A review of the Tagus river tufa deposits (central Spain): age and palaeoenvironmental record

Torres Pérez-Hidalgo, Trinidad José (2009). A review of the Tagus river tufa deposits (central Spain): age and palaeoenvironmental record. "Quaternary science reviews", v. 28 (n. 9-10); pp. 947-963. ISSN 0277-3791.

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Title: A review of the Tagus river tufa deposits (central Spain): age and palaeoenvironmental record
Author/s:
  • Torres Pérez-Hidalgo, Trinidad José
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Quaternary science reviews
Date: 2009
ISSN: 0277-3791
Volume: 28
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Minas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Geológica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Here we determined the aminostratigraphy and aminochronology of tufa deposits located in central Spain associated w i t h the Tagus river and some o f its tributaries (the Henares, Dulce, Cifuentes, Ruguilla, Trabaque, Escabas and Guadiela rivers). W e used aspartic acid and glutamic acid racemization ratios obtained from the ostracod Herpetocypris reptans. Tufa accumulations were found to be of different origins; those in t h e Henares, Cifuentes and Ruguilla rivers are of paludal origin, w h i l e those in t h e Dulce and Tagus rivers are o f fluvial origin. A generally g o o d correspondence was found b e t w e e n the age o f the deposits and the position of the terraces above the current thalweg. However, the geomorphological evolution of the Henares, Cifuentes and Ruguilla rivers (infilling of pre-existing valleys) has produced deposits of distinct ages at the same elevation above the current river thalweg, and sometimes, older tufas are located b e l ow younger ones. We distinguished eight main tufa-deposition episodes. These occurred predominantly during even Marine Isotopic Stages (MIS), at 4 0 6 ± 90 (MIS 11), 2 6 4 ± 68 (MIS 7e), 189 ± 4 0 (MIS 7a), 130 ± 27 (MIS 6- 5e), 101 ± 2 5 (MIS 5c), 3 2 ± 10 (MIS 3), 1 4 ± 4 (MIS 1), a n d 6 ± 2 (MIS l ) k a . These results are in agreement w i t h the dating of similar deposits from nearby areas and other zones of S p a i n a n d Europe. The tufa stable-isotope compositions were similar to other examples in central and southern Spain a n d their plot falls in the same field as other lowland European stream tufas. O x y g e n stable isotopes were influenced mainly b y temperature a n d rainfall. The <51 3C values indicated a major effect o f soil-derived carbon rather t h a n carbon from the catchment area, but moderated in each tributary b y evaporation, flow regime and biological effects (photosynthesis).

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Item ID: 3303
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/3303/
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Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Minas y Energía
Deposited on: 11 Jun 2010 10:15
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 12:50
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