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Terrestrial and submarine evidence for the extent and timing of the Last Glacial Maximum and the onset of deglaciation on the maritime-Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands.

Hodgson, D.A. and Graham, A.G.C. and Roberts, S.J. and Bentley, M.J. and Ó Cofaigh, C. and Verleyen, E. and Vyverman, W. and Jomelli, V. and Favier, V. and Brunstein, D. and Verfaillie, D. and Colhoun, E.A. and Saunders, K.M. and Selkirk, P.M. and Mackintosh, A. and Hedding, D.W. and Nel, W. and Hall, K. and McGlone, M.S. and Van der Putten, N. and Dickens, W.A. and Smith, J.A. (2014) 'Terrestrial and submarine evidence for the extent and timing of the Last Glacial Maximum and the onset of deglaciation on the maritime-Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands.', Quaternary science reviews., 100 . pp. 137-158.

Abstract

This paper is the maritime and sub–Antarctic contribution to the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) community Antarctic Ice Sheet reconstruction. The overarching aim for all sectors of Antarctica was to reconstruct the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) ice sheet extent and thickness, and map the subsequent deglaciation in a series of 5000 year time slices. However, our review of the literature found surprisingly few high quality chronological constraints on changing glacier extents on these timescales in the maritime and sub–Antarctic sector. Therefore, in this paper we focus on an assessment of the terrestrial and offshore evidence for the LGM ice extent, establishing minimum ages for the onset of deglaciation, and separating evidence of deglaciation from LGM limits from those associated with later Holocene glacier fluctuations. Evidence included geomorphological descriptions of glacial landscapes, radiocarbon dated basal peat and lake sediment deposits, cosmogenic isotope ages of glacial features and molecular biological data. We propose a classification of the glacial history of the maritime and sub–Antarctic islands based on this assembled evidence. These include: (Type I) islands which accumulated little or no LGM ice; (Type II) islands with a limited LGM ice extent but evidence of extensive earlier continental shelf glaciations; (Type III) seamounts and volcanoes unlikely to have accumulated significant LGM ice cover; (Type IV) islands on shallow shelves with both terrestrial and submarine evidence of LGM (and/or earlier) ice expansion; (Type V) Islands north of the Antarctic Polar Front with terrestrial evidence of LGM ice expansion; and (Type VI) islands with no data. Finally, we review the climatological and geomorphological settings that separate the glaciological history of the islands within this classification scheme.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Antarctic ice sheet, Sub-Antarctica, Maritime Antarctica glaciation, Deglaciation, Quaternary, Climate.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.12.001
Publisher statement:© 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:23 June 2014
Date of first online publication:September 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

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