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Continuous record of reef growth over the past 14 k.y. on the mid-Pacific island of Tahiti

Lucien F. Montaggioni, Guy Cabioch, Gilbert F. Camoinau, Edouard Bard, Anne Ribaud-Laurenti, Gerard Faure, Pascale Dejardin and Jacques Recy
Continuous record of reef growth over the past 14 k.y. on the mid-Pacific island of Tahiti
Geology (Boulder) (June 1997) 25 (6): 555-558


Two boreholes were drilled through coralgal sequences in the barrier-reef edge of the mid-Pacific island of Tahiti, and their bases were radiometrically dated at 10.23 (+ or -0.05) and 13.77 (+ or -0.05) ka (thousand calendar years). The sequences are composed mainly of the reef-edge Acropora gr. danai-robusta and Hydrolithon onkodes assemblage, occasionally replaced by reef-slope tabular Acropora-Neogoniolithon or domal Porites-Lithophyllum assemblages. The response of reef growth to sea-level rise has varied according to the framework type, and vertical accretion rates have ranged from 9.3 to 20.6 mm.yr (super -1) . From a general trend of long-term, continuous, sea-level rise tracked by growth, the reef-edge coralgal assemblages have experienced two distinct changes controlled by the antecedent paleotopography and internal reef processes. During the past 13.8 k.y. at Tahiti, there is no evidence of any reef-drowning event primarily caused by global glacio-eustatic perturbations as has been recorded in the Caribbean.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 25
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Continuous record of reef growth over the past 14 k.y. on the mid-Pacific island of Tahiti
Affiliation: Universite de Provence, UA-CNRS No. 6019, Marseille, France
Pages: 555-558
Published: 199706
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 21
Accession Number: 1997-040996
Categories: Oceanography
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
S18°00'00" - S17°00'00", W150°00'00" - W149°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Institut Francais de Recherche Scientifique pour le Developpement en Cooperation, FRA, FranceCentre Europeen de Recherche et d'Enseignement de Geosciences de l'Environnement, FRA, FranceUniversite du Languedoc, FRA, FranceUniversite de Strasbourg, FRA, France
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199715
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