying modern climate change and for predicting climate changes in the next century. Dr Marek Zreda of the University of Arizona and his colleagues used mountain moraines to reconstruct the former glaciers and to determine climatic changes in Turkey at the beginning of the Holocene, the current interglacial epoch. They found that the glaciers were unusually large for that time, with snow lines lower than today by more than 1400 meters, implying a temperature 9°C lower than modern long-term average temperature. The main glacier melting phase lasted 500 years during which the ice margin retreated at the average rate of 1700 m per century, which is higher than modern gracier retreat rates computed over comparable time. This corresponds to the temperature increase at the rate of 1.4°C per century, which exceeds the global warming trend of the past century, 0.6°C, showing that natural causes can lead to fast and large climate changes, and that the magnitude and the rate of climate change observed in the past century are not unprecedented.” Please see more details and the paper here doi:10.1130/G32097.1

Ground-base LIDAR on the North Anatolian Fault

December 25, 2011

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Karabacak et al. have published a study of the surface creep along the North Anatolian Fault in the EPSL. They used a ground-based light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system on an unreported site where three manmade walls across the fault were monitored for 3 yrs between 2007 and 2009. They found that 50–70% of the yearly slip accumulates on the faults creep section. Please find more info here doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.017

Holocene climate change in central Turkey

December 25, 2011

Last 6000 years climate record from Tecer Lake in central Turkey were published in Holoceneby Kuzucuoğlu et al. According to the mineralogy and grain-size distribution of lake sediments, during the mid-Holocene transition, intense droughts occured at the end of the sixth, fifth and fourth millennia BP. The characteristics of some climatic phases at Tecer seem specific to the location of the sequence which, when compared with other sites in the eastern Mediterranean, may record variations in the extent of different climatic systems. Please refer to doi: 10.1177/0959683610384163

A new tree-ring data from western Anatolia

February 8, 2011

Kose et al. 2011 have published a new data set on May-June precipitation of the Late Holocene obtained from 17 black pine tree-rings. Their study was published in the Journal of Quaternary Research. May–June precipitation reconstructions contain mostly one-year and, less commonly, two-year drought events. The longest consecutive dry period was in between 1925–1928 AD. The driest year was 1887. The wettest years for the entire western Anatolia were determined to be AD 1835, 1876, 1881 and 1901. They claimed that the study provides a better understanding of agricultural drought and management of regional water resources. For more information, please refer to doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.12.005


Earthquakes cycles recorded in calcite veins

February 8, 2011

Uysal et al. 2011 have published a new study about long term seismic cycles recorded in southwest Anatolian calcite veins. The study appeared in the Journal of Earth and Planetary Science Letters. They conducted high-resolution micro-sampling, high-precision U-series dating and micro- chemical analysis on an extensional vein system in a tectonically active area. U/Th ages of the vein system is in between 23.9±0.2 ka and 11.8±0.2ka. Their study offers an innovative means of constraining the absolute timing of late Quaternary seismic and inter-seismic events in Anatolia, Turkey. For more information, please refer to doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.12.039

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Climate change during and after the LGM in Central Turkey

August 22, 2010

Dogan from Ankara University published a new paper in the Journal of Quaternary International about the fluvial responses of Kizilirmak terraces to Late Quaternary climatic changes. A numerical chronology was established by AMS dating of fluvial sediments and Ar–Ar dating of a basalt sample capping the youngest terrace (Late Pleistocene terrace), indicating that the main incision phase was completed at the end of the LGM (Last Glacial Maximum, ~21,000 years ago). It appears that the major climatic transition from the LGM to the Late Glacial gave rise to aggradation in the fluvial system, and this event seems to be consistent with the timing of the regression phase of pluvial lakes and the termination of paleoglacier advances in the high mountains of Anatolia. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.08.004