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New Radiocarbon Data from the Paleosols of the NYíRSéG blown Sand Area, Hungary

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 November 2019

Botond Buró*
Isotope Climatology and Environmental Research Centre (ICER), Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-4026, Bem tér 18/c. Debrecen, Hungary
József Lóki
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary
Erika Győri
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary
Richárd Nagy
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary
Mihály Molnár
Isotope Climatology and Environmental Research Centre (ICER), Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-4026, Bem tér 18/c. Debrecen, Hungary
Gábor Négyesi
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary
*Corresponding author. Email:


Despite many ideas about the age and processes of sand movements and paleosol formation, there are still some uncertainties in this relations in the Nyírség, eastern Hungary. The major aim of the present study was to clarify the chronology of fossil soils and blown-sand layers in the sand dunes of the Nyírség using radiocarbon (14C) dating on soil and charcoal samples. Charcoal and soil samples were collected from buried paleosols from different sand quarries for 14C dating. The bulk organic carbon content of the buried soil and charcoal pieces recovered from buried fossil soil layers allowed parallel 14C accelerator mass spectrometry dating in several cases. The new 14C results indicate paleosol development during Younger Dryas, while the preceding interstadial was assumed as a cold and dry period when only sand movement occurred in the area. Our results also confirm and support the previous assumptions, that in the Late Glacial, the first paleosol development period was during the Bølling-Allerød Interstadial. Four soil-forming periods could be determined during the Holocene (Preboreal, Boreal, Atlantic, Subatlantic). We have also indirectly identified sand movements during the Oldest Dryas, Younger Dryas, Preboreal, Boreal, and Subatlantic phase in the study area.

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Selected Papers from the 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17–22 June, 2018



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