Ice margin oscillations during deglaciation of the northern Irish Sea basin

Chiverrell, R.C. et al. (2018) Ice margin oscillations during deglaciation of the northern Irish Sea basin. Journal of Quaternary Science, 33(7), pp. 739-762. (doi:10.1002/jqs.3057)

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Abstract

We present a new chronology to constrain ice-margin retreat in the northern Irish Sea Basin. Estimates on the timing of ice thinning derived from CN ages for boulders from the summits of the Isle of Man and southwest Cumbria suggest that ice thinning was commensurate with the rapid retreat that followed the short-lived advance of the Irish Sea Ice Stream (ISIS) to maximum limits in the Celtic Sea. This ice retreat in the northern ISB was fastest at 20 ka in response to a wider calving margin, but slowed as ice stabilised and oscillated against the Isle of Man. We provide the first age constraints for the Scottish Readvance (19.2-18.2 ka) and demonstrate that it was potentially regional event across the Isle of Man and Cumbrian lowlands not linked with Heinrich event 1. After the Scottish Readvance ca. 19 ka, the ice front retreated northwards towards the Southern Uplands at the same time as climate north of ~45 °N warmed in response to summer insolation. This sequence demonstrates the importance of internal dynamics in controlling ice retreat rates in the Irish Sea, but also that deglaciation of the northern ISB was a response to climate warming.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper was supported by a Natural Environment Research Council consortium grant (BRITICE-CHRONO NE/J008672/1). The cosmogenic analyses were supported by the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility allocation 9155.1014.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Small, Dr David and Fabel, Dr Derek
Authors: Chiverrell, R.C., Smedley, R.K., Small, D., Ballantyne, C.K., Burke, M.J., Callard, S.L., Clark, C.D., Duller, G.A.T., Evans, D.J.A., Fabel, D., van Landeghem, K., Livingstone, S., Ó Cofaigh, C., Thomas, G.S.P., Roberts, D.H., Saher, M., Scourse, J.D., and Wilson, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Quaternary Science
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0267-8179
ISSN (Online):1099-1417
Published Online:31 July 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Quaternary Science 33(7):739-762
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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