Northeastern Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and climate

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Author(s): Frank N, Freiwald A, López Correa M, Wienberg C, Eisele M, Hebbeln D, van Rooij D, Henriet JP, Colin C, van Weering T, de Haas H, Buhl-Mortensen P, Roberts JM, De Mol B, Douville E, Blamart D, Hatté C
Journal: Geology
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Publication year: 2011
Volume: 39
Journal issue: 8
Pages range: 743-746
ISSN: 0091-7613
Language: English


U-series age patterns obtained on reef framework-forming cold-water corals collected over a nearly 6000-km-long continental margin sector, extending from off Mauritania (17°N; northwest Africa) to the southwestern Barents Sea (70°N; northeastern Europe), reveal strong climate infl uences on the geographical distribution and sustained development of these ecosystems. Over the past three glacial-interglacial cycles, framework-forming cold-water corals (Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata) seem to have predominantly populated reefs, canyons, and patches in the temperate East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Above 50°N corals colonize reefs in the northern East Atlantic primarily during warm climate periods with the biogeographic limit advancing from ~50°N to ~70°N. We propose that north-south oscillations of the biogeographic limit of reef developments are paced by ice ages and may occur synchronously with north-south displacement of cold nutrient-rich intermediate waters and surface productivity related to changes of the polar front. © 2011 Geological Society of America.

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López Correa, Matthias
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Frank, N., Freiwald, A., López Correa, M., Wienberg, C., Eisele, M., Hebbeln, D.,... Hatté, C. (2011). Northeastern Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and climate. Geology, 39(8), 743-746.

Frank, Norbert, et al. "Northeastern Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and climate." Geology 39.8 (2011): 743-746.


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