research product . Other ORP type . 2019

Waldo Heliodoor Zagwijn (1928-2018): the instigator and architect of European chronostratigraphy

Hooghiemstra, H.; Hoek, W.Z.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2019
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
On 26 June 2018 Waldo Heliodoor Zagwijn died at the age of 89. He was an Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. As a geologist, palynologist and palaeobotanist he focused on developing a stratigraphy of the Netherlands based on changes in vegetation and climate. The Dutch setting of a subsiding basin, and the clear signal of a sequence of glacial-interglacial cycles, was promising. As early as the late 1950s it became clear that the Quaternary Period included more than the previously assumed four ice ages in the Netherlands. In his PhD thesis Zagwijn defined the start of the Quaternary around 2.5 million years befor...
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free text keywords: interglacial, palaeogeography, palynology, Quaternary, stratigraphy, Geology
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