Epiguruk: a late Quaternary environmental record from northwestern Alaska

T. D. Hamilton, G. M. Ashley

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Epiguruk, a prominent bluff along the Kobuk River in northwestern Alaska, exposes a rich depositional record of Quaternary eolian and fluvial sand, with associated loess, paleosols, and periglacial features. Three major complexes of alluvial and eolian deposits are separated by two conspicuous organic-rich paleosols which formed during cool-moist interstadial intervals. Sediments between the two paleosols include eolian, channel, and floodplain deposits that formed during alluviation of the Kobuk River to a height of about 12m above the present level. The youngest depositional complex, which overlies the upper paleosol, is divisible into late Wisconsinan and Holocene components and into fluvial-channel, flood-plain, eolian-dune, sand-sheet, loess, and pond facies. Eolian sand from the active Kobuk sand sea overloaded the river during late Wisconsinan time, causing it to alluviate to about 13m above its modern level. The Holocene record reflects erosion and deposition by a small southern Tributary to the Kobuk River, downcutting by the Kobuk River toward its modern level, and subsequent erosion across a meander belt nearly 8km wide. 66 radiocarbon ages, many from rooted shrubs, provide a firm chronology for the past 35 k.y. at Epiguruk. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-602
Number of pages20
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology


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