Records of Quaternary River Behaviour in Glaciated Catchments of the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

  • Madeleine Hann

Student thesis: Phd


The glaciated catchments of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco hold a valuable record of Quaternary river behaviour and environmental change. The Tamatert Valley is a small (< 10 km2) headwater tributary of the Rheraya River on the northern slopes of Jebel Toubkal (4167 m a.s.l.), joining the Mizane Valley at the village of Imlil. The geomorphology of the region is defined by steep sided valleys filled by deeply incised alluvial fans. Luminescence dating (feldspar-IRSL, n = 8) of alluvial sediments in the Tamatert Valley, combined with assessment of the morpho-stratigraphy, suggest net river aggradation during the late Pleistocene (~40-10 ka) and incision during the Holocene (
Date of Award1 Aug 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorJamie Woodward (Supervisor) & Philip Hughes (Supervisor)


  • Flood
  • Mediterranean
  • Luminescence
  • River
  • Geomorphology
  • High Atlas
  • Morocco
  • Quaternary
  • Debris flow

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