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Holocene coastal dune development on the South Erradale Peninsula, Wester Ross, Scotland

Peter Wilson
Holocene coastal dune development on the South Erradale Peninsula, Wester Ross, Scotland
Scottish Journal of Geology (2002) 38, Part 1: 5-13

Abstract

Radiocarbon dates from peats within and below coastal dune sands at Opinan and Redpoint, Wester Ross, Scotland, provide age constraints on phases of peat accumulation, dune development, and podzolic soil formation. Although the two dune systems are only 4 km apart they do not share identical histories of landsurface stability and aeolian sand deposition. Most dune building occurred as relative sea level (RSL) was falling but because the dunes are perched on glaciofluvial terraces several meters above RSL maximum, the creation of accommodation space consequent upon RSL fall was not a prerequisite for dune development. Some dune phases also correspond in timing with documented climate shifts to cooler, wetter and/or stormier conditions--in the Little Ice Age 400 cal. years BP, around 2500 cal. years BP, and at about 8100 cal. years BP. Preliminary estimates of the rate of podzolic soil development are similar to those reported for aeolian sandy parent materials elsewhere.


ISSN: 0036-9276
EISSN: 2041-4951
Coden: SJGEAX
Serial Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 38, Part 1
Title: Holocene coastal dune development on the South Erradale Peninsula, Wester Ross, Scotland
Author(s): Wilson, Peter
Affiliation: University of Ulster, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Londonderry, United Kingdom
Pages: 5-13
Published: 2002
Text Language: English
Publisher: Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
References: 48
Accession Number: 2003-036847
Categories: Quaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sects., 2 tables, sketch map
N57°30'00" - N58°00'00", W06°00'00" - W05°00'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200312
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