Comments on "GLACIO-MECHANICAL EFFECTS AROUND ISPARTA PLAIN (SW TURKEY): EVIDENCE FOR LOWER-ALTITUDE GLACIAL EXTENT?" by Ates (Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, August 2016, 11, 2, 415-426)

Cinter A., Sarıkaya M. A.

CARPATHIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, vol.13, no.1, pp.327-331, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


In a recent paper, Ate (2016) attributed the presence of several karst related landforms to glaciation and claimed that at least 600 m thick ice sheet covered the high hills of Isparta Plain (similar to 1000 m a.s.l.; above sea level) near the Taurus Mountains Range of Turkey. The author further claimed that "the glacial sediments from the Isparta region must have partly ended in the Antalya Bay through the southern discharge route". We think that the observations and ideas presented by Ate (2016) are not based on solid field evidences and hence the interpretations derived from them contain vital mistakes that are totally unacceptable. In the following paragraphs, we will strive to elucidate the inconsistencies in the presentation of data and their interpretations. We will later give the current situation on the glacial context of neighbouring high mountains of southern Turkey, and explain why glaciers could not develop, at least during the last ice age, in the Isparta Plain where this study was undertaken.