Glacial to Holocene fluctuations in hydrography and productivity along the southwestern continental margin of India

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dc.contributor.author Thamban, M.
dc.contributor.author Rao, V.P.
dc.contributor.author Schneider, R.R.
dc.contributor.author Grootes, P.M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-07T10:43:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-07T10:43:41Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol.165; 113-127p.
dc.identifier.uri http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/1559
dc.description.abstract Oxygen isotope and sedimentological records of a sediment core from the southwestern continental margin of India are used to reconstruct the fluctuations in sea surface hydrography and productivity during the last deglaciation. The delta sup(18)O records of Globigerinoides ruber and G. sacculifer exhibit high amplitude oscillations during the early deglaciation and Holocene. Significant variations in delta sup(18)O during the Holocene and a high glacial-interglacial amplitude in delta sup(18)O values (Delta delta sup(18)O approx 2.1 ppt) suggest large fluctuations in sea surface hydrography related to monsoonal precipitation on land. The results suggest that although the last deglacial events are coherent in time with the regional and global climatic events, fluctuations in sea surface salinity during Holocene are unique to this region. Maximum monsoonal precipitation appears to have occurred after approx 9-8 ka BP. Unlike the records from the western Arabian Sea, biological productivity was maximum between approx 18 and 15 ka BP and substantially diminished between approx 13 and 6 ka BP. The increased strength in the winter monsoon during the glacial period could have enhanced convective mixing and nutrient injection, leading to high primary production. Reduced surface productivity during the early Holocene may be attributed to the complex dynamics of the circulation system and hydrological cycle along the southwest coast of India
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights Copyright [2001]. All efforts have been made to respect the copyright to the best of our knowledge. Inadvertent omissions, if brought to our notice, stand for correction and withdrawal of document from this repository.
dc.subject hydrography
dc.subject oxygen isotopes
dc.subject monsoons
dc.subject sediments
dc.subject continental margins
dc.subject glaciation
dc.subject holocene
dc.subject biological production
dc.subject palaeo studies
dc.title Glacial to Holocene fluctuations in hydrography and productivity along the southwestern continental margin of India
dc.type Journal Article


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