Geomorphological investigations of sediment traps on Lanzarote (Canary Islands) as a key for the interpretation of a palaeoclimate archive off NW Africa

On Lanzarote (Canary Islands) Late Quaternary Saharan dust and volcanic material were trapped in Miocence to Pliocene valleys dammed by volcanic lava flows. These trapped sediments are potentially interesting as they can be natural archives useful to reconstruct the terrestrial palaeoclimate history of the NW African margin. Nevertheless, slope wash processes altered the primarily eolian deposits, making climatic interpretation not straightforward. Geomorphological mapping, GIS calculations and On Lanzarote (Canary Islands) Late Quaternary Saharan dust and volcanic material were trapped in Miocence to Pliocene valleys dammed by volcanic lava flows. These trapped sediments are potentially interesting as they can be natural archives useful to reconstruct the terrestrial palaeoclimate history of the NW African margin. Nevertheless, slope wash processes altered the primarily eolian deposits, making climatic interpretation not straightforward. Geomorphological mapping, GIS calculations and sedimentological investigations were used to unravel these processes influencing the temporal resolution of the palaeoclimatic archive, demonstrating that they average the palaeoclimatic signal by some ka. Thus, despite the colluvial geomorphic environment, the valley fillings can be used for palaeoclimatic interpretation of events with a length of at least some ka. The youngest sediments, deposited since at least 2.5 ka, are anthropogenically triggered and thus cannot be used for palaeoclimatic interpretation. The results show that the input of Saharan dust at Lanzarote increased during the last 1.0 Ma and especially during the Early/Middle Holocene.show moreshow less

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Institutes:Geowissenschaften
Author: Hans von Suchodoletz, Dominik Faust, Ludwig Zöller
Year of Completion:2009
SWD-Keyword:Geomorphologie; Holozän; Kanarische Inseln; Lanzarote; Pleistozän
Tag:Canary Islands; Holocene; Lanzarote; Pleistocene; geomorphology
Dewey Decimal Classification:550 Geowissenschaften
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus4-4530
Source:Quaternary International 196, 44-56 (2009); doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2008.03.014.
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):11.03.2009