CGRG Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology
Author : Smith, D.J.
Date : 1993
Title : Solifluction and climate in the Holocene: A North American perspective
Publication : Paläoklimaforschung/Palaeoclimate Research, Special Issue: ESF Project European Palaeoclimate and Man. Edited by: B. Frenzel
Issue : 6:
Page(s) : 123-141
The Holocene behaviour of solifluction in North America appears closely linked to major climatic fluctuations. However, despite twenty-five years of research, too few studies have been completed to demonstrate the exact character of this complex relationship. Furthermore, time-transgressive Holocene climatic changes render a continent-wide assessment of solifluction-climate relationships enigmatic. Nonetheless, the evidence gained from at least one region in North America shows that solifluction can be viewed as a useful paleoclimatic indicator. Radiocarbon dating obstacles hinder chronological comparisons between different regions. These continues to be only a cursory appreciation for the necessity of calibration and the need for a site-by-site assessment of apparent mean residence time (AMRT). Holocene variations in the rate of solifluction lobe advance offer some promise for generating proxy data. Accelerated motion appears temporally restricted and likely depicts a sensitive response to transitory environmental conditions.
Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology