Molecular fossils as a tool for tracking Holocene sea‐level change in the Loch of Stenness, Orkney

  title={Molecular fossils as a tool for tracking Holocene sea‐level change in the Loch of Stenness, Orkney},
  author={Martina L. G. Conti and Martin R. Bates and Richard C. Preece and Kirsty E. H. Penkman and Brendan J. Keely},
  journal={Journal of Quaternary Science},
  • M. Conti, M. Bates, B. Keely
  • Published 5 September 2020
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Journal of Quaternary Science
Sediments deposited in the Loch of Stenness (Orkney Islands, Scotland) during the Holocene transgression, previously dated to between ~5939–5612 bp, were analysed for molecular fossils – lipids and chlorophyll pigments from primary producers – that complement conventional microfossil and lithological approaches for studying past sea‐level change. While microfossil and lithological studies identified a transgression between 102 and 81 cm core depth, key molecular fossils fluctuate in occurrence… 


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