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NEW (BE)-B-10 COSMOGENIC AGES FROM THE VIMMERBY MORAINE CONFIRM THE TIMING OF SCANDINAVIAN ICE SHEET DEGLACIATION IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN

Author:
  • Timothy F. Johnsen
  • Helena Alexanderson
  • Derek Fabel
  • Stewart P. H. T. Freeman
Publishing year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 113-120
Publication/Series: Geografiska Annaler. Series A. Physical Geography
Volume: 91A
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

The overall pattern of deglaciation of the southern part of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet has been considered established, although details of the chronology and ice sheet dynamics are less well known. Even less is known for the south Swedish Upland because the area was deglaciated mostly by stagnation. Within this area lies the conspicuous Vimmerby moraine, for which we have used the terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (Be-10) exposure dating technique to derive the exposure age of six glacially transported boulders. The six Be-10 cosmogenic ages are internally consistent, ranging from 14.9 +/- 1.5 to 12.4 +/- 1.3 ka with a mean of 13.6 +/- 0.9 ka. Adjusting for the effects of surface erosion, snow burial and glacio-isostatic rebound causes the mean age to increase only by c. 6% to c. 14.4 +/- 0.9 ka. The Be-10 derived age for the Vimmerby moraine is in agreement with previous estimates forthe timing of deglaciation based on radiocarbon dating and varve chronology. This result shows promise for further terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide exposure studies in southern Sweden.

Keywords

  • Geology
  • terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (Be-10) exposure dating
  • deglaciation
  • Scandinavian Ice Sheet
  • Vimmerby moraine
  • Sweden
  • south Swedish Upland

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Published
  • ISSN: 0435-3676
Helena Alexandersson
E-mail: helena [dot] alexanderson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Quaternary Sciences

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Aeolian sand project

Project members
Members of the aeolian sand project: Martin Bernhardson, Sara Florén, Edyta Kalińska-Nartiša and Helena Alexanderson.

Read more about the project here.