, Volume 140, Issue 1, pp 93–95 | Cite as

Photographic demonstration of the annual nature of a varve type common in N. Swedish lake sediments

  • Ingemar Renberg


Several lakes in northern Sweden have laminated sediments, of which many are interpreted as varved (annually laminated). In one of these lakes, a core of the recent sediment has been sampled annually since 1979 (except 1984). These cores verify that one varve, comprising of a thick summer layer (often colour-banded) and a thin winter layer, is formed each year. The cores also show, that, other than compaction, no change in visual appearance of the individual varves takes place after they have been overlain by new varves.


varved sediments annually laminated sediments palaeolimnology 


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© Dr W. Junk Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingemar Renberg
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  1. 1.Department of Ecological BotanyUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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