ARCSS 2 kyr Project: A synthesis of the last 2000 years of climatic variability from Arctic lakes
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Information for Goat Lake
United States: Alaska
More Information on Goat Lake
Goat Lake lies in a small drainage basin at the northern margin of the Harding Icefield (HIF). Two lake cores retrieved in 2004 indicate that the HIF has thickened and spilled meltwater into Goat Lake at least once during the Little Ice Age. The middle Holocene and 20th century sediments consist of gyttja and tephra. Wiles and Calkin (1994) have compiled a regional dendroclimate record that will be supplemented with a local dendroclimate record from mountain hemlock trees cored nearby the lake. These tree-ring data will be compared with the lake sediment changes and recent local cirque glacier activity to quantify summer temperatures over the last 2000+ yr.