Paleohydrology of late pleistocene superflooding, Altay Mountains, Siberia

Victor R. 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
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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