Ford, Heather L; Ravelo, Ana Christina; Hovan, Steven A (2012): Pliocene and Pleistocene eastern equatorial Pacific Mg/Ca subsurface temperature. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.834324, Supplement to: Ford, HL et al. (2012): A deep Eastern Equatorial Pacific thermocline during the early Pliocene warm period. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 355-356, 152-161, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2012.08.027
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During the early Pliocene warm period (~4.6-4.2 Ma) in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific upwelling region, sea surface temperatures were warm in comparison to modern conditions. Warm upwelling regions have global effects on the heat budget and atmospheric circulation, and are argued to have contributed to Pliocene warmth. Though warm upwelling regions could be explained by weak winds and/or a deep thermocline, the temporal and spatial evolution of the equatorial thermocline is poorly understood. Here we reconstruct temporal and spatial changes in subsurface temperature to monitor thermocline depth and show the thermocline was deeper during the early Pliocene warm period than it is today. We measured subsurface temperature records from Eastern Equatorial Pacific ODP transect Sites 848, 849, and 853 using Mg/Ca records from Globorotalia tumida, which has a depth habitat of ~50-100 m. In the early Pliocene, subsurface temperatures were ~4-5°C warmer than modern temperatures, indicating the thermocline was relatively deep. Subsurface temperatures steeply cooled ~2-3°C from 4.8 to 4.0 Ma and continued to cool an additional 2-3°C from 4.0 Ma to present. Compared to records from other regions, the data suggests the pronounced subsurface cooling between 4.8 and 4.0 Ma was a regional signal related to restriction of the Isthmus of Panama, while continued cooling from 4.0 Ma to present was likely related to global processes that changed global thermocline structure. Additionally, the spatial evolution of the equatorial thermocline along a N-S transect across ODP Sites 853, 849 and 848 suggests an intensification of the southeast trades from the Pliocene to present. Large-scale atmospheric and oceanographic circulation processes link high and low latitude climate through their influence on equatorial thermocline source water regions and consequently the equatorial thermocline. Through these low latitude/high latitude linkages, changes in the equatorial thermocline and thermocline source water played an important role in the transition from the warm Pliocene to the cold Pleistocene.
Median Latitude: 1.466782 * Median Longitude: -110.249827 * South-bound Latitude: -2.993900 * West-bound Longitude: -110.518330 * North-bound Latitude: 7.210917 * East-bound Longitude: -109.751300
Date/Time Start: 1991-06-04T15:35:00 * Date/Time End: 1991-09-07T00:00:00
138-848B * Latitude: -2.993900 * Longitude: -110.479850 * Date/Time Start: 1991-06-04T15:35:00 * Date/Time End: 1991-06-05T11:41:00 * Elevation: -3855.6 m * Penetration: 93.8 m * Recovery: 97.75 m * Location: South Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg138 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 12 cores; 93.8 m cored; 0 m drilled; 104.2 % recovery
138-849 * Latitude: 0.183330 * Longitude: -110.518330 * Date/Time Start: 1991-09-07T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1991-06-12T00:00:00 * Elevation: -3839.0 m * Penetration: 791.4 m * Recovery: 777.62 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg138 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Composite Core (COMPCORE) * Comment: 83 cores; 786.4 m cored; 0 m drilled; 98.9 % recovery
138-853 * Latitude: 7.210917 * Longitude: -109.751300 * Date/Time Start: 1991-06-25T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1991-06-26T00:00:00 * Elevation: -3714.1 m * Penetration: 233.9 m * Recovery: 244.7 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg138 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Composite Core (COMPCORE) * Comment: 27 cores; 233.9 m cored; 0 m drilled; 104.6% recovery
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- Ford, HL; Ravelo, AC; Hovan, SA (2012): Stable isotopes and Mg/Ca ratios of Globorotalia tumida of ODP Hole 138-848B. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.834321
- Ford, HL; Ravelo, AC; Hovan, SA (2012): Stable isotopes and Mg/Ca ratios of Globorotalia tumida of ODP Site 138-849. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.834322
- Ford, HL; Ravelo, AC; Hovan, SA (2012): Stable isotopes and Mg/Ca ratios of Globorotalia tumida of ODP Site 138-853. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.834323