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Sedimentation during MIS 3 at the eastern margins of the Glacial Lake Humber basin, England

Evans, David J.A.; Roberts, David H.; Bateman, Mark D.; Medialdea, Alicia; Ely, Jeremy; Moreton, Steven G.; Clark, Chris D.; Fabel, Derek

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Mark D. Bateman

Alicia Medialdea

Jeremy Ely

Steven G. Moreton

Chris D. Clark

Derek Fabel


The stratigraphic sequence at North Cave, on the eastern margins of the Lake Humber basin, records the deposition of a fluvioperiglacial fan (LFs 1–4), with early sedimentation (LF1) dating to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3 (optically stimulated luminescence date range 41.8–38.6 ka and 14C dates 41.6–49 ka BP). Three phases of permafrost and ice wedge development during MIS 3 are evident and indicate possible fan abandonment and hence periods of reduced nival runoff. Involution structures dated to 11.1 ka with large boulders and fine‐grained sorted circles in LF4b are interpreted as periglacially cryoturbated littoral deposits with boulders derived from anchor ice, initially deposited at the margins of Lake Humber up to an altitude of 8 m OD during MIS 2. The style and age of fluvioperiglacial fan deposition at North Cave is compatible with several mid‐Devensian sites around Britain characterized by significant nival melt and run‐off from steeply incised valleys in permafrozen cuesta landscapes. This phase of fluvioperiglacial fan aggradation to near or below 0 m OD is recorded around the glacial lakes Humber and Fenland basins and indicates that no glacial lakes existed at that time.


Evans, D. J., Roberts, D. H., Bateman, M. D., Medialdea, A., Ely, J., Moreton, S. G., …Fabel, D. (2018). Sedimentation during MIS 3 at the eastern margins of the Glacial Lake Humber basin, England. Journal of Quaternary Science, 38(3), 871-891.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2018
Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 21, 2018
Journal Journal of Quaternary Science
Print ISSN 0267-8179
Electronic ISSN 1099-1417
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 871-891


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Advance online version © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Quaternary Science Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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