Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers

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Reconstruction of the Last Glaciations in the Whole of Asia

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_650

Synonyms

Pleistocene glaciation of Asia during the last Ice Age (Würm, Weichsel); Quaternary glaciation of Asia during the MIS 4-2

Definition

Reconstruction of the maximum former extent of the ice cover in Asia.

Introduction

The current state of ice age research suggests to confine this overview of the reconstruction of the past glaciation in High Asia to the Last Ice Age, the Würm-Ice Age (Weichsel-Ice Age MIS 4-2), i.e., to the last maximum ice extent and at most to a somewhat earlier ice extent during the early to middle Würm-Ice Age – if at all there is a reliable possibility to differentiate these two advances regionally, considering the data obtained so far. With regard to the method this restriction suggests itself because of the chronological nearness of the LGM-advance, so that naturally the indicators might be best preserved. The former extents of the ice – as far as they have not been overthrust by the last advance and thus underwent a Quaternary-geological reshaping, i.e.,...

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  1. 1.Department of Geography and High Mountain GeomorphologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany