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Records of seasonal flux in Holocene laminated sediments, Gulf of California

Pike, Jennifer ORCID: and Kemp, Alan E. S. 1996. Records of seasonal flux in Holocene laminated sediments, Gulf of California. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 116 , pp. 157-169. 10.1144/GSL.SP.1996.116.01.14

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Holocene laminated sediments from Guaymas Basin (Gulf of California, Mexico) have, in the past, been described as annual couplets of sedimentation. Couplets comprise an alternation of diatom- and terrigenous-rich sediment reflecting winter and summer flux to the sediment respectively. New data from backscattered electron imagery (BSEI) show that a three-component pattern of sedimentation is preserved, comprising (1) a lithogenic lamina consisting of clays, silt and minor diatomaceous material, deposited during the summer and autumn wet season; (2) a mixed flora diatomaceous lamina deposited during the early winter collapse of the thermocline and onset of water column mixing; and (3) a near-monospecific flora lamina of Chaetoceros resting spores or, more rarely, Skeletonema costatum, representing deposition from, or at the end of, the spring coastal upwelling bloom. Recent sediment trap biogenic and terrigenous flux data also show three to four major flux events per year. Direct comparisons are possible between BSEI records and recent sediment trap flux data to facilitate high-resolution palaeoceanaographic and palaeoclimatic reconstructions throughout the Holocene.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Publisher: Geological Society of London
ISBN: 1-897799-67-5
ISSN: 0305-8719
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:27

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