GEOMORPHOLOGY OF THE PACAÁS NOVOS RANGE, SOUTHWESTERN AMAZONIA, BRAZIL: ONE EXAMPLE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GEOMORPHOLOGICAL EVIDENCES TO THE RECONSTRUCTION OF QUATERNARY PALEOENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIOS IN AMAZONIA

EDGARDO M. LATRUBESSE, ANTONIO ROSSI, ELENA FRANZINELLI

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The geomorphology of the Pacaás Novos Range was surveyed. The study area is situated in the State of Rondonia, southwestern Amazonia, near the Brazil - Bolivia border. The range is formed by sedimentary Precambrian rocks and the piedmont area by Precambrian crystalline rocks of the Guaporé Shield. The occurrence of a thick saprolite mantle, detrital talus, pediments, duricrust formation, dissection and alluvial fans provide strong evidence that the morphogenetic systems changed drastically in this part of Amazonia during the Quaternary.

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South-western Amazonia; Quaternary; Geomorphology; Palaeoclimates.

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