Widespread glacial erosion on the Scandinavian passive margin

Vivi K. Pedersen, Åsne Rosseland Knutsen, Gustav Pallisgaard-Olesen, Jane Lund Andersen, Robert Moucha, Ritske S. Huismans

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The topography in Scandinavia features enigmatic high-elevation low-relief plateau regions dissected by deep valleys and fjords. These plateau regions have long been interpreted as relict landforms of a preglacial origin, whereas recent studies suggest they have been modified significantly by glacial and periglacial denudation. We used late Pliocene–Quaternary source-to-sink analyses to untangle this scientific conundrum. We compared glacier-derived offshore sediment volumes with estimates of erosion in onshore valleys and fjords and on the inner shelf. Our results suggest that onshore valley and fjord erosion falls 61%–66% short of the offshore sink volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1008
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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