2021 journal article

Age of Gimli beach of Lake Agassiz based on new OSL dating

JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 36(1), 56–65.

By: J. Teller* & L. Owen n

co-author countries: Canada 🇨🇦 United States of America 🇺🇸
author keywords: continental drainage; Gimli beach; Lake Agassiz; OSL dating
Source: Web Of Science
Added: November 16, 2020

ABSTRACT Gimli beach in Manitoba is one of the lowest elevation beaches in the southern Lake Agassiz basin, and is a distinct ridge composed of bedded sand and gravel that rises above the lake plain and extends for more than 40 km. Ten new optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages from Gimli beach yield ages mostly ranging from 9.7 ± 0.7 to 10.5 ± 0.8 ka (average 10.3 ± 0.5 ka), which is older by 0.6 to >1.0 ka than age estimates of previous researchers. Two of our new OSL ages are notably older than the others, dating to ~11.3 ± 0.8 and 13.9 ± 1.0 ka, which we attribute to poorly bleached sands. We ascribe an age of about 10 ka to Gimli beach, which is several centuries before overflow from Lake Agassiz and its vast drainage basin shifted from the western Great Lakes to glacial Lake Ojibway and the St. Lawrence Valley.