Hydrological changes in the White Sea during the historical period inferred from analysis of dinocysts.

Novichkova, E. A. and Polyakova, Elena I. (2008) Hydrological changes in the White Sea during the historical period inferred from analysis of dinocysts. Doklady Earth Sciences, 423 (1). pp. 1290-1293. DOI 10.1134/S1028334X08080242.

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Abstract

According to available historical evidence, colonization of the White Sea region began in the 9th–8th centuries B.C. [2]. This unique region with ancient residence sites experiences progressively increasing anthropogenic load against the background of natural climatic changes. The intense economic development of the region requires complex ecological and paleogeographic studies aimed at detailed reconstruction of past sedimentation settings.
The analysis of dinocysts, which makes it possible to reconstruct various parameters of water masses washing the Arctic shelf, has become a promising method in paleohydrological studies, widely used in recent years [10, 11]. Dinoflagellates, which represent one of the main phytoplankton groups in the Arctic Seas, the White Sea included, form cysts with biopolymer envelopes, which are preserved in sediments. Thus, information on glacial–hydrological conditions is recorded in marine sediments. In the White Sea, this method was first used for the study of bottom sediments only in 2003 [3, 15].
In this communication, we present the first results obtained during the thorough study of dinocysts in bottom sediment cores from the White Sea, which cover the last 250 years. The study of this microfossil group made it possible to reconstruct in detail changes in glacial–hydrological settings in the sea and reveal their relations with known climatic–hydrological events that occurred in neighboring regions during the historical period.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Original Russian Text : E.A. Novichkova, Ye.I. Polyakova, 2008, published in Doklady Akademii Nauk, 2008, Vol. 422, No. 6, pp. 819–822.
Keywords: Paleohydrology; White Sea; Dinocysts; Arctic Sea; Marine sediment
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1134/S1028334X08080242
ISSN: 1028-334X
Projects: Laptev Sea System, Polynya
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 13:45
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/27918

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