The high-resolution oxygen isotope diagram of late Pleistocene ice wedges of Seyaha yedoma, Eastern Yamal Peninsula

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The main objective of this work is to study the oxygen isotope composition of late Pleistocene syngenetic ice wedges and to obtain a high-resolution isotope diagram from a carefully sampled outcrop of Seyaha yedoma within of the third lagoon-marine terrace near the Seyaha (Zelyonaya - Green) river mouth, on the bank of the Ob Bay. According to 3 new radiocarbon ages: from 25.2 to 23.3 kyr BP from +2 to +5 m a.s.l., as well as dates: 17.3 kyr from +18.8 m a.s.l. and 11.6 kyr BP from +21.2 m a.s.l., the age of the ice wedge is from 23 to 15 to 18 kyr BP approximately. Values of δ18O in the upper fragment of the ice wedge vary from -25.75 to -3.15‰. Horizontal variations of δ18O values at a height of +15.2 m amounted to 1.49‰, from -23.41 to -24.9‰. The ice of the lower fragment of the ice wedge, at +6 m a.s.l., is characterized by a wider range of δ18O values than in the upper fragment. The horizontal values of δ18O range from -23.41 to -26.63‰.  The obtained oxygen isotope diagram in the upper fragment of the ice wedge has resolution of 80-100 years. According to palaeoreconstruction the average January temperature 23-15 (18) kyr BP ranged from -35 to -39 °C.


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Yu. K. Vasil’chuk

Lomonosov Moscow State University

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Email: vasilch_geo@mail.ru

Russian Federation, 1, Leninskie gory, Moscow, 119991

N. A. Budantseva

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Email: vasilch_geo@mail.ru

Russian Federation, 1, Leninskie gory, Moscow, 119991

A. C. Vasil’chuk

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Email: vasilch_geo@mail.ru

Russian Federation, 1, Leninskie gory, Moscow, 119991

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