Sedimentary facies of glacial-interglacial cycles in the Norwegian Sea during the last 350 ka.

Henrich, Rüdiger, Kassens, Heidemarie, Vogelsang, Elke and Thiede, Jörn (1989) Sedimentary facies of glacial-interglacial cycles in the Norwegian Sea during the last 350 ka. Marine Geology, 86 (4). pp. 283-319. DOI 10.1016/0025-3227(89)90090-X.

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Sediment fluxes were highest in the Norwegian Sea during late glacial/early deglacial periods, i.e., at oxygen isotope transition 43, below transition 65, at various levels within stage 6, and below stage 9. Dark diamictons deposited at these times reflect intense iceberg rafting in surface waters fed by surges along the front of the marine-based parts of the continental ice sheets in the southeastern sector of the Norwegian Sea. The high organic carbon content (0.5–1.3%) in these layers reflects input from erosion of terrigenious matter-rich sediments outcropping on the shelves. Partial oxidation of organic matter and decreased deep-water renewal may explain the strong carbonate dissolution observed during these periods. Interglacial environments were strongly variable throughout the last 350 ka. Circulation patterns of stage 5e best resemble modern conditions, while stage 7 and 9 sediments record a much weaker Norwegian Current.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: WOS:A1989U541800002
Keywords: Palae-Oceanography; Sedimentology; Marine geology; Norwegian Sea; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0025-3227(89)90090-X
ISSN: 0025-3227
Projects: SFB313
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 08:28
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 12:10

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