Articles | Volume 18, issue 1
Clim. Past, 18, 23–44, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-23-2022
Clim. Past, 18, 23–44, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-23-2022
Research article
14 Jan 2022
Research article | 14 Jan 2022

Glacier response to Holocene warmth inferred from in situ 10Be and 14C bedrock analyses in Steingletscher's forefield (central Swiss Alps)

Irene Schimmelpfennig et al.

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Small mountain glaciers advance and recede as a response to summer temperature changes. Dating of glacial landforms with cosmogenic nuclides allowed us to reconstruct the advance and retreat history of an Alpine glacier throughout the past ~ 11 000 years, the Holocene. The results contribute knowledge to the debate of Holocene climate evolution, indicating that during most of this warm period, summer temperatures were similar to or warmer than in modern times.