Global Late Quaternary Megafloods

Victor R. Baker, Paul A. Carling

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Spectacular discoveries have been made in regard to megafloods, which are paleofloods for which peak discharges have equaled or exceeded 1million cubic meters per second. Most of the known megafloods and related catastrophic flooding phenomena are associated with large-scale glaciation, notably that which occurred in the terminal phases of the Pleistocene. The main associations are with the Laurentide and Cordilleran Ice Sheets of North America, the Patagonian Ice Sheet of South America, the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet in Europe, and various mountain and lowland ice sheets of central Asia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128182352
ISBN (Print)9780128182345
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Global
  • Megafloods
  • Paleohydrology glaciation
  • Pleistocene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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