Special issue of E&G - Quaternary Science Journal Vol. 60 No 1 is focussed on Loess in Europe. A short extract of the Guest Editorial by Guest Editor Manfred Frechen:
"The papers of this issue give remarkable new results and conclusions on loess from Europe underlining the excellence of loess archives for past climate and environment reconstructions from a local and regional perspective and their relationship to a more global interpretation. Loess is a clastic predominantly silt-sized sediment, which is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust. According to Pye (1995) four fundamental requirements are necessary for it formation: a dust source, adequate wind energy to transport the dust, a suitable accumulation area, and a sufficient amount of time. During the Quaternary, loess and loess-like sediments were formed in periglacial environments on mid-continental shield areas in Europe and Siberia, on the margins of high mountain ranges like in Tajikistan and on semi-arid margins of some lowland deserts like in China.
The papers of this Special Issue on Loess in Europe give the basis for substantial further challenging developments in loess research and are summarised geographically from north to south."
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