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Glacial isostatic adjustment deflects the path of the ancestral Hudson River

T. Pico, Jerry X. Mitrovica, J. Braun and K. L. Ferrier
Glacial isostatic adjustment deflects the path of the ancestral Hudson River
Geology (Boulder) (May 2018) 46 (7): 591-594


Quantifying the pace of ice-sheet growth is critical to understanding ice-age climate and dynamics. Here, we show that the diversion of the Hudson River (northeastern North America) late in the last glaciation phase (ca. 30 ka), which some previous studies have speculated was due to glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA), can be used to infer the timing of the Laurentide Ice Sheet's growth to its maximum extent. Landscapes in the vicinity of glaciated regions have likely responded to crustal deformation produced by ice-sheet growth and decay through river drainage reorganization, given that rates of uplift and subsidence are on the order of tens of meters per thousand years. We perform global, gravitationally self-consistent simulations of GIA and input the predicted crustal deformation field into a landscape evolution model. Our calculations indicate that the eastward diversion of the Hudson River at 30 ka is consistent with exceptionally rapid growth of the Laurentide Ice Sheet late in the glaciation phase, beginning at 50-35 ka.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 46
Serial Issue: 7
Title: Glacial isostatic adjustment deflects the path of the ancestral Hudson River
Affiliation: Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge, MA, United States
Pages: 591-594
Published: 20180530
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 32
Accession Number: 2018-049534
Categories: Quaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: GSA Data Repository item 2018205
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
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Secondary Affiliation: German Research Centre for Geosciences-Potsdam, DEU, GermanyGeorgia Institute of Technology, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201826
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