The South Atlantic in the Late Quaternary

Reconstruction of Material Budgets and Current Systems

Editors: Wefer, Gerold, Mulitza, Stefan, Ratmeyer, Volker (Eds.)

  • A comprehensive review of recent results with respect to the material budgets and current systems of the South Atlantic

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The South Atlantic plays a critical role in the couplingofoceanic processes between the Antarctic and the lower latitudes. The Antarctic Ocean, along with the adjacent southern seas, is of substantial importance for global climate and for the distributionofwater masses because itprovides large regions ofthe world ocean with intermediate and bottom waters. In contrast to the North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean acts more as an "information distributor", as opposed to an amplifier. Just as the North Atlantic is influencedby the South Atlantic through the contributionofwarm surface water,the incomingsupply ofNADW - in the area of the Southern Ocean as Circumantarctic Deep Water - influences the oceanography ofthe Antarctic. The competing influences from the northern and southern oceans on the current and mass budget systems can be best studied in the South Atlantic. Not only do changes in the current systems in the eastern Atlantic high-production regions affect the energy budget, they also influence the nutrient inventories, and therefore impact the entire productivity ofthe ocean. In addition, the broad region of the polar front is a critical area with respect to productivity-related circulation since it is the source of Antarctic Intermediate Water. Although theAntarctic Intermediate Watertoday liesdeeper than the water that rises in the upwelling regions, it is the long-term source ofnutrients that are ultimately responsible for the supply oforganic matter to the sea floor and to sediments.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Inverse Modeling of Particulate Organic Carbon Fluxes in the South Atlantic

    Schlitzer, R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Transfer of Particles into the Deep Atlantic and the Global Ocean: Control of Nutrient Supply and Ballast Production

    Fischer, G. (et al.)

    Pages 21-46

  • Radionuclides as Tracers for Particle Flux and Transport of Water Masses in the Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean

    Rutgers Loeff, M. (et al.)

    Pages 47-63

  • Heterotrophic Particle-Associated Bacteria from the South Atlantic: A Community of Marine Microorganisms with a High Organic Carbon Degradation Potential

    Berkenheger, I. (et al.)

    Pages 65-79

  • Contribution of Calcareous Plankton Groups to the Carbonate Budget of South Atlantic Surface Sediments

    Baumann, K. -H. (et al.)

    Pages 81-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The South Atlantic in the Late Quaternary
Book Subtitle
Reconstruction of Material Budgets and Current Systems
Editors
  • Gerold Wefer
  • Stefan Mulitza
  • Volker Ratmeyer
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-18917-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-18917-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-62354-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 722
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