04 Sep 2020

04 Sep 2020

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Climate, cryosphere and carbon cycle controls on Southeast Atlantic orbital-scale carbonate deposition since the Oligocene (30–0 Ma)

Anna Joy Drury1,2, Diederik Liebrand1, Thomas Westerhold1, Helen M. Beddow3, David A. Hodell4, Nina Rohlfs1, Roy H. Wilkens5, Mitch Lyle6, David B. Bell7, Dick Kroon7, Heiko Pälike1, and Lucas L. Lourens3 Anna Joy Drury et al.
  • 1MARUM-Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Leobener Strasse 8, 28359 Bremen, Germany
  • 2Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E6BT, UK
  • 3Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 4Department of Earth Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • 5University ofHawaii, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Honolulu,Hawaii 96822, USA
  • 6College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA
  • 7School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Abstract. The evolution of the Cenozoic Icehouse over the past 30 million years (Myr) from a unipolar to a bipolar world is broadly known; however, the exact development of orbital-scale climate variability is less well understood. Highly resolved records of carbonate (CaCO3) content provide insight into the evolution of regional and global climate, cryosphere and carbon cycle dynamics. Here, we generate the first Southeast Atlantic CaCO3 content record spanning the last 30 Myr, derived from X-ray fluorescence (XRF) ln(Ca/Fe) data collected at Ocean Drilling Program Site 1264 (Angola Basin side of the Walvis Ridge, SE Atlantic Ocean). We present a comprehensive and continuous depth and age model for the entirety of Site 1264 (~316 m; 30 Myr), which constitutes a key reference framework for future palaeoclimatic and palaeoceanographic studies at this site. We identify three phases with distinctly different orbital controls on Southeast Atlantic CaCO3 deposition, corresponding to major developments in climate, the cryosphere and/or the carbon cycle: 1) strong ~110 kyr eccentricity pacing prevails during Oligo-Miocene global warmth (~30–13 Ma); 2) increased eccentricity-modulated precession pacing appears after the mid Miocene Climate Transition (mMCT) (~14–8 Ma); 3) strong obliquity pacing appears in the late Miocene (~7.7–3.3 Ma) following the increasing influence of high-latitude processes. The lowest CaCO3 content (92–94 %) occur between 18.5–14.5 Ma, potentially reflecting dissolution caused by widespread early Miocene warmth and preceding Antarctic deglaciation across the Miocene Climate Optimum (~17–14.5 Ma) by 1.5 Myr. The emergence of precession-pacing of CaCO3 deposition at Site 1264 after ~14 Ma could signal a reorganisation of surface and/or deep-water circulation in this region following Antarctic reglaciation at the mMCT. The increased sensitivity to precession at Site 1264 is associated with an increase in mass accumulation rates (MARs) and reflects increased regional CaCO3 productivity and/or an influx of cooler, less corrosive deep-waters. The highest %CaCO3 and MARs indicate the late Miocene Biogenic Bloom (LMBB) occurs between ~7.8–3.3 Ma at Site 1264, which is broadly, but not exactly, contemporaneous with the LMBB in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The global expression of the LMBB may reflect an increased nutrient input into the global ocean resulting from enhanced aeolian dust and/or glacial/chemical weathering fluxes. Regional variability in the timing and amplitude of the LMBB may be driven by regional differences in cooling, continental aridification and/or changes in ocean circulation in the late Miocene.

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Climate, cryosphere and carbon cycle controls on Southeast Atlantic orbital-scale carbonate deposition since the Oligocene (30-0 Ma) Anna Joy Drury, Diederik Liebrand, Thomas Westerhold, Helen M. Beddow, David A. Hodell, Nina Rohlfs, Roy H. Wilkens, Mitch Lyle, David B. Bell, Dick Kroon, Heiko Pälike, and Lucas J. Lourens

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We use the first high-resolution southeast Atlantic carbonate record to see how climate dynamics evolved since 30 million years ago (Ma). During Oligocene-mid Miocene warmth (~30–13 Ma), eccentricity (orbital circularity) paced carbonate deposition. After the mid Miocene Climate Transition (~14 Ma), precession (Earth’s tilt direction) increasingly drove carbonate variability. In the latest Miocene (~8 Ma), obliquity (Earth’s tilt) pacing appeared, signalling increasing high latitude influence.