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    Interaction of multiple ice streams on the Malin Shelf during deglaciation of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet

    Craven, Kieran and Mc Carron, Stephen and Monteys, Xavier and Dove, Dayton (2021) Interaction of multiple ice streams on the Malin Shelf during deglaciation of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 36 (2). pp. 153-168. ISSN 0267-8179

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    The Malin Shelf, off north-west Ireland, was an important zone of confluence for marine-based ice streams of the former British-Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS). Legacy geophysical datasets are used to construct models of the seismic character, relative age and distribution of shelf sediments and landforms. Buried and surface landform assemblages provide evidence that during deglaciation of the Late Devensian BIIS, the region was occupied not by a single Hebrides Ice Stream as previously proposed, but by four discrete ice streams, here referred to as the Sea of the Hebrides (SHIS), Inner Hebrides, North Channel and Tory Island ice streams. Our observations of stratigraphic relationships between the deposits of these ice streams indicate physical interactions between them during shelf deglaciation. We interpret an initial dominant cross-shelf flow along the SHIS impeding cross-shelf ice flow from other ice sheet sectors. Following withdrawal of the SHIS grounding line from the shelf edge to mid-shelf bathymetric highs during deglaciation, a reconfiguration of ice sheet flow paths allowed the expansion of smaller cross-shelf ice streams draining central Scotland and north-western Ireland. This internal dynamic behaviour provides a possible physical analogue for time-transgressive flow patterns reported for outlets draining the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Interaction; multiple ice streams; Malin Shelf; deglaciation; last British–Irish Ice Sheet;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 16620
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    Depositing User: Dr. Stephen McCarron
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 11:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Quaternary Science
    Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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