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Title: First chronological constraints for the high terraces of the Upper Ebro catchment
Authors: Parés, Josep María
Duval, Mathieu
Soria Jáuregui, Ángel
González Amuchastegui, María José
Keywords: Fluvial terraces;Ebro River;Spain;Paleomagnetism;Electron spin resonance
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Quaternary, 2021, 4 (3), 25
Abstract: The Cenozoic sedimentary basins in the Iberian Peninsula show a change from long-term basin infill to incision, a transition that indicates a period of major drainage reorganization that culminated in the throughflow of the networks to the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans. Both the cause of the transition from aggradation to degradation and the linkages to tectonic, climatic, and geomorphic events hinge on the chronology of the fluvial network incision and excavation of the basin’s sedimentary fills. In this paper, we describe the first chronologic data on the highest fluvial terraces of the upper area of the Ebro River, one of the largest fluvial systems in the Iberian Peninsula, to determine the onset of incision and excavation in the basin. For this purpose, we combine electron spin resonance (ESR) and paleomagnetism methods to date strath terraces found at 140, 90, and 85 m above the current river level. Our results show ages of ca. 1.2 and 1.5 Ma for the uppermost river terraces in the upper Ebro catchment, constraining the minimum age of the entrenchment of the upper Ebro River.
ISSN: 2571-550X
DOI: 10.3390/quat4030025
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Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Laboratorio de Geología
Datación por Resonancia Paramagnética Electrónica
Geocronología y Geología

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