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Wrenn, John; Hannah, Mike J; Raine, J Ian (1998): Occurence of marine palynomorphs of sediment core CRP-1 (Table 1). PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Wrenn, J et al. (1998): Diversity and palaeoenvironmental significance of late Cenozoic marine palynomorphs from the CRP-1 Core, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Terra Antartica, 5(3), 553-570, hdl:10013/epic.28295.d001

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The first core of the Cape Roberts Project, CRP-1, penetrated a Quaternary and lower Miocene section rather than the anticipated Palaeogene sediments. Initial palynologic study was conducted at the Crary Science and Engineering Laboratory, McMurdo Station, concurrent with drilling. Rapid and environmentally safe sample processing was made possible by the use of a focused microwave digestion unit that scrubbed acid fumes. In situ and/or reworked dinocysts (dinoflagellate cysts), acritarchs (leiospheres and acanthomorphs), and prasinophyte phycomata are present in the 35 samples studied. Overall, the CRP-1 assemblages are similar to Arctic marine palynomorph assemblages that are used there as ice margin indicators. Some of the acanthomorph acritarchs recovered from the CRP-1 core closely resemble cysts of extant Antarctic autotrophic sea-ice dinoflagellates. It is possible that some of these acanthomorphs are actually dinocysts, and could be used as indicators of sea-ice conditions similar to today.
Most of the in situ marine palynomorphs are undescribed taxa and thus are presently of little biostratigraphic value. Dating of the core was based on diatom, palaeomagnetic and strontium isotope studies. The upper 43.55 mbsf of the core are Quaternary in age and the rest of the core, down to the bottom at 147.69 mbsf, is of early Miocene age. Although not biostratigraphically significant, the dinocysts are the first in situ Quaternary and Miocene dinocysts reported from East Antarctica, and constitute the most diverse assemblage recovered from any firmly dated Neogene section from Antarctica. In addition, they confirm that cyst-producing dinoflagellates were present in Antarctic waters during the Neogene and Quaternary.
The core can be divided into three intervals based on their palynomorph assemblages (Quaternary, 0-43.55 mbsf; lower Miocene, 43.55-99.10 mbsf; and lower Miocene, 99.10- 147.69 mbsf). The distinctive palynomorph assemblages are interpreted to reflect changing climatic conditions that prevailed at the time of deposition. Overall, conditions appear to have deteriorated up-section.
Latitude: -77.007580 * Longitude: 163.755080
Date/Time Start: 1997-10-17T01:30:00 * Date/Time End: 1997-10-24T02:00:00
Minimum DEPTH, sediment/rock: 4.25 m * Maximum DEPTH, sediment/rock: 144.31 m
CRP-1 (16 km ENE Cape Roberts) * Latitude: -77.007580 * Longitude: 163.755080 * Date/Time Start: 1997-10-17T01:30:00 * Date/Time End: 1997-10-24T02:00:00 * Elevation: -153.5 m * Penetration: 132.06 m * Recovery: 113.32 m * Location: off Cape Roberts, Ross Sea, Antarctica * Campaign: CRP-1 * Basis: Sampling/drilling ice * Method/Device: Core wireline system (CWS) * Comment: sea ice thickness: 1.60 m, recovery 86 %. Age and lithology of oldest strata: 22-24 Ma; mudstone with scattered pebbles.
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
1DEPTH, sediment/rockDepthmGeocode
2Depth, top/minDepth topmWrenn, John
3Depth, bottom/maxDepth botmWrenn, John
4Leiosphaeridia sp.Leiosphaeridia sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 2
5Leiosphaeridia sp.Leiosphaeridia sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 1
6Leiosphaeridia sp.Leiosphaeridia sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 3
7Lycopodium spikeLycopodium spike#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
8TasmanitesTasmanites#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologysmall
9Cymatiosphaera sp.Cymatiosphaera sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 1
10Cymatiosphaera sp.Cymatiosphaera sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 2
11Cymatiosphaera sp.Cymatiosphaera sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 3
12Cymatiosphaera sp.Cymatiosphaera sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 6
13Vozzhennikovia aperturaV. apertura#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
14Impagidinium sp.Impagidinium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
15Indeterminata/variaIndet#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
16Sigmopollis sp.Sigmopollis sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
17Batiacasphaera cooperiB. cooperi#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
18Paralecaniella indentataP. indentata#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
19Psilate spherePsilate sphere#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
20Foraminifera, liningsForam lin#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
21Spinidinium macmurdoenseSpinidinium macmurdo#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
22Operculodinium sp.Operculodinium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
23Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 2
24Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 5
25Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 6
26Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 1
27Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 3
28Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 4
29Micrhystridium sp.Micrhystridium sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 7
30Arthropod and annelid partsArthropod+annelid#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
31Spiniferites sp.Spiniferites sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
32Spiniferites sp.Spiniferites sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyspecies 1
33Lejeunecysta cowieiLejeunecysta cowiei#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
34Brigantedinium pyneiB. pynei#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
35Lejeunecysta fallaxLejeunecysta fallax#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
36Alterbidinium cf. asymmetricaA. cf. asymmetrica#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
37Deflandrea antarcticaD. antarctica#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
38Pterospermella sp.Pterospermella sp.#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
39Operculodinium bergmanniiOperculodinium bergm#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
40Vozzhennikovia cf. aperturav. cf. apertura#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
41Phelodinium cranwelliaePhelodinium cranwell#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
42Dinoflagellates, totalDinofl total#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyDinofl 1
43Dinoflagellates, totalDinofl total#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynologyDinofl 2
44AcritarchaAcr#Wrenn, JohnCounting, palynology
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