Propagation of the Storegga tsunami into ice-free lakes along the southern shores of the Barents Sea
There is clear evidence that the Storegga tsunami, triggered by the giant Storegga slide offshore western Norway 8100-8200 years ago, propagated into the Barents Sea. Cores from five coastal lakes along the coast of Finnmark in northern Norway reveal major erosion and deposition from the inundation of the tsunami. The deposits rest on a distinct erosional unconformity and consist of graded sand layers and re-deposited organic remains. Some of the organic remains are rip-up clasts of lake mud, peat and soil and suggest strong erosion of the lake floor and neighbouring land. In this part of the Arctic coastal lakes are usually covered by > 1 m of solid lake ice in the winter season. The significant erosion and deposition of rip-up clasts indicate that the lakes were ice free and that the ground was probably not frozen. We suggest that the Storegga slide and tsunami event happened sometime in the summer season; between April and October. Minimum run-up has been reconstructed to 3-4 m.
This paper is part of Anders Romundset's doctoral thesis, which is available in Munin at http://hdl.handle.net/10037/2703
CitationJournal of Quaternary Science (forthcoming)
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