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New results on Late Quaternary landscape and vegetation dynamics in eastern Zaire (Central Africa)

Runge, Jürgen

Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Supplement Volumes Band 99 (1995), p. 65 - 74

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published: Sep 13, 1995

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Abstract

Geomorphological studies on the Quaternary landscape development in lesser known areas of eastern Zaire (Kivu) proved by geochemical and sedimentological evidence showed that the recent rain forest areas within so called "core-areas" were presumably strongly degraded during the Pleistocene. Two climatic phases, probably consisting of a semi-humid to semi-arid vegetation were dated up to 18000 y.B.P. (fossil tree trunks in 5.5-7.5 m depth) and to 2000 y.B.P. (charcoal within hillwash sediments).

Kurzfassung

Quartärmorphologische Studien in bisher wenig erforschten Gebieten Ostzaires (Kivu) zeigten mit Hilfe von geochemischen und sedimentologischen Befunden, daß die heutigen Primärwaldgebiete in den sogenannten „core areas“ eiszeitlich vermutlich stark degradiert waren. Zwei wahrscheinlich semi-humide bis semi-aride Klimaphasen wurden auf 18 000 y.B.P. (fossile Baumstämme in 5,5-7,5 m Tiefe) und 2000 y.B.P. (Holzkohle in Decksedimenten) datiert.

Keywords

Late QuaternaryZaireAfricaQuartärmorphologie