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Glacier extents within Briançonnais Alps (southern French Alps) from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene: chronological synthesis

Abstract : This paper aims to provide an overview of the investigations led in the Upper-Durance catchment (upstream Guillestre), focusing on the disappearance of glaciers after the Last Glacial Maximum. It is based on extensive fieldwork, describing and mapping the geomorphic remnants of past-glaciations, and 35 Cosmic Ray Exposure ages. A four-stage chronological sequence summarises glacial variations during the Late-Glacial/Holocene transition. The main results provide both chronological data (two generations of moraines identified as Younger Dryas and Preboreal) and spatial data (asymmetry of glaciers development in the Upper-Durance catchment during the Late-Glacial), providing new findings that may be useful for palaeo-climatologists.
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Etienne Cossart, Didier Bourlès, Regis Braucher, Julien Carcaillet, Monique Fort, et al.. Glacier extents within Briançonnais Alps (southern French Alps) from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene: chronological synthesis. Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, Groupe français de géomorphologie (GFG), 2011, pp.123-142. ⟨10.4000/geomorphologie.9336⟩. ⟨insu-00679788⟩

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