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An outcrop of Eemian and Early Weichselian deposits at Beernem (N.W. Belgium)
De Moor, G.; Heyse, I.; De Groote, V. (1978). An outcrop of Eemian and Early Weichselian deposits at Beernem (N.W. Belgium). Bull. Belg. Ver. Geologie = Bull. Soc. Belg. Geol. 87(1-2): 27-36, 2 fig.
In: Bulletin van de Belgische Vereniging voor Geologie = Bulletin de la Société Belge de Géologie. Belgische Vereniging voor Geologie = Société Belge de Géologie: Brussel. ISSN 0379-1807; e-ISSN 0772-9464, more

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  • De Moor, G., more
  • Heyse, I., more
  • De Groote, V.

    The authors study the sedimentological and paleobotanical characteristics of a continuous succession of Eemian and Weichselian deposits older than 50.000 y, B.F. It forms the major part of the Quaternary cover in a tributary valley of the Upper-Pleistocene Flemish-Valley-Belgian Coastal Plain complex at Beernem. They recognize an alluvial Eemian deposit covering the E4a, E4b, E5 and E6 pollenzones; a quick paleoclimatic transition and Weichselian deposits of a fluvio-periglacial and niveo-colluvial nature with numerous peat layers, one of which is linked with a buried paleopodzol (paleosol of Beernem) and correlatedwith the Amersfoort interstadial. The pre-Amersfoort peats are of EW I type, the post-Amersfoort ones of a PW type. The numerous syngenetic cryoturbation levels, suggest that all over the pre-Moershoofd Weichselian mean annual temperatures fell below -5°C, at least during successive rather long periods. They contrast the paleobotanical, chronological and sedimentological interpretations.

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