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Title: Radiogenic isotope geochemistry applied to the characterization of the provenance of sediments transported by icebergs during the last glacial period: A study in the Galicia Interior Basin
Author: Plaza Morlote, M.
Santos, J.F.
Ribeiro, S.
Rey, D.
Martins, V.
Keywords: Sr and Nd isotopes
Galicia Interior Basin
Heinrich Stadials
Last glacial period
Sediment provenance
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Universidade de Aveiro
Abstract: In the scope of a collaboration with the University of Vigo, the Geobiotec research unit has contributed with studies on the Sr and Nd isotopic fingerprints of the sediments deposited in the Galicia Interior Basin in the last six Heinrich Stadials (HS; climatic oscillations that culminated by massive discharge of icebergs to the North Atlantic during the last glacial period). Strongly negative ƐNd values during HS1 (~15-16 ka), HS2 (~23.5-25 ka), HS4 (~37.5-40 ka) and HS5(~43.8-45.5 ka) are consistent with a Canadian source for the sediments dropped by icebergs. In contrast, higher ƐNd and relatively low 87Sr/86Sr values were recorded during HS3, HS5a, HS6, but also in the initial stages of HS1 (~16-17.5 ka), HS2 (~25-26.3 ka) and HS4 (~40-42 ka), pointing to an European provenance of those sediments. The whole set of data suggests that large European meltwater discharges in the beginning of HS1, HS2 and HS4 could have contributed to the weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and, consequently, to the collapse of the ice sheets covering NW Europe and NE America.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 2182-9357
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