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(super 14) C dating of late Pleistocene-Holocene events on Kunashir Island, Kuril Islands.

V B Bazarova, N G Razjigaeva, T A Grebennikova, L A Ganzey, L M Mokhova, A M Korotky, L D Sulerzhitsky


Kunashir Island is a very important site for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Until recently, very little information on Quaternary deposits was available. We studied the environmental evolution of this oceanic island under the influence of geomorphological processes, volcanism and strong marine currents. This paper presents new data that allow a detailed reconstruction of the environmental development of Kunashir Island during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene, based on ca. 80 radiocarbon dates and diatom, pollen and sedimentological data. The vegetation development reflects climate changes and warm/cold current migrations.


ocean currents;currents;forests;paleoenvironment;climate change;geomorphology;marine environment;vegetation;Holocene;microfossils;miospores;palynomorphs;pollen;Plantae;algae;volcanism;Kunashir Island;Kuril Islands;Russian Pacific region;Sakhalin Russian Federation;diatoms;soils;Pleistocene;Russian Federation;upper Pleistocene;peat;Commonwealth of Independent States;sediments;Asia;Cenozoic;charcoal;Quaternary;wood;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;shells;absolute age

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