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Progressive Progressive intensification of Pacific Deep Water circulation since the early Pliocene


Yin, S and Hernandez-Molina, FJ and Jutzeler, M and Li, J, Progressive Progressive intensification of Pacific Deep Water circulation since the early Pliocene, Geophysical Research Letters, 49, (9) Article e2022GL098051. ISSN 0094-8276 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1029/2022GL098051


An important stage in global ocean overturning circulation is the upwelling of the Antarctic Bottom Water into the Pacific Deep Water (PDW). The long-term evolution of PDW circulation, however, is scarcely addressed. We use seismic reflection data and cores from the International Ocean Discovery Program (and its predecessors) in contourites to reconstruct regional deep ocean circulation patterns. Here, we demonstrate that PDW circulation was progressively enhanced at about 4.35, 3.84, 2.16, and 0.97 Ma since the early Pliocene. Coeval growth of volcanic arcs and tectonic uplifts gradually isolated marginal seas from the PDW and, in conjunction with climate cooling, effectively increasing deep-water flux within a shrinking Pacific basin. Regional stratigraphic discontinuities in contourites indicate thresholds in the intensification of ocean circulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:contourite; U1437; IODP350
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Sedimentology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Jutzeler, M (Dr Martin Jutzeler)
ID Code:152949
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Earth Sciences
Deposited On:2022-08-29
Last Modified:2022-10-31

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