Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Research article
24 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 24 Aug 2022

A 300 000-year record of cold-water coral mound build-up at the East Melilla Coral Province (SE Alboran Sea, western Mediterranean)

Robin Fentimen, Eline Feenstra, Andres Rüggeberg, Efraim Hall, Valentin Rime, Torsten Vennemann, Irka Hajdas, Antonietta Rosso, David Van Rooij, Thierry Adatte, Hendrik Vogel, Norbert Frank, and Anneleen Foubert


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on cp-2021-162', Anonymous Referee #1, 09 Feb 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Robin Fentimen, 18 Mar 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on cp-2021-162', Anonymous Referee #2, 06 Apr 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Robin Fentimen, 19 Apr 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Apr 2022) by Alessio Rovere
AR by Robin Fentimen on behalf of the Authors (28 Jun 2022)  Manuscript 
EF by Polina Shvedko (06 Jul 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Jul 2022) by Alessio Rovere
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (22 Jul 2022)
ED: Publish as is (23 Jul 2022) by Alessio Rovere
AR by Robin Fentimen on behalf of the Authors (24 Jul 2022)
Short summary
The investigation of a 9 m long sediment core recovered at ca. 300 m water depth demonstrates that cold-water coral mound build-up within the East Melilla Coral Province (southeastern Alboran Sea) took place during both interglacial and glacial periods. Based on the combination of different analytical methods (e.g. radiometric dating, micropaleontology), we propose that corals never thrived but rather developed under stressful environmental conditions.