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[MIS17-04] Paleoceanographic implications of radiolarian fossil assemblages in sediments from shallow water depths
Keywords:Coastal environment, Tsushima Current, Japan Sea Proper Water
Radiolarian fossils can be used as indicators of surface and deep-water environments because of their discrete living depths for each species. In the present day, radiolarian assemblages in the Japan Sea are characterized by warm water species in shallow depths related to the Tsushima Current, while the cold-water species dominates in intermediate and deep waters related to the Japan Sea Proper Water [JSPW]. However, there is no guarantee that their depth zonation was same as the present day from analysis based on deep-sea sediments. On the other hand, radiolarian assemblages in sediments from shallow depths must be composed of only shallow dwellers, and doesn’t include deep dwellers. Therefore, it is expected that comparison of radiolarian assemblages between deep-sea and shallow water sediments provide us important information about the past depth zonation of radiolarians.
IODP Site U1427 is located at 330 m water depth in the Japan Sea off Tottori, southwestern Japan. In this site, abundance of Cycladophora davisiana, which is a deep dwelling species related to deeper than 1,000 m of the present JSPW, increased during some intervals including MIS-12. This means that habitat depth of this species had shifted to shallower than 300 m in these periods, probably related to declined ventilation with low salinity surface water.