Holocene development of the marker Wadden area, Lake IJssel (The former Zuider Zee), the Netherlands

Simon Troelstra*, Cees Laban, Maarten Prins, Kay Beets, Maarten van Diepen, Lucien Grooteman, Bas Hageman, Leonie Portanger, Sylvain Rumping, Archana Sadhoeram

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Detailed analysis of a core taken within the framework of the Marker Wadden project reveals the sedimentary history of the central part of the Netherlands following the Holocene sea level rise. Grain size and thermogravimetric analyses coupled with micropalaeontological and stable oxygen isotope data provide a solid framework for a detailed reconstruction of the landscape during this time interval. The Pleistocene landscape of fluviatile and aeolian deposits was succeeded by periods of marsh growth, brackish semi-enclosed lakes and tidal flats until a permanent connection with the North Sea was established. Palynological data suggest human activities in the immediate surroundings of the research area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-34
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Late quaternary landscape evolution
  • Multiproxy approach
  • Sea-level


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