Evidence for an additional Heinrich event between H5 and H6 in the Labrador Sea

Type Article
Date 2003-10
Language English
Author(s) Rashid H1, Hesse R1, Piper Djw2
Affiliation(s) 1 : McGill Univ, Montreal, PQ H3A 2A7, Canada.
2 : Geol Survey Canada Atlantic, Bedford Inst Oceanog, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2, Canada.
Source Paleoceanography (0883-8305) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2003-10 , Vol. 18 , N. 4 , P. 1.1-1.15
DOI 10.1029/2003PA000913
WOS© Times Cited 81
Keyword(s) Heinrich events, nepheloid flow deposits, GISP2, Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle, Labrador Sea
Abstract An additional Heinrich ice-rafting event is identified between Heinrich events 5 and 6 in eight cores from the Labrador Sea and the northwest Atlantic Ocean. It is characterized by sediment rich in detrital carbonate (40% CaCO3) with high concentration of floating dropstones, high coarse-fraction (% > 150 mum) content, and has a sharp contact with the underlying but grades into the overlying hemipelagic sediment. It also shows lighter delta(18)O(Npl) values, indicating freshening due to iceberg rafting and/or meltwater discharge. This event is correlated with Dansgaard-Oeschger event 14 and interpreted as an additional Heinrich event, H5a. The thickness of H5a in the Labrador Sea reaches up to 220 cm. This additional Heinrich event has also been reported in cores PS2644 and SO82-5 from the northern North Atlantic. With the recognition of H5a the temporal spacing between Heinrich events 1 to 6 becomes more uniform ( similar to 7 ka).
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