Towards a map of the Upper Pleistocene loess of the Po Plain Loess Basin (Northern Italy)

Andrea Zerboni, Rivka Amit, Carlo Baroni, Mauro Coltorti, M. Francesca Ferrario, Gianfranco Fioraso, M. Gabriella Forno, Chiara Frigerio, Franco Gianotti, Andrea Irace, Franz Livio, Guido S. Mariani, Alessandro M. Michetti, Giovanni Monegato, Paolo Mozzi, Giuseppe Orombelli, Alessandro Perego, Naomi Porat, Ivano Rellini, Luca TrombinoMauro Cremaschi

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Upper Pleistocene (MIS 4-2) loess sequences occur in most of continental Europe and in Northern Italy along the Po Plain Loess Basin. Loess is distributed along the flanks of the Po Plain and was deposited on glacial deposits, fluvial terraces, uplifted isolated hills, karst plateaus, slopes and basins of secondary valleys. Loess bodies are generally tiny and affected by pedogenesis, being locally slightly reworked by slope processes and bioturbation. Notwithstanding, loess in the Po Plain is an important archive of paleoenviron-mental record and its mapping provides new insights in paleoenvironmental and palaeoseismic reconstructions of Northern Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-256
Number of pages4
JournalAlpine and Mediterranean Quaternary
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Loess
  • Mapping
  • Po Plain loess basin
  • Upper Pleistocene


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