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Final deglaciation of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet and implications for the Holocene global sea-level budget
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2016 (English)In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, ISSN 0012-821X, E-ISSN 1385-013X, Vol. 448, 34-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The last deglaciation of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet (SIS) from similar to 21,000 to 13,000 yr ago is well constrained by several hundred Be-10 and C-14 ages. The subsequent retreat history, however, is established primarily from minimum-limiting C-14 ages and incomplete Baltic-Sea varve records, leaving a substantial fraction of final SIS retreat history poorly constrained. Here we develop a high-resolution chronology for the final deglaciation of the SIS based on 79 Be-10 cosmogenic exposure dates sampled along three transects spanning southern to northern Sweden and Finland. Combining this new chronology with existing Be-10 ages on deglaciation since the Last Glacial Maximum shows that rates of SIS margin retreat were strongly influenced by deglacial millennial-scale climate variability and its effect on surface mass balance, with regional modulation of retreat associated with dynamical controls. Ice-volume estimates constrained by our new chronology suggest that the SIS contributed 8 m sea-level equivalent to global sea-level rise between similar to 14.5 ka and 10 ka. Final deglaciation was largely complete by similar to 10.5 ka, with highest rates of sea-level rise occurring during the Bolling-Allerod, a 50% decrease during the Younger Dryas, and a rapid increase during the early Holocene. Combining our SIS volume estimates with estimated contributions from other remaining Northern Hemisphere ice sheets suggests that the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) contributed 14.4 +/- 5.9 m to global sea-level rise since 13 ka. This new constraint supports those studies that indicate that an ice volume of 15 m or more of equivalent sea-level rise was lost from the AIS during the last deglaciation.

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2016. Vol. 448, 34-41 p.
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sea level, ice sheets, Holocene
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132922DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.05.019ISI: 000378457600004OAI: diva2:957500
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-08-26 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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