The Quaternary Period

Pillans, B. and Gibbard, P. (2012) The Quaternary Period. In: The Geologic Time Scale 2012. The Geological Time Scale, 2 . Elsevier, pp. 979-1010. ISBN 9780444594259

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Abstract

The Quaternary Period, comprising the Holocene and Pleistocene Epochs, encompasses the last ~2.6 Ma during which time Earth’s climate was strongly influenced by bi- polar glaciation and the genus Homo first appeared and evolved. The base of the Quaternary System/Period and Pleistocene Series/Epoch is defined by the GSSP for the Gelasian Stage at Monte San Nicola section in Italy. The base of the Holocene Series/Epoch is defined at a depth of 1492.45 m in the NGRIP ice core from Greenland, with an age based on annual layer counting, of 11 700 years b2k (before AD2000), with a 2s uncertainty of 99 years; it is the first and only GSSP to be defined in an ice core.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2012AREP; IA64;
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
99 - Other
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Volume: 2
Page Range: pp. 979-1010
Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-0-444-59425-9.00030-5
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2012 09:54
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:04
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2605

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