Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Clim. Past, 17, 587–601, 2021
Clim. Past, 17, 587–601, 2021
Research article
04 Mar 2021
Research article | 04 Mar 2021

Younger Dryas ice margin retreat in Greenland: new evidence from southwestern Greenland

Svend Funder et al.

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Cosmogenic 10Be exposure dates from outlying islets along 300 km of the SW Greenland coast indicate that, although affected by inherited 10Be, the ice margin here was retreating during the Younger Dryas. These results seem to be corroborated by recent studies elsewhere in Greenland. The apparent mismatch between temperatures and ice margin behaviour may be explained by the advection of warm water to the ice margin on the shelf and by increased seasonality, both caused by a weakened AMOC.