In order to understand the forcing and the feedback mechanisms working within the climate system knowledge of the timing of cold events across the globe is necessary. This information is especially crucial for the last glacial maximum (LGM) and the subsequent deglaciation. Our approach is to directly date the classical terminal moraines of the Rhone Glacier on the northern Alpine foreland. The Rhone Glacier was the dominant piedmont glacier of the Swiss Alps during the LGM. We have analyzed four erratic blocks from the Wangen a.d. Aare region (near Solothurn) for in-situ cosmogenic Be-10, Al-26. Cl-36 and Ne-21. Weighted mean ages based on all radionuclide measurements for each boulder indicate that break down of the Rhone piedmont glacier system occurred between 21.1 and 19.1 ka. The oldest a-e obtained, 21.1 ka from block E R 1. pinpoints the onset of deglaciation. Pull-back from the Wangen maximum position was complete by no later than 19.1 ka. Reaching of the maximum extent of the Rhone Glacier. during the last glaciation, was contemporaneous with the worldwide ice maximum between 24 and 19 ka.
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