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The Late Pleistocene Interglacial, Late Glacial landforms and Holocene neotectonics of the Kola Peninsula

Field guide (PDF 5.89 Mb)

Leaders: Dr. Vasili V. Kolka (chief organizer:
kolka@geoksc.apatity.ru) Dr. Olga P. Korsakova & Dr. Vladimir Ya. Yevzerov; Geological Institute, Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Apatity, Russia).

Purpose: The Kola Peninsula is a key area for understanding glacial evolution, especially at the final stages, of the development of glacioisostatic, eustatic and tectonic events during the Late Glacial and Interglacial time, and of the character of interaction between the Ice Sheet and local mountain glaciations in high latitudes.

During the field trip we will examine: well preserved push and damp marginal moraines, subglacial interlobate ridge, and their geological structures (western part of the Kola Peninsula); landforms resulted from the glacial activity and displaying long-term glacial-erosion features and smaller scale landforms which in great detail record the deglaciation of the area, as the glacial cirques, marginal moraines, end moraines, hummocky moraines, De Geer moraines, lateral meltwater channels, spillways, troughs, delta formations, ice-dammed lake shoreline, tor-formations (Khibiny and Lovosero mountains); features of the glaciotectonic rising of the Kola Peninsula in the form of isostatically raised beach ridges (coast of the White sea) and the seismidislocations caused by the neotectonic activity of the Baltic Shield (area of Lake Imandra); regionally well known interglacial section of marine sediments which bear the evidences of glacio-eustatic marine transgression (valley of the Varzuga River).

Excursion no. 46
START/END: Murmansk/
Murmansk, Russia
DURATION: 6 days
TIME: 16 - 20 August