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Formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch: a Discussion Paper by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (International Commission on Stratigraphy)

Walker, M. J. C.; Berkelhammer, M.; Björck, Svante LU ; Cwynar, L. C.; Fisher, D. A.; Long, A. J.; Lowe, J. J.; Newnham, R. M.; Rasmussen, S. O. and Weiss, H. (2012) In Journal of Quaternary Science 27(7). p.649-659
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This discussion paper, by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommision on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), considers the prospects for a formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Although previous attempts to subdivide the Holocene have proved inconclusive, recent developments in Quaternary stratigraphy, notably the definition of the PleistoceneHolocene boundary and the emergence of formal subdivisions of the Pleistocene Series/Epoch, mean that it may be timely to revisit this matter. The Quaternary literature reveals a widespread but variable informal usage of a tripartite division of the Holocene (early, middle or mid,... (More)
This discussion paper, by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommision on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), considers the prospects for a formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Although previous attempts to subdivide the Holocene have proved inconclusive, recent developments in Quaternary stratigraphy, notably the definition of the PleistoceneHolocene boundary and the emergence of formal subdivisions of the Pleistocene Series/Epoch, mean that it may be timely to revisit this matter. The Quaternary literature reveals a widespread but variable informal usage of a tripartite division of the Holocene (early, middle or mid, and late), and we argue that this de facto subdivision should now be formalized to ensure consistency in stratigraphic terminology. We propose an EarlyMiddle Holocene Boundary at 8200 a BP and a MiddleLate Holocene Boundary at 4200 a BP, each of which is linked to a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP). Should the proposal find a broad measure of support from the Quaternary community, a submission will be made to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), via the SQS and the ICS, for formal ratification of this subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Copyright (C) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (Less)
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8, 2-and 4, 2-ka events, Holocene, Mawmluh Cave stalagmite, NGRIP ice, core, stratigraphic subdivision
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Journal of Quaternary Science
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27
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649 - 659
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John Wiley & Sons
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1099-1417
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10.1002/jqs.2565
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  abstract     = {This discussion paper, by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommision on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), considers the prospects for a formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Although previous attempts to subdivide the Holocene have proved inconclusive, recent developments in Quaternary stratigraphy, notably the definition of the PleistoceneHolocene boundary and the emergence of formal subdivisions of the Pleistocene Series/Epoch, mean that it may be timely to revisit this matter. The Quaternary literature reveals a widespread but variable informal usage of a tripartite division of the Holocene (early, middle or mid, and late), and we argue that this de facto subdivision should now be formalized to ensure consistency in stratigraphic terminology. We propose an EarlyMiddle Holocene Boundary at 8200 a BP and a MiddleLate Holocene Boundary at 4200 a BP, each of which is linked to a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP). Should the proposal find a broad measure of support from the Quaternary community, a submission will be made to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), via the SQS and the ICS, for formal ratification of this subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. Copyright (C) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.},
  author       = {Walker, M. J. C. and Berkelhammer, M. and Björck, Svante and Cwynar, L. C. and Fisher, D. A. and Long, A. J. and Lowe, J. J. and Newnham, R. M. and Rasmussen, S. O. and Weiss, H.},
  issn         = {1099-1417},
  keyword      = {8,2-and 4,2-ka events,Holocene,Mawmluh Cave stalagmite,NGRIP ice,core,stratigraphic subdivision},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {649--659},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Journal of Quaternary Science},
  title        = {Formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch: a Discussion Paper by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (International Commission on Stratigraphy)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.2565},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2012},
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