Middle and late Pleistocene glaciations in the Campo Felice Basin (central Apennines, Italy)

Carlo Giraudi, Giulia Bodrato, Marianna Ricci Lucchi, Nicola Cipriani, Igor M. Villa, Biagio Giaccio, Giovanni M. Zuppi

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The present paper refers to research conducted in the tectonic-karst depression of Campo Felice in the central Apennines (Italy), in which glacial, alluvial and lacustrine sediments have been preserved. Stratigraphic interpretations of sediments underlying the Campo Felice Plain are based on evidence obtained from nine continuous-core boreholes. The boreholes reach a depth of 120m and provide evidence of five sedimentation cycles separated by erosion surfaces. Each cycle is interpreted as an initial response to a mainly warm stage, characterized by low-energy alluvial and colluvial deposition, pedogenesis, and limited episodes of marsh formation. In turn, a mainly cold stage follows during which a lake formed, and glaciers developed and expanded, leading to deposition of glacial and fluvioglacial deposits. The chronological framework is established by eleven accelerator mass spectrometer14C ages and three39Ar-40Ar ages on leucites from interbedded tephra layers. These age determinations indicate five glacial advances that respectively occurred during marine oxygen isotope stages 2, 3-4, 6, 10 and 14. © 2010 University of Washington.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219 - 230
Number of pages12
JournalQuaternary Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Giraudi, C., Bodrato, G., Lucchi, M. R., Cipriani, N., Villa, I. M., Giaccio, B., & Zuppi, G. M. (2011). Middle and late Pleistocene glaciations in the Campo Felice Basin (central Apennines, Italy). Quaternary Research, 75(1), 219 - 230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yqres.2010.06.006