Phytoliths from the Southwest Pacific, Site 591.

Locker, Sigurd and Martini, Erlend (1985) Phytoliths from the Southwest Pacific, Site 591. Initial Reports of The Deep Sea Drilling Project, 90 . pp. 1079-1084.

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Phytoliths are described from deep sea sediments at Site 591 in the southwestern Pacific. Their regional distribution
is related to the arid and semiarid regions of Australia, from where they were blown by westerly winds into the Tasman
Sea area. The stratigraphic record ranges from the middle Miocene, at about 14.4 m.y., until the early Pleistocene. A
distinct increase in frequencies observed during the Pliocene and a maximum at about 2.5 m.y. coincide with important
trends in paleogeography and paleoclimatology: the development of the Antarctic ice cap, the northward drift of the
Australian Plate, and the generation of arid conditions on the Australian continent.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: DSDP Leg 90, Site 591, Southwest Pacific, Phytoliths
Refereed: No
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Projects: Enrichment, DSDP
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 13:40
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 13:40

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