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  • 1.
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Deglaciationsförloppet och Isdämda sjöar i Vindelälvens källområde2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A detailed landform mapping was carried out in the mountain region of the source area of River Vindelälven. The aim of this mapping study was to increase the current knowledge of the dynamics and character (the ice margin retreat, ice flow directions and the subglacial thermal organization) of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet during the last deglaciation in this part of the Swedish mountain range.

    The study area has been proposed to be situated within the cold based core area that characterized the last Ice age maxima (LGM). However, despite the lack of subglacial melting, glacial meltwater still exists. Traces after ancient glacial lakes and the glaciofluvial landform system are therefore the only data that exist when reconstructing the recession pattern of cold based ice sheets or when there is a general lack of glacial landforms.

    The aerial photograph interpretation focused on glaciolacustrine, glaciofluvial and subglacial landforms. The reconstruction of the ice sheet recession pattern was thus based on the distribution of the glacial geomorphology, the dammed glacial lakes and the hypothetical damming ice sheet margin. A theoretical model for calculation of the ice surface slope profile was used to increase the detail level of the reconstruction and as a control of the landform based reconstruction. Mapped landforms formed the base for the glacial lake reconstruction that was carried out in a GIS. Lantmäteriets height database was used as a topographical base dataset.

    Ice sheet margins reconstructed by the theoretical model showed good conformity with the mapped landforms. Eight glacial lakes where identified, two of these, Glacial lake Vindelälven and Glacial lake Båssjuosjávrrie – Gávásjávrries, existed with large safety and where dominant features in the landscape during the deglaciation. They where dammed in the northwest and west respectively between revealed saddle points in the terrain and the retreating ice sheet.

    The damming of large glacial lakes shows that the ice sheet, in the study area, was active throughout the entire deglaciation. The ice sheet retreated generally towards the southeast. The presented deglaciation model indicated northwesterly and westerly ice flow directions in an early phase of the deglaciation, and westerly in a late phase. The last ice flow direction in the study area was towards west and it stemmed probably from the last ice divide situated above the low fell Kráhpiesvarrie. The subglacial thermal organization in the study area may be viewed as uncertain due to ambiguous evidence.

  • 2.
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Paleoglaciology of the Tian Shan and Altai Mountains, Central Asia2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The mountain-systems of Central Asia, act as barriers to atmospheric circulation patterns, which in turn impose striking climate gradients across the region. Glaciers are sensitive indicators of climate change and respond to changes in climate gradients over time by advancing during cold and wet periods and receding during warm and dry periods. The aim of this thesis is to investigate whether there are large-scale patterns in how past glaciers in the Tian Shan and the Altai Mountains of Central Asia responded to climate change. Multiple methods have been used, including: remote sensing, terrain analysis, field investigations, and cosmogenic nuclide (CN) dating. The glacial landform records indicate that the region experienced mainly alpine-style glaciations in the past. Large complexes of ice-marginal moraines in high elevation basins are evidence of outlet glaciers sourced from large valley glaciers, ice caps and ice-fields, and these moraine sequences, record the maximum extent of paleoglaciation. In the Ikh-Turgen Mountains, located in the continental, eastern Altai Mountains, deglaciation of these moraines occurred during marine oxygen isotope stage (MIS) 3 at ~45 ka. This is consistent with a colder and wetter climate during this time, inferred from ice core and lake level proxies. Another deglacial phase occurred during MIS 2 at ~23 ka, synchronous with the global Last Glacial Maximum. In the Russian Altai Mountains, lobate moraines in the Chuya Basin indicate deglaciation at ~19 ka, by a highly dynamic paleoglacier in the Chagan-Uzun catchment, which experienced surge-like behaviour. Furthermore, across the Tian Shan, an evaluation of new and existing CN glacial chronologies (25 dated moraines) indicates that only one regional glacial stage, between 15 and 28 ka (MIS 2), can be defined and spatially correlated across the region. These paleoglaciers were mainly restricted to valleys as a result of arid conditions during this time and variation in their extents is interpreted to reflect topographic modulation on regional climate. The ages of the oldest evidence for robust local glacial stages in the Tian Shan are not yet well constrained, however, moraines in the central Kyrgyz Tian Shan and the eastern Chinese Tian Shan have apparent minimum ages overlapping with MIS 5 and MIS 3 (with missing MIS 4 and 6 stages). However, different geological processes, such as inheritance and post-depositional shielding (e.g. deposition by surging glaciers or hummocky terrain deposition), have influenced the dating resolution, making several moraine ages inappropriate for regional comparison. Finally, to quantify regional patterns of paleoglaciation, the hypsometry (area-elevation distribution) of glacial landforms is used to estimate average paleo equilibrium line altitudes for the region. This analysis shows that while present-day ELAs mirror strong climate gradients, paleoglaciation patterns were characterised by more gentle ELA gradients. The paleo-ELA depressions across Central Asia were most prominent in the continental southern and eastern regions (500–700 m). Finally, the results from this thesis, show that Central Asia was repeatedly glaciated in the past, but underscore the importance of considering 1) catchment characteristics and styles of glaciation and 2) other non-climatic factors controlling glacier dynamics when interpreting CN chronologies to make paleoclimate inference.

  • 3.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Purdue University, USA.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Purdue University, USA.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Petrakov, Dmitry A.
    Ivanov, Mikhail N.
    Alexander, Orkhonselenge
    Rudoy, Alexei N.
    Walther, Michael
    Glacial geomorphology of the Altai and Western Sayan Mountains, Central Asia2016In: Journal of Maps, ISSN 1744-5647, E-ISSN 1744-5647, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 123-136Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we present a map of the glacial geomorphology of the Altai andWestern Sayan Mountains, covering an area of almost 600,000 km2. Although numerous studies provide evidence for restricted Pleistocene glaciations in this area, others have hypothesized the past existence of an extensive ice sheet. To provide a framework for accurate glacial reconstructions of the Altai and Western Sayan Mountains, we present a map at a scale of 1:1,000,000 based on a mapping from 30 m resolution ASTER DEM and 15 m/30 mresolution Landsat ETM+ satellite imagery. Four landform classes have been mapped: marginal moraines, glacial lineations, hummocky terrain, and glacial valleys. Our mapping reveals an abundance of glacial erosional and depositional landforms. The distribution of these glacial landforms indicates that the Altai and Western Sayan Mountains have experienced predominantly alpine-style glaciations, with some small ice caps centred on the higher mountain peaks. Large marginal moraine complexes mark glacial advances in intermontane basins. By tracing the outer limits of present-day glaciers, glacial valleys, and moraines, we estimate that the past glacier coverage have totalled to 65,000 km2 (10.9% of the mapped area), whereas present-day glacier coverage totals only 1300 km2 (0.2% of the mapped area). This demonstrates the usefulness of remote sensing techniques for mapping the glacial geomorphology in remote mountain areas and for quantifying the past glacier dimensions. The glacial geomorphological map presented here will be used for further detailed reconstructions of the paleoglaciology and paleoclimate of the region.

  • 4.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Murray, Andrew
    Thomsen, Kristina J.
    Buylaert, Jan-Pieter
    Sohbati, Reza
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Alexanderson, Helena
    Timing of the deglaciation in Southern Patagonia: testing the applicability of k feldspar irsl2012In: Quaternary Geochronology, ISSN 1871-1014, E-ISSN 1878-0350, Vol. 10, p. 264-272Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The timing of the ice margin retreat of the Late Glacial Patagonian Ice Sheet (PIS) in southern Patagonia has been the object of discussion for many years. In order to resolve questions about the complex response of the PIS to past climate change, any geological interpretation and data modelling need evaluation against an absolute chronology. The aim of this project is to investigate the applicability of OSL dating to sediments from southern Patagonia; in particular, we examine the dating potential of K-feldspar IRSL signals. Samples were collected from landforms interpreted as being deposited during deglaciation of the PIS, with an expected age range of 17 and 22 ka, and from recently deposited sediment. We measure small aliquots and single grain distributions using an IR50 SAR protocol with IRSL stimulation at 50 degrees C following a preheat at 250 degrees C (held for 60 s). Uncertainties are assigned to our individual dose estimates based on the over-dispersion (OD) observed in laboratory gamma dose recovery experiments (22% for small aliquots and 18% for single grains). Then the possible effects of incomplete bleaching and differential fading are examined. For our natural samples we observe environmental ODs between 30 and 130% and mean residual doses between similar to 30 and 80 Gy. Minimum age models are used to identify the part of the dose population that is most likely to have been well-bleached and results from these models are compared. The models give ages that are consistent with each other; this may imply that they successfully identified the fully-bleached grains in the distributions, although there are some discrepancies between our small aliquot and single grain data. We observe large fading rates (on average 7.9 +/- 0.6%/decade for large aliquots) but nevertheless a comparison of our fading corrected ages with the expected age range shows that 2 out of 3 ages are consistent with geological interpretation and an established radiocarbon and cosmogenic nuclide chronology. We conclude that these investigations suggest that fading corrections can be based on laboratory average small aliquot/single grain fading rates. The third age is supported by an alternative geological interpretation, and the two ages consistent with the existing chronology imply that in the Strait of the Magellan the hills of the Brunswick peninsula (>70 m.a.s.l) were deglaciated at around 22 ka.

  • 5.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jon M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Lifton, N. A.
    Heyman, J.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Petrakov, D. A.
    Caffee, M. W.
    Ivanov, M. N.
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Rogozhina, I.
    Usubaliev, R.
    Evaluating the timing of former glacier expansions in the Tian Shan: A key step towards robust spatial correlations2016In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 153, p. 78-96Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The timing of past glaciation across the Tian Shan provides a proxy for past climate change in this critical area. Correlating glacial stages across the region is difficult but cosmogenic exposure ages have considerable potential. A drawback is the large observed scatter in Be-10 surface exposure data. To quantify the robustness of the dating, we compile, recalculate, and perform statistical analyses on sets of 10Be surface exposure ages from 25 moraines, consisting of 114 new and previously published ages. We assess boulder age scatter by dividing boulder groups into quality classes and rejecting boulder groups of poor quality. This allows us to distinguish and correlate robustly dated glacier limits, resulting in a more conservative chronology than advanced in previous publications. Our analysis shows that only one regional glacial stage can be reliably correlated across the Tian Shan, with glacier expansions occurring between 15 and 281 a during marine oxygen isotope stage (MIS) 2. However, there are examples of older more extensive indicators of glacial stages between MIS 3 and MIS 6. Paleoglacier extent during MIS 2 was mainly restricted to valley glaciation. Local deviations occur: in the central Kyrgyz Tian Shan paleoglaciers were more extensive and we propose that the topographic context explains this pattern. Correlation between glacial stages prior to late MIS 2 is less reliable, because of the low number of samples and/or the poor resolution of the dating. With the current resolution and spatial coverage of robustly-dated glacier limits we advise that paleoclimatic implications for the Tian Shan glacial chronology beyond MIS 2 are speculative and that continued work toward robust glacial chronologies is needed to resolve questions regarding drivers of past glaciation in the Tian Shan and Central Asia.

  • 6.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Caffee, Marc W.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Rogozhina, Irina
    Ivanov, Mikhail N.
    Petrakov, Dmitry A.
    Walther, Michael
    Rudoy, Alexei N.
    Zhang, Wei
    Orkhonselenge, Alexander
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Lifton, Nathaniel A.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Paleoglaciation on opposite flanks of the Ikh-Turgen Mountains, Central Asia: Importance of style of moraine deposition for 10-Be surface exposure datingManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The ages of marginal moraines that record extensive glacier expansions across the Altai Mountains of Central Asia are poorly documented. We present 18 10Be exposure ages from moraines in valleys on opposite flanks of the Ikh-Turgen Mountains. On the eastern side, exposure ages from a latero-frontal moraine indicate deglaciation during MIS 3 (45.3±2.7 ka) and MIS 2 (22.8±3.5 ka). Corresponding exposure ages, from the western side, indicate a more complex story with large scatter (~14-53 ka). Owing to their close proximity, the paleoglaciers should have responded similarly to climate forcing, yet they exhibited a distinctly different behavior. We propose that differences in glacier dynamics caused differences in ice-marginal depositional environments, explaining the scatter in exposure ages on the western side. This study shows the importance of style of deposition in chronological studies of glacial landforms and demonstrates that certain moraine types can be difficult to use as paleoclimate proxies.

  • 7.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. University of Bern, Switzerland.
    Caffee, Marc W.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Rogozhina, Irina
    Ivanov, Mikhail N.
    Petrakov, Dmitry A.
    Walther, Michael
    Rudoy, Alexei N.
    Zhang, Wei
    Orkhonselenge, Alexander
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Lifton, Nathaniel A.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Timing and dynamics of glaciation in the Ikh Turgen Mountains, Altai region, High Asia2018In: Quaternary Geochronology, ISSN 1871-1014, E-ISSN 1878-0350, Vol. 47, p. 54-71Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Spanning the northern sector of High Asia, the Altai region contains a rich landform record of glaciation. We report the extent, chronologies, and dynamics of two paleoglaciers on opposite flanks of the Ikh Turgen mountains (In Russian: Chikhacheva Range), straddling the border between Russia and Mongolia, using a combination of remote sensing-based glacial geomorphological mapping, Be-10 surface exposure dating, and geomorphometric analysis. On the eastern side (Mongolia), the Turgen-Asgat paleoglacier, with its potential for developing a large accumulation area (similar to 257 km(2)), expanded 40 km down valley, and mean ages from a latero-frontal moraine indicate deglaciation during marine oxygen isotope stage (MIS) 3 (45.1 +/- 1.8 ka, n = 4) and MIS 2 (22.8 +/- 3.3 ka, n = 5). These minimum age constraints are consistent with other Be-10 glacial chronologies and paleoclimate records from the region, which indicates glacier culmination during cold and wet conditions coinciding with MIS 3 (piedmont-style glaciation; inferred for a few sites across the region) and glacier culmination during cold and dry conditions coinciding with MIS 2 (mainly valley-style glaciation; inferred from several sites across the region). On the western side (Russia), the Boguty paleoglacier had a smaller accumulation area (similar to 222 km(2)), and advanced 30 km down valley across a low gradient forefield. Surface exposure ages from two moraine complexes on this side of the mountains exhibit wide scatter (similar to 14-53 ka, n = 8), making paleoclimate inferences and comparison to other proxies difficult. Ice surface profile reconstructions imply that the two paleoglaciers likely shared an ice divide.

  • 8.
    Blomdin, Robin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Topographic and climatic controls on paleoglaciation patterns across the Tian Shan and Altai Mountains, Central AsiaManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Reconstructing spatial patterns of the extents and dynamics of paleoglaciers across Central Asia is key in understanding the mechanisms of global environmental change. The Tian Shan and Altai Mountains are located in the continental interior of Eurasia, at the confluence of several major climate systems. In order to test hypothesized patterns in paleoglacier extent, and to test the role of paleoclimate and mountain topography in modulating the evolution of these glacial systems, we perform a domain-wide terrain analysis. We first divide the Tian Shan and the Altai Mountains into six physiographic regions delineated by major drainage divides and outlining generalised climate zones. Thereafter we mine published datasets on the distribution of glaciers and glacial landforms, calculate their area-elevation distributions (hypsometry), and extract present-day regional equilibrium line altitudes (ELAs) and long-term average ELAs (paleo-ELAs). We show that the use of glacial landform hypsometry is an effective tool to quantify broad-scale paleoglaciation patterns and find that there is a regional variability in glacier extents across the Tian Shan and Altai Mountains. Reconstructed ELAs show pronounced spatial gradients; increasing ELAs from northern to southern Tian Shan, and increasing ELAs from the northern to both the southeastern and southwestern Altai Mountains. In contrast, maximum paleoglaciation patterns and paleo-ELAs were more uniform across the two mountain systems, with inter-regional topographic variability influencing moraine distributions and thus complicating regional paleo-ELA determinations. Because estimated paleo-ELAs were relatively uniform across the Tian Shan and Altai Mountains, the paleo-ELA lowering were most pronounced in the more continental southern and eastern regions. Our current data is insufficient to explain whether this observation is the result of a different regional paleoclimatic regime than today, or if paleoglaciers responded dynamically different to a paleoclimate forcing of the same magnitude. Our ELA reconstructions also lack temporal constraints, so we furthermore propose that future studies systematically compare hypsometry-derived ELA reconstructions with those stemming from surface energy mass balance models, other proxy records (i.e. lake- and ice core records), and from chronologically constrained ice-marginal moraines.  

  • 9.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Lukas, Sven
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Ivanov, Mikhail N.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Petrakov, Dmitry A.
    Rudoy, Alexei
    Clifton, Tom
    Lifton, Nathaniel A.
    Caffee, Marc W.
    Complex patterns of glacier advances during the late glacial in the Chagan Uzun Valley, Russian Altai2016In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 149, p. 288-305Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Southern part of the Russian Altai Mountains is recognized for its evidence for catastrophic glacial lake outbursts. However, little is known about the late Pleistocene paleoglacial history, despite the interest in such reconstructions for constraining paleoclimate. In this study, we present a detailed paleoglaciological reconstruction of the Chagan Uzun Valley, in the Russian Altai Mountains, combining for the first time detailed geomorphological mapping, sedimentological logging, and in situ cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al surface exposure dating of glacially-transported boulders. The Chagan Uzun Valley exhibits the most impressive glacial landforms of this sector of the Altai, with extensive lobate moraine belts deposited in the intramontane Chuja Basin, reflecting a series of pronounced former glacial advances. Observations of “hillside-scale” folding and extensive faulting of pre-existing soft sediments within the outer moraine belts, together with the geomorphology, strongly indicate that these moraine belts were formed during surge-like events. Identification of surge-related features is essential for paleoclimate inference because these features correspond to a glacier system that is not in equilibrium with the contemporary climate, but instead largely influenced by various internal and external factors. Therefore, no strict relationship can be established between climatic variables and the pronounced distal glacial extent observed in the Chagan Uzun Valley/Chuja basin. In contrast, the inner (up-valley) glacial landforms of the Chagan Uzun valley were likely deposited during retreat of temperate valley glaciers, close to equilibrium with climate, and so most probably triggered by a general warming. Cosmogenic ages associated with the outermost, innermost, and intermediate stages all indicate deposition times clustered around 19 ka. However, the actual deposition time of the outermost moraine may slightly predate the 10Be ages due to shielding caused by subsequent lake water coverage. This chronology indicates a Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 2 last maximum extent of the Chagan Uzun Glacier, and an onset of the deglaciation around 19 ka. This is consistent with other regional paleoclimate proxy records and with the Northern Hemisphere glaciation chronology. Finally, this study also highlights the highly dynamic environment in this area, with complex interactions between glacial events and the formation and drainage of lakes.

  • 10.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Germany.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Preusser, Frank
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Trauerstein, Mareike
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Caffee, Marc W.
    Lifton, Nathaniel A.
    Zhang, Wei
    Re-evaluation of MIS 3 glaciation using cosmogenic radionuclide and single grain luminescence ages, Kanas Valley, Chinese Altai2018In: Journal of Quaternary Science, ISSN 0267-8179, E-ISSN 1099-1417, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 55-67Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous investigations observed a period of major glacial advances in Central Asia during marine oxygen isotope stage (MIS) 3 (57-29 ka), out of phase with global ice volume records. We have re-examined the Kanas moraine complex in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia, where an MIS 3 glaciation had been previously inferred. New and consistent cosmogenic exposure and single-grain luminescence ages indicate that the Kanas complex was formed during MIS 2 (29-12 ka), which brings its timing in line with the global ice volume record. We also identified a lateral moraine from a more extensive ice extent that dates to late MIS 5/MIS 4. To place our results in a wider contextual framework, we review the chronologies of another 26 proposed major MIS 3 glacial advances in Central Asia. For most of these sites, we find that the chronological data do not provide an unequivocal case for MIS 3 glaciation.

  • 11.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Lukas, Sven
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Jansson, Krister N.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Ivanov, Mikhail N.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Petrakov, Dmitry A.
    Rudoy, Alexei
    Clifton, Tom
    Lifton, Nathaniel A.
    Caffee, Marc W.
    Reply to comment received from J. Herget et al. regarding "Complex patterns of glacier advances during the late glacial in the Chagan Uzun Valley, Russian Altai" by Gribenski et al. (2016), Quaternary Science Reviews 149, 288-3052017In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 168, p. 219-221Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12. Heyman, Jakob
    et al.
    Applegate, Patrick J.
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Harbor, Jonathan M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Boulder height - exposure age relationships from a global glacial Be-10 compilation2016In: Quaternary Geochronology, ISSN 1871-1014, E-ISSN 1878-0350, Vol. 34, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cosmogenic exposure dating of glacial boulders is commonly used to estimate the timing of past glaciations because the method enables direct dating of the duration a boulder has been exposed to cosmic rays. For successful dating, the boulders must have been fully shielded from cosmic rays prior to deposition and continuously exposed to cosmic rays ever since. A common assumption is that boulder height (the distance between the top of the boulder and the surrounding surface) is important, and that tall boulders are more likely to have been continuously exposed to cosmic rays than short boulders and therefore yield more accurate exposure ages. Here we test this assumption 'based on exposure age clustering for groups of glacial boulders (and single cobbles) Be-10 exposure ages that have recorded boulder heights (3741 boulders; 579 boulder groups with >= 3 boulders). Of the full set of boulder groups with >= 3 boulders, 21% fulfill a reduced chi square criterion (chi(2)(R) < 2) for well-clustered exposure ages. For boulder groups containing only tall boulders, the fraction of well-clustered exposure age groups is consistently larger. Moreover, this fraction of well-clustered exposure age groups increases with the minimum boulder height in each group. This result confirms the common assumption that tall boulders are generally better targets for cosmogenic exposure dating compared to short boulders. Whereas the tall boulder groups have a significantly larger fraction of well-clustered exposure age groups, there is nonetheless a dominant fraction (>50%) of the boulder groups with scattered exposure ages, highlighting the problem with prior and incomplete exposure for cosmogenic dating of glacial boulders.

  • 13. Lifton, Nathaniel
    et al.
    Beel, Casey
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Kassab, Christine
    Rogozhina, Irina
    Heermance, Richard
    Oskin, Michael
    Burbank, Douglas
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Purdue University, USA.
    Gribenski, Natacha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Caffee, Marc
    Goehring, Brent M.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Ivanov, Mikhail
    Li, Yanan
    Li, Yingkui
    Petrakov, Dmitry
    Usubaliev, Ryskul
    Codilean, Alexandru T.
    Chen, Yixin
    Harbor, Jon
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Purdue University, USA.
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
    Constraints on the late Quaternary glacial history of the Inylchek and Sary-Dzaz valleys from in situ cosmogenic Be-10 and Al-26, eastern Kyrgyz Tian Shan2014In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 101, p. 77-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Paleoclimatic constraints from regions at the confluence of major climate systems are particularly important in understanding past climate change. Using geomorphic mapping based on remote sensing and field investigations, combined with in situ cosmogenic Be-10 and Al-26 dating of boulders associated with glacial landforms, we investigate the chronology of past glaciation in the Inylchek and Sary-Dzaz valleys in the eastern Kyrgyz Tian Shan, a tectonically active area with some of the highest peaks in the world outside of the Himalayas. Cosmogenic Be-10 and (26) Al exposure ages of boulders on moraines record up to five glacial advances including: Lateglacial age lateral moraine remnants and meltwater channels in the upper Inylchek Valley; Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, Marine Oxygen Isotope Stage [MIS] 2) moraines in the Sary-Dzaz Valley and in a terminal moraine complex at the west end of the Inylchek Valley, overriding older moraines; an MIS 4 or 5 moraine remnant above the Inylchek terminal moraine complex; and an older high moraine remnant down-valley from the confluence of the Inylchek and Sary-Dzaz valleys. The evidence for glacial extent in this study is consistent with a limited ice expansion hypothesis for Tian Shan glaciation. Published results from the western and central Kyrgyz Tian Shan do not show evidence for significant LGM glacier expansion, which in combination with the results presented here, indicate a spatial variation in glacier records along the Tian Shan. This may reflect either paleoclimatic gradients or the impact of local physiographic conditions on responses to regional climate change, or both.

  • 14. Stokes, Chris R.
    et al.
    Tarasov, Lev
    Blomdin, Robin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Purdue University, USA.
    Cronin, Thomas M.
    Fisher, Timothy G.
    Gyllencreutz, Richard
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Hättestrand, Clas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Heyman, Jakob
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Hindmarsh, Richard C. A.
    Hughes, Anna L. C.
    Jakobsson, Martin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
    Kirchner, Nina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Livingstone, Stephen J.
    Margold, Martin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. Durham University, UK.
    Murton, Julian B.
    Noormets, Riko
    Peltier, W. Richard
    Peteet, Dorothy M.
    Piper, David J. W.
    Preusser, Frank
    Renssen, Hans
    Roberts, David H.
    Roche, Didier M.
    Saint-Ange, Francky
    Stroeven, Arjen P.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
    Teller, James T.
    On the reconstruction of palaeo-ice sheets: Recent advances and future challenges2015In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 125, p. 15-49Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Reconstructing the growth and decay of palaeo-ice sheets is critical to understanding mechanisms of global climate change and associated sea-level fluctuations in the past, present and future. The significance of palaeo-ice sheets is further underlined by the broad range of disciplines concerned with reconstructing their behaviour, many of which have undergone a rapid expansion since the 1980s. In particular, there has been a major increase in the size and qualitative diversity of empirical data used to reconstruct and date ice sheets, and major improvements in our ability to simulate their dynamics in numerical ice sheet models. These developments have made it increasingly necessary to forge interdisciplinary links between sub-disciplines and to link numerical modelling with observations and dating of proxy records. The aim of this paper is to evaluate recent developments in the methods used to reconstruct ice sheets and outline some key challenges that remain, with an emphasis on how future work might integrate terrestrial and marine evidence together with numerical modelling. Our focus is on pan-ice sheet reconstructions of the last deglaciation, but regional case studies are used to illustrate methodological achievements, challenges and opportunities. Whilst various disciplines have made important progress in our understanding of ice-sheet dynamics, it is clear that data-model integration remains under-used, and that uncertainties remain poorly quantified in both empirically-based and numerical ice-Sheet reconstructions. The representation of past climate will continue to be the largest source of uncertainty for numerical modelling. As such, palaeo-observations are critical to constrain and validate modelling. State-of-the-art numerical models will continue to improve both in model resolution and in the breadth of inclusion of relevant processes, thereby enabling more accurate and more direct comparison with the increasing range of palaeo-observations. Thus, the capability is developing to use all relevant palaeo-records to more strongly constrain deglacial (and to a lesser extent pre-LGM) ice sheet evolution. In working towards that goal, the accurate representation of uncertainties is required for both constraint data and model outputs. Close cooperation between modelling and data-gathering communities is essential to ensure this capability is realised and continues to progress.

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