Recent work by Tomkins et al. (2018a) provides a revised Schmidt Hammer age-calibration curve for the British Isles based on 54 granite surfaces. Schmidt Hammer Exposure Dating (SHED) presents an opportunity to elucidate the dynamics of former glaciers during the Lateglacial and Younger Dryas Stadial by providing preliminary ages for glacial landforms. A logical application of this technique is in the Cairngorm Mountains – an area where published cosmogenic dates are in part used to construct this age-calibration curve. Although the Cairngorms has been subject to significant cosmogenic exposure dating (see Everest and Kubik, 2006; Philips et al., 2006; Ballantyne et al., 2009; Kirkbride et al., 2014; Standell, 2014; Hall et al., 2016), uncertainty regarding the areas deglacial history still exists. Therefore, the principal aim of this project is to enhance understanding of the deglacial chronology of the Cairngorms using the SHED age-calibration curve established by Tomkins et al. (2018a) to derive preliminary ages for glacial landforms. Funding sought from the Quaternary Research Association was used to support initial fieldwork (transport and accommodation) to collect preliminary measurements.
|Publisher||Quaternary Research Association|
|Number of pages||6|
|ISBN (Electronic)||ISSN 0 143-2826|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2019|