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Andreev et al. 1997

Andreev, A.A., V.I. Nikolaev, D.Y. Boi'sheiyanov, and V.N. Petrov, 1997: Pollen and isotope investigations of an ice core from Vavilov Ice Cap, October Revolution Island, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Russia. Geogr. Phys. Quat., 51, 379-389.

The Vavilov Ice Cap (79°27'N, 95°21'E) was cored during February and March of 1988. The corer passed through 457.18 m of glacier ice, 2.15 m of moraine-containing ice, and 2.28 m of underlying rocks. Structural-stratigraphical and isotope analysis show the glacier ice is of Holocene in age; the ice layer covered by frozen deposits is Pleistocene glacier ice; and the ground (ice wedge?) ice from underlying sediments was formed during the Last Interglacial. Palynological studies of this core, carried out for the first time in the Russian Arctic demonstrate that the pollen spectra have a unique pattern. It reduces the possibility of correlation between the Vavilov Ice Cape spectra and pollen spectra from other surficial deposits, because the ice retains pollen and spores brought from enormous distances. Only the upper 65 m of the core is easily dated, to the last millenium, by the presence of cereals, Plantago lanceolata, Centaura cyanus, Cannabis pollen. That is in good agreement with the model of age distribution based upon depth. The presence of considerable amounts of Tilia cordifolia pollen, a West-European species in the upper layers suggests that summer air masses have been dominantly from the southwest during the last 500 years. The pollen data do not contradict the conclusion the Vavilov ice core is composed of a section of Holocene ice, moraine-containing ice representing the Pleistocene episode, and a ground ice formed during an earlier warm period (Last Interglacial?).

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@article{an02000x,
  author={Andreev, A. A. and Nikolaev, V. I. and Boi'sheiyanov, D. Y. and Petrov, V. N.},
  title={Pollen and isotope investigations of an ice core from Vavilov Ice Cap, October Revolution Island, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Russia},
  year={1997},
  journal={Geogr. Phys. Quat.},
  volume={51},
  pages={379--389},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - an02000x
AU  - Andreev, A. A.
AU  - Nikolaev, V. I.
AU  - Boi'sheiyanov, D. Y.
AU  - Petrov, V. N.
PY  - 1997
TI  - Pollen and isotope investigations of an ice core from Vavilov Ice Cap, October Revolution Island, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Russia
JA  - Geogr. Phys. Quat.
VL  - 51
SP  - 379
EP  - 389
ER  -

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