Distribution of lithic fragments and the planktic foraminifera Neogloboquadrina pachyderma in quaternary sediments of DSDP Hole 94-609 (Table 2), supplement to: Broecker, Wallace S; Bond, Gerard C; Klas, Mieczyslawa; Clark, Elizabeth; McManus, Jerry F (1992): Origin of the northern Atlantic's Heinrich events. Climate Dynamics, 6(3-4), 265-273


As first noted by Heinrich, 1988, glacial age sediments in the eastern part of the northern Atlantic contain layers with unusually high ratios of ice-rafted lithic fragments to foraminifera shells. He estimated that these layers are spaced at intervals of roughly 10000 years. In this paper we present detailed information documenting the existence of the upper five of these layers in ODP core 609 from 50°N and 24 °W. Their ages are respectively 15000 radiocarbon years, 20000 radiocarbon years, 27000 radiocarbon years, about 40000 years, and about 50000 years. We also note that the high lithic fragment to foram ratio is the result of a near absence of shells in these layers. Although we are not of one mind regarding the origin of these layers, we lean toward an explanation that the Heinrich layers are debris released during the melting of massive influxes of icebergs into the northern Atlantic. These sudden inputs may be the result of surges along the eastern margin of the Laurentide ice sheet.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.667086
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00193540
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.667086
Creator Broecker, Wallace S; Bond, Gerard C; Klas, Mieczyslawa; Clark, Elizabeth; McManus, Jerry F
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 1992
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 1867 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-24.238 LON, 49.878 LAT); North Atlantic/FLANK