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A luminescence-based chronology for the Harletz loess sequence, Bulgaria

A luminescence-based chronology for the Harletz loess sequence, Bulgaria

Title: A luminescence-based chronology for the Harletz loess sequence, Bulgaria
Author: Lomax, Johanna
Fuchs, Markus
Antoine, Pierre
Rousseau, Denis-Didier
Lagroix, France
Hatté, Christine
Taylor, Samuel N.
Till, Jessica L   orcid.org/0000-0002-6982-6973
Debret, Maxime
Moine, Olivier
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Date: 2018-10-08
Language: English
Scope: 179-194
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Department: Jarðvísindastofnun (HÍ)
Institute of Earth Sciences (UI)
Series: Boreas;48(1)
ISSN: 0300-9483
1502-3885 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.1111/bor.12348
Subject: Jarðvísindi; Aldursgreiningar
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1207

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Lomax, J., Fuchs, M., Antoine, P., Rousseau, D.-D., Lagroix, F., Hatté, C., . . . Jordanova, D. (2019). A luminescence-based chronology for the Harletz loess sequence, Bulgaria. Boreas, 48(1), 179-194. doi:10.1111/bor.12348


The Harletz loess‐palaeosol sequence is located in northwestern Bulgaria and represents an important link between well‐studied loess sequences in eastern Romania and further sites to the west of the Carpathians (e.g. Serbia and Hungary). The aim of this study was to establish a chronostratigraphy of the deposits, using various methods of luminescence dating, together with basic stratigraphical field observations as well as magnetic properties. Luminescence dating was carried out using the quartz fine grain fraction and a SAR protocol, and the feldspar coarse grain fraction, applying the MET‐pIRIR protocol. Due to underestimation of the quartz fine grain fraction in the lower parts of the sequence, the resulting chronology is mainly based on the feldspar ages, which are derived from the stimulation temperature at 150 °C. A comparison with nearby sequences from Serbia, Hungary and Romania, and interpretations obtained through the stratigraphical and sedimentological signature of the sequence, supports the established chronology. Our data suggest that the prominent palaeosol (soil complex) in the upper quarter of the sequence was formed during MIS 5. It would follow that large parts of the Last Glacial loess overlying this palaeosol were probably eroded, and that the thick loess accumulation underlying this soil complex can be allocated to the penultimate glacial (MIS 6). A prominent MIS 6 tephra, which has been reported from other sequences in the area, is also present at Harletz.


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