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The stable oxygen isotope composition of Late Holocene syngenetic ice wedges from the Erkutayakha River valley in the Yamal Peninsula and from the Adventdalen valley in Svalbard was studied. It was demonstrated that the studied ice wedges located 2000 km apart were formed during the last 2-3.5 ka and continue to grow at present. Variations of δ18O values of the ice of both ice wedges do not exceed 2-3.5‰. Based on the oxygen isotope variations is has been calculated that mean winter air temperatures did not change by more than 3oC during the Late Holocene.

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Yurij K. Vasil'chuk
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Russian Federation

Nadine A. Budantseva
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Russian Federation

Hanne H. Christiansen
University of Copenhagen
Russian Federation

Julia N. Chizhova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Russian Federation

Alla C. Vasil'chuk
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Russian Federation

Alexandra M. Zemskova
Carleton University
Russian Federation


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