(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Causes, consequences and chronology of large-magnitude palaeoflows in Middle and Late Pleistocene river systems of northwest Europe

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WESTAWAY R. (1 2) ; BRIDGLAND D.R. (3) ;
(1) Fac. of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open Univ., Gateshead, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) IRES, Newcastle Univ., Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ROYAUME-UNI
(3) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Durham, ROYAUME-UNI


This study examines the record of high-palaeoflow phases in river systems in northwest Europe, investigating their causes (whether due to ‘unique’ events, such as the formation of the Dover Strait, or as ‘characteristic’ consequences of climate change), examining their consequences with regard to landscape evolution and possible effects on climate, and determining the chronology of key events. Large-magnitude palaeoflows, more than an order-of-magnitude larger than present-day flood peaks, are shown to be characteristic of rivers in this region at particular times within the Pleistocene. These events, the most recent of which were during Heinrich events, were evidently caused by the combined effects of glacial outwash, rainfall, snowmelt and melting of permafrost in some proportion


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 35, no9 [pp. 1071--1094]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 9 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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