Global chronostratigraphical correlation table for the last 2.7 million years v.2019 (Poster version)

Published: 21 March 2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/dtsn3xn3n6.1
Kim Cohen,


This is a poster version of Figure 1 of the Quaternary International 500 article Cohen, K.M. & Gibbard, P.L. 2019 Global chronostratigraphical correlation table for the last 2.7 million years. Quaternary International vol. 500. Fig. 1. See abstract and full text of the linked paper for details, research history and citations/references to materials included in the chart: it makes extensive use of published data sets and schemes, all cited in the main text, many of which have data repositories. The 2019 QI-500 paper publication follows up the Episodes 2008 Gibbard & Cohen paper. The 2019 edition of the chart (QI-500/INQUA-Dublin), follows up the 2016 IUGS' Cape town IGC version (web-released). The Figure 2 inset is also included here, for completeness. The release of the poster version via, cross-referenced from the QI paper, was coordinated with the QI journal management (Elsevier) and editorship (INQUA). Use of the INQUA Dublin logo was coordinated with the congress organisation. Use of the IUGS-ICS and INQUA logo's was coordinated with the respective organisations (and is continued from earlier releases of the chart). The undivided poster version only differs from the 3-page spread figure in the QI paper in: placement and fontsize of title and version, placement of logotypes, inclusion of Utrecht University and University of Cambridge logo's on the poster (continued from earlier releases of the chart). The PDF files contain scale-able vector graphics only and therefore should suitreproductions to mini-poster (A4, A3) and poster size (e.g. A1) formats alike. Before seeking far zoomed in usage of the chart: take notice of the discussion in the QI paper of chosen graphical resolution, versus achievable geological and chronometric correlation accuracy limits.


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The chart makes extensive use of published data sets and schemes, all cited in the main text. The graphic summarizes and replots data, and was manually created: For curves: re-plotting data from downloaded from data repositories, and email-obtained original data files, manually labeling; for schemes: taken over from tables and graphs in source publications; for ages of events and boundaries: taken over from text, tables and labeling in figures from source publications. Our made-graphic versions are not new data. From left to right, key references (the main paper cites many more) per grouped column are: MAJOR DIVISIONS Cohen et al. 2013, updated 2018/08 (ICS chronostratigraphic chart / Gibbard & Head 2010 (base Pleistocene) Head & Gibbard 2015 (Pleistocene subdivision) Rasmussen et al. 2006 (base Holocene) Walker et al. 2018 (Holocene subdivision) DEEP OCEAN RECORDS & DIVISIONS Channell et al. 2016 (Paleomagnetic intenstity curve ; ages events) Lisiecki & Raymo 2005 (stacked d18O ; ages MIS boundaries) Berggren et al. 1995 (biozonations) ANTARCTICA & CONTINENTAL ASIA Petit et al. 1999 (Vostok) EPICA members 2004 (EPICA Dome-C) Ding et al. 2005 (Chinese Loess curve/timescale) Prokopenko et al. 2006 (Baikal biogenic silica) REGIONAL SCHEMES Sources as in Gibbard & Cohen 2008 (Britain, NW Europe, North America, New Zealand), corrections, revisions and additions (Russian and Ukraine schemes): Shik et al. 2015; Van Kolfschoten & Gerasimenko 2006. LAST 50,000 YEARS INSET ( FIGURE 2) Walker et al. 2018 (Holocene subdivision) Shackleton et al. 2003 (MD95-2042 benthic d18O) Voelker and de Abreu, 2011 (Heinrich events) Rasmussen et al. 2014 (Greenland ice stadial/interstadial scheme) Reimer et al. 2013 (IntCal13 age calibration / 14C production variability)


Universiteit Utrecht Faculteit Geowetenschappen, University of Cambridge Scott Polar Research Institute


Geology, Stratigraphy, Quaternary Period, Geochronology, Quaternary Stratigraphy, Holocene, Pleistocene, Palaeoclimate