Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[JJ] Evening Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS11] tsunami deposit

Tue. May 22, 2018 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall7, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Tetsuya Shinozaki(Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics (CRiED), University of Tsukuba), Takashi Chiba(Maritime Disaster Prevention Center), Daisuke Ishimura(首都大学東京大学院都市環境科学研究科地理学教室)

[MIS11-P14] Tracing ancient DNA of foraminifera in tsunami deposits

Max Engel1, Tasmin Patel2, Sue Dawson3, Isa Schön2, Ed Garrett4,1, Daniel Melnick7, Witold Szczuciński6, *Vanessa Mary An Heyvaert1,5 (1.Geological Survey of Belgium, OD Earth and History of Life, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, 2. ATECO, Frehwater Biology, OD Nature,Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, 3.University of Dundee, Department of Geography, Tower Building, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK, 4.Durham University, Department of Geography, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK, 5.Ghent University, Department of Geology, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, 6.Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Institute of Geology, Bogumiła Krygowskiego 12, 61-680 Poznań, Poland, 7.Universidad Austral de Chile, Institute of Earth Sciences, Avenida Eduardo Morales Miranda, Campus Isla Teja, Valdivia, Chile)

Tsunami deposits add to our understanding of the tsunami long-term frequency-magnitude patterns, which are rarely covered by the historical and instrumental record. Such information is crucial for the assessment of coastal hazards and efforts to mitigate against the loss of life and assets. Microfossils (e.g. foraminifera, ostracods, diatoms) are often used to identify tsunami deposits, and to differentiate them from results of other coastal processes. However, the dissolution and bacterial degradation of their remnants (e.g. tests) often prevent microfossil identification. To address this issue, the pioneering GEN-EX project aims to use high-throughput metagenomic sequencing techniques to identify marine organisms in both onshore and offshore sand layers, using their DNA remains to unravel cryptic diversities. We focus on foraminifera, single-celled protists that show depth-related zonation in subtidal environments and that have already been traced successfully in palaeo-tsunami deposits by their ancient DNA (Szczuciński et al., 2016).

GEN-EX will apply the eDNA approach in two climatically different study areas: (i) the Shetland Islands and (ii) south-central Chile, both of which are known for their well-studied and well-dated tsunami deposits. The Shetland Islands have a temperate oceanic climate, near-shore lakes and coastal peat lowlands which exhibit sand sheets deposited by the submarine Storegga landslide c. 8 ka ago, along with two younger tsunamis dated to c. 5.5 and 1.5 ka (Bondevik et al., 2005). Whereas in the temperate-humid Chaihuin (south central Chile), deposits of the 1960 Chile tsunami and also older historical events have been documented (Garrett et al., 2018) and sampled for a foraminiferal study and DNA extraction.

The main objectives include: (i) quantifying the relationship between water depth and the distribution of different species of foraminifera, using a comparative classic assemblage and metagenomic approach (ii) assessing the potential (based on both approaches), for identifying key indicator species in extreme-wave deposits in different coastal settings and (iii) establishing how metagenomic approaches can contribute to the consistent and reliable differentiation between the sedimentary evidence for storms and tsunamis in coastal settings.

Bondevik, S., Mangerud, J., Dawson, S., Dawson, A., Lohne, Ø., 2005. Evidence for three North Sea tsunamis at the Shetland Islands between 8000 and 1500 years ago. Quat. Sci. Rev. 24, 1757–1775.

Garrett, E., Hocking, E., Melnick, D., Aedo, D., 2018. Did a tsunami accompany the 1737 Chilean earthquake? Contrasting evidence from historical records and coastal sediment. Geophys. Res. Abstr. 20, EGU2018-611.

Szczuciński, W., Pawłowska, J., Lejzerowicz, F., Nishimura, Y., Kokociński, M., Majewski, W., Nakamura, Y., Pawlowski, J., 2016. Ancient sedimentary DNA reveals past tsunami deposits. Mar. Geol. 381, 29–33.