A first age model of the Northern Greenland Basin


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Daniela.Berger [ at ] awi.de

Abstract

The early glaciation history of the Northern Hemisphere is a subject of controversy. Speculations about the onset of the glaciation of East Greenland varies from Plio/Pleistocene to middle Miocene. An ODP drill hole to study the age information of glacially influenced sediments does not exist on the North East Greenland shelf. So the beginning of the advances and retreats of the ice sheets is largely unknown.Seismic reflection data, gathered in 2003 along the North East Greenland margin in combination with analyses on the ODP site 913 provide a first age estimation of the sediments on the North East Greenland shelf. Major sedimentary elements of the Greenland shelf are thick Plio/Pleistocene deposits of more or less glacially related origin, which form widespread prograding sequences of variable extend. A comparison between shelf regions in the north and south of East Greenland show that prograding sequences are visible over a distance of about 25-80 km on the North East Greeland shelf and 5-30 km on the South East Greenland shelf. The average thickness of topsets along the North East Greenland shelf amounts to 300 m in contrast to South East Greenland, the topsets seems to be nearly completely eroded. Due to partially interpolation and extrapolation of age times we assume a starting of progradation in middle/early Miocene time on the North East Greenland shelf (77ºN). A first age model for the Northern Greenland Basin will be introduced.



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International Conference on Arctic Margins (ICAM), 3.-5. Sep, Tromsoe, Norway..
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Berger, D. and Jokat, W. (2007): A first age model of the Northern Greenland Basin , International Conference on Arctic Margins (ICAM), 3.-5. Sep, Tromsoe, Norway. .


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