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|Title:||Aeolian influx and related environmental conditions on Gran Canaria during the early Pleistocene||Authors:||Menéndez González, Inmaculada
Mangas Viñuela, José
Betancort, Juan F.
Santana del Pino, Ángelo
Recio, José Manuel
Quevedo-González, Luis A.
Alonso Bilbao, Ignacio
|UNESCO Clasification:||250607 Geomorfología
120903 Análisis de datos
|Issue Date:||2018||Journal:||Quaternary Research||Abstract:||The island of Gran Canaria is regularly affected by dust falls due to its proximity to the Saharan desert. Climatic oscillations may affect the Saharan dust input to the island. Geochemical, mineralogical, and textural analysis was performed on a well-developed and representative early Pleistocene paleosol to examine Saharan dust contribution to Gran Canaria. Significant and variable Saharan dust content was identified in addition to weathering products such as iron oxides and clay minerals. Variations in quartz and iron oxide concentrations in the paleosol likely reflect different Saharan dust input in more/less-contrasted rhexistasic/biostatic climatic conditions. Linking the quartz content in Canarian soils, the Ingenio paleosol, and two Canarian loess-like deposits to different ages from the Quaternary, we hypothesized that the dust input should be lower (about 33-38%) throughout the early to middle Pleistocene than during the late Quaternary. The Saharan dust input to the Gran Canaria profile in the Pleistocene persisted in spite of climatic variations.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10553/55711||ISSN:||0033-5894||DOI:||10.1017/qua.2018.64||Source:||Quaternary Research [ISSN 0033-5894], v. 91 (1), p. 35-50|
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