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A Marine Isotope Stage 4 age for Pleistocene raised beach deposits near Fethard, southern Ireland.

Gallagher, C. and Telfer, M.W. and Ó Cofaigh, C. (2015) 'A Marine Isotope Stage 4 age for Pleistocene raised beach deposits near Fethard, southern Ireland.', Journal of quaternary science., 30 (8). pp. 754-763.

Abstract

Raised beach deposits around the Irish coast have been interpreted as interglacial or last glacial in age. On the south coast of Ireland, the Courtmacsherry Formation raised beach (CFB), near Fethard, County Wexford, was dated using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). This site was previously dated to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 6–5, but more recent dating of the CFB elsewhere along the south coast shows it is considerably younger (MIS 4–3). The OSL analyses in this paper aimed to determine if new dating would support the greater age of the Fethard raised beach or realign it with the CFB. The new OSL ages place the formation of the Fethard raised beach between 57 ± 6 and 45 ± 6 ka, with 53 ± 5 ka the most likely age if a single depositional event is assumed. This is consistent with OSL dates of the CFB elsewhere. An MIS 4–3 age has important implications in understanding the palaeogeography and timing of glaciation in Ireland, and requires a reassessment of regional relative sea level history. As the eustatic response to global ice volume resulted in lowered relative sea level during MIS 4–2, a crustal response to glaciation is implied by the new dates.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Glacio-isostasy, Ireland, OSL, Raised beach, Sea level.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.2808
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Gallagher, C., Telfer, M. W. and Ó Cofaigh, C. (2015), A Marine Isotope Stage 4 age for Pleistocene raised beach deposits near Fethard, southern Ireland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30(8): 754-763, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.2808. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:06 September 2015
Date deposited:20 October 2015
Date of first online publication:06 October 2015
Date first made open access:06 October 2016

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