Last glacial geomorphologic records in Mt Chelmos, North Peloponnesus, Greece Last glacial geomorphologic records in Mt Chelmos, North Peloponnesus, Greece


Vol15 No.5: 948-965

Title】Last glacial geomorphologic records in Mt Chelmos, North Peloponnesus, Greece


Addresses】1 Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, P.O. 38044, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 2 Harokopio University, 70 El. Venizelou str. 17671, Athens, Greece; 3 Department of Geological Sciences, School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Zografos, Athens, 15780, Greece; 4 Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, 46.7 km Athens–Sounio av., P.O. Box 712, Greece; 5 University of Patras, Geology Department, University Campus, 26504 Rio, Achaia, Greece; 6 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15784 Ilissia, Athens, Greece

Corresponding author】Kosmas PAVLOPOULOS

Citation】Pavlopoulos K, Leontaritis A, Athanassas CD, et al. (2018) Last glacial geomorphologic records in Mt Chelmos, North Peloponnesus, Greece. Journal of Mountain Science 15(5).


Abstract】This study deals with the analysis of the glacial processes that have affected the relief of Mt Chelmos in northern Peloponnesus, Greece during middle and Late Pleistocene. The goal was to compile a combined geomorphological-geological map of the study area which would enable the chronological stratification of the glacial landforms cropping up on Mt. Chelmos. Chronological stratification was further aided by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. The map served as the basis upon which the reconstruction and discussion on the phases of the Middle-Late Quaternary paleoclimatic history of Mt. Chelmos have been made. A sophisticated semi-automated method was first used to analyze the Digital Elevation Model (DEM), combined with Aster, Quickbird and ALOS imagery in order to identifyglacial and periglacial, as well as karstic features. Then, these features along with other non-recognizable features from the remote-sensing images were documented in the field.In this way, several glacial landforms were identified, such as moraines and cirques, indicating extended glaciation phases during the middle and Late Pleistocene. Additionally, a ground moraine located at an altitude of 1900-2050 m, within the Spanolakos glacial valley, was dated using the OSL-dating method. The resulting ages indicate a phase of glacier advance/stabilization during MIS-5b (89-86 ka), which is in consistence with pollen-record evidence from Greece and the Mediterranean.

Keywords】Semi-automated geomorphological mapping; Glacial geomorphology; Mediterranean; OSL dating