Ice caps existed throughout the Lateglacial Interstadial in northern Scotland

Tom Bradwell, Martyn S Stoker, Derek Fabel, Heather Mathers, Lenny McHague, John Howe

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Abstract

We constrain, in detail, fluctuations of two former ice caps in NW Scotland with multibeam seabed surveys, geomorphological mapping and cosmogenic Be-10 isotope analyses. We map a continuous sequence of 40 recessional moraines stretching from similar to 10 km offshore to the Wester Ross mountains. Surface-exposure ages from boulders on moraine ridges in Assynt and the Summer Isles region show that substantial, dynamic, ice caps existed in NW Scotland between 13 and 14 ka BID. We interpret this as strong evidence that large active glaciers probably survived throughout the Lateglacial Interstadial, and that during the Older Dryas period (ca. 14 ka BP) ice caps in NW Scotland were thicker and considerably more extensive than in the subsequent Younger Dryas Stadial. By inference, we suggest that Lateglacial ice-cap oscillations in Scotland reflect the complex interplay between changing temperature and precipitation regimes during this climatically unstable period (ca. 15-11 ka BP). (C) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) copyright 2008. Reproduced with the permission of NERC. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-407
Number of pages7
JournalJ QUATERNARY SCI
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • WESTERN NORWAY
  • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • NORTHWEST SCOTLAND
  • CHRONOLOGY
  • GLACIER
  • YOUNGER DRYAS
  • PALEOCLIMATIC IMPLICATIONS
  • NEW-ZEALAND
  • GLACIATION
  • DEGLACIATION
  • Paleontology
  • KA BP

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Bradwell, T., Stoker, M. S., Fabel, D., Mathers, H., McHague, L., & Howe, J. (2008). Ice caps existed throughout the Lateglacial Interstadial in northern Scotland. J QUATERNARY SCI, 23(5), 401-407. https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.1181