An obliquity-controlled Early Pleistocene river terrace record from Western Turkey?

D. Maddy, T. Demir, D. Bridgeland, A. Veldkamp, C. Stemerdink, T. van der Schriek, R. Westaway

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Investigation of the Pleistocene sequence of the Gediz River, Western Turkey, has revealed a record of Early Pleistocene river terraces. Eleven terraces spanning the interval from 1.67 to 1.245 million years ago (MIS 59-37) are preserved beneath basaltic lava flows. The high number of terraces over this short time period reflects high-frequency sedimentation/incision cycles preserved due to the fortuitous combination of relatively high uplift rates (0.16 mm yr¿1) and progressive southwards valley migration. Comparison of this record with ODP967 from the Eastern Mediterranean Basin suggests a link between the production of terraces and obliquity-driven 41,000 year climate cycles in the Early Pleistocene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
JournalQuaternary Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • 2-stage extension
  • gediz graben
  • uplift
  • stratigraphy
  • evolution
  • sequences
  • selendi
  • basins
  • model

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