What status for the Quaternary?

Gibbard, P. L. and Smith, A. G. and Zalasiewicz, J. A. and Barry, T. L. and Cantrill, D. and Coe, A. L. and Cope, J. C. W. and Gale, A. S. and Gregory, F. J. and Powell, J. H. and Rawson, P. F. and Stone, P. and Waters, C. N. (2005) What status for the Quaternary? Boreas, 34 (1). pp. 1-6. DOI 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2005.tb01000.x

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Abstract

The status of the Quaternary, long regarded as a geological period effectively coincident with the main climatic deterioration of the current Ice Age, has recently been questioned as a formal stratigraphic unit. We argue here that it should be retained as a formal period of geological time. Furthermore, we consider that its beginning should be placed at the Gauss-Matuyama magnetic chron boundary at about 2.6 Ma, rather than at its current position at about 1.8 Ma. The Quaternary would be formally subdivided into the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 PUBL 2005 AREP IA47
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Boreas
Volume: 34
Page Range: pp. 1-6
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2005.tb01000.x
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 10:25
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1652

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