Shell of the Great Scallop Pecten maximus as a high-frequency archive of paleoenvironmental changes - art. no. Q08001

Type Article
Date 2005-10
Language English
Author(s) Chauvaud Laurent1, Lorrain Anne2, Dunbar Robert3, Paulet Yves1, Thouzeau Gérard1, Jean Frédéric1, Guarini Jean-Marc4, Mucciarone David3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IUEM, UBO, CNRS, UMR 6539, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : IRD, CRHMT, UR THETIS, F-34203 Sete, France.
3 : Stanford Univ, Dept Geol & Environm Sci, Stanford, CA 94305 USA.
4 : IFREMER, CREMA Houmeau, CNRS, UMR 10, F-17137 Lhoumeau, France.
Source Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems (1525-2027) (AGU), 2005-10 , Vol. 6 , P. NIL_1-NIL_15
DOI 10.1029/2004GC000890
WOS© Times Cited 100
Mot-Clé(s) Ëecten maximus, Paleotempérature, Variation saisonnière, Température eau, Strie croissance, Isotope, Coquille
Keyword(s) Pecten Maximus, Brittany, Paleoenvironment, Estimation, Daily varition, Water temperature, Isotope, Calcite, Shell
Abstract We investigate the environmental and biological controls on oxygen isotope ratios in the shells of modern Pecten maximus bivalves collected alive in the Bay of Brest (France). Seasonal delta(18)O profiles, obtained by drilling the daily calcite ridges deposited at the surface of the left valve, were compared with in situ measurements of temperature and salinity. We show that P. maximus delta(18)O values accurately track seasonal variations in bottom water temperature. Shell growth rate has no significant effect on shell delta(18)O values. Our study demonstrates that daily variations in water temperature can be reconstructed within about 0.5 degrees C. Temperatures estimated with the paleotemperature equation established in this study were compared with temperatures derived from previously published equations. The comparison indicates that the most commonly used paleotemperature equation for biogenic calcite (Epstein et al., 1953) provides inaccurate temperature estimates, but the Kim and O'Neil (1997) equation, established from abiogenic calcite precipitation, provides results very similar to ours and should therefore be used for scallop individuals coming from populations where proper empirical calibration cannot be done. Pecten maximus bivalves precipitate calcite in isotopic equilibrium with seawater, produce large daily growth striae, are stenohaline, and are well preserved in archeological and geological deposits, making them an excellent high-frequency archive of paleoenvironmental change.
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Chauvaud Laurent, Lorrain Anne, Dunbar Robert, Paulet Yves, Thouzeau Gérard, Jean Frédéric, Guarini Jean-Marc, Mucciarone David (2005). Shell of the Great Scallop Pecten maximus as a high-frequency archive of paleoenvironmental changes - art. no. Q08001. Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, 6, NIL_1-NIL_15. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1029/2004GC000890 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/643/