Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Clim. Past, 17, 1025–1050, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-1025-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 1025–1050, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-1025-2021
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12 May 2021
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Deoxygenation dynamics on the western Nile deep-sea fan during sapropel S1 from seasonal to millennial timescales

Cécile L. Blanchet et al.

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The Mediterranean Sea turned repeatedly into an oxygen-deprived basin during the geological past, as evidenced by distinct sediment layers called sapropels. We use here records of the last sapropel S1 retrieved in front of the Nile River to explore the relationships between riverine input and seawater oxygenation. We decipher the seasonal cycle of fluvial input and seawater chemistry as well as the decisive influence of primary productivity on deoxygenation at millennial timescales.