Lateglacial climate change and coastal evolution in western Jura, Scottish Inner Hebrides

A. G. Dawson, D. E. Smith, S. Dawson, C. L. Brooks, I. D. L. Foster, M. J. Tooley

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    The geomorphic and sedimentological evidence for former sea-level changes in the exposed coastline of western Jura shows a clear coastal response to past changes in climate. In particular the rapid and high-magnitude climate changes associated with the onset and termination of the Younger Dryas appear to have been accompanied by major changes in coastal response. In western Jura, the temperate climate of the Lateglacial Interstadial was associated with beach-ridge deposition, with the earlier part of this period being associated with larger ridges than the latter. By contrast, the cold climate during the Younger Dryas appears to have been dominated by frost processes, sea-ice development and rapid rates of coastal erosion of bedrock. Cold-climate shore erosion of bedrock appears to have ended suddenly at the close of the Younger Dryas.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-232
    Number of pages8
    JournalNetherlands Journal of Geosciences
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998


    • Beach ridges
    • Lateglacial Interstadial
    • Shore platforms
    • Younger Dryas


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