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Date of deglacierisation of Mount Elgon

Abstract

HIGHER East African and Ethiopian mountains are known to have been extensively glaciated during the Quaternary1,2. After Mount Meru in Tanzania, Mount Elgon (4,321 m), on the Kenya/Uganda border, is the highest such mountain to be completely free of glaciation today. We present here 14C determinations which indicate that deglacierisation of Mount Elgon occurred shortly before 11,000 BP.

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