Planktic foraminifera analyses of surface sediments and satellite data in the Canary Islands region


The Canary Islands region occupies a key position with respect to biogeochemical cycles, with the zonal transition from oligotrophic to nutrient-rich waters and the contribution of Saharan dust to the particle flux. We present the distribution of geochemical proxies (TOC, carbonate, d15N, d13Corg, C/N-ratio) and micropaleontological parameters (diatoms, dinoflagellates, foraminifera, pteropods), in 80 surface-sediment samples in order to characterise the influence of coastally upwelled water on the domain of the subtropical gyre.Results of the surface-sediment analyses confirmed the high biomass gradient from the coast to the open ocean inferred from satellite data of surface chlorophyll or SST. The distribution of total dinoflagellate cysts, the planktic foraminifera species Globigerina bulloides, the diatom resting spore Chaetoceros spp., and TOC concentration coincided well with the areas of strong filament production off Cape Ghir and Cape Yubi. The warm-water planktic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber (white), the diatom Nitzschia spp., and the d15N-values showed the opposite trend with high values in the open ocean. Factor analyses on the planktic foraminifera species distribution indicated three major assemblages in the Canary Islands region that represent the present surface-water conditions from the upwelling influenced region via a mixing area towards the subtropical gyre.

Supplement to: Meggers, Helge; Freudenthal, Tim; Nave, Silvia Osorio; Targarona, Jordi; Abrantes, Fatima F; Helmke, Peer (2002): Assessment of geochemical and micropaleontological sedimentary parameters as proxies of surface water properties in the Canary Islands region. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 49(17), 3631-3654

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Creator Meggers, Helge; Freudenthal, Tim ORCID logo; Nave, Silvia Osorio; Targarona, Jordi; Abrantes, Fatima F ORCID logo; Helmke, Peer
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2002
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
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Resource Type Supplementary Publication Series of Datasets; Collection
Format application/zip
Size 2 datasets
Discipline Geosciences; Natural Sciences
Spatial Coverage (-17.933W, 27.472S, -10.083E, 32.703N); Agadir Canyon; Canary Islands
Temporal Coverage Begin 1996-02-04T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 1999-10-19T08:54:00Z