Ice-sheet dynamics through the Quaternary on the mid-Norwegian continental margin inferred from 3D seismic data
Marine and Petroleum Geology
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Montelli, A., Dowdeswell, J., Ottesen, D., & Johansen, S. (2017). Ice-sheet dynamics through the Quaternary on the mid-Norwegian continental margin inferred from 3D seismic data. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 80 228-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.12.002
Reconstructing the evolution of ice sheets is critical to our understanding of the global environmental system, but most detailed palaeo-glaciological reconstructions have hitherto focused on the very recent history of ice sheets. Here, we present a three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the changing nature of ice-sheet derived sedimentary architecture through the Quaternary Ice Age of almost 3 Ma. An extensive geophysical record documents a marine-terminating, calving Fennoscandian Ice Sheet (FIS) margin present periodically on the mid-Norwegian shelf since the beginning of the Quaternary. Spatial and temporal variability of the FIS is illustrated by the gradual development of fast-flowing ice streams and associated intensification of focused glacial erosion and sedimentation since that time. Buried subglacial landforms reveal a complex and dynamic ice sheet, with converging palaeo-ice streams and several flow-switching events that may reflect major changes in topography and basal thermal regime. Lack of major subglacial meltwater channels suggests a largely distributed drainage system beneath the marine-terminating part of the FIS. This palaeo-environmental examination of the FIS provides a useful framework for ice-sheet modelling and shows that fragmentary preservation of buried surfaces and variability of ice-sheet dynamics should be taken into account when reconstructing glacial history from spatially limited datasets.
Fennoscandian Ice Sheet, glacial geomorphology, ice stream, marine geology, palaeo-glaciology, seismic stratigraphy
Doctoral funding for A.M. was from the Gates Cambridge Trust. Datasets were provided by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), and Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) from the Schlumberger Petrel Ready Database. Authors would like to thank Schlumberger® for the dataset and access to the Petrel Schlumberger® Software that was provided by NTNU Department of Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.12.002
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/262856
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