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Landscape evolution over the last 30 ka in the upper part of the Lower Danube

A pilot project, funded by the British Society for Geomorphology, focused on investigating palaeoenvironment the region in the vicinity of the Iron Gate.

Whilst numerous loess profiles have been investigated along the Lower Danube River, most of the research has been focused on the loess in proximity to the Black Sea (Dobrogea region). However very little is known about the past conditions further up the Danube, in proximity to the Iron Gate. Previous research in the region suggests that environment is very dynamic affected by the proximity to the mountains, permafrost, and glaciers. This work continues previous research by applying luminescence dating, particle size, magnetic susceptibility, geochemical composition, and micromorphology to better understand a region provided a background to human migration into Europe. This project is funded by British Society for Geomorphology Early-Career Researcher Grant.

Publications resulting from this research

Fenn, K., Underdown, S., Veres, D., McDonnel, H., Skirrow, G. (in preparation) Last 30 ka on North Bulgarian plains – environmental reconstruction of loess deposits. Climate of the Past.

Fenn, K., Underdown, S., Veres, D., McDonnel, H., Skirrow, G., Evans, C., (in preparation) High resolution weathering patterns at North Bulgaria. Geoderma.

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