The deglacial history of surface and intermediate water of the Bering Sea

TitleThe deglacial history of surface and intermediate water of the Bering Sea
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsCook, MS, Keigwin, LD, Sancetta, CA
JournalDeep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography
Accession NumberWOS:000234099800007

The lithology of deglacial sediments from the Bering Sea includes intervals of laminated or dysaerobic sediments. These intervals are contemporaneous with the occurrence of laminated sediments from the California margin and Gulf of California, which suggests widespread low-oxygen conditions at intermediate depths in the North Pacific Ocean. The cause could be reduced intermediate water ventilation, increased organic carbon flux, or a combination of the two. We infer abrupt decreases of planktonic foraminifer delta(18)O at 14,400 and 11,650 yr BP, which may be a combination of both freshening and warming. On the Shirshov Ridge, the abundance of sea-ice diatoms of the genus Nitzschia reach local maxima twice during the deglaciation, the latter of which may be an expression of the Younger Dryas. These findings expand the extent of the expression of deglacial millennial-scale climate events to include the northernmost Pacific. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.