Seven million years of glaciation in Greenland

Hans Christian Larsen, Andrew D. Saunders, Peter D. Clift, James Begét, Wuchang Wei, Silvia Spezzaferri, Jason Richard Ali, Hervé Cambray, Alain Demant, G. Fitton, Miranda S. Fram, Koji Fukuma, Joris M. Gieskes, Mary Anne Holmes, John M. Hunt, Christian Lacasse, Lotte Melchior Larsen, Holger Lykke-Andersen, Alexandr Meltser, Martin L. MorrisonNaoki Nemoto, Nilgün Okay, Saneatsu Saito, Christopher Sinton, Rainer Stax, Tracy L. Vallier, Didier Vandamme, Reinhard Werner

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    Abstract

    Glacial till, glaciomarine diamictites, and ice-rafted detritus found in marine cores collected off the shore of southeast Greenland record multiple Late Cenozoic glaciations beginning in the Late Miocene. Distinct rock assemblages and seismic stratigraphic control correlate the diamictites with glaciation of the southeast Greenland margin. Glaciers advanced to the sea during several intervals in the Pliocene and Pleistocene. North Atlantic glaciation may have nucleated in southern Greenland rather than further north because of the high mountains and the high levels of precipitation in this region.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)952-955
    Number of pages4
    JournalScience
    Volume264
    Issue number5161
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 13 May 1994

    Programme Area

    • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources

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