Park, Soo Chul; Fütterer, Dieter K (1989): Age determination of sediment cores from the Shelf Edge off Mauritania, Northwest Africa. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.726626, Supplement to: Park, SC; Fütterer, DK (1989): The sedimentary record of late glacial changes on cores from the shelf edge off Mauritania, northwest Africa. Marine Geology, 89(3-4), 363-368, https://doi.org/10.1016/0025-3227(89)90086-8
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The impact of late glacial changes on the sedimentary record was investigated in two long vibracores, collected from the shelf edge off Mauritania, northwest Africa. Lithology and radiocarbon dates indicate that the sedimentary sequences were mainly controlled by sea-level changes on the shelf. The upper Pleistocene sequence is characterized by deposition in coastal environments, while the Holocene sequence represents deposition in shelf environments. During low sea level, much sediment was supplied to the present outer shelf, and the data imply an average accumulation rate of up to 43.0 cm/1000 yrs during the late Pleistocene, which is substantially higher than the Holocene rate. Shelf sediments were continuously reworked and redistributed on a regional scale during falling and rising sea level. The presence of reworked material results in radiocarbon ages which are too old.
The mollusc. Venus striatula, which presently is found north of, but not along, the Mauritanian coast, occurs in the upper Pleistocene sequence, suggesting cooler water conditions in the shelf during late glacial times. This species probably migrated to the south during late glacial times, following the southward extension of the cold Canary Current. Radiocarbon dates of the shells broadly coincide with a lowstand of sea level over this part of the continental shelf.
Median Latitude: 18.815000 * Median Longitude: -16.567500 * South-bound Latitude: 18.796667 * West-bound Longitude: -16.595000 * North-bound Latitude: 18.833333 * East-bound Longitude: -16.540000
Date/Time Start: 1979-01-01T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1979-01-01T00:00:00
GIK13559-2 * Latitude: 18.833333 * Longitude: -16.595000 * Date/Time: 1979-01-01T00:00:00 * Elevation: -118.0 m * Recovery: 5.3 m * Location: Atlantic Ocean * Campaign: M51 (FGGE-Equator 79 - First GARP Global Experiment) * Basis: Meteor (1964) * Method/Device: Vibro corer (VC)
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- Park, SC; Fütterer, DK (1989): (Table 1) Age determinations on sediment core GIK13559-2. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.77516
- Park, SC; Fütterer, DK (1989): (Table 1) Age determinations on sediment core GIK13561-2. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.77517