Late-Quaternary lowstands of Lake Titicaca: Evidence from high-resolution seismic data

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Approximately 600 km of high-resolution seismic reflection data were collected to investigate the late-Quaternary stratigraphic development of Lake Titicaca. The focus of this report is on two seismic sequence boundaries, which are interpreted as erosional surfaces formed at times of low lake level. The younger erosional surface occurs as much as 90 m below the present lake level and up to 8 m below the present sediment-water interface. This erosional surface is interpreted to be coeval with a well-documented early- to mid-Holocene lowstand, dated between ∼ 8000 and 3600 cal yr BP. An earlier and previously unknown erosional surface occurs at a sub-bottom depth of approximately 30 m, and as much as 240 m below the present lake level, which implies a major late-Pleistocene lowstand of Lake Titicaca. By extrapolation of sedimentation rates from the upper ∼ 14 m of sediment, we estimate the age of this older lowstand at > 90000 cal yr BP. Both lowstands of Lake Titicaca indicated by the seismic data are likely to have been a response to climatic change in the region. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • D'Agostino, K; Seltzer, G; Baker, P; Fritz, S; Dunbar, R

Published Date

  • April 15, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 179 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 97 - 111

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-0182

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0031-0182(01)00411-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus