Increased erosion rates following the onset of Pleistocene periglaciation at Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania, USA

Direct measurements of erosion response to past climate change are scarce, but mid-latitude landscapes enable studying how cold periods altered erosion processes and rates beyond glacial margins. To determine hillslope responses to periglaciation, we measured bulk geochemistry and cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al concentrations in colluvium and weathered bedrock from an 18 m core from Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania, ~100 km south of maximum glacial extent. Using core lithology, cosmogenic nuclide concentrations, and regional 10Be erosion rates, we show that the onset of 100-kyr glacial cycles at the Mid-Pleistocene Transition (1.2–0.7 Ma) instigated multiple periglacial episodes in central Appalachia and a sustained increase in erosion rates compared to the relatively warmer Neogene. Our results show the relative efficiency of periglacial versus temperate erosion processes and highlight the pervasive Pleistocene periglacial erosion signature preserved in the 10Be inventory of surface sediments in the slowly eroding landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic USA



Work Title Increased erosion rates following the onset of Pleistocene periglaciation at Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania, USA
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  1. Joanmarie Del Vecchio
  2. Roman DiBiase
  3. Lee Corbett
  4. Paul Robert Bierman
  5. Marc Caffee
  6. Sarah J Ivory
  1. erosion
  2. glaciation
  3. geochemistry
License CC0 1.0 (Public Domain Dedication)
Work Type Dataset
Publication Date August 2021
DOI doi:10.26207/qgkn-0x07
Geographic Area
  1. Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania
Deposited September 03, 2021




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  • Added Creator Joanmarie Del Vecchio
  • Added Creator Roman DiBiase
  • Added Creator Sarah J Ivory
  • Added Creator Paul Robert Bierman
  • Added Creator Marc Caffee
  • Added Creator Lee Corbett
  • Updated Creator Lee Corbett
  • Updated Creator Sarah J Ivory
  • Added Del_Vecchio_README.txt
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  • Added Bear_Meadows_Hillslope_Bulk_Geochemistry_Data.xlsx
  • Added Bear_Meadows_Hillslope_Cosmogenic_Data.xlsx
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    • erosion, glaciation, geochemistry
    Geographic Area
    • Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania
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