Bunger Hills, East Antarctica

Ice free at the Last Glacial Maximum

D. B. Gore*, E. J. Rhodes, P. C. Augustinus, M. R. Leishman, E. A. Colhoun, J. Rees-Jones

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Optically stimulated luminescence dating of glaciofluvial and glacial-lake shoreline sediments indicates that the Bunger Hills area, in coastal East Antarctica, was largely ice free by the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Deglaciation commenced as early as 30 ka, and the southern hills were completely exposed by 20 ka. The sediments do not record evidence of an LGM readvance. Previous reconstructions of LGM ice limits for the area are incompatible with this new evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1103-1106
Number of pages4
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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