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Université de Fribourg

Impact of bottom water currents on benthic foraminiferal assemblages in a cold-water coral environment: The Moira Mounds (NE Atlantic)

Fentimen, Robin ; Lim, Aaron ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Wheeler, Andrew J. ; Rooij, David Van ; Foubert, Anneleen

In: Marine Micropaleontology, 2020, vol. 154, p. 101799

Strong bottom currents play a key role in cold-water coral environments by shaping their morphology and providing the necessary food for the corals to thrive. This study investigates the differences between living and dead benthic foraminiferal assemblages in such environments, more precisely on the Moira Mounds (NE Atlantic). A specific focus is to understand the role of currents and their...

Université de Fribourg

Cold-water coral mound archive provides unique insights into intermediate water mass dynamics in the alboran sea during the last deglaciation

Fentimen, Robin ; Feenstra, Eline ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Vennemann, Torsten ; Hajdas, Irka ; Adatte, Thierry ; Van Rooij, David ; Foubert, Anneleen

In: Frontiers in Marine Science, 2020, vol. 7, p. -

The Alboran Sea is widely recognized to host numerous cold-water coral ecosystems, including the East Melilla Coral Province. Yet, their development through time and response to climatic variability has still to be fully understood. Based on a combined investigation of benthic foraminiferal assemblages, foraminiferal stable isotope compositions, grain size analysis, sediment geochemistry, and...

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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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Carbonate mounds: from paradox to world heritage

Henriet, J.P. ; Hamoumi, N. ; Silva, A.C. Da ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Lauridsen, B.W. ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Rooij, D. Van

In: Marine Geology, 2014, vol. 352, p. 89–110

The recent marine carbonate world comprises two major compartments: (1) the surface domain of the photozoan carbonates, confined in space by water depth and by the penetration of light, and (2) a deep domain, where heterozoan mound-builder guilds directly forage on fluxes of nutrients, which primarily percolate from the photic zone and/or are generated by in situ benthic processes. Locally, giant...

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High-resolution monitoring of water temperature and oxygen concentration in Lake Murten (Switzerland)

Kateb, Akram El ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Stalder, Claudio ; Neururer, Christoph ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2018, vol. 111, no. 3, p. 501–510

Lake Murten is located in the Lake District in western Switzerland and so far, it has been poorly investigated. The Environmental Service of Fribourg (SEn) has monitored this lake once a month for several years by water profiles (water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity) at its deepest part. The SEn identified the stratification of water masses as one of the main causes for...

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Impact of industrial phosphate waste discharge on the marine environment in the Gulf of Gabes (Tunisia)

Kateb, Akram El ; Stalder, Claudio ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Neururer, Christoph ; Spangenberg, Jorge E. ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: PLOS ONE, 2018, vol. 13, no. 5, p. e0197731

The marine environment in the Gulf of Gabes (southern Tunisia) is severely impacted by phosphate industries. Nowadays, three localities, Sfax, Skhira and Gabes produce phosphoric acid along the coasts of this Gulf and generate a large amount of phosphogypsum as a waste product. The Gabes phosphate industry is the major cause of pollution in the Gulf because most of the waste is directly...

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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...

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Solenosmilia variabilis-bearing cold-water coral mounds off Brazil

Raddatz, J. ; Titschack, J. ; Frank, N. ; Freiwald, A. ; Conforti, A. ; Osborne, A. ; Skornitzke, S. ; Stiller, W. ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Voigt, Silke ; Albuquerque, A. L. S. ; Vertino, A. ; Schröder-Ritzrau, A. ; Bahr, A.

In: Coral Reefs, 2020, vol. 39, no. 1, p. 69–83

Cold-water corals (CWC), dominantly Desmophyllum pertusum (previously Lophelia pertusa), and their mounds have been in the focus of marine research during the last two decades; however, little is known about the mound-forming capacity of other CWC species. Here, we present new 230Th/U age constraints of the relatively rarely studied framework-building CWC Solenosmilia variabilis from a mound...

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Environmental boundary conditions of cold-water coral mound growth over the last 3 million years in the Porcupine Seabight, Northeast Atlantic

Raddatz, Jacek ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Liebetrau, Volker ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Hathorne, Ed C. ; Fietzke, Jan ; Eisenhauer, Anton ; Dullo, Wolf-Christian

In: Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2014, vol. 99, p. 227–236

IODP Expedition 307 made it for the first time possible to investigate the entire body of a cold-water coral carbonate mound. Here we provide new insights into the long-term history of Challenger Mound on the European continental margin off Ireland. This study is based on age determinations (230Th/U, 87Sr/86Sr) and geochemical signals (Mg/Li and Ba/Ca) measured in the scleractinian cold-water...

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Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Challenger Mound initiation in the Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic

Raddatz, Jacek ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Margreth, Stephan ; Dullo, Wolf-Christian ; IODP Expedition 307 Scientific Party

In: Marine Geology, 2011, vol. 282, no. 1-2, p. 79-90

The understanding of the paleoenvironment during initiation and early development of deep cold-water coral carbonate mounds in the NE Atlantic is currently a focus of international research. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 307 drilled the 155 m high Challenger Mound in the Porcupine Seabight (SW off Ireland) in order to investigate for the first time sediments from the...