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Eitel, B., Blümelb, W.D., Hüser, K., and Mauz, B. 2001. Dust and loessic alluvial deposits in Northwestern Namibia (Damaraland, Kaokoveld): sedimentology and palaeoclimatic evidence based on luminescence data. Quaternary International, 76-77: 57-65


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Dust and loessic alluvial deposits in Northwestern Namibia (Damaraland, Kaokoveld): sedimentology and palaeoclimatic evidence based on luminescence data.

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In northwestern Namibia, silty deposits are widespread. The silts consist of two major components: locally produced weathering detritus and allochthonous dust blown in from the western Kalahari to the eastern margin of the Namib Desert. Sedimentological analysis and luminescence age estimations allow identification of distinct sedimentological and geomorphological processes associated with two different climatic periods. Between about 30 and 8 ka loessic alluvial deposits several metres in thickness accumulated in valleys and basins. The deposition was generated by weak slope wash and/or endoreic drainage of the ephemeral rivers. The dust input and the accumulation of silt in the valleys indicate semi-arid climatic conditions with weak summer rains and long dry seasons.

Year: 2001

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618200000896


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