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STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY OF MASSIVE ICE

https://doi.org/10.15356/2071-9388_03v09_2016_01

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The paper summarises stable-isotope research on massive ice in the Russian and North American Arctic, and includes the latest understanding of massive-ice formation. A new classification of massive-ice complexes is proposed, encompassing the range and variability
of massive ice. It distinguishes two new categories of massive-ice complexes: homogeneous
massive-ice complexes have a similar structure, properties and genesis throughout, whereas
heterogeneous massive-ice complexes vary spatially (in their structure and properties) and
genetically within a locality and consist of two or more homogeneous massive-ice bodies.
Analysis of pollen and spores in massive ice from Subarctic regions and from ice and snow cover of Arctic ice caps assists with interpretation of the origin of massive ice. Radiocarbon ages of massive ice and host sediments are considered together with isotope values of heavy oxygen and deuterium from massive ice plotted at a uniform scale in order to assist interpretation and correlation of the ice.

About the Authors

Yurij K. Vasil’chuk
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Russian Federation
Faculty of Geography and Faculty of Geologн


Julian B. Murton
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
Permafrost Laboratory, Department of Geography


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Vasil’chuk Y.K., Murton J.B. STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY OF MASSIVE ICE. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2016;9(3):4-24. https://doi.org/10.15356/2071-9388_03v09_2016_01

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