New spatial Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations for three Arctic, benthic foraminifera and reconstruction of north Iceland shelf temperature for the past 4000 years

Type Article
Date 2007-03
Language English
Author(s) Kristjansdottir G. B.1, 2, Lea D. W.3, 4, Jennings A. E.1, 2, Pak D. K.3, 4, Belanger C.3, 4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Colorado, Inst Arctic & Alpine Res, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.
2 : Univ Colorado, Dept Geol Sci, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.
3 : Univ Calif Santa Barbara, Dept Earth Sci, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA.
4 : Univ Calif Santa Barbara, Inst Marine Sci, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA.
Source Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (1525-2027) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2007-03 , Vol. 8 , N. 3 , P. 1-27
DOI 10.1029/2006GC001425
WOS© Times Cited 39
Keyword(s) Mg/Ca, benthic foraminifera, temperature calibrations, Arctic, shelf environment, Iceland shelf
Abstract We have developed cold-end Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations for three common Arctic benthic foraminifera, Islandiella norcrossi/helenae, Melonis barleeanus, and Cassidulina neoteretis, and compare the three calibrations in a late Holocene downcore record (0-4000 cal yr B.P.). The calibration and downcore trends for the three Arctic species extend the observation that Mg incorporation into benthic foraminifera is species specific. For the calibration we use a set of CTD casts, bottom water delta(18)O(seawater) measurements, and surface grab-samples collected from the Iceland margin (cruise B997) and the Greenland margin (cruise BS1191). Water depth of sites used ranges from 165 to 656 m, while spatial bottom temperature ranges from 0 to 7 degrees C. Mg/Ca values ranged from 1.02 to 1.47 for I. norcrossi/helenae, 0.64 to 2.21 for M. barleeanus, and 0.93 to 1.38 mmol/mol for C. neoteretis. We calibrated Mg/Ca content against isotopic calcification temperature (calculated using T = 16.9 - 4.0*(delta(18)O(calcite) (corrected for vital effect) - delta(18)O(seawater))). Exponential calibrations for the three species are as follows: I. norcrossi/helenae Mg/Ca = 1.051 +/- 0.03 * exp(0.060 +/- 0.011 * T), M. barleeanus Mg/Ca = 0.658 +/- 0.07 * exp(0.137 +/- 0.020 * T), and C. neoteretis Mg/Ca = 0.864 +/- 0.07 * exp(0.082 +/- 0.020 * T). On the basis of Mg/Ca in these benthic species the downcore record from core MD99-2269 is reconstructed. Bottom temperature values are interpreted to reflect variable inflow of Atlantic and Arctic water to the north Iceland shelf during the last 4000 cal yr B. P. All three reconstructions show a decline by 0.1 degrees C per century from circa 1500-0 cal yr B.P., which coincides with an increase in Arctic benthic foraminifera abundances and a rise in sea ice proxies in the same core. Intriguingly, C. neoteretis diverges periodically to higher average temperature (Atlantic water conditions) than shown by M. barleeanus or I. norcrossi/helenae (which both show Arctic water temperature) circa 1500-4000 cal yr B.P.
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Kristjansdottir G. B., Lea D. W., Jennings A. E., Pak D. K., Belanger C. (2007). New spatial Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations for three Arctic, benthic foraminifera and reconstruction of north Iceland shelf temperature for the past 4000 years. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 8(3), 1-27. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :