Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology, Volume 15

1st Edition

A Closer Look

Editors: J. Ehlers P.L. Gibbard P.D. Hughes
Print ISBN: 9780444534477
eBook ISBN: 9780444535375
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th July 2011
Page Count: 1126
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The book presents an up-to-date, detailed overview of the Quaternary glaciations all over the world, not only with regard to stratigraphy but also with regard to major glacial landforms and the extent of the respective ice sheets. The locations of key sites are included. The information is presented in digital, uniformly prepared maps which can be used in a Geographical Information System (GIS) such as ArcView or ArcGIS. The accompanying text supplies the information on how the data were obtained (geomorphology, geological mapping, air photograph evaluation, satellite imagery), how the features were dated (14C, TL, relative stratigraphy) and how reliable they are supposed to be. All references to the underlying basic publications are included. Where controversial interpretations are possible e.g. in Siberia or Tibet, this is pointed out. As a result, the information on Quaternary glaciations worldwide will be much improved and supplied in a uniform digital format.

The information on the glacial limits is compiled in digital form by the coordinators of the project, and is available for download at: http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780444534477/

Key Features

  • Completely updated detailed coverage of worldwide Quaternary glaciations
  • Information in digital, uniformly prepared maps which can be used in a GIS such as ArcView or ArcGis
  • Step-by-step guideline how to open and use ArcGis files
  • Possibility to convert the shapefiles into GoogleEarth kmz-files
  • Availability of chronological controls


Postgraduates and researchers who work with glaciations, climate modelling (same group as volumes 1-3), libraries, and academic and goverment instutions

Table of Contents



1.1. Introduction

1.2. The Digital Maps

1.3. The Geology

1.4. Summary

Quaternary Glaciations in Austria

2.1. Introduction

2.2. The Course of the Quaternary

2.3. The Four Alpine Glaciations

2.4. Tectonic Activity

2.5. Development of Glaciers

2.6. Overdeepened Valleys

2.7. Last Interglacial-Glacial Cycle

2.8. Chronology

2.9. Phase of Ice Decay

2.10. The Bühl Phase

2.11. The Steinach Phase

2.12. The Gschnitz Phase

2.13. Chronology

2.14. The Daun Phase

2.15. The Egesen Phase

The Pleistocene Glaciations in Belarus

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Varyazh Glaciation

3.3. Narev Glaciation

3.4. Berezina Glaciation

3.5. Pripyat’ Glaciation

3.6. Poozerian Glaciation

3.7. Conclusions

Pleistocene Glaciations of Czechia

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Continental Glaciation

4.3. Elsterian Glaciations

4.4. Saalian Glaciation

4.5. Mountain Glaciations

4.6. Pre-Weichselian Glaciation

4.7. Weichselian Glaciation

4.8. Conclusions

Pleistocene Glaciations in Denmark: A Closer Look at Chronology, Ice Dynamics and Landforms

5.1. Introduction

5.2. The Pleistocene of Denmark

5.3. Middle Pleistocene Glaciations

5.4. The Saalian Glaciation

5.5. Late Pleistocene Glaciations

5.6. Conclusions

The Glacial History of the British Isles during the Early and Middle Pleistocene: Implications for the long-term development of the British Ice Sheet

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Early and Middle Pleistocene Glacial History of the British Isles

6.3. Discussion

6.4. Conclusions


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About the Editor

J. Ehlers

Affiliations and Expertise

Geologisches Landesamt, Hamburg, Germany

P.L. Gibbard

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Cambridge, UK

P.D. Hughes

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Manchester, UK


"This book is part of a four-volume series (Part 1: Europe CH, Mar'05, 42-4043) reporting the work of an international commission on world glaciation; it summarizes and updates the previous volumes. Following an editors' introduction, 77 chapters discuss Europe, Greenland, western Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey (31 chapters); Canada and the US (18); Mexico through Tierra del Fuego (11); eastern Asia (12); Australia and New Zealand (2); and Africa (3). Improved digital maps are available online… rather than on CD-ROM as in prior volumes. The dating of glacial stages has also improved greatly here…. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." --CHOICE