[Melles] Pliocene and Pleistocene mass movement events in Lake El´gygytgyn, northeastern Siberia, and their effects on the ´pelagic´ sediment record

German Title: Pliocene and Pleistocene mass movement events in Lake El´gygytgyn, northeastern Siberia, and their effects on the ´pelagic´ sediment record

Abbreviation: 276

Current Status: completed

Main Applicant:Prof. Dr. Martin Melles

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Other Persons

Dr. Olaf Juschus
Dr. Wenwei Zhao
Dr. Andrej Andreev

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Year: 2010


The investigations reported here have contributed significantly to the ICDP funded „El'gygytgyn Drilling Project“ in northeastern Siberia. They applied to the 318 m long lake sediment record that was recovered in spring 2009 above a suevite layer in the 3.6 Myr old El´gygytgyn impact crater, with focus on the mass movement deposits that occur incised into the 'pelagic' lake sediments. The scientific expectations of the project were widely fulfilled, namely: (i) the mass movement deposits in the record were identified, (ii) the mass movement deposits were classified and genetically interpreted, (iii) the potentially erosive mass movement events were identified and maximum values for erosion were detected, and (iv) first information concerning the the source areas of mass movement events was obtained. The project thus, firstly, provided fundamental contributions to the unterstanding of gravitational mass movement processes in large lakes. Secondly, it provided important background information for the paleoclimatological investigation of the sediment core that was and will be carried out on the ´pelagic´ sediments within the scopes of other national and international projects.

Related Publications

Zhao, Wenwei (2017). "Quaternary environmental changes in central Chukotka (NE Siberia, Russia) inferred from Lake El’gygytgyn pollen record and biome reconstruction" Dissertation p123

Coletti, A. J., DeConto, R. M., Brigham-Grette, J., Melles, M. (2015). "A GCM comparison of Pleistocene super-interglacial periods in relation to Lake El'gygytgyn, NE Arctic Russia" Clim. Past 11 p979-989

Ohlendorf, Christian, Wennrich, Volker, Enters, Dirk (2015). "Experiences with XRF-scanning of long sediment records" Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores p351-372

Vogel, H., Meyer-Jacob, C., Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J., Andreev, A. A., Wennrich, V., Tarasov, P. E., Rosén, P. (2013). "Detailed insight into Arctic climatic variability during MIS 11c at Lake El'gygytgyn, NE Russia" Clim. Past 9 p1467-1479

Sauerbrey, M. A., Juschus, O., Gebhardt, A. C., Wennrich, V., Nowaczyk, N. R., Melles, M. (2013). "Mass movement deposits in the 3.6 Ma sediment record of Lake El'gygytgyn, Far East Russian Arctic" Clim. Past 9 p1949-1967

Francke, A., Wennrich, V., Sauerbrey, M., Juschus, O., Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J. (2013). "Multivariate statistic and time series analyses of grain-size data in quaternary sediments of Lake El'gygytgyn, NE Russia" Clim. Past 9 p2459-2470

Brigham-Grette, Julie, Melles, Martin, Minyuk, Pavel, Andreev, Andrei, Tarasov, Pavel, DeConto, Robert, Koenig, Sebastian, Nowaczyk, Norbert, Wennrich, Volker, Rosén, Peter, Haltia, Eeva, Cook, Tim, Gebhardt, Catalina, Meyer-Jacob, Carsten, Snyder, Jeff, Herzschuh, Ulrike (2013). "Pliocene Warmth, Polar Amplification, and Stepped Pleistocene Cooling Recorded in NE Arctic Russia" Science 340 p1421-1427

Melles, Martin, Brigham-Grette, Julie, Minyuk, Pavel S., Nowaczyk, Norbert R., Wennrich, Volker, DeConto, Robert M., Anderson, Patricia M., Andreev, Andrei A., Coletti, Anthony, Cook, Timothy L., Haltia-Hovi, Eeva, Kukkonen, Maaret, Lozhkin, Anatoli V., Rosén, Peter, Tarasov, Pavel, Vogel, Hendrik, Wagner, Bernd (2012). "2.8 Million Years of Arctic Climate Change from Lake El’gygytgyn, NE Russia" Science p315-320