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Marine geological investigation of Edward VIII Gulf, Kemp Coast, East Antarctica


Dove, IA and Leventer, A and Metcalf, MJ and Brachfeld, SA and Dunbar, RB and Manley, P and Shevenell, AE and Murray, RW and Hommeyer, M and Kryc, KA and McLenaghan, N and Taylor, F and Huber, BA, Marine geological investigation of Edward VIII Gulf, Kemp Coast, East Antarctica, Antarctic Science, 32, (3) pp. 210-222. ISSN 0954-1020 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0954102020000097


A physical oceanographic, geophysical and marine geological survey of Edward VIII Gulf, Kemp Coast, collected data from conductivity-temperature-depth casts, multi-beam bathymetric swath mapping and 3.5 kHz sub-bottom surveying. Modified circumpolar deep water (mCDW) is observed in Edward VIII Gulf, as well as notable bathymetric features including mega-scale glacial lineations and a 1750 m-deep trough. Sedimentological, geochemical, rock-magnetic and micropalaeontological analysis of two kasten cores document regional palaeoclimate and palaeo-oceanographic conditions over the past 8000 years, with a warm period occurring from c. 8 to 4 ka and a shift to cooler conditions beginning at c. 4 ka and persisting until at least 0.9 ka. Sediment packages > 40 m thick within deep troughs in Edward VIII Gulf present potential targets for higher-resolution Holocene and deglacial climate studies. Despite the presence of mCDW on the shelf, inland bed topography consisting of highland terrain suggests the likelihood of relative stability of this sector of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:East Antarctic Ice Sheet, Holocene, ice-sheet stability, mCDW, palaeoclimate, sediment cores
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine geoscience
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Taylor, F (Dr Fiona Taylor)
ID Code:143024
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2021-02-22
Last Modified:2021-05-12

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