Environmental distribution of Recent benthic foraminifera on the northeast United States continental slope.

K. G. Miller, G. P. Lohmann

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Abstract

Several bathymetrically consistent Recent benthic foraminiferal biofacies have been recognized from the continental slope southeast of Cape Cod. Faunal assemblages are dominated by Globobulimina/Bulimina (upper slope) and Uvigerina peregrina (lower slope-uppermost rise). The Globobulimina/Bulimina assemblage coincides with the oxygen minimum zone; this agrees with the occurrence of Globobulimina in Mediterranean sapropels. The highest abundances of U. peregrina coincide with maxima of organic carbon and silt within the slope sediments. This suggests that the distribution of U.peregrina in this region may be influenced more by low oxygen in the sediments, rather than by low oxygen content of the overlying water. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-206
Number of pages7
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology

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