Impact of paleocirculations on the silicon redistribution in the world ocean

Heinze, C and Dittert, N (2005) Impact of paleocirculations on the silicon redistribution in the world ocean. Marine Geology, 214(1-3). 201-213. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2004.10.026


A global biogeochemical ocean general circulation model with a representation of the marine silicon (Si) cycle including the bioturbated sediment zone is integrated into full equilibrium including for four different velocity fields: One preindustrial circulation under partial use of forcing data from an atmospheric model, one preindustrial circulation under use of climatological atmospheric forcing fields from measurements only, a circulation representing Last Glacial Maximum conditions, and one circulation reflecting the mid-Miocene ocean with an open Panama isthmus. Results of paleo-simulations are compared with a paleoceanographic sediment data base for opal. Marine Si budgets for the glacial and pseudo mid-Miocene oceans are presented under the same biogeochemical forcing. It turns out that the sediment distribution reacts sensitively to a switch between velocity fields while the overall budgets and fluxes between Si cycle compartments change only to a minor degree. This indicates that opal sediment has a considerable potential as a paleoceanographic tracer for ocean circulation and biological productivity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: PANGAEA reference ID: 25280 Serial: RCOM0211 Comment: ORFOIS
Subjects: MARUM
MARUM > MARUM GB - Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions
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Divisions: MARUM
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Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2013 08:53
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