Exposure age dating and Equilibrium Line Altitude reconstruction of an Egesen moraine in the Maritime Alps, Italy

Paolo Roberto Federici, Darryl E. Granger, Marta Pappalardo, Adriano Ribolini, Matteo Spagnolo, Andrew J Cyr

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Four boulder samples from the Piano del Praiet frontal moraine in the Gesso della Barra Valley (Maritime Alps) have been Be-10 dated. The results give a weighted mean age of 11 340 +/- 370 (870) yr, constraining the frontal moraine to the Egesen glacial stadial, during the Younger Dryas cold phase. By applying the same Be-10 production rate to other Egesen moraines previously dated in the Alps, we obtain similar ages for all of them. This suggests a synchroneity of the Egesen deglaciation in the European Alps at the end of the Younger Dryas. From the palaeoshape of the Egesen glacier, reconstructed by means of geomorphological mapping, an Equilibrium Line Altitude depression (delta ELA) of -520 to -530 m, with respect to the present-day ELA, and of -260 to -320 m, with respect to the Little Ice Age ELA, has been calculated. Comparison with other Alpine sector delta ELAs indicates that the Maritime Alps experienced humid climatic conditions during the Younger Dryas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Early online date23 Nov 2007
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • cosmogenic-nuclide production
  • production-rates
  • scaling factors
  • Western Tyrol
  • rock glaciers
  • BE-10
  • isotope
  • pleistocene
  • Austria
  • impact

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