High frequency environmental changes and deposition processes in a 2 kyr-long sedimentological record from the Cap-Breton canyon (Bay of Biscay). Mary, Y.; Eynaud, F.; Zaragosi, S.; Malaizé, B.; Cremer, M.; and Schmidt, S. Holocene, 25(2):348--365, 2015.
High frequency environmental changes and deposition processes in a 2 kyr-long sedimentological record from the Cap-Breton canyon (Bay of Biscay) [link]Paper  doi  abstract   bibtex   
The core MD03-2693 (43°39.258′N; 01°39.805′W; 431 m water depth) was collected on an abandoned meander of the Capbreton Canyon (SE Bay of Biscay), filled over the last millennia by very high sedimentation rates (mean sedimentation rate of 1.2 cm/yr) linked to its specific environmental location and fine-grained clayed sediment decantation from the proximal canyon axis. This archive thus permits to undertake the study of late Holocene regional climatic patterns at a decadal temporal resolution. In the present work, we use data derived from planktonic foraminifera assemblages coupled to a multiproxy approach that associates grain-size measurements, x-ray fluorescence (XRF) elemental analysis and stable oxygen isotope on Globigerina bulloides shells to infer Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) changes over the last two millennia. Signals reconstructed in the Bay of Biscay show significant oscillations that are consistent with well-known temperature anomalies such as the ‘Little Ice Age’ (LIA) and the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ (MWP). It additionally displays strong similarities with other areas in the western temperate and northern North Atlantic Ocean, suggesting a narrow coupling between its main gyre surface systems. Abrupt decrease of SSS together with significant change in terrigenous inputs suggests a change in precipitation regime at the onset of the LIA (around ad 1400). Moreover, superimposed to the relative long-term change in environmental parameter, the core MD03-2693 records rapid and discrete pulses of sand grain–sized material that are correlated with the local history of migration of the mouth of the Adour River. © The Author(s) 2014.
@article{mary_high_2015,
	title = {High frequency environmental changes and deposition processes in a 2 kyr-long sedimentological record from the {Cap}-{Breton} canyon ({Bay} of {Biscay})},
	volume = {25},
	url = {https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84919819764&doi=10.1177%2f0959683614558647&partnerID=40&md5=7c86089f78c725c456d331f980d2d96a},
	doi = {10.1177/0959683614558647},
	abstract = {The core MD03-2693 (43°39.258′N; 01°39.805′W; 431 m water depth) was collected on an abandoned meander of the Capbreton Canyon (SE Bay of Biscay), filled over the last millennia by very high sedimentation rates (mean sedimentation rate of 1.2 cm/yr) linked to its specific environmental location and fine-grained clayed sediment decantation from the proximal canyon axis. This archive thus permits to undertake the study of late Holocene regional climatic patterns at a decadal temporal resolution. In the present work, we use data derived from planktonic foraminifera assemblages coupled to a multiproxy approach that associates grain-size measurements, x-ray fluorescence (XRF) elemental analysis and stable oxygen isotope on Globigerina bulloides shells to infer Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) changes over the last two millennia. Signals reconstructed in the Bay of Biscay show significant oscillations that are consistent with well-known temperature anomalies such as the ‘Little Ice Age’ (LIA) and the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ (MWP). It additionally displays strong similarities with other areas in the western temperate and northern North Atlantic Ocean, suggesting a narrow coupling between its main gyre surface systems. Abrupt decrease of SSS together with significant change in terrigenous inputs suggests a change in precipitation regime at the onset of the LIA (around ad 1400). Moreover, superimposed to the relative long-term change in environmental parameter, the core MD03-2693 records rapid and discrete pulses of sand grain–sized material that are correlated with the local history of migration of the mouth of the Adour River. © The Author(s) 2014.},
	number = {2},
	journal = {Holocene},
	author = {Mary, Y. and Eynaud, F. and Zaragosi, S. and Malaizé, B. and Cremer, M. and Schmidt, S.},
	year = {2015},
	keywords = {Adour River, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, Capbreton canyon, Foraminifera, France, Globigerina bulloides, Holocene, Midi-Pyrenees, Planktonic foraminifera, depositional environment, environmental change, last 2000 years, late Holocene, resolution, sea surface temperature, sedimentation, sedimentology, water depth},
	pages = {348--365}
}
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