Ice margin oscillations during deglaciation of the northern Irish Sea basin. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Quaternary Science

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  • R.C. Chiverrell
  • R.K. Smedley
    University of Liverpool
  • D. Small
    University of Glasgow
  • C.K. Ballantyne
  • M.J. Burke
    University of Liverpool
  • S.L. Callard
    Durham University
  • C.D. Clark
  • G.A.T. Duller
  • D.J.A. Evans
    Durham University
  • D. Fabel
    Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
  • K. Van Landeghem
  • S. Livingstone
  • C.Ó. Cofaigh
  • G.S.P. Thomas
    University of Liverpool
  • D.H. Roberts
    Durham University
  • M. Saher
  • J.D. Scourse
    Exeter University
  • P. Wilson
    University of Ulster
We present a new chronology to constrain ice-margin retreat in the northern Irish Sea Basin. Estimates on the timing of ice thinning derived from surface exposure ages for boulders from the summits of the Isle of Man and southwest Cumbria suggest that ice thinning was commensurate with the rapid retreat that followed the short-lived advance of the Irish Sea Ice Stream (ISIS) to maximum limits in the Celtic Sea. This ice retreat in the northern ISB was fastest at 20 ka in response to a wider calving margin, but slowed as ice stabilised and oscillated against the Isle of Man. We provide the first age constraints for the Scottish Readvance (19.2-18.2 ka) and demonstrate that it was a potentially regional event across the Isle of Man and Cumbrian lowlands not linked with Heinrich Event 1. After the Scottish Readvance, the ice front retreated northwards towards the Southern Uplands of Scotland at the same time as climate north of ~45 °N warmed in response to summer insolation. This sequence demonstrates the importance of internal dynamics in controlling ice retreat rates in the Irish Sea, but also that deglaciation of the northern ISB was a response to climate warming
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-762
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Volume33
Issue number7
Early online date31 Jul 2018
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StatePublished - Oct 2018
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