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Uranium-series radionuclide records of paleoceanographic and sedimentary changes in the Arctic Ocean

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dc.contributor.advisor Jerry F. McManus. en_US Hoffmann, Sharon Susanna en_US
dc.contributor.other Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. en_US 2010-05-27T19:46:46Z 2010-05-27T19:46:46Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Joint Program in Oceanography (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description.abstract The radionuclides ²³¹Pa and ²³⁰Th, produced in the water column and removed from the ocean by particle scavenging and burial in sediments, offer a means for paleoceanographers to examine past dynamics of both water column and sedimentary processes. I show for the first time that a state of balance exists between ²³⁰Th production and burial in the Central Arctic basins, based on measured sedimentary ²³⁰Th, inventories in box cores, establishing this nuclide's utility as a paleoceanographic indicator of sedimentary processes and as a normalization tool. I present the first ²³⁰Th-normalized particle fluxes calculated for the central Arctic: vertical particle fluxes were extremely low during the late glacial, rose during the deglaciation due to particle inputs from shelf inundation, increased productivity and ice-rafted debris, and fell again following the establishment of interglacial conditions. A major event of lateral sediment redistribution, inferred from surplus ²³⁰Th, inventories, occurred in the Makarov Basin during the deglaciation and may have been due to destabilization of slope and shelf sediments as sea level rose. I present the first high-resolution, radiocarbon-dated downcore records of sedimentary ²³¹Pa/²³⁰Th from the Arctic Ocean. Low ratios indicate that ²³¹Pa was exported from all sites during the late glacial period, with export decreasing during the deglaciation and Holocene. 231Pa/²³⁰Th measurements in cores from three continental slope sites show no evidence for a ²³¹Pa sink related to boundary scavenging on the continental slopes. Holocene ²³¹Pa/²³⁰Th ratios show a very significant variation by depth, with strong export of ²³¹Pa at deep sites but little or no export at shallow sites, a result which echoes findings for the South Atlantic and the Pacific. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) The Arctic thus appears fundamentally similar to other ocean basins in its ²³¹Pa and ²³⁰Th dynamics, despite its peculiar qualities of sea ice cover, low particle flux, and relatively isolated deep waters. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Sharon Susanna Hoffmann. en_US
dc.format.extent 207, [1] p., 4 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. en_US
dc.subject Joint Program in Oceanography. en_US
dc.subject Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. en_US
dc.title Uranium-series radionuclide records of paleoceanographic and sedimentary changes in the Arctic Ocean en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. en_US
dc.contributor.department Joint Program in Oceanography. en_US
dc.contributor.department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 430034794 en_US

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