Quaternary glaciations of Turkey

Mehmet Akif Sarikaya, Attila Çiner, Marek Zreda

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The cosmogenic exposure ages obtained from glacial landforms in several Turkish mountains provided a basis to reconstruct glacio-chronology and paleoclimate of Turkey. Glacier-related landforms occur in three major regions of Turkey; (1) the Taurus Mountains, along the Mediterranean coast and southeast Turkey, (2) mountain ranges along the Eastern Black Sea Region, and (3) volcanoes and independent mountain chains scattered across the Anatolian Plateau. 10Be 26Al and 36Cl ages show that the oldest and most extensive mountain glaciers were developed during the Last Glacial Maximum. Unusual Early Holocene glaciations, dated to 9 ka-10 ka, were also reported from Mount Erciyes and Aladaĝlar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-403
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopments in Quaternary Science
StatePublished - 2011


  • Cosmogenic surface dating
  • Early Holocene
  • Glacier
  • Last Glacial Maximum
  • Turkey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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