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Volume 46, Issue 3


Baltic Sea Holocene evolution based on OSL and radiocarbon dating: evidence from a sediment core from the Arkona Basin (the southwestern Baltic Sea)

Robert Kostecki
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  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Department of Quaternary Geology and Paleogeography, ul. Bogumiła Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
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Published Online: 2017-09-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2017-0031


The paper presents the chronology of the Holocene evolution of the Baltic Sea based on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating methods applied to a core taken from the Arkona Basin. The dating results were supplemented by grain size and geochemical analysis. The obtained results of OSL and radiocarbon dating enabled the construction of an age-depth model and confirmed the continuous sedimentation since 9900 cal yrs BP. One of the most interesting findings of this study is a clear relationship between the rate of sedimentation and fluctuations in the energy of depositional environment. The analyzed sediment core revealed two sections of different accumulation rates. The bottom section was deposited until 2700 cal yrs BP when the Ancylus Lake and the Littorina Sea were present, characterized by the accumulation rate estimated at around 0.46 mm year-1 and the dynamic sedimentation environment confirmed by grain size parameters. The accumulation rate at the top section deposited during the Post-Littorina Sea stage was estimated at around 1 mm year-1. This stage, characterized by more stable deposition and lower-energy environment conditions, was confirmed by small grain size, symmetric skewness and increasing content of organic matter.

Key words: southern Baltic Sea; Arkona Basin; OSL; radiocarbon dating; grain size; Holocene; accumulation rate


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About the article

Received: 2016-07-11

Accepted: 2016-12-06

Published Online: 2017-09-27

Published in Print: 2017-09-26

Citation Information: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 46, Issue 3, Pages 294–306, ISSN (Online) 1897-3191, ISSN (Print) 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2017-0031.

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