Geochemical stability of fine‐grained silicic Holocene tephra in Iceland and Scotland

Andrew J. Dugmore*, Anthony J. Newton, David E. Sugden, Gudrun Larsen

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This paper tests two assumptions fundamental to the use of fine‐grained silicic tephras from Iceland for creating chronological frameworks in northwest Europe. It is shown firstly, that glass shards can retain their overall chemical integrity on at least a four millennial time‐scale in contrasting depositional environments in Iceland and Scotland, and secondly, that an acid digestion process, the most practical method for extracting tephra from peat, does not significantly bias the results of major element analysis by electron microprobe. The implication is that there is great potential and an appropriate method for developing both the resolution and the spatial coverage of chronologies based on silicic Icelandic tephras in northwest Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1992

Other keywords

  • Hekla 4
  • Holocene
  • peat
  • silicic glass
  • Tephrochronology


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