The North Dvina river delta development over the Holocene: Geochronology and palaeoenvironment
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Geological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Pyzhevsky per., 7, Moscow, 119017, Russia
Geography Faculty, Moscow State University n.a. M.V. Lomonosov, Vorobiovy Gory, Moscow, 119992, Russia
Online publication date: 2011-03-20
Publication date: 2011-06-01
Geochronometria 2011;38(2):116-127
In this paper, a detailed overview of the Holocene evolution of the North Dvina river (ND) delta (southern White Sea) is presented; it is based on radiocarbon dating, geomorphological and other field surveys, and plant macrofossil and palynological data. We have identified three main stages of the delta evolution: estuary erosional (Allerød — 5700 cal BC), lagoon or tidal-marsh (5700 cal BC — 3700 cal BC) and fan-delta accumulative (3700 cal BC — present). These stages are correlated with local climatic curves, sea level changes, glacioisostatic raise curve and Baltic Sea stages. A variety of landforms has been identified and dated within the delta. These results help to explain the spatial and temporal patterns in the prehistoric human occupation of this area.
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