The Idre marginal moraine – an anchorpoint for Middle and Late Weichselian ice sheet chronology

Kleman, J., Hättestrand, M., Borgström, I., Preusser, F. and Fabel, D. (2020) The Idre marginal moraine – an anchorpoint for Middle and Late Weichselian ice sheet chronology. Quaternary Science Advances, 2, 100010. (doi: 10.1016/j.qsa.2020.100010)

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We here report the results of luminescence and cosmogenic exposure dating of the Idre marginal moraine, located in the southern Scandinavian Mountains. This particular moraine is targeted because it is morphologically distinct and marks the margin of a former ice sheet. The till in the moraine contains erratics that provide strong evidence of flow from an ice sheet centred over Norway. The area immediately outside the moraine margin is an older residual soil. Luminescence ages of three samples taken from a sand lense within the moraine indicate that it formed at around 55 ka, during the early warm part of Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3. Median exposure ages (10Be) of ten samples from boulders embedded in the surface till indicate that about 30 ka of ice-free time have elapsed since formation of the moraine. The difference between the age of the ridge and the duration of exposure provides a measure of the time of ice-cover in the ice sheet core area. Previous research indicates that final deglaciation of the site occurred at approximately 10 ka ago, which in combination with our results implies that the area around the Idre marginal moraine was ice free for ca. 20 ka, i.e. from around 55 ka to around 35 ka. Thereafter, the area was glaciated and the marginal moraine was covered by the Late Weichselian ice sheet for around 25 ka without experiencing any significant erosion or morphological destruction. While earlier studies have already pointed towards MIS 3 ice free conditions in northern and central Sweden, this study contributes a measurement-based duration estimate for the MIS 3 interstadial.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fabel, Dr Derek
Authors: Kleman, J., Hättestrand, M., Borgström, I., Preusser, F., and Fabel, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Quaternary Science Advances
ISSN (Online):2666-0334
Published Online:27 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Quaternary Science Advances 2:100010
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