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Late Quaternary benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the central Arctic Ocean
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Sediment cores retrieved from the Morris Jesup Rise and the southern Lomonosov Ridge north off Greenland reveal an extended microfossil record compared to most other cores recovered from the central Arctic Ocean. The identified benthic foraminifera can be divided into six assemblages, all of which are dominated by the most common species Cassidulina neoteretis. This species is observed in surface sediments throughout the central Arctic Ocean at water depth under the influence of the Arctic Intermediate Water suggesting that this condition prevailed for a long time and also show that is an important factor for assemblage composition. The important accessory species in the top two assemblages, Oridorsalis tener, suggests oligotroph conditions and probable high sea ice cover during the Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 1 to 5.1. The occurrence of the phytodetrital exploiting species Epistominella exigua characterizes the assemblages 3 to 6 (MIS 5.5 and older). This species is not present in recent central Arctic Ocean sediments and has been used as biostratigraphic marker for MIS 5.5 as a unique event. This study shows that E. exigua rather has its last occurrence in this time interval and is continuously found in older sediments. For the environmental conditions during this time period the presence of E. exigua implies higher primary production in the surface waters and with that lesser summer sea ice compared to present day conditions. While the abundance of agglutinated specimens increases downcore a complete switch as described from most other central Arctic Ocean cores during MIS 7 to 9 cannot be confirmed.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56910OAI: diva2:413820
Available from: 2011-04-29 Created: 2011-04-29 Last updated: 2011-05-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Late Quaternary Biostratigraphy and Paleoceanography of the central Arctic Ocean
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Late Quaternary Biostratigraphy and Paleoceanography of the central Arctic Ocean
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The central Arctic Ocean is one of the least explored deep sea regions and long biostratigraphic sediment records are sparse. The main focus of this thesis is the Arctic Ocean foraminiferal record and its application to reconstruct paleoceanographic variations and summer sea ice cover changes between late Quaternary interglacial periods. One of the studied cores was retrieved from the central Lomonosov Ridge Intra Basin. This core contains a relatively high-resolution biostratigraphic record spanning Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 1–3, although with a hiatus encompassing the Last Glacial Maximum. Radiocarbon age calibrations in this core show a decreasing trend of high marine reservoir ages of about 1400 years during the last deglaciation to 700 years in the late Holocene. The cores from the Lomonosov Ridge off Greenland and the Morris Jesup Rise contain preserved calcareous microfossils further back in time than most previously studied central Arctic Ocean cores. The calcium content estimated by X-ray fluorescence scanning of these cores shows a distinct pattern of calcium rich intervals coinciding with peaks in foraminiferal abundance in the sediment record of MIS 1–7. The calcium peaks originate from material accumulated during interglacials, primarily through detrital carbonate and dolomite input from the decaying North American ice sheet and secondarily from biogenic material. Intervals of calcareous benthic foraminifera are found in pre MIS 7 sediments on both the southern Lomonosov Ridge and Morris Jesup Rise. Their assemblage composition and stable carbon isotope data suggest increased primary production and decreased summer sea ice cover compared to the Holocene central Arctic Ocean. This is also suggested for an interval of high abundance of the subpolar planktic foraminifera Turborotalita quinqueloba on the southern Lomonosov Ridge with a proposed MIS 11 age.

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Stockholm: Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, 2011. 32 p.
Meddelanden från Stockholms universitets institution för geologiska vetenskaper, 345
Arctic Ocean, Quaternary, biostratigraphy, foraminifera, paleoceanography
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Marine Geoscience
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57245 (URN)978-91-7447-311-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-06-10, Ahlmansalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Submitted. Paper 3: Submitted.

Available from: 2011-05-12 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2014-03-28Bibliographically approved

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