Nikolas Krauß, Michael Kenzler, Heiko Hüneke

Age assessment of the Jasmund Glacitectonic Complex (SW Baltic Sea) by quartz luminescence dating of syn-kinematic deposits

The development of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet (FIS) in its SW Baltic Sea sector during MIS 2 led to the formation of the Jasmund Glacitectonic Complex (JGC). The evolutional stages of the latter reflect small-dimensioned ice sheet oscillations. A glacitectonically formed piggyback basin is in focus to give direct information on the evolution of the JGC. We present a set of five OSL ages from syn-kinematic glacilacustrine and alluvial fan sediments deposited between ice margin-parallel thrust-bounded ridges from the southern margin of the JGC. The ice front proximal depositional environment and short transport distances of the sediments implicate a possible insufficient bleaching of the luminescence signal. Nonetheless, we were able to gain reliable ages of ~22 ka for the growth of the southern JGC. The samples pre-date the Oder ice stream reaching its maximum extent, the Pomeranian ice marginal belt at ~18–20 ka. A comparison of our data with the existing age data related to the evolution of the JGC will contribute to a better understanding of the FIS dynamics in the research area and the timing of the Pomeranian phase in NE Germany.


Keywords Fennoscandian Ice Sheet; MIS 2; OSL dating; proglacial deposits; Pomeranian ice marginal belt

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