[MIS10-P13] Analyses of XRF corescanner data of sediment cores in the Gulf of Alaska
Keywords:Gulf of Alaska, XRF corescanner, mountain glaciers, deglaciation
We collected a sediment core (~8.5 m long) in the GoA during the KH17-3 cruise. XRF corescanner measurements (ITRAX, Cox analytical systems) were conducted for core CL14 (59º33.350’N, 144º 09.344’W,695 m water depth) to obtain high-resolution productivity records and meltwater-related river discharge records. This core covers the last 15 kyr, which shows two higher productivity intervals marked by higher Br intervals (Dimbitsky et al., 2001). These higher productivity intervals represented Bolling/Allerod and meltwater pulse-1B. Fe and Ti, proxies for detrital materials, represented two higher intervals in the early B/A period, corresponding to meltwater pulse 1A. Higher Fe and Ti intervals during meltwater pulse 1A indicate the huge loss of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet that developed in the western Canada and America during the last glacial maxium. During meltwater pulse 1A, marine productivity was not enhanced even though colloidal-Fe was significantly supplied from the meltwater of glaciers (Schroth et al., 2014).