Northern Eurasian large lakes level changes in the context of late Quaternary climatic and glacial history


  • Fedorov, G. 1, 2
  • Cherezova, A. 3
  • Kostromina, N. 1
  • Ludikova, A. 4
  • Mustafin, M. 3
  • Pestryakova, L. 5
  • Pushina, Z. 6
  • Savelieva, L. 1
  • Subetto, D. 7
  • 1 St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya Nab. 7/9, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia
    2 Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Bering Str. 38, St. Petersburg, 199397, Russia
    3 A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (FGBU-“VSEGEI”), 74, Sredny prospect, St. Petersburg, 199106, Russia
    4 Institute of Limnology SPC RAS, Sevastyanova 9, St. Petersburg, 196105, Russia
    5 Department for Geography and Biology, North-eastern Federal University of Yakutsk, Belinskogo 58, Yakutsk, 67700, Russia
    6 I.S. Gramberg All‐Russia Scientific Research Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean, Angliyskiy av. 1, St. Petersburg, 190121, Russia
    7 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, emb. Moika 48, St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia



Northern Eurasian large lakes, Late Quaternary environments, lake-level changes


During the last years major progress in the reconstruction of the climatic and environmental history of Northern Eurasia has been made within the scope of the Russian-German project PLOT. The project aimed at investigating the regional responses of the quaternary climate and environment on external forcing and feedback mechanisms along a more than 6000 km long longitudinal transect crossing Northern Eurasia. The well-dated record from Lake El´gygytgyn used as reference site for comparison the local climatic and environmental histories. Seismic surveys and sediment coring up to 54 m below lake floor performed on Ladoga Lake (North-West of Russia), Lake Bolshoye Shchuchye (Polar Ural), Lake Levinson-Lessing and Lake Taymyr (Taymyr Peninsula), Lake Emanda (Yana Highlands). Here, we present the major results of the project with a special focus on lake-level fluctuations and forcing mechanisms.