Tephrochronology, magnetostratigraphy and mammalian faunas of Middle and Early Pleistocene sediments at two sites on the Old Crow River, northern Yukon Territory, Canada

John A. Westgate, G. William Pearce, Shari J. Preece, Charles E. Schweger, Richard E. Morlan, Nicholas J. G. Pearce, Bill Perkins

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Abstract

Alluvial and lacustrine sediments exposed beneath late Pleistocene glaciolacustrine silt and clay at two sites along the Old Crow River, northern Yukon Territory, are rich in fossils and contain tephra beds. Surprise Creek tephra (SZt) occurs in the lower part of the alluvial sequence at CRH47 and Little Timber tephra (LTt) is present near the base of the exposure at CRH94. Surprise Creek tephra has a glass fission-track age of 0.17 ± 0.07 Ma and Little Timber tephra is 1.37 ± 0.12 Ma. All sediments at CRH47 have a normal remanent magnetic polarity and those near LTt at CRH94 have a reversed polarity — in agreement with the geomagnetic time scale. Small mammal remains from sediments near LTt support an Early Pleistocene age but the chronology is not so clear at CRH47 because of the large error associated with the SZt age determination. Tephrochronological and paleomagnetic considerations point to an MIS 7 age for the interglacial beds just below SZt at CRH47 and at Chester Bluffs in east-central Alaska, but mammalian fossils recovered from sediments close to SZt suggest a late Irvingtonian age, therefore older than MIS 7. Further studies are needed to resolve this problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-85
JournalQuaternary Research
Volume79
Issue number1
Early online date06 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • pleistocene
  • tephrochronology
  • magnetostratigraphy
  • mammalian fossils
  • Old Crow Basin
  • Yukon
  • Alaska

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