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AMS 14C Dating on the Fossvogur Sediments, Iceland

  • G J Andersen, J A N Heinemeier, H L Nielsen, Niels Rud, M S Thomsen, Sigfús Johnsen, Árný Sveinbjörnsdóttir and Árni Hjartarson...

Abstract

Several new AMS 14C dates on shells from the Fossvogur sea sediments in southern Iceland are reported. Up till now, researchers have assumed that the Fossvogur sediments formed during the last interglacial period (Eem), some 100,000 years ago. However, a recent 14C determination from this location yielded an age of ca 11,000 yr. Because of the importance of these sediments for the Quaternary chronology of Iceland, further sampling for 14C dating was subsequently initiated. The present results on several shell samples collected from the Fossvogur layers strongly indicate that these sediments were formed during the warm Allerød period toward the end of the last glaciation.

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Corresponding author

*Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
**Science Institute, University of Iceland, Dunhagi 3, IS-107 Reykjavík, Iceland.
National Energy Authority, Grensásvegur 9, IS-108 Reykjavík, Iceland

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