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Palaeoenvironmental record of glacial lake evolution during the early Holocene at Sokli, NE Finland

Shala, Shyhrete et al.

Boreas. Volume 43:Number 2 (2014, April); pp 362-376 -- Wiley-Blackwell

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  • Title:
    Palaeoenvironmental record of glacial lake evolution during the early Holocene at Sokli, NE Finland
  • Author: Shala, Shyhrete;
    Helmens, Karin F.;
    Jansson, Krister N.;
    Kylander, Malin E.;
    Risberg, Jan;
    Löwemark, Ludvig
  • Found In: Boreas. Volume 43:Number 2 (2014, April); pp 362-376
  • Journal Title: Boreas
  • Subjects: Geology, Stratigraphic--Quaternary--Periodicals; Dewey: 551.79
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Abstract: <x xml:space="preserve">Abstract</x>

    The development of a glacial lake impounded along the retreating, northeastern ice margin of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet during the last deglaciation and environmental conditions directly following the early Holocene deglaciation have been studied in NE Finland. This so‐called Sokli Ice Lake has been reconstructed previously using topographic and geomorphologic evidence. In this paper a multiproxy approach is employed to study a 3‐m‐thick sediment succession consisting of laminated silts grading into gyttja cored in Lake Loitsana, a remnant of the Sokli Ice Lake. Variations in the sediment and siliceous microfossil records indicate distinct changes in water depth and lake size in the Loitsana basin as the Sokli Ice Lake was drained through various spillways opening up along the retreating ice front. Geochemical data (XRF core‐scanning) show changes in the influence of regional catchment geochemistry (Precambrian crystalline rocks) in the glacial lake drainage area versus local catchment geochemistry (Sokli Carbonatite Massif) within the Lake Loitsana drainage area during the lake evolution. Principal component analysis on the geochemical data further suggests that grain‐size is an additional factor responsible for the variability of the sediment geochemistry record. The trophic state of the lake changed drastically as a result of morphometric eutrophication once the glacial lake developed into Lake Loitsana. The AMS radiocarbon dating on tree birch seeds found in the glaciolacustrine sediment indicates that Lake Loitsana was deglaciated sometime prior to 10 700 cal. a BP showing that tree Betula was present on the deglaciated land surrounding the glacial lake. Although glacial lakes covered large areas of northern Finland during the last deglaciation, only few glaciolacustrine sediment successions have been studied in any detail. Our study shows the potential of these sediments for multiproxy analysis and contributes to the reconstruction of environmental conditions in NE Finland directly following deglaciation in the early Holocene.


  • Identifier: ETOClsidyv87755c5a; System Number: LDEAvdc_100024805202.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0300-9483; 10.1111/bor.12043
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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