The Estimation of the relative intensity of different cold periods occurring during the Late Quaternary is a difficult task, particularly in non-glaciated mountain landscapes and where high- to medium-resolution archives for proxy data are lacking. In this paper, we study a Holocene polycyclic soil sequence in the central Alps (Val Cavargna, Northern Italy) to estimate climatic parameters (specifically Temperature) changes in non-glaciated, high altitude environments. We investigate this key site through palaeopedological and micromorphological analyses in order to understand phases of soil development and detect hidden evidence of cold conditions during its formation. Three phases of pedogenesis can be recognized and attributed in time to different periods during the Holocene. Pedogenetic phases were separated by two truncation and deposition episodes related to the reactivation of slope processes under cold conditions at the onset of the Neoglacial and the Iron Age Cold Epoch, respectively. Micromorphological evidence of frost action in the soil can instead relate to pedogenetic processes acting in the Little Ice Age. The different expression of these three cold periods corresponds to changes in climatic conditions, pointing to the Little Ice Age as a cooler/drier period in comparison to the preceding ones.
Was the Little Ice Age the coolest Holocene climatic period in the Italian central Alps? / A. Zerboni, G.S. Mariani, L. Castelletti, E.S. Ferrari, M. Tremari, F. Livio, R. Amit. - In: PROGRESS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. - ISSN 0309-1333. - 44(2020 Aug), pp. 495-513.
|Titolo:||Was the Little Ice Age the coolest Holocene climatic period in the Italian central Alps?|
ZERBONI, ANDREA (Primo)
MARIANI, GUIDO STEFANO (Secondo) (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Polycyclic palaeosols, micropedology, frost pedofeatures, mid-late Holocene, Little Ice Age, southern Alps.|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore GEO/04 - Geografia Fisica e Geomorfologia|
|Progetto:||PIANO DI SOSTEGNO ALLA RICERCA 2015-2017 - LINEA 2 "DOTAZIONE ANNUALE PER ATTIVITA' ISTITUZIONALE"|
|Data di pubblicazione:||ago-2020|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||nov-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309133319881105|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|