Quaternary glaciations of Turkey

Mehmet Akif Sarikaya*, Attila Çiner, Marek Zreda

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The cosmogenic exposure ages obtained from glacial landforms in several Turkish mountains provided a basis to reconstruct glacio-chronology and paleoclimate of Turkey. Glacier-related landforms occur in three major regions of Turkey; (1) the Taurus Mountains, along the Mediterranean coast and southeast Turkey, (2) mountain ranges along the Eastern Black Sea Region, and (3) volcanoes and independent mountain chains scattered across the Anatolian Plateau. 10Be 26Al and 36Cl ages show that the oldest and most extensive mountain glaciers were developed during the Last Glacial Maximum. Unusual Early Holocene glaciations, dated to 9 ka-10 ka, were also reported from Mount Erciyes and Aladaĝlar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-403
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopments in Quaternary Science
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


Many thanks to Dr. Serdar Bayarı, Dr. Erdal Şen and Ms. Şükran Açıkel (Hacettepe University) and Dr. Bülent Akıl (İller Bankası) for their field assistance. This work was partially supported by the United States National Science Foundation (Grant 0115298) and by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK; Grants 101Y002 and 107Y069).

FundersFunder number
TÜBİTAK107Y069, 101Y002
National Science Foundation0115298
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu


    • Cosmogenic surface dating
    • Early Holocene
    • Glacier
    • Last Glacial Maximum
    • Turkey


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