Barents–Kara Ice Sheet

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Maximum extent of the Barents–Kara Ice Sheet during the Weichselian and Würm glaciations.

The Barents–Kara Ice Sheet was an ice sheet which existed during the Weichselian Glaciation. It is named after the seas it was centred upon: Barents Sea and Kara Sea. During the periods 90–80 ka and 60–50 ka, the produced ice-damming resulted in the creation of lakes and a significant rerouting of drainage in northern Eurasia, including the major rivers Yenisei, Ob, Pechora and Mezen that now flow northwards.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jan Mangerud, Martin Jakobsson, Helena Alexanderson, Valery Astakhov, Garry K. C. Clarke, Mona Henriksen, Christian Hjort, Gerhard Krinner, Juha-Pekka Lunkka, Per Möller, Andrew Murray, Olga Nikolskaya, Matti Saarnisto & John Inge Svendsen (2004). "Ice-dammed lakes and rerouting of the drainage of northern Eurasia during the Last Glaciation" (PDF). Quaternary Science Reviews 23 (11–13): 1313–1332. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2003.12.009. 
  2. ^ Jan Mangerud (2008). The Barents-Kara ice sheet coming and going the last 60,000 years. 33rd IGC International Geological Congress.