Special Section: Polar Seas Geological Record
Quaternary sediment patterns in the Weddell Sea: Relations and environmental conditions
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2010
Copyright 1988 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 3, Issue 5, pages 551–561, October 1988
How to Cite
1988), Quaternary sediment patterns in the Weddell Sea: Relations and environmental conditions, Paleoceanography, 3(5), 551–561, doi:10.1029/PA003i005p00551., , and (
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 4 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 MAY 1988
- Manuscript Received: 27 NOV 1987
Sediment patterns such as texture, composition, and facies from three selected areas of the Antarctic continental margin of the Weddell Sea are discussed in relation to environmental variations of the Quaternary hydrosphere and cryosphere. Advance and retreat of ice shelves as well as oscillations in sea ice coverage are reflected by particular sediment facies. The distribution of ice-rafted detritus tracks the Antarctic Coastal Current, and the Weddell Sea Bottom Water contour current can be recognized by its distinctive winnowing and erosion pattern. Distribution and abundance of biogenic sediment components are mainly controlled by the duration of sea ice coverage reflecting the long-term climatic evolution.