OSL ages in central Norway confirm a MIS 2 interstadial (25-20 ka) and a dynamic Scandinavian ice sheet
(English)In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Recent work has suggested that the Scandinavian ice sheet was much more dynamic than previously believed, and its western marine-based margin can provide an analogue to the rapid-paced fluctuations and deglaciation observed at the margins of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
In this study we used a complimentary dating technique, OSL (Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating), to confirm the existence of the Trofors interstadial in central Norway; an ice-free period that existed from ~25 to 20 ka recorded at multiple sites throughout Norway (cf. Andøya interstadial) and that divides the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) into two stadials. OSL signal component analysis was used to optimize data analysis, and internal (methodological) tests show the results to be of good quality. Both large and small aliquots gave consistent OSL ages (22.3 ±1.7 ka, n = 7) for sub-till glaciofluvial/fluvial sediments at the Langsmoen stratigraphic site, and an apparent old age (~100 ka) for a poorly bleached sample of glaciolacustrine sediment at the nearby stratigraphically-related Flora site. Eight radiocarbon ages of sediment from the Flora site gave consistent ages (20.9 ±1.6 cal. ka BP) that overlap within 1σ with OSL ages from the nearby Langsmoen site. The similarity in age within and between these stratigraphically-related sites and using different geochronological techniques strongly suggests that this area was ice-free around ~21 or 22 ka. The existence of the Trofors interstadial along with other interstadials during the Middle and Late Weichselian (MIS 3 and MIS 2) indicates that not only the western margin, but the whole western part of the Scandinavian ice sheet, from the ice divide to the ice margin was very dynamic. These large changes in the ice margin and accompanying drawdown of the ice surface would have affected the eastern part of the ice sheet as well.
Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, Scandinavian ice sheet, Trofors interstadial, MIS 2, LGM, Norway
Research subject Quarternary Geology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38796DiVA: diva2:315344