Journal article

Subglacial carbonate deposits as a potential proxy for a glacier's former presence

Matej Lipar, Andrea Martin-Perez, Jure Ticar, Miha Pavsek, Matej Gabrovec, Mauro Hrvatin, Blaz Komac, Matija Zorn, Nadja Zupan Hajna, Jian-Xin Zhao, Russell N Drysdale, Mateja Ferk

The Cryosphere | Copernicus Publications | Published : 2021


The retreat of ice shelves and glaciers over the last century provides unequivocal evidence of recent global warming. Glacierets (miniature glaciers) and ice patches are important components of the cryosphere that highlight the global retreat of glaciers, but knowledge of their behaviour prior to the Little Ice Age is lacking. Here, we report the uranium–thorium age of subglacial carbonate deposits from a recently exposed surface previously occupied by the disappearing Triglav Glacier (southeastern European Alps) that may elucidate the glacier's presence throughout the entire Holocene. The ages suggest the deposits' possible preservation since the Last Glacial Maximum and Younger Dryas. Thes..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the European Union and Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (grant no. OP20.01261) and by the Slovenian Research Agency (grant nos. P6-0101, I0-0031, J1-9185 and P1-0008 (B)).