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Holz, Christine; Stuut, Jan-Berend W; Henrich, Rüdiger; Meggers, Helge (2007): Terrigenous sedimentation of sediment core GeoB6007-2 [dataset publication series]. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Holz, C et al. (2007): Variability in terrigenous sedimentation processes off northwest Africa and its relation to climatic changes: inferrence from grain-size distributions of a Holocene marine sediment record. Sedimentary Geology, 202(3), 499-508,

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Variations in deposition of terrigenous fine sediments and their grain-size distributions from a high-resolution marine sediment record offshore northwest Africa (30°51.0'N; 10°16.1'W) document climate changes on the African continent during the Holocene. End-member grain-size distributions of the terrigenous silt fraction, which are related to fluvial and aeolian dust transport, indicate millennial-scale variability in the dominant transport processes at the investigation site off northwest Africa as well as recurring periods of dry conditions in northwest Africa during the Holocene. The terrigenous record from the subtropical North Atlantic reflects generally humid conditions before the Younger Dryas, during the early to mid-Holocene, as well as after 1.3 kyr BP. By contrast, continental runoff was reduced and arid conditions were prevalent at the beginning of the Younger Dryas and during the mid- and late Holocene. A comparison with high- and low-latitude Holocene climate records reveals a strong link between northwest African climate and Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation throughout the Holocene. Due to its proximal position, close to an ephemeral river system draining the Atlas Mountains as well as the adjacent Saharan desert, this detailed marine sediment record, which has a temporal resolution between 15 and 120 years, is ideally suited to enhance our understanding of ocean-continent-atmosphere interactions in African climates and the hydrological cycle of northern Africa after the last deglaciation.
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Holz, Christine (2005): Climate-induced variability of fluvial and aeolian sediment supply and gravity-driven sediment transport off Northwest Africa. PhD Thesis, Elektronische Dissertationen an der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen, Germany, urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-diss000012051
Latitude: 30.850000 * Longitude: -10.268300
Date/Time Start: 1999-10-18T15:50:00 * Date/Time End: 1999-10-18T15:50:00
GeoB6007-2 * Latitude: 30.850000 * Longitude: -10.268300 * Date/Time: 1999-10-18T15:50:00 * Elevation: -900.0 m * Recovery: 11.05 m * Campaign: M45/5a * Basis: Meteor (1986) * Method/Device: Gravity corer (Kiel type) (SL)
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