Djibouti Ville Drift (SW Mediterranean): Sedimentation and record of bottom-current fluctuations during the Pleistocene and Holocene
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AuthorsAlonso, Belén; López-González, N. (Nieves); Bozzano, Grazziela; Casas, David; Ercilla, Gemma; Juan, Carmen; Estrada, Ferran; García, Marga; Vázquez-Garrido, J.T. (Juan Tomás); Cacho, Isabel; Palomino, D. (Desirée); d'Acremont, Elia; El-Moumni, Bouchta; MONTERA, Team; MOWER, Team
drift and moat deposits
Seismic profiles and sedimentological data (bulk fraction) of two sediment cores recovered from the Djibouti Ville Drift (SW Mediterranean Sea) indicate that bottom currents have played a fundamental role in shaping the sediment drift. The deposits are composed of biogenous to mixed muddy and silty contourites. A grain size analysis of the terrigenous fraction together with mineralogical, magnetic susceptibility, 14C-AMS dating and stable oxygen isotope data have been analysed to reconstruct glacial and interglacial changes in the bottom currents during the last 133kyr. The sharp vertical grain size changes in the moat and drift indicate that there were substantial bottom current acceleration and deceleration events with faster flow speeds being registered in the moat environment. In sediments from glacial periods (MIS2, MIS3, and MIS6) and stadials 5b and 5d, there is a low carbonate content, high levels of terrigenous elements and paleocurrent proxy values suggest faster flows ...
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