Stable isotope ratios measured on molluscan from the CRP sediment cores in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, supplement to: Lavelle, Mark; Fielding, Christopher R; Hall, Michael A (2001): Molluscan stable isotope temperature estimates of the southwestern Ross Sea during the early Oligocene and early Miocene, CRP-2/2A and CRP-3, Victoria Land Basin, Antarctica. Terra Antartica, 8(4), 439-444

Stable isotope analyses of marine bivalve growth increment samples have been used to estimate early Oligocene (29.4 - 31.2) Ma and early Miocene (24.0 Ma) seafloor palaeotemperature from the southwestern continental margin of the Ross Sea. Measured d18O values average +2.5 ‰ in the early Miocene and range between +1.26 to +3.24 ‰ in the early Oligocene. The results show that palaeoceanographic conditions in McMurdo Sound during the mid-Cenozoic were significantly different from those of today. The minimum estimated spring through late summer seasonal temperature range was 3°C during the early Miocene and between 1 and 5°C during the early Oligocene. This compares to the equivalent modern day range of <0.5°C within the sound. Absolute seawater temperatures at <100 m depth were of the order of 5 to 7°C during both time slices, compared to modern day values of -1.4 to - 1.9°C in the same area. The results are in broad agreement with early Oligocene Mg/Ca temperature estimates from deep Atlantic foraminifera as well as estimates from local terrestrial palynology and palaeobotany.

Metadata Access
Creator Lavelle, Mark; Fielding, Christopher R; Hall, Michael A
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2001
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Collection of Datasets
Format application/zip
Size 2 datasets
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (163.719W, -77.006S, 163.719E, -77.006N); off Cape Roberts, Ross Sea, Antarctica; Ross Sea
Temporal Coverage Begin 1998-10-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 1999-11-19T00:00:00Z