Late Pleistocene loess-palaeosol sequences in the Vojvodina region, north Serbia

Slobodan B. Marković, Mark P. Bokhorst, Jeff Vandenberghe, William B. McCoy, Eric A. Oches, Ulrich Hambach, Tivodar Gaudenyi, Mladjen Jovanović, Ludwig Zöller, Bjorn Machalett, Thomas Stevens

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Late Pleistocene loess-palaeosol sequences are widespread in the Vojvodina region, with thicknesses reaching a maximum of about 20 m. Our investigations include more than 40 of these loess sections. Geochronology of the last glacial loess-palaeosol sequences, based on luminescence dating and amino acid racemisation, provides correlations between Upper Pleistocene loess-palaeosol sediments in Vojvodina and comparable deposits at other European localities. Sedimentary logs of magnetic susceptibility, grain-size measurements and carbonate content, combined with malacological evidence, indicate two main relatively cold and arid phases during the last glacial period, related to intensive accumulation of loess units L1L1 and L1L2, as well as many brief episodes of dry and windy climatic conditions, suggesting a possible relationship with cold events recorded in the North Atlantic region. Generally, late Pleistocene climate in the region was dry and relatively warm, compared with glacial period sites in central Europe, and was characterised by sharp differences between glacial and interglacial modes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-84
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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