Li, Jingfen (2003): Neogene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and the Coccolithus pelagicus abundance of ODP Leg 186 cores from the Japan Trench. Texas A&M University, Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX, United States, In: Suyehiro, Kiyoshi, Sacks, I. Selwyn, Acton, Gary D., Acierno, Michael J., Araki, Eiichiro, Ask, Maria V. S., Ikeda, Akihiro, Kanamatsu, Toshiya, Kim, Gil Young, Li, Jingfen, Linde, Alan T., McWhorter, Paul N., Mora, German, Najman, Yanina M. R., Niitsuma, Nobuaki, Pandit, Benoy K., Roller, Sybille, Saito, Saneatsu, Sakamoto, Tatsuhiko, Shinohara, Masanao, Sun, Yue-Feng, Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, scientific results, Western Pacific geophysical observatories; covering Leg 186 of the cruises of drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution; Yokohama, Japan, to Yokohama, Japan; sites 1150 and 1151, 14 June-14 August 1999, 186, georefid:2004-011514

Calcareous nannofossil assemblages were studied from Ocean Drilling Program Holes 1150A, 1150B, 1151A, 1151C, and 1151D in order to estimate the age of sediments drilled in the Japan Trench of the western Pacific Ocean. The abundance and species diversity of nannofossil flora are generally low but are sufficient to show that the sedimentary sequences range from Quaternary to Miocene in age (nannofossil Zones CN15-CN3). The abundance of Coccolithus pelagicus, a cold-water indicator, was studied from sediments younger than 3.83 Ma from both Holes 1150A and 1151A in order to elucidate past climate conditions. Between 3.83 and 2.82 Ma, the abundance of C. pelagicus was generally low, but abundance increased significantly after 2.82 Ma. In agreement with previous studies, this increase appears to be related to a change in the current system around the western Pacific Ocean and eastern Atlantic Ocean that occurred in response to the final elevation of the Isthmus of Panama.
West: 143.2000 East: 143.2000 North: 39.1100 South: 38.4500
Expedition: 186
Site: 186-1150
Site: 186-1151
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