GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA - 2017

Paper No. 302-15
Presentation Time: 11:45 AM


STEPANOVA, Anna, Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M, College Station, TX 77843, ANDRÉN, Thomas, School of Natural Science, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Huddinge, SE-141 89, Sweden, OBROCHTA, Stephen, Akita University, Graduate School of International Resource Science, Akita, 010-8502, Japan, HYTTINEN, Outi, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, 00014, Finland, QUINTANA KRUPINSKI, Nadine, Department of Geology, Lund University, Lund, 22362, Sweden and KOTILAINEN, Aarno, Geological Survey of Finland, Marine Geology, Espoo, 02151, Finland,

The study presents the first description and analysis of continuous ostracod records cored from different parts of the Baltic Sea during the IODP Expedition 347. We take advantage of the high-resolution ostracod records from the postglacial sediments collected across the Baltic Sea basin to provide ostracod-based paleoreconstructions of the postglacial history of the region. The studied records reveal different ostracod assemblage successions that reflect sea-level and salinity changes in the studied area.

We used published and unpublished radiocarbon-based age models to provide a stratigraphic framework for the sites: van Helmond et al. (2017) for Site M0059; Obrochta et al. (2017) for Site M0063; and an unpublished age model for Site M0060 (Hytinnen et al., in prep).

Site M0060 in the Kattegat area between Denmark and Sweden documents a marine environment with high sedimentation rates during the most recent deglaciation, and after ~7,600 cal. yr BP, a modern-like near-shore environment. Site M0059 in the southwestern Baltic Sea, Little Belt area documents the transition from a freshwater lake to the brackish Littorina Sea at ~7,500 cal. yr BP. Site M0063 in the deepest location in the central Baltic, Landsort Deep, yielded little ostracod data, but allowed us to distinguish Yoldia Sea, Ancylus Lake and Littorina Sea intervals.


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