Synchronous deglacial thermocline and deep-water ventilation in the eastern equatorial Pacific

Type Article
Date 2017-01
Language English
Author(s) Umling Natalie E.1, Thunell Robert C.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ South Carolina, Sch Earth Ocean & Environm, Columbia, SC 29208 USA.
Source Nature Communications (2041-1723) (Nature Publishing Group), 2017-01 , Vol. 8 , N. 14203 , P. 10 p.
DOI 10.1038/ncomms14203
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The deep ocean is most likely the primary source of the radiocarbon-depleted CO2 released to the atmosphere during the last deglaciation. While there are well-documented millennial scale Delta C-14 changes during the most recent deglaciation, most marine records lack the resolution needed to identify more rapid ventilation events. Furthermore, potential age model problems with marine Delta C-14 records may obscure our understanding of the phase relationship between inter-ocean ventilation changes. Here we reconstruct changes in deep water and thermocline radiocarbon content over the last deglaciation in the eastern equatorial Pacific (EEP) using benthic and planktonic foraminiferal C-14. Our records demonstrate that ventilation of EEP thermocline and deep waters occurred synchronously during the last deglaciation. In addition, both gradual and rapid deglacial radiocarbon changes in these Pacific records are coeval with changes in the Atlantic records. This in-phase behaviour suggests that the Southern Ocean overturning was the dominant driver of changes in the Atlantic and Pacific ventilation during deglaciation.

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