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Biogeochemical Controls on Palaeoceanographic Environmental Proxies

Series: Geological Society Special Publications Volume: 303

Edited By: WEN Austin and RH James

Geological Society

Hardback | Sep 2008 | #179498 | ISBN-13: 9781862392571
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Most of our information about the evolution of Earth's ocean-climate system comes from the analysis of sediments laid down in the past. For example, the microfossil assemblage reflects the temperature, salinity and nutrient abundance of the water in which the organisms lived, while the chemical and isotopic composition of biogenic carbonates may be used to reconstruct past variations in the operation of the carbon cycle, as well as changes in ocean circulation.

Nevertheless, understanding the link between these sediment variables (or `proxies') and environmental conditions is not straightforward. This volume adopts a novel approach by bringing together palaeontologists, geochemists and palaeoceanographers, who contribute evidence that is required to better constrain these proxies. Topics include: (i) processes of biomineralization, and their effect on the chemical and isotopic composition of different organisms; (ii) proxy validation, including field, laboratory and theoretical studies; (iii) the links between modern and fossil organisms.

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