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Pteropod faunas as indicators of Late Pleistocene climate change in the Caribbean Sea

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Richard W. Messenger
Richard W. Messenger
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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Malcolm B. Hart
Malcolm B. Hart
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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Christopher W. Smart
Christopher W. Smart
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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Melanie J. Leng
Melanie J. Leng
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NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, UK
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Emily J. Lock
Emily J. Lock
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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Alice K. Howard
Alice K. Howard
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Environment Agency, Sir John Moore House, Victoria Square, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EB, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

A diverse and abundant Late Pleistocene pteropod (pelagic gastropod) fauna is described from marine cores near the island of Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. In several of the cores, there are ‘floods’ of pteropods at particular levels, usually associated with glacial periods within the Late Pleistocene. These levels of abundant pteropods appear to be of regional significance, having been reported from other locations in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf Coast of Florida and other ocean basins. The concentrations appear to reflect the enhanced preservation of aragonite during cooler periods within the Pleistocene.

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The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications

Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001)

Geological Society of London
Volume
4
ISBN electronic:
9781862396227
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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