The Quaternary Ice Age in the Alps

The Quaternary Ice Age in the Alps

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  • Author: Christian Schlüchter
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537928

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The Quaternary Ice Age in the Alps, Volume Eighteen presents an overview of the present knowledge on environmental change as seen through the history of the quaternary ice age in the Alps. Its main theme is a description of the stratigraphic record produced by fundamental changes in the environment through multiple cycles of glacier advance and retreat.

Key Features

  • Presents a timely contribution to the global climate change discussion
  • Assembles the immense amount of quaternary Alpine research into one volume
  • Shows the global distribution of climatic fluctuations during the ice age


Researchers in quaternary science, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, quaternary geology and geomorphology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Causes and effects of ice ages
    1.1 Some history of research from an Alpine perspective
    1.2 What is an ice age?
    1.3 What causes an ice age?
    1.4 The dilemma of terrestrial relict records
    2. The Alps in a global context
    3. The Last Glaciation
    3.1 The LGM and the geometry of the Alpine ice cover
    3.2 Chronology of the Last Glaciation
    3.3 The Late Glacial and Termination I
    4. The last warm period
    5. Older extensive glaciations
    5.1 The penultimate glaciation or the "Rissian Dilemma"
    5.2 Other "extensive glaciations"
    6. Older warm periods
    7. The Middle Pleistocene Events (MPE) / Revolutions (MPR)
    7.1 Morphogenetic landscape adjustments
    7.2 The potential role of tectonics
    8. Pre-MPE /MPR glaciations
    9. North-South and East-West disharmonies
    10. Reference sections / Proposals for excursions
    11. Why is the Quaternary (Period) important?
    11.1 The natural environment of human evolution
    11.2 Engineering aspects: building in and with Quaternary geological products
    11.3 Geological maps, the Quaternary and HARMOS
    12. Open questions
    13. References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2030
  • Published: January 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537928

About the Author

Christian Schlüchter

Christian Schluechter is Professor Emeritus for the Institute of Geological Science at the University of Bern. His research interest includes quaternary geology, glaciers, and ice ages. He previously served as the chair of Quaternary and Environmental Geology at the University of Bern. He has done extensive fieldwork in the Alps and on all the continents, including 8 expeditions to Antarctica.For many years, Christian has been actively engaged in the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) for which he organised the International Congress in 2011 in Bern.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Bern, Switzerland

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