Geodata of "Loess and other Quaternary sediments in Germany"


Geo- and palaeoecological studies focusing on the late Pleistocene require a detailed knowledge of the spatial distribution of aeolian sediments. In Germany existing maps are either on large scales, have a regional focus or show significant inaccuracies such as artificial boundaries within different geological units. To obtain a more detailed, seamless map of the distribution of aeolian sediments and their potential source areas, we combined and reanalysed available geo-data, using a Geographical Information System. The resultant maps (scale: approx.1:2,600,000) show the link between source areas and the late Quaternary aeolian deposits in Germany and can provide one context for further work on e.g. palaeogeographical studies. This work was compared with other already published datasets and the problems of sediment mapping at a small scale were discussed.

Keywords: aeolian sediments; dust sources; spatial data; GIS; Central Europe

This geodata corresponds to the following article and shall be quoted as such using the provided DOI: Lehmkuhl, F., Pötter, S., Pauligk A., Bösken, J. (2018). Loess and other Quaternary sediments in Germany. Journal of Maps 14 (2), pp.330-340. Shapefiles provided under


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Frank, L. ., Stephan, P. ., Annika, P. ., Janina, B. . (2018): Geodata of "Loess and other Quaternary sediments in Germany". CRC806-Database – In: Journal of Maps, DOI: 10.5880/SFB806.39

Authors Frank, Lehmkuhl, and Stephan, Pötter, and Annika, Pauligk, and Janina, Bösken,
Type dataset
Title Geodata of "Loess and other Quaternary sediments in Germany"
DOI 10.5880/SFB806.39
Year 2018
Publisher CRC806-Database
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