Technical note: Late Pliocene age control and composite depths at ODP Site 982, revisited

N. Khelifi, M. Sarnthein, B. D. A. Naafs

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Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 982 provided a key sediment section at Rockall Plateau for reconstructing northeast Atlantic paleoceanography and monitoring benthic delta O-18 stratigraphy over the late Pliocene to Quaternary onset of major Northern Hemisphere glaciation. A renewed hole-specific inspection of magnetostratigraphic reversals and the addition of epibenthic delta O-18 records for short Pliocene sections in holes 982A, B, and C, crossing core breaks in the delta O-18 record published for Hole 982B, now imply a major revision of composite core depths. After tuning to the orbitally tuned reference record LR04, the new composite delta O-18 record results in a hiatus, where the Kaena magnetic subchron might have been lost, and in a significant age reduction for all proxy records by 130 to 20 ky over the time span 3.2-2.7 million years ago (Ma). Our study demonstrates the general significance of reliable composite-depth scales and delta O-18 stratigraphies in ODP sediment records for generating ocean-wide correlations in paleoceanography. The new concept of age control makes the late Pliocene trends in SST (sea surface temperature) and atmospheric pCO(2) at Site 982 more consistent with various paleoclimate trends published from elsewhere in the North Atlantic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalClimate of the Past
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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