Age and paleoclimatic implications of the Bet Shean travertines

J. Kronfeld*, J. C. Vogel, E. Rosenthal, M. Weinstein-Evron

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From 41,000 to over 22,000 yr B.P., a massive and areally extensive spring travertine was deposited in the Bet Shean Valley, Israel. This travertine is coeval with the Ami'az Member of the Lisan Formation which represents a high lake stand. The travertine deposition is contemporaneous with a more active hydrologic regime associated with wetter conditions in the arid zones of the southern Levant adjacent to southern Israel. These wetter conditions facilitated formation of a widespread spring tufa and also enhanced the water levels of Lake Lisan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-303
Number of pages6
JournalQuaternary Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1988


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