Description

Although it is generally accepted that the Arctic Ocean is a very sensitive and important region for changes in the global climate, this region is the last major physiographic province of the earth whose short-and long-term geological history is much less known in comparison to other ocean regions. This lack of knowledge is mainly caused by the major technological/logistic problems in reaching this harsh, ice-covered region with normal research vessels and in retrieving long and undisturbed sediment cores. During the the last about 20 years, however, several international and multidisciplinary ship expeditions, including the first scientific drilling on Lomonosov Ridge in 2004, a break-through in Arctic research, were carried out into the central Artic and its surrounding shelf seas. Results from these expeditions have greatly advanced our knowledge on Arctic Ocean paleoenvironments. Published syntheses about the knowledge on Arctic Ocean geology, on the other hand, are based on data available prior to 1990. A comprehensive compilation of data on Arctic Ocean paleoenvironment and its short-and long-term variability based on the huge amount of new data including the ACEX drilling data, has not been available yet. With this book, presenting (1) detailed information on glacio-marine sedimentary processes and geological proxies used for paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and (2) detailed geological data on modern environments, Quaternary variability on different time scales as well as the long-term climate history during Mesozoic-Tertiary times, this gap in knowledge will be filled.

Key Features

*Aimed at specialists and graduates *Presents background research, recent developments, and future trends *Written by a leading scholar and industry expert

Readership

geologists, sedimentologists, oceanographers, engineers

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Preface ix List of Abbreviations xiii Part 1: Introduction and Background 1. Introduction to the Arctic: Significance and History 3 1.1. The Arctic Ocean and Its Significance for the Earth’s Climate System 3 1.2. History of Arctic Ocean Research 9 1.3. Plate Tectonic Evolution and Palaeogeography 22 1.4. Glaciations in Earth’s History 30 2. Modern Physiography, Hydrology, Climate, and Sediment Input 35 2.1. Bathymetry and Physiography 35 2.2. Oceanic Circulation Pattern and Water-Mass Characteristics 40 2.3. Sea-Ice Cover: Extent, Thickness, and Variability 48 2.4. Primary Production and Vertical Carbon Fluxes in the Arctic Ocean 55 2.5. River Discharge 63 2.6. Permafrost 76 2.7. Coastal Erosion 78 2.8. Aeolian Input 82 2.9. Modern Sediment Input: A Summary 84 Part 2: Processes and Proxies 3. Glacio-Marine Sedimentary Processes 87 3.1. Sea-Ice Processes: Sediment Entrainment and Transport 88 3.2. Ice Sheet- and Iceberg-Related Processes 95 3.3. Sediment Mass-Wasting Processes 101 3.4. Turbidite Sedimentation in the Central Arctic Ocean 126 4. Proxies Used for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions in the Arctic Ocean 133 4.1. Lithofacies Concept 133 4.2. Grain-Size Distribution 139 4.3. Proxies for Sources and Transport Processes of Terrigenous Sediments 146 4.4. Trace Elements Used for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction 167 vii 4.5. Micropalaeontological Proxies and Their (Palaeo-) Environmental and Stratigraphical Significance 170 4.6. Stable Isotopes of Foraminifers 201 4.7. Organic-Geochemical Proxies for Orga

Details

No. of pages:
608
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080558851
Print ISBN:
9780444520180

About the author

R. Stein

Affiliations and Expertise

Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, and Bremen University, Germany

Reviews

Although it is generally accepted that the Arctic Ocean is a very sensitive and important region for changes in the global climate, this region is the last major physiographic province of the earth whose short-and long-term geological history is much less known in comparison to other ocean regions. This lack of knowledge is mainly caused by the major technological/logistic problems in reaching this harsh, ice-covered region with normal research vessels and in retrieving long and undisturbed sediment cores. During the the last about 20 years, however, several international and multidisciplinary ship expeditions, including the first scientific drilling on Lomonosov Ridge in 2004, a break-through in Arctic research, were carried out into the central Artic and its surrounding shelf seas. Results from these expeditions have greatly advanced our knowledge on Arctic Ocean paleoenvironments. Published syntheses about the knowledge on Arctic Ocean geology, on the other hand, are based on data available prior to 1990. A comprehensive compilation of data on Arctic Ocean paleoenvironment and its short-and long-term variability based on the huge amount of new data including the ACEX drilling data, has not been available yet. With this book, presenting (1) detailed information on glacio-marine sedimentary processes and geological proxies used for paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and (2) detailed geological data on modern environments, Quaternary variability on different time scales as well as the long-term climate history during Mesozoic-Tertiary times, this gap in knowledge will be filled.