Quaternary-Pleistocene Glacial and Periglacial Environments

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Ice is a major geomorphological agent. Glacial and periglacial processes have been responsible for shaping large areas of the Earth's surface during the Quaternary - especially during Pleistocene cold stages - and are still important today at high latitudes and in mountain regions from the tropics to the poles. Glacial and periglacial landforms and sediments are important for understanding climate histories and have long been an integral part of Quaternary and Pleistocene records. In particular, recent advances in dating techniques have revitalized glacial geomorphology, and its role in reconstructing past environments is as prominent as ever. This chapter summarizes the current state of glacial knowledge around the world and selects some of the key highlights and debates. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology|Treatise on Geomorphol.
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 8: Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
Place of PublicationSan Diego
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Cold stage
  • Cosmogenic dating
  • Elsterian
  • Glacial
  • Glaciation
  • Glaciers
  • Holocene
  • Illinoian
  • Little Ice Age
  • Moraines
  • Palaeoclimate
  • Periglacial
  • Pleistocene
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Saalian
  • Till
  • U-series dating
  • Weichselian
  • Wisconsian


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