Loess and its geomorphic, stratigraphic and paleoclimatic significance in the Quaternary

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Loess is aeolian silt visible in the field as a sedimentary body. It covers a significant portion of the land surface of the Earth. Loess thickness, particle size, and carbonate content decrease downwind from sources, useful trends for paleowinds. Many loess sections consist of relatively thick deposits of mostly unaltered sediment with intercalated paleosols. Paleosols represent periods of landscape stability when loess deposition slowed significantly. Loess in most regions was deposited during glacial periods and paleosols formed during interglacial periods. Loess has the potential to record the timing and environment of glacial–interglacial cycles of the Quaternary on many continents.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Loess and its geomorphic, stratigraphic and paleoclimatic significance in the Quaternary
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00302-X
Volume 11
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 35 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences: Treatise on Geomorphology
First page 149
Last page 183