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New unspiked K–Ar ages of Quaternary sub-glacial and sub-aerial volcanic activity in Iceland

Abstract : Indisputable geochronology of Icelandic volcanism may contribute to improving the use of volcanic proxies for paleoenvironmental studies. Accurate and reliable ages may also provide some useful constraints in studying the possible relationship between volcanism and deglaciation in Iceland. Given the difficulty of dating accurately young and low potassic volcanic samples from Iceland, the relationship between deglaciation and increasing levels of volcanism has been shown only for the last deglaciation. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential of the unspiked K–Ar dating method for dating Quaternary Icelandic volcanic rocks, because we consider that reliable K–Ar ages of interglacial and sub-glacial volcanic products may generate useful data sets for paleoclimatic reconstructions, so enabling the link between glaciation and volcanic activity to be better established. Given the ages and precisions obtained, this study demonstrates that the unspiked K–Ar method is a promising tool for reconstructing the recent volcanic activity in Iceland during glacial and interglacial intervals.
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Hervé Guillou, Brigitte van Vliet-Lanoë, Agust Guomundsson, S. Nomade. New unspiked K–Ar ages of Quaternary sub-glacial and sub-aerial volcanic activity in Iceland. Quaternary Geochronology, Elsevier, 2010, 5 (1), pp.10-19. ⟨10.1016/j.quageo.2009.08.007⟩. ⟨insu-00446487⟩



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