The SEDANO Project recovered 19 gravity cores on sediment drifts from the Pacific continental margin of the Antarctic Peninsula [Camerlenghi et al. (1997a) High-resolution terrigenous sedimentary record of the sediment drifts on the Antarctic Peninsula Pacific margin. In: Ricci, C.A. (Ed.), The Antarctic region. Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide, Siena, pp. 705-710]. Fifteen cores were sampled with the aim of developing an integrated biostratigraphy and palaeoecology based on calcareous nannofossils, diatoms, planktonic and benthic foraminifera, framed in a depositional process reconstruction. Barren gray laminated and brown bioturbated hemipelagic sediments characterize glacial and interglacial cycles, respectively. Analyses from both intervals allow comparison between microfossil occurrence in glacial and interglacial cycles. The unit boundaries were drawn more accurately by means of the microfossil distribution. On the basis of micropalaeontological and sedimentological evidence, Interglacial Unit C is correlated to Oxygen Isotope Stage 5, thus dating the unit boundaries at 127 and 70 ka. Peaks in diatom abundance correlate well with interglacial units and indicate high productivity and an open ocean environment. A calcareous nannofossil cold-taxa association is present in most cores examined, and its consistent distribution within Interglacial Unit C indicates key environmental relationships. The occurrence of calcareous nannofossils has been related to temperature tolerance, sea-ice cover reduction, nutrient availability, and factors limiting primary productivity. Our results confirm that coccolithophorids occurred at southern high latitudes, in the western marginal basins of the Antarctic Peninsula, during short periods of the Late Quaternary. A foraminiferal assemblage, made up of sinistral Neogloboquadrina pachyderma and few benthics, occurs only in interglacial units. Correlation of microfossil occurrences with climatic cycles adds information on their palaeoecology and palaeoproductivity in the southern high latitudes.
|Autori interni:||MORIGI, CATERINA|
|Autori:||VILLA G; PERSICO D; BONCI MC; MORIGI C; LUCCHI R; REBESCO M|
|Titolo:||Biostratigraphic characterization and Quaternary microfossil palaeoecology in sediment drifts west of the Antarctic Peninsula - Implications for cyclic glacial-interglacial deposition|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0031-0182(03)00403-6|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|