The Red Main River is one of the two headwaters of the river Main in northern Bavaria. Its drainage basin is unique in that relief is strongly controlled by tectonics (Bruchschollenzone). This geological framework affects not only river drainage courses but also the morphology of the river valleys. Although the Rote Main has been an object of scientific investigation repeatedly (eg. Körber 1962, Emmert 1977, Kleber 1989), reliable information on the timing and controlling factors of its morphological evolution is still lacking.
Supported by first OSL-datings of river terraces and comprehensive GIS-supported lithologic and morphostratigraphic analyses a more detailed evolution model can be drawn for the first time. It provides the presumption that the development of the present river course and the morphology of the river valley is mainly controlled by tectonics and river deflections and therefore not the result of climatic shifts during the Quarternary (cf. Kolb et al. 2016).
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