Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia

Victor Baker, Gerardo Benito, Alexey N. Rudoy

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Abstract

Cataclysmic flooding is a geomorphological process of planetary significance. Landforms of flood origin resulted from late Pleistocene ice-dammed lake failures in the Altay Mountains of south-central Siberia. Peak paleoflows, which exceeded 18 × 106 cubic meters per second, are comparable to the largest known terrestrial discharges of freshwater and show a hydrological scaling relation to floods generated by catastrophic dam failures. These seem to have been Earth's greatest floods, based on a variety of reconstructed paleohydraulic parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-350
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume259
Issue number5093
StatePublished - Jan 15 1993

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Baker, V., Benito, G., & Rudoy, A. N. (1993). Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia. Science, 259(5093), 348-350.

Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia. / Baker, Victor; Benito, Gerardo; Rudoy, Alexey N.

In: Science, Vol. 259, No. 5093, 15.01.1993, p. 348-350.

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Baker, V, Benito, G & Rudoy, AN 1993, 'Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia', Science, vol. 259, no. 5093, pp. 348-350.
Baker, Victor ; Benito, Gerardo ; Rudoy, Alexey N. / Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia. In: Science. 1993 ; Vol. 259, No. 5093. pp. 348-350.
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