Show simple item record Paillou, Phillipe Schuster, Mathieu Tooth, Stephen Farr, Tom Rosenqvist, Ake Lopez, Sylvia Malezieux, Jean-Marie 2010-12-15T10:52:25Z 2010-12-15T10:52:25Z 2009-01-30
dc.identifier.citation Paillou , P , Schuster , M , Tooth , S , Farr , T , Rosenqvist , A , Lopez , S & Malezieux , J-M 2009 , ' Mapping of a major paleodrainage system in eastern Libya using orbital imaging radar: The Kufrah River ' Earth and Planetary Science Letters , vol 277 , no. 3-4 , pp. 327-333 . DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.10.029 en
dc.identifier.issn 1385-013X
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dc.description Paillou, P., Schuster, M., Tooth, S., Farr, T., Rosenqvist, A., Lopez, S., Malezieux, J-M (2009). Mapping of a major paleodrainage system in eastern Libya using orbital imaging radar: The Kufrah River. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 277 (3-4), 327-333 Sponsorship: French space agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) en
dc.description.abstract Over the last few decades, remote sensing has revealed buried river channels in a number of regions worldwide, in many cases providing evidence of dramatic paleoenvironmental changes over Cenozoic time scales. Using orbital radar satellite imagery, we mapped a major paleodrainage system in eastern Libya, that could have linked the Kufrah Basin to the Mediterranean coast through the Sirt Basin, possibly as far back as the middle Miocene. Synthetic Aperture Radar images from the PALSAR sensor clearly reveal a 900 km-long river system, which starts with three main tributaries (north-eastern Tibesti, northern Uweinat and western Gilf Kebir/Abu Ras) that connect in the Kufrah oasis region. The river system then flows north through the Jebel Dalmah, and forms a large alluvial fan in the Sarir Dalmah. The sand dunes of the Calanscio Sand Sea prevent deep orbital radar penetration and preclude detailed reconstruction of any possible connection to the Mediterranean Sea, but a 300 km-long link to the Gulf of Sirt through the Wadi Sahabi paleochannel is likely. If this connection is confirmed, and its Miocene antiquity is established, then the Kufrah River, comparable in length to the Egyptian Nile, will have important implications for the understanding of the past environments and climates of northern Africa from the middle Miocene to the Holocene. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Earth and Planetary Science Letters en
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dc.title Mapping of a major paleodrainage system in eastern Libya using orbital imaging radar: The Kufrah River en
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dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Centre for Glaciology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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