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Elevation changes of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet interior during the last deglaciation

Lane, TP, Paasche, Ø, Kvisvik, B, Adamson, K, Rodés, Á, Patton, H, Gomez, N, Gheorghiu, D, Bakke, J and Hubbard, A (2020) Elevation changes of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet interior during the last deglaciation. Geophysical Research Letters. ISSN 0094-8276

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The dynamics of ice sheet interiors during the last deglaciation are poorly constrained, hindering evaluation of ice sheet models. We provide direct evidence of Fennoscandian Ice Sheet (FIS) interior behaviour during deglaciation through surface exposure dating. Our results demonstrate early thinning of the FIS, prior to the Younger Dryas (YD, 12.8‐11.7 ka). Interior thinning in central Norway was concurrent with retreat along the coastline, exposing ice‐free mountainous tracts, potentially as early as 20‐15 ka. The FIS then formed moraines in these ice‐free tracts during the YD. This is contrary to current hypotheses advocating a landscape fully covered by cold, inactive ice during this period. Present empirical and model reconstructions fail to capture rapid interior down‐wastage, increasing uncertainties in ice sheet volume estimates and sea level contributions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. Copyright 2020 American Geophysical Union. Further reproduction or electronic distribution is not permitted.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: American Geophysical Union. (Wiley)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 11:10
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 11:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1029/2020GL088796
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13197

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