Kristoffersen, Yngve; Strand, Kari O; Vorren, Tore O; Harwood, David M; Webb, Peter-Noel (2000): Age determination and geochemistry of sediment core KK9601. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.733563, Supplement to: Kristoffersen, Y et al. (2000): Pilot shallow drilling on the continental shelf, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 12(4), 463-470, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102000000547
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A light, mining drill rig deployed from the stern of a research vessel has been used to carry out shallow drilling in 212 m water depth on the continental shelf in the eastern Weddell Sea. Penetration was 15 m below the seabed with 18% recovery in the 31 hours available for the experiment. The recovered glacigenic sediments are predominantly volcanic material of basaltic and andesitic composition with petrological characteristics and age similar to the continental flood basalts exposed in Vestfjella, about 130 km upstream from the drill site. The sediments include a reworked marine Miocene diatom flora. The material documents oscillations of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet over the past 30 ka. The lowermost diamicton probably represents a deformation till, and the grounding line retreated past the drill site 30 km from the shelf edge about 30 kyr BP. A readvance occurred during the Late Wisconsin Glacial Maximum. Assuming a reservoir correction of 1300 yr, marine conditions existed at the site between 10.1-7 kyr BP, and later at least between 2.8 and 2.5 kyr BP. The stratigraphy at the site has been disturbed by iceberg ploughing and/or contact between the ice shelf and the sea floor during local advances after 2.5 kyr BP.
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- Kristoffersen, Y; Strand, KO; Vorren, TO et al. (2000): (Table 1) Geochemistry of sediment core KK9601. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.57848
- Kristoffersen, Y; Strand, KO; Vorren, TO et al. (2000): (Table 2) Age determination of sediment core KK9601. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.57850