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Environmental constraints on Holocene cold‐water coral reef growth off Norway: Insights from a multiproxy approach

Raddatz, Jacek ; Liebetrau, Volker ; Trotter, Julie ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Flögel, Sascha ; Dullo, Wolf-Christian ; Eisenhauer, Anton ; Voigt, Silke ; McCulloch, Malcolm

In: Paleoceanography, 2016, vol. 31, no. 10, p. 1350–1367

High-latitude cold-water coral (CWC) reefs are particularly susceptible due to enhanced CO₂ uptake in these regions. Using precisely dated (U/Th) CWCs (Lophelia pertusa) retrieved during research cruise POS 391 (Lopphavet 70.6°N, Oslofjord 59°N) we applied boron isotopes (δ¹¹B), Ba/Ca, Li/Mg, and U/Ca ratios to reconstruct the environmental boundary conditions of CWC reef growth. The...

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Li/Mg systematics in scleractinian corals: Calibration of the thermometer

Montagna, Paolo ; McCulloch, Malcolm ; Douville, Eric ; Correa, Matthias López ; Trotter, Julie ; Rodolfo-Metalpa, Riccardo ; Dissard, Delphine ; Ferrier-Pagès, Christine ; Frank, Norbert ; Freiwald, André ; Goldstein, Steve ; Mazzoli, Claudio ; Reynaud, Stephanie ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Russo, Simone ; Taviani, Marco

In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2014, vol. 132, p. 288–310

We show that the Li/Mg systematics of a large suite of aragonitic coral skeletons, representing a wide range of species inhabiting disparate environments, provides a robust proxy for ambient seawater temperature. The corals encompass both zooxanthellate and azooxanthellate species (Acropora sp., Porites sp., Cladocora caespitosa, Lophelia pertusa, Madrepora...