Late Devensian and Flandrian palaeoenvironmental changes on the Scottish continental shelf west of the Outer Hebrides

J. D. Peacock, W. E N Austin, I. Selby, D. K. Graham, R. Harland, I. P. Wilkinson

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Abstract

Examination of two radiocarbon-dated vibrocores taken from south of St Kilda at a water depth of about 155 m, a short distance within the maximum position of the Late Devensian (Dimlington Stadial) ice sheet, suggests that the St Kilda Basin became free of glacier ice after 15 250 yr BP. Sedimentation in a shallow, low energy, high arctic, muddy environment continued until after 13 500 yr BP. There followed a higher energy temperate episode during which water depths were roughly about 40 m: this is correlated with the latter part of the Windermere Interstadial and with the warmer interval known in shallow Scottish seas about or a little before 11 000 yr BP. The Loch Lomond (Younger Dryas) Stadial is marked in the vibrocores by the return of muddy sediments and a cold-water fauna. Relatively shallow water conditions seem to have persisted into the earliest Flandrian, when the water depth was still roughly 60 m, corresponding to a sea-level in the area 90-100 m below present. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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