Dinoflagellate cysts in bottom sediments of the White Sea (Western Arctic).

Golovnina, E. A. and Polyakova, Ye. I. (2005) Dinoflagellate cysts in bottom sediments of the White Sea (Western Arctic). Doklady Earth Sciences, 400 (1). pp. 136-139.

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Dinoflagellates representing mainly unicellular microorganisms with a wide nutrient spectrum are one of the main phytoplankton components in the Arctic shelf seas. Although only some of them form cysts preserved in sediments, they allow reconstruction of various parameters in a sea basin, such as temperature and salinity of surface waters, presence of sea ice, and genesis and distribution of main watermass types. These properties ensure the increasing significance of cysts in stratigraphic and paleoceanographic studies of Arctic seas. At present, the species and quantitative composition of these aqueous palynomorphs in bottom sediments is more or less known for almost all the Arctic sea basins of Eurasia except for the East Siberian and White seas. Thus, the data presented in this work represent the first information on dinoflagellates in bottom sediments of the White Sea, the unique (in biogeochemical characteristics) Arctic basin, which can be used in paleoceanograpbic reconstructions.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Dinolagellate assemblages; surface sediments; White Sea; hydrological conditions
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Publisher: Pleiades Publishers
Projects: Otto Schmidt Laboratory
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 09:50
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/31568

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