Based on investigations of sediment samples from 13 shallow drillings, we reconstruct palaeoenvironments and age relations of the upper glacigenic sequence in the southwestern Barents Sea. The benthic foraminiferal fauna reflects primarily a polar shelf environment. Radiocarbon age estimates of macrofossil fragments and amino acid measurements on foraminifera indicate a late Middle Weichselian to early Late Weichselian age. This implies rapid sediment accumulation rates, probably in a dynamic glaciomarine/glacial regime in which the reworking of sediments and foraminifera was important.
Middle and Late Weichselian stratigraphy in shallow drillings from the southwestern Barents Sea: foraminiferal, amino acid and radiocarbon evidence