It’s been a long time coming

I set this blog up not long after starting my PhD, one and a half years ago. I did mean to write blogs, but…

Welcome to the Ancient Shorelines blog. I’m Andy and I’m a PhD student at the University of Leeds. I’m studying the landscape evolution of Dogger Bank in the North Sea.

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Location of Dogger Bank in the Southern North Sea. Bathymetry: http://portal.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/ 

During the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), around 25,000-22,000 years before present (BP), there was an ice sheet present over much of Britain, Scandinavia and the North Sea. Subsequent sea-level rise since the LGM caused inundation of the North Sea. During this marine transgression, which began around 11,000 years BP, the coastlines changed in response to rapid sea-level rise. It’s my job to find out how the stratigraphy and sedimentary processes responded to that rapid rise.

I’ll also be looking at what the stratigraphy tells us about the processes involved in deglaciation of the ice sheet at Dogger Bank. We already know that there was a lake twice the size of Lough Neagh sat on top of Dogger Bank, but what was its role in the collapse of the Eurasian Ice Sheet?

Stay tuned for more, coming soon to a blog near you.

Andy

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