Holocene lake-level fluctuations of Lake Aricota, Southern Peru

Christa Placzek, Jay Quade, Julio L. Betancourt

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Abstract

Lacustrine deposits exposed around Lake Aricota, Peru (17° 22′S), a 7.5-km2 lake dammed by debris flows, provide a middle to late Holocene record of lake-level fluctuations. Chronological context for shoreline deposits was obtained from radiocarbon dating of vascular plant remains and other datable material with minimal 14C reservoir effects (<350 yr). Diatomites associated with highstands several meters above the modern lake level indicate wet episodes. Maximum Holocene lake level was attained before 6100 14C yr B.P. and ended ∼2700 14C yr B.P. Moderately high lake levels occurred at 1700 and 1300 14C yr B.P. The highstand at Lake Aricota during the middle Holocene is coeval with a major lowstand at Lake Titicaca (16° S), which is only 130 km to the northeast and shares a similar climatology. Comparisons with other marine and terrestrial records highlight emerging contradictions over the nature of mid-Holocene climate in the central Andes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-190
Number of pages10
JournalQuaternary Research
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Holocene lake-level fluctuations of Lake Aricota, Southern Peru. / Placzek, Christa; Quade, Jay; Betancourt, Julio L.

In: Quaternary Research, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2001, p. 181-190.

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Placzek, Christa ; Quade, Jay ; Betancourt, Julio L. / Holocene lake-level fluctuations of Lake Aricota, Southern Peru. In: Quaternary Research. 2001 ; Vol. 56, No. 2. pp. 181-190.
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