Development of the Amazon Valley During the Middle to Late Quaternary: Sedimentological and Climatological Observations

  • Georg IrionEmail author
  • José A. S. N. de Mello
  • Jáder Morais
  • Maria T. F. Piedade
  • Wolfgang J. Junk
  • Linda Garming
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 210)


Pleistocene sea-level changes affected the Amazon River as far as 2,500 km inland. This results on one hand with the formation of large floodplains of the Amazon and the lower parts of its tributaries during sea-level heights and on the other hand with a deeply incised river system during low sea-level stages. This was most effective since Mid-Pleistocene when the changes of sea-level got stronger. This could be shown from the deeply incised valleys of Negro and Tapajós Rivers. During Last Glacial Maximum the slope of the Amazon below its junction with Tapajós River increased by the factor 10, resulting probably in a braided River. Paleofactors of sediment cores taken from Central Amazonia lakes and from Tapajós River give no hint for a significant change in climate.


Sediment Core Late Pleistocene Last Glacial Maximum Amazon Basin Floodplain Forest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Irion
    • 1
    Email author
  • José A. S. N. de Mello
    • 2
  • Jáder Morais
    • 3
  • Maria T. F. Piedade
    • 4
  • Wolfgang J. Junk
    • 5
    • 6
  • Linda Garming
    • 7
  1. 1.Senckenberg Institute of Marine ScienceWilhelmshavenGermany
  2. 2.National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA)ManausBrazil
  3. 3.Environmental GeologyState University of Ceará (UECE)FortalezaBrazil
  4. 4.National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA)ManausBrazil
  5. 5.State University of Amazonas (UEA), National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA)Manaus-AMBrazil
  6. 6.Working Group of Tropical EcologyMax-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary BiologyPlönGermany
  7. 7.Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)UtrechtThe Netherlands

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