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Stratigraphy of the Quaternary Kapp Ekholm section (Kapp Ekholm)

A sedimentological and stratigraphical investigation of the Quaternary coastal sections at Kapp Ekholm, Billefjorden, Svalbard. The sections at Kapp Ekholm are considered a key locality for reconstruction of the glaciation history of Svalbard. Previous studies have suggested that the area was overrun by a glacier four times since the end of the S

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Starts
2007-06-01

Ends
2013-12-30

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  • field work
  • arctic field grant (afg)

Discipline

  • geology

Project Keywords

  • paleoclimate / land records / glaciation

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Summary

A sedimentological and stratigraphical investigation of the Quaternary coastal sections at Kapp Ekholm, Billefjorden, Svalbard. The sections at Kapp Ekholm are considered a key locality for reconstruction of the glaciation history of Svalbard. Previous studies have suggested that the area was overrun by a glacier four times since the end of the Saalian glaciation c. 130.000 years ago based on studies of sedimentary units in the sections. Four units of glacial sediments separated by marine sediments are interpreted as four ice advances separated by marine inundation of the fjord system. The conclusion has been much discussed due to limited descriptions of the glacial deposits and problems with correlation between sections. The present study tests the earlier interpretations by doing detailed investigations of the glacial sediments, unit boundaries and directional elements such as clast orientation, folds or faults. New samples for dating by means of C-14 and OSL are being taken. The aim of the study is to provide a refined stratigraphy and new sedimentological data from the Kapp Ekholm section. This will in turn contribute to the general understanding of the glaciation history on Svalbard.

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