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Late Pleistocene and Holocene contourite drift in Lake Prespa (Albania/F.Y.R. of Macedonia/Greece)

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Hydro-acoustic surveys and coring campaigns at Lake Prespa were carried out between 2007 and 2009. This paper presents hydro-acoustic profiles and provide lithological and chronostratigraphical information from three up to 15.75 m long sediment sequences from the Macedonian side of the lake. The sediment sequences comprise glacial and interglacial sediments likely deposited from the end of Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5 to present day. The information implies a distinct change of sedimentation patterns at the Pleistocene/Holocene transition and the establishment of a relatively strong Holocene current system and deposition of channel-related contourite drift in Lake Prespa. Potential causes for the establishment of this current during the Holocene include significant lake level change, reduced winter ice cover, and/or higher aeolian activity.

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Wagner, B., Aufgebauer, A., Vogel, H., Zanchetta, G., Sulpizio, R., Damaschke, M. (2012): Late Pleistocene and Holocene contourite drift in Lake Prespa (Albania/F.Y.R. of Macedonia/Greece). – In: Quaternary International, Vol. 274, p: 112-121, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.016

Authors Bernd Wagner and Anne Aufgebauer and Hendrik Vogel and Giovanni Zanchetta and Roberto Sulpizio and Magret Damaschke
Type article
Title Late Pleistocene and Holocene contourite drift in Lake Prespa (Albania/F.Y.R. of Macedonia/Greece)
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618212000833
DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.016
Journal Quaternary International
Year 2012
Volume 274
Pages 112-121
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