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Volume 13, issue 7 | Copyright
Clim. Past, 13, 795-818, 2017
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Research article 06 Jul 2017

Research article | 06 Jul 2017

Palaeoclimate characteristics in interior Siberia of MIS 6–2: first insights from the Batagay permafrost mega-thaw slump in the Yana Highlands

Kseniia Ashastina et al.
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We present the first detailed description and sedimentological analyses of an 80 m permafrost sequence exposed in a mega-thaw slump near Batagay in the Yana Highlands, Russia, and attempt to deduce its genesis. First dating results (14C, OSL) show that the sequence represents a continental climate record spanning from the Middle Pleistocene to the Holocene. We suggest that the characteristics of the studied deposits are a result of various seasonally controlled climatically induced processes.
We present the first detailed description and sedimentological analyses of an 80 m permafrost...