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, Volume 470, Issue 2, pp 1086–1092 | Cite as

δ18O and δD variations in Holocene massive ice in the Sabettayakha river mouth, northern Yamal Peninsula

  • Yu. K. Vasil’chukEmail author
  • Ye. Ye. Podborny
  • N. A. Budantseva
  • A. C. Vasil’chuk
  • A. N. Sullina
  • Ju. N. Chizhova


The conditions of formation of massive ice near the South Tambey gas-condensate field in northern Yamal Peninsula are studied. It is shown that massive ice bodies up to 4.5 m thick occur in the Holocene deposits of the high laida and the first terrace. Therefore, they cannot be the remains of glaciers; they are ground ice formations. All three types of massive ice have quite various isotopic compositions: the values of δD range from–107 to–199.7, and δ18O from–15.7 to–26.48‰. Such a significant differentiation in isotopic composition is a result of cryogenic fractionation in a freezing water-saturated sediment. The most negative isotope values are even lower in this Holocene massive ice than in the Late Pleistocene ice-wedge ice of Yamal Peninsula.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. K. Vasil’chuk
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ye. Ye. Podborny
    • 2
  • N. A. Budantseva
    • 1
  • A. C. Vasil’chuk
    • 1
  • A. N. Sullina
    • 2
  • Ju. N. Chizhova
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.ООО Center for Hydroecological StudiesSt. PetersburgRussia

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