The Importance of Desert Margins as Indicators for Global Climatic Fluctuations (Introduction)

  • W. Smykatz-Kloss
  • P. Felix-Henningsen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 102)


In various periods throughout the younger earth history comparable changes in climate occurred globally and simultaneously. Such global events can be reconstructed with the help of reliefs, sediments and palaeosoils and their specific morphological, chemical and mineralogical properties. Desert margins represent intersections between arid and humid ecosystems. Their geographical position will react very sensitively on climatic changes. The broad regions of transformation between recent humid ecosystems and the fully arid deserts are the proper areas where palaeoclimatically different phases will be remarkably recognized and interpreted.


Geological Correlation Arid Desert Aeolian Sediment Mineralogical Property Marine Sediment Core 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Smykatz-Kloss
    • 1
  • P. Felix-Henningsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and GeochemistryUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Institute for GeologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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