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TitleIntroduction to "Holocene water levels and paleo-hydrology of the Laurentian Great Lakes"
AuthorLewis, C F MORCID logo; King, J W
SourceJournal of Paleolimnology vol. 47, 2012 p. 293-297, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20120040
PublisherSpringer Nature
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaGreat Lakes; Lake Superior; Lake Michigan; Lake Huron; Lake Ontario; Lake Erie
Lat/Long WENS-92.0000 -76.0000 49.5000 41.0000
Subjectshydrogeology; surficial geology/geomorphology; Nature and Environment; lakes; lake water; lake water depths; glacial history; drainage systems; Holocene; paleohydrology; Cenozoic; Quaternary
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience
Released2012 03 29
AbstractThe glacial Great Lakes in central eastern North America co-existed with the recession of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) from ~14.0 to 9.5 (17.0 to 10.9 cal) ka BP as the ice margin receded from south of the Lake Erie basin (<41°N) to north of the Lake Superior basin (>49°N). Until recent decades the conventional view of the post-glacial Great Lakes was that of a long period of relatively stable water levels controlled by their outflow at basin outlet sills. In this collection of papers, evidence and understanding of the Holocene post-glacial Great Lakes are advanced mainly in terms of their responses to Holocene changes in climate, and to inflow and drainage from upstream water bodies still in contact with the residual LIS.

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