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The Pleistocene boundary and the beginning of the Quaternary

Author: John A Van Couvering
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: World and regional geology, 9.
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The Pleistocene Boundary and the Beginning of the Quaternary presents the results of a forty-year international program to establish a precise definition for the most important boundary in geologic time - the beginning of the modern age of glacial climates, in which our landscape, our biological environment, and our own speceis were shaped together. This book, the final report of International Geological Correlation  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John A Van Couvering
ISBN: 0521341159 9780521341158
OCLC Number: 33899950
Description: xxi, 296 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Contents: Preface: the new Pleistocene / John A. Van Couvering --
Foreword / Ksenia V. Nikiforova --
1. International Geological Correlation Program, Project 41: "Negogene/Quaternary Boundary" / Ksenia V. Nikiforova and Mikhail N. Alekseev --
2. The Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary-stratotype at Vrica, Italy / Giancarlo Pasini and Maria Luisa Colalongo --
3. The magnetostratigraphy of the Vrica section, Italy, and its correlation with the Plio-Pleistocene of the Boso Peninsula, Japan / Hisao Nakagawa, Nobuaki Niitsuma and Toshiaki Takayama [et al.] --
4. Comparison of the laminated units at Vrica and deep-sea sapropels from the eastern Mediterranean / Isabella Raffi and Robert Thunell
Series Title: World and regional geology, 9.
Responsibility: edited by John A. Van Couvering ; associate editors, Emiliano Aguirre, Mikhail N. Alekseev, Giancarlo Pasini.
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The Pleistocene Boundary and the Beginning of the Quaternary presents the results of a forty-year international program to establish a precise definition for the most important boundary in geologic time - the beginning of the modern age of glacial climates, in which our landscape, our biological environment, and our own speceis were shaped together. This book, the final report of International Geological Correlation Program, Project 41, describes the selection of a fixed reference point in the sequence of deep-water marine strata exposed at Vrica, Italy. This point, dated to 1.81 million years before the present, coincides with the onset of the first of four major glacial phases and with the emergence of Homo erectus in Africa. The precise identification of the Pleistocene boundary has already led to its redefinition in major areas, such as eastern Europe, China, and India, where the boundary previously was recognized at various levels, according to local interpretations of evidence for "the beginning of glacial climates."

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