Analysis of Laminated Sediments from Lake DV09, Northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada

Analysis of Laminated Sediments from Lake DV09, Northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada

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Title: Analysis of Laminated Sediments from Lake DV09, Northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada
Author: Courtney Mustaphi, Colin
Abstract: A 147cm sediment core from Lake DV09, northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada (75° 34’34”N, 89° 18’55”W) contains annually-laminated (varved) sediments, providing a 1600-year record of climate variability. A minerogenic lamina deposited during the annual thaw period and a thin deposit of organic matter deposited during the summer and through the winter, together form a clastic-organic couplet each year. The thinnest varves occur from AD800-1050, and the thickest from AD1100-1300, during the Medieval Warm Period. The relative sediment density is also highest during this period suggesting increased sediment transport energy. The coldest period of the Little Ice Age appears to be during the AD1600s. Varve widths over the past century indicate climate warming in the region.
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/19603
Supervisor: Gajewski, Konrad

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