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Diatom valve distribution and sedimentary fatty acid composition in Larsen Bay, Eastern Antarctica Peninsula

AuthorsSañé, Elisabet ; Isla, Enrique ; Pruski, A.M.; Bárcena, M.ª Ángeles; Vétion, Gilles; DeMaster, D.J.
Larsen ice shelf
Fatty acids
Issue DateAug-2011
CitationContinental Shelf Research 31 (11): 1161-1168
AbstractDuring austral summer 2006–2007, five sediment cores were recovered from the Eastern Antarctic Peninsula (EAP) continental shelf. Microscopic observations and sediment fatty acid (FA) composition analyses were carried out to investigate whether the drastic changes at the sea surface in EAP may be reflected in the sedimentary record. A sharp decrease in the number of diatom valves was observed below 2 cm depth. This difference between the upper 2 cm of sediment and the deeper part of the sediment column was attributed to the drastic change in the upper water column conditions after the collapse of the ice shelves, which allowed the arrival of phytoplankton debris and fresh organic matter to the sea floor in EAP. The presence of bacterial-, zooplankton- and detrital-related FA throughout EAP cores suggests that there has been an input of older and more refractory organic matter into the region, presumably by lateral transport before the Larsen ice shelves disintegration
Description8 pages, 6 figures, 1 table
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2011.04.002
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