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Impact of neotectonics on the record of glacier and sea level fluctuations, Strait of Magellan, southern Chile

Citation
Bentley MJ & McCulloch R (2005) Impact of neotectonics on the record of glacier and sea level fluctuations, Strait of Magellan, southern Chile, Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 87 (2), pp. 393-402.

Abstract
This paper presents evidence for a neotectonic influence on Late Pleistocene/Holocene records of environmental change in the southern Strait of Magellan. We concentrate on one site, Puerto del Hambre, a key location for reconstructing palaeoenvironmental change in southernmost South America. We report geomorphological, structural geological, seismic and topographic data that all show the site has been affected by postglacial faulting. There is also indirect evidence from the site stratigraphy that the site has been displaced. Also, recent faulting explains some of the puzzles associated with interpretation of the palaeoenvironmental record at Puerto del Hambre. The implication of this work is that neotectonic faulting had a pervasive influence in the southern part of the Strait of Magellan and southernmost Tierra del Fuego, and thus affects glacial or sea level reconstructions in the area.

Keywords
neotectonics; glacial chronology; South America; sea level; Puerto del Hambre; deglaciation

StatusPublished
AuthorsBentley Michael J, McCulloch Robert
Publication date06/2005
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN 0435-3676
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Geografiska Annaler: Series a, Physical Geography: Volume 87, Issue 2 (2005)

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