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Assessing coral reef health in the North Ari Atoll (Maldives) using the FoRAM Index

Pisapia, C. ; Kateb, Akram El ; Hallock, P. ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: Marine Micropaleontology, 2017, vol. 133, no. Supplement C, p. 50–57

Tropical marine ecosystems are richly diverse, but are experiencing growing pressure from coastal development and tourism. Assessing the status of coral reef communities along gradients of human pressure is necessary to predict recovery capacity of reefs exposed to acute events such as mass bleaching or storm destruction. Islands in the central Maldives Archipelago, which experience three...

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Assessing the impact of diagenesis on foraminiferal geochemistry from a low latitude, shallow-water drift deposit

Stainbank, Stephanie ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Boever, Eva De ; Bouvier, Anne-Sophie ; Chilcott, Colin ; Leau, Erica S.de ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Kunkelova, Tereza ; Pichevin, Laetitia ; Raddatz, Jacek ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; D.Wright, James ; M.Yu, Siyao ; Zhang, Manlin ; Kroon, Dick

In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2020, vol. 545, p. 116390

Due to their large heat and moisture storage capabilities, the tropics are fundamental in modulating both regional and global climate. Furthermore, their thermal response during past extreme warming periods, such as super interglacials, is not fully resolved. In this regard, we present high-resolution (analytical) foraminiferal geochemical (δ18O and Mg/Ca) records for the last 1800 kyr from...

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Benthic foraminifera in a deep-sea high-energy environment: the Moira Mounds (Porcupine Seabight, SW of Ireland)

Fentimen, Robin ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Lim, Aaron ; El Kateb, Akram ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Wheeler, Andrew J. ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2018, vol. 111, no. 3, p. 561–572

Cold-water coral ecosystems represent unique and exceptionally diverse environments in the deep-sea. They are well developed along the Irish margin, varying broadly in shape and size. The Moira Mounds, numerous small-sized mounds, are nestled in the Belgica Mound Province (Porcupine Seabight, North-East Atlantic). The investigation of living (Rose Bengal stained) and dead benthic...

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Benthic foraminifer assemblages from norwegian cold-Water coral reefs

Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Stalder, Claudio ; Margreth, Stephan

In: Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 2013, vol. 43, no. 1, p. 21-39

Quantitative investigations on the total (living + dead) benthic foraminiferal assemblages were performed on 32 surface-sediment samples (0–2 cm, .63-mm size fraction) from water depths ranging from 110–600 m (‘‘on-reef’’) to .2000 m (‘‘off-reef’’) in the Oslo Fjord (Skagerrak Basin), the mid-Norwegian slope (Sula, Røst, and Trænadjupet reefs), and the northern coral-reef...

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Benthic foramniferal assemblages from cold-watercoral ecosystems

Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Stalder, Claudio ; Margreth, Stephan

In: Atlas of benthic foraminifera from cold-water coral reefs - Special Publication / Cushman Foundation For Foraminiferal Research, 2014, vol. 44, p. 20-48

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Biostratigraphy of large benthic foraminifera from Hole U1468A (Maldives): a CT-scan taxonomic approach

Coletti, Giovanni ; Stainbank, Stephanie ; Fabbrini, Alessio ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Kroon, Dick ; Betzler, Christian

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2018, vol. 111, no. 3, p. 523–536

Large benthic foraminifera are important components of tropical shallow water carbonates. Their structure, developed to host algal symbionts, can be extremely elaborate and presents stratigraphically-significant evolutionary patterns. Therefore their distribution is important in biostratigraphy, especially in the Indo-Pacific area. To provide a reliable age model for two intervals of IODP...

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Bolboforma (Phytoplankton Incertae Sedis), Bachmayerella and other Calciodinelloidea (Phytoplankton) from the Middle Miocene of the Alpine–Carpathian Foredeep (Central Paratethys)

Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Rögl, Fred

In: Journal of Micropalaeontology, 2004, vol. 23(2), p. 139

Bolboforma is a microfossil of uncertain origin with affinities to protophytic algae. It generally occurs at high latitudes and/or in cool and temperate waters and has a high stratigraphic potential especially for the Miocene. Calcareous cysts of dinoflagellates represent the ‘benthic cyst stage’ of unicellular organisms belonging to the marine phytoplankton.The occurrence of...

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Carbonate mounds in shallow and deep time

Henriet, J.-P. ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Samankassou, Elias ; Foubert, A. ; Rooij, D. Van ; Rüggeberg, A.

In: Marine Geology, 2011, vol. 282, no. 1-2, p. 1-4

Special Issue on COld-water CArbonate Reservoir systems in Deep Environments - COCARDEOver a decade of research on recent cold-water coral mounds in various oceans has set the stage for comparative studies between recent and ancient carbonate mound systems, with the aim to unravel generic processes and reveal the “red thread” in a fundamental strategy of Life building Geology — a strategy...

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Carbonate mounds of the Moroccan Mediterranean margin: Facies and environmental controls

Terhzaz, Loubna ; Hamoumi, Naima ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; El Lotfi, Mostapha ; Henriet, Jean-Pierre

In: Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 2018, vol. 350, no. 5, p. 212–221

Sedimentological and geochemical studies of boxcores from the Brittlestar Ridge I and Cabliers carbonate mounds, along the Moroccan Mediterranean margin, show that sediments are composed of cold water scleratian corals and micritic mud, muddy micrite or muddy allochem limestone matrix, outlining seven different facies that can be attributed to “cluster reefs”. The mixed...

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Cold-water coral reefs along the european continental margin: the role of foraminifera

Rüggeberg, Andres ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Stalder, Claudio ; Margreth, Stephan

In: Atlas of benthic foraminifera from cold-water coral reefs - Special Publication / Cushman Foundation For Foraminiferal Research, 2014, vol. 44, p. 3-11