Comparison of Climatic Evolution During Post-Glacial Times in Greece, Tropical and Subtropical Regions, in Relation to Desertification

  • E. Van Overloop
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The Holocene Epoch is generally, for the Mediterranean basin, scarcely subdivided into climatic events. Many literature deals with an “Older Fill” and a more fluviatile “Younger Fill” (Vita-Finzi). On the contrary, multidisciplinary study of Holocene sediments in E. Attica, Greece, yield more than twelve humidity-drought cycles which occur about each 1.000 years. As from 3.500 BP, the cycles repeat about each 500 years. (1).

Remarkable is the fact that this evolution is also dealt with in the lake Tchad area and in Ethiopia. (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9). Some case studies on the historical change in vegetation (10) (11) and on the failing of damming erosion gullies and reforestation projects (12) (13) make think about the unavoidable reliance between an arid climatic phase and desertification, even when induced by man.


Roman Period Late Glacial Eastern Central Climatic Evolution Reforestation Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Van Overloop
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  1. 1.CQS — Centre for Quaternary Stratigraphy, EEC — Project on ClimatologyVrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium

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