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Late Glacial and Holocene shore-level changes in the Aarhus Bugt area, Denmark

Bennike, Ole; Andresen, Katrine Juul; Astrup, Peter Moe; Olsen, Jesper; Seidenkrantz, Marit-Solveig

Abstract:
We propose a new relative shore-level curve for the Aarhus Bugt area, an
embayment in eastern Jylland, Denmark, based on a compilation of pub-
lished and new radiocarbon ages of organic material. Lakes existed in the
area during the Late Glacial and Early Holocene. Lake level rose gradually
until the region was inundated by the sea at c. 9000 cal. years BP. The relative
sea level reached a high stand at about 6000 cal. years BP, when the local
relative sea level was c. 3 m above present-day mean sea level. The Aarhus
Bugt area was inundated by the sea later than the Limfjord area in northern
Jylland, but earlier than the Lillebælt region in southern Denmark. The shore-
level curves for these areas differ partly because the glacio-isostatic uplift
was more pronounced in the Limfjord area than farther south and partly
because the northern regions were inundated by the sea earlier than the
southern areas.

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