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Aeolian dunes of south-central Sweden

  • Martin Bernhardson
  • Helena Alexanderson
Publishing year: 2017
Language: English
Document type: Conference paper: abstract

Abstract english

South-central Sweden is home to a number of small, inactive inland dune fields formed on former glaciofluvialdeltas. A characteristic of these dune fields is the generally transverse shape of the dunes, in stark contrast to therest of Sweden where parabolic dunes are the most common type.One of these dune fields is Bonäsheden in the county of Dalarna. It is the largest continuous dune field in Swedenand covers an area of approximately 15.5 km2. The dune field has the last few years been the target of thoroughinvestigations utilising LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) based remote sensing, ground-penetrating radar,luminescence dating and sedimentological field investigations. The results show that the dunes of Bonäsheden andthe adjacent dune field of Skattungheden formed mainly by north-westerly winds shortly after the deglaciation ofthis part of Sweden (10.5 ka), and subsequent events of dune formation were uncommon. Some later episodes ofsand drift did occur, but only as minor coversand deposition.The dune field has had a more complex formation than previously thought; a shift in the wind pattern around 10ka seems to have caused subsequent dunes to have formed by more westerly winds. The reason for this is still notdetermined, but the increased distance to the Scandinavian Ice Sheet would lessen the capacity of katabatic windsto influence the dune field.


  • Geology


European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2017
2017-04-23 - 2017-04-28
Wien, Austria
  • Aeolian activity in Sweden: an unexplored environmental archive
Helena Alexandersson
E-mail: helena [dot] alexanderson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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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.