Quantification and dating of floodplain sedimentation in a medium-sized catchment of the German uplands: a case study from the Aar Valley in the southern Rhenish Massif, Germany

  • Christian Stolz Interdisziplinäres Institut für Umwelt-, Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften, Abteilung Geographie, Universität Flensburg, Auf dem Campus 1, 24943 Flensburg
  • Jörg Grunert Geographisches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 55099 Mainz
  • Alexander Fülling Geographisches Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Abstract

The distribution, thickness and composition of the floodplain sediments in the valleys of the Aar and its tributaries (Taunus Mountains) were investigated by way of extensive fieldwork at 25 locations. In the entire catchment area, 48.8 million tons of loamy floodplain fines could be assessed. Most of these were deposited since late medieval times due to extensive historical land use and forest clearing, especially in the mining region along the middle course of the Aar. In its lower course, the enhanced sedimentation of
loamy f loodplain sediments started during the Bronze Age.
How to Cite
Stolz, C., Grunert, J., & Fülling, A. (1). Quantification and dating of floodplain sedimentation in a medium-sized catchment of the German uplands: a case study from the Aar Valley in the southern Rhenish Massif, Germany. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 144(1), 30-50. https://doi.org/10.12854/erde-144-3
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