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Svante Björck

Svante Björck

Professor emeritus

Svante Björck

Formal Subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch

Author

  • M. J. C. Walker
  • P. L. Gibbard
  • M. Berkelhammer
  • Svante Björck
  • L. C. Cwynar
  • D. A. Fisher
  • A. J. Long
  • J. J. Lowe
  • R. M. Newnham
  • S. O. Rasmussen
  • H. Weiss

Summary, in English

This proposal, by a Working Group of Integration of ice-core, marine, and terrestrial records (INTIMATE) and the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), is for a formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Although previous attempts to subdivide the Holocene have proved inconclusive, recent developments in Quaternary stratigraphy, notably the definition of the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary and the emergence of formal subdivisions of the Pleistocene Series/Epoch, mean that it may be timely to revisit this matter. The Quaternary literature reveals a widespread but variable informal usage of a tripartite division of the Holocene ("early", "middle" or "mid-", and "late"), and we propose that this de facto subdivision should now be formalised to ensure consistency in stratigraphic terminology. We advocate a formal Early-Middle Holocene boundary at 8200 a BP and a formal Middle-Late Holocene boundary at 4200 a BP, each of which is linked to a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP).

Department/s

  • Quaternary Sciences

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

983-987

Publication/Series

STRATI 2013

Document type

Conference paper

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Geology

Keywords

  • Holocene
  • Stratigraphic subdivision
  • 8.2 ka and 4.2 ka events
  • NGRIP ice
  • core
  • Mawmluh Cave stalagmite

Conference name

1st International Congress on Stratigraphy (STRATI)

Conference date

2013-07-01 - 2013-07-07

Conference place

Lisbon, Portugal

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2197-9545
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-04363-0