Häuselmann, P., Granger, D. E., Jeannin, P. Y., & Lauritzen, S. E. (2007). Abrupt glacial valley incision at 0.8 Ma dated from cave deposits in Switzerland. Geology, 35, 143–146.
Résumé: Glacial erosion dramatically alters mountain landscapes, but the pace at which glaciers carve a previously fluvial landscape remains poorly defined because long-term valley incision rates are difficult to measure. Here we reconstruct the lowering history of the Aare Valley, Switzerland, over the past 4 m.y. by dating cave sediments with cosmogenic Al-26 and Be-10. Incision accelerated from similar to 120 m/m.y. to similar to 1200 m/m.y. at 0.8-1.0 Ma, at least 1 m.y. after the onset of local glaciation. Rapid incision may have been triggered by lowering of the equilibrium line altitude at the mid-Pleistocene climate transition