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Title: Sedimentary signatures of basal ice formation and their preservation in ice-marginal sediments
Authors: Cook, Simon J.
Graham, David J.
Swift, Darrel A.
Midgley, Nicholas G.
Adam, William G.
Keywords: Basal ice
Glaciohydraulic supercooling
Ice-marginal sediments
Melt-out till
Quaternary
Regelation
Subglacial sediment
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: COOK, S.J. ... et al, 2011. Sedimentary signatures of basal ice formation and their preservation in ice-marginal sediments. Geomorphology, 25 (1), pp.122-131.
Abstract: Reconstruction of subglacial processes from sedimentological evidence is central to our understanding of glaciological conditions beneath former ice masses. At Svínafellsjökull, southeast Iceland, we assess the extent to which two different processes of basal ice formation (regelation and glaciohydraulic supercooling) can be identified from ice-marginal sediments. Our results indicate that the sedimentary characteristics of deposits produced by these two processes can be distinguished from one another and that it may be possible to recognise evidence of these processes in Quaternary sediments and to reconstruct their spatial pervasiveness. Sediments derived from the melting of regelation basal ice have (i) a massive structure; (ii) a sediment matrix (0 to 10Ф) dominated by coarse sand; and (iii) a higher proportion of angular clasts than supercool basal ice and associated sediments. Sediments derived from “supercool” basal ice (i) can be either massive or layered; (ii) tend to have a silt-dominated matrix; and (iii) contain a slightly higher proportion of rounded and well-rounded clasts than regelation basal ice and sediments. Previous studies indicate that the dominance of silt within supercool basal ice may be unique to this process, and hence, supercooling should leave a readily recognisable signature in the sedimentary record. Our results from Svínafellsjökull lend support to that idea, although we suggest that further work is required to assess whether silt dominance is a process signature diagnostic of supercooling, and in particular, the extent to which subglacial sediment supply determines the sedimentary character of basal ice facies and associated sediments.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the journal, Geomorphology: www.elsevier.com/locate/geomorph
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.018
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/7884
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.018
ISSN: 0169-555X
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