First results of cosmogenic dated pre-Last Glaciation erratics from the Montoz area, Jura Mountains, Switzerland
Graf, Angela A.
Kubik, Peter W.
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Quaternary International, Elsevier, 2007/164-165//43-52
The Jura Mountains are a perialpine chain bending from the SW to the NW of Switzerland. Alpine ice reached only marginal areas of this chain during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) but remaining erratic boulders of alpine origin indicate older glaciations of unknown age, tentatively correlated either with the classical Rissian or with the Most Extensive Glaciation. Presented here are the first results of dating these pre-LGM boulders by using cosmogenic radionuclides (<sup>10</sup>Be) and noble gases (<sup>21</sup>Ne). Both data sets are in good agreement within 1σ error, with radionuclide apparent exposure ages ranging from 60 to 107 ka, and noble gas apparent ages from 73 to 123 ka. Considering the importance of erosion on older boulders, the age of the erratics corresponds most probably to Marine Isotope Stage 6. These results are encouraging for further studies on pre-LGM erratic boulders in the mid-latitudes.
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