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Depositional environment of a fan delta in a Vistulian proglacial lake (Skaliska Basin, north-eastern Poland)

Barbara Woronko
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  • Department of Geomorphology, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland
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Published Online: 2013-06-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/acpa-2013-0002


The study reconstructed the environment of a fan delta filling the vast end depression of the Skaliska Basin, and its overlying aeolian deposits. The formation of the large fan delta is associated with the presence of an ice-dammed lake functioning during the retreat of the Vistulian Glaciation (MIS 2). The examined material was collected from five boreholes. Sediments were analysed for their granulometric composition and subjected to analyses of frosting and rounding of quartz grains. Grain size analysis showed that the fan delta deposits are built of sand sediments of very low lateral and vertical variability. The fan delta was supplied with fluvioglacial sediments. Accumulation of sediments occurred in shallow water with a very low-gradient slope. The exposed fan delta became a site conducive to aeolian processes after the lake waters fell and the Skaliska Basin depression dried. Dune deposits overlying the fan were affected by short-distance transport so they did not acquire features typical for aeolian deposits.

KEYWORDS: fan delta; dune; grain size analysis; Vistulian glaciation; Skaliska Basin; Poland

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Published Online: 2013-06-26

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Citation Information: Acta Palaeobotanica, Volume 53, Issue 1, Pages 9–21, ISSN (Print) 2082-0259, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/acpa-2013-0002.

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