Radiocarbon dates and stratigraphic cores from bogs, kettle ponds, and former ice-marginal lakes on the east and west sides of the Front Range, Colo., between lat 40°00' and 40°24' N. suggest that (1) valley glaciers of Pinedale age began to recede from their terminal positions between about 14,600 and 13,000 yr ago, (2) revegetation of glaciated areas at altitudes of 2,600-2,900 m (8,600-9,500 ft) was complete by 11,000-10,000 yr ago, (3) at one site, 3,500±1,000 yr elapsed before peat began to form after deglaciation, (4) the formation of bogs within the glaciated areas kept pace with glacier recession in a general way, beginning at progressively later times as deglaciation proceeded upward, (5) Pinedale glaciers had disappeared or were reduced to small remnants by about 8,000 yr ago, (6) moraines that have been mapped as belonging to the early stade of Pinedale Glaciation are no younger than 13,000 yr B.P. and may be older than 14,600 yr, and those delimiting what has been mapped as late stade are no younger than about 7,600 yr B.P. and are probably older than 7,800 yr, and (7) most of the till mapped as Pinedale was deposited between about 14,600 and 8,000 yr ago.
|Title||Bog stratigraphy, radiocarbon dates, and Pinedale to Holocene glacial history in the Front Range, Colorado|
|Authors||Richard F. Madole|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center|