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TitleEolian activity in relation to late glacial and early Holocene environmental conditions, southwestern Yukon and western arctic, North America
AuthorWolfe, S AORCID logo; Bond, J; Lamothe, M
SourcePrairie Summit, joint conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Canadian Remote Sensing Society, program and abstracts/Le sommet des Prairies, Conférence conjointe de l'Association canadienne des géographes, l'Association canadienne de cartographie, le Groupe canadien de recherche en géomorphologie, la Société canadienne de télédétection, programme et résumés; 2010 p. 223
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20090455
MeetingPrairie Summit, CAG-CRSS-CGRG AGM; Regina; CA; June 1-5, 2010
File formatpdf
NTS105D; 105E; 105M
Areasouthwestern Yukon
Lat/Long WENS-136.0000 -134.0000 62.0000 60.0000
Subjectssedimentology; Nature and Environment; eolian deposits; loess; dunes; sediment transport; Holocene; Cenozoic
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience Paleoenvironmental Perspectives on Climate Change
Released2010 01 01
AbstractEolian deposits of the Yukon consist of loess mantles, stabilized and semi-active dune fields, stabilized sand sheets, active lakeshore and riverside dunes, and some cliff-top eolian deposits. Optical dating in central and southern Yukon reveal that dune fields in river valley settings stabilized as late as 9 to 8.5 ka, well after the retreat of Cordilleran glaciers. Eolian deposition in western arctic North America, including arctic coastal lowland dune fields, cliff-top eolian deposits and loess, show similar responses of activity during the late glacial period into the Holocene Thermal Maximum, with reduced activity after 9 to 8 ka. Continued post-glacial eolian activity throughout the region was most likely related to warm, dry conditions during the Holocene Thermal Maximum caused by peak summer insolation. Early Holocene dune stabilization in river-valley settings was probably due to cooler, moister conditions, and replacement of shrub and forest tundra vegetation by boreal forest cover dominated by spruce; conditions that, in contrast, were conducive to enhanced loess accumulation in southeastern Alaska. In central Yukon, a reduced loess accumulation in the early Holocene may reflect a change in river hydrology from glacial meltwater flow dominated to a predominantly nival flow regime.

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