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Geomorphic response to the lateglacial–holocene transition in high alpine regions (Sanetsch pass, Swiss alps)

  • Serra, Elena Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern Baltzerstrasse 1+3 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 4 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland
  • Valla, Pierre G. Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern Baltzerstrasse 1+3 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 4 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland - University of Grenoble Alpes University of Savoie Mont Blanc CNRS, IRD, IFSTTAR, ISTerre Grenoble 38000, France
  • Gribenski, Natacha Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern Baltzerstrasse 1+3 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 4 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland
  • Guedes Magrani, Fabio Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern Baltzerstrasse 1+3 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 4 Bern CH‐3012, Switzerland
  • Carcaillet, Julien University of Grenoble Alpes University of Savoie Mont Blanc CNRS, IRD, IFSTTAR, ISTerre Grenoble 38000, France
  • Delaloye, Reynald Department of Geosciences University of Fribourg Ch. du Musée 4+6 Fribourg CH‐1700 Switzerland
  • Grobéty, Bernard Department of Geosciences University of Fribourg Ch. du Musée 4+6 Fribourg CH‐1700 Switzerland
  • Braillard, Luc Department of Geosciences University of Fribourg Ch. du Musée 4+6 Fribourg CH‐1700 Switzerland
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    29.10.2020
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  • Boreas. - 2020, p. bor.12480
English Several palaeoclimatic archives have documented the pronounced climatic and environmental change associated with the Lateglacial–Holocene transition in the European Alps. However, the geomorphic response to this major environmental transition has only been punctually investigated. In this study, we propose a detailed reconstruction of post‐Last Glacial Maximum palaeoenvironmental conditions and geomorphic connectivity in the Sanetsch Pass area (2252 m a.s.l., western Swiss Alps) based on a multi‐method approach combining geomorphological and sedimentological field investigations with quantitative sedimentology and geochronology. Samples for sediment characterization (grain size, micromorphology and X‐ray diffraction) and geochronology (optically stimulated luminescence and 10Be surface exposure dating) were collected from three representative landforms of the study area: a high‐elevation silty deposit covered by patterned ground, an alluvial fan, and a hummocky moraine covered by rockfall deposits. Our results reveal the geomorphic history of the three deposits and their connectivity through sediment cascade. These results highlight the development of rapid and most probably transient landscape changes in high Alpine regions during the Lateglacial–Holocene transition, with an increase in sediment flux and the establishment of paraglacial and periglacial geomorphic processes.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Géosciences
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  • English
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Geology
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