Chronostratigraphy and geomagnetics in loess-paleo soil sequences from Iran

Comparison with geomagnetic proxies along a precipitation gradient south of the Caspian Sea


Thick Quaternary loess-paleo soil sequences (LPSS) are preserved at the foot of the Elbrus mountains (northern Iran), which yield important information on changes in the environment in the region. The region is characterised by a north-east running precipitation gradient where the precipitation decreases from west to east and from south to north. This enables LPSSs to be investigated over short distances under contemporaneous genesis, but also under assumed different climatic conditions. Work is undertaken in close co-operation with S3 and colleagues from the University of Gorgan (Iran). The findings have either been published in part or presented at conferences.