Interglacial and Holocene Sedimentation in the Northern North Sea: An Example of Eemian Deposits in the Tartan Field

  1. S.-D. Nio,
  2. R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and
  3. Tj. C. E. Van Weering
  1. J. H. Fred Jansen and
  2. Antoinette M. Hensey

Published Online: 29 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch24

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

How to Cite

Jansen, J. H. F. and Hensey, A. M. (2009) Interglacial and Holocene Sedimentation in the Northern North Sea: An Example of Eemian Deposits in the Tartan Field, in Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin (eds S.-D. Nio, R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and Tj. C. E. Van Weering), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch24

Author Information

  1. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, the Netherlands

  1. Creagboy Cottage, Clare Galway, County Galway, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632008582

Online ISBN: 9781444303759

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Keywords:

  • temperate marine Holocene deposits;
  • temperate interglacial deposits;
  • interglacial and Holocene sedimentation;
  • foraminifera on benthonic forms;
  • climatic ameliorations in foraminiferal faunas

Summary

Since the temperate marine Holocene deposits in the northern North Sea are not thicker than 1 m, it may be expected that temperate interglacial deposits will also be thin. Consequently interglacial episodes will be hard to recognize. This is illustrated by an Eemian deposit in the Tartan Field, in which Foraminifera and pollen analyses show only limited climatic amelioration. The Eemian deposit is part of the Swatchway Beds. This implies that the Weichselian deposits in the northern North Sea, instead of providing the greater part of the Quaternary succession, cover a more limited interval.