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Climate control on alluvial sediment storage in the northern foreland of the Tatra Mountains since the late Pleistocene

  • Janusz Olszak
  • Józef Kukulak
  • Helena Alexanderson
Publishing year: 2019
Language: English
Pages: 848-860
Publication/Series: Quaternary Research (United States)
Volume: 91
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Academic Press

Abstract english

Numerical dating and geomorphic studies on alluvial sediment were undertaken in the uppermost reaches of the Dunajec River catchment in the northern foreland of the Tatra Mountains of Poland. Successions of alluvial deposits in river terraces and alluvial fans are common in this region. In particular, alluvial fans deposited a thick succession of sediment in the intramontane Orawa-Nowy Targ Depression, and terraces are preserved as two cut-and-fill and six strath terraces along the uplifting sections of river courses. We identify several alluviation phases within the alluvial successions that occurred since Marine Oxygen Isotope Stage 6. These sediments show that deposition largely occurred under temperate-climate conditions. This is in spite of a potential strong impact from headwater glaciers under cold-climate conditions. Glacially produced sediments were largely stored within frontal moraines and proglacial floodplains. These glaciogenic sediments were eroded and resedimented during glacier retreat. We therefore conclude that warm alluviation is the dominant process forming alluvial successions in this region.


  • Geology
  • Dunajec
  • Fluvial deposition
  • OSL dating
  • Tatra Mountains


  • ISSN: 0033-5894
Helena Alexandersson
E-mail: helena [dot] alexanderson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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Aeolian sand project

Project members
Members of the aeolian sand project: Martin Bernhardson, Sara Florén, Edyta Kalińska-Nartiša and Helena Alexanderson.

Read more about the project here.