Critical Quaternary stratigraphy.

Rose, J. and Tzedakis, C. and Elderfield, H. (2006) Critical Quaternary stratigraphy. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25 (23-24). pp. 3461-3462. DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.11.009

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Abstract

This paper was presented as the Presidential Address to the XVI INQUA Congress held at Reno, Nevada, USA, on Thursday 24th July at 16:30 h. It was subsequently modified with the intention of being published, but was never fully completed. Despite the unfinished nature of the manuscript, we feel that the clarity and force of the ideas it contains make it essential reading for all Quaternary scientists. We have, therefore, decided to publish it as the Endpiece of this Special Issue of Quaternary Science Reviews dedicated to Nick Shackleton. We are grateful to the executors of his will for giving us permission to publish it. The views outlined in this work reflect his thoughts on the subject of Quaternary stratigraphy after many years of engagement with all kinds of Quaternary and Tertiary stratigraphic practitioners. He sets-out clearly his views on issues such as the role and reality of stratigraphic boundaries and how the subject has changed. He also underlines the value of the marine isotope stratigraphy, but also its limitations on centennial timescales. The final paragraph draws attention to some of the tensions that have surrounded this subject, and highlights the difficulties, but necessity of integrating the marine and terrestrial records as part of the global Earth system. Nick also draws attention to the importance of Quaternary stratigraphy for society at large, as a template for future climate change. At a more trivial level, this paper also spells out the view that the isotopic stages should be known as Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) rather than oxygen isotope stages, which could be derived from other archives such as ice-cores. It was following an email discussion with Nick on this matter that JR, as Editor in Chief of QSR preferred to use MIS rather than OIS in articles published in Quaternary Science Reviews.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2007 AREP IA53 2006 P
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Quaternary Science Reviews
Volume: 25
Page Range: pp. 3461-3462
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.11.009
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/635

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