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Late Weichselian deglaciation and early Holocene development of a cold-water coral reef along the Lopphavet shelf (Northern Norway) recorded by benthic foraminifera and ostracoda

Stalder, Claudio ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Pirkenseer, Claudius ; Gennari, Giordana

In: Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2014, vol. 99, p. 249–269

Cold-water coral (CWC) settlement in northern Norway is strongly related to the outlet-glaciers of the Fennoscandian Ice-sheet, and dating of known CWC structures show clearly post-glacial ages. Two gravity cores (POS391 559/2,277 cm long and POS391 559/3,282 cm long) were recovered on a CWC reef in the area of Lopphavet, northern Norway. Detailed investigations on lithology (sediment structures...

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Sedimentary sources of the mud-breccia and mud volcanic activity in the Western Alboran Basin

Gennari, Giordana ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Comas, M.C. ; Rüggeberg, A. ; Lopez-Rodriguez, C. ; Pinheiro, L.M.

In: Marine Geology, 2013, vol. 339, p. 83–95

During the TTR-17 Leg 1 cruise in the West Alboran Basin, gravity cores were acquired from three mud volcanoes (MVs): Dhaka, Carmen and the recently discovered Maya. This paper presents micropaleontological and radiocarbon dating results from the three mud volcanoes, using cores containing mud breccias overlain by and interbedded with hemipelagic sediments. At Dhaka MV, the mud-breccia matrix...

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Faunal evidence of a holocene pluvial phase in southern Arabia with remarks on the morphological variability of Helenina anderseni

Gennari, Giordana ; Rosenberg, Thomas ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Berger, Jean-Pierre ; Fleitmann, Dominik ; Preusser, Frank ; Al-Shanti, Mahmoud ; Matter, Albert

In: The Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 2011, vol. 41, no. 3, p. 248-259

Although foraminifera have been found living in inland saline lakes isolated from the sea, this phenomenon has rarely been recognized in the fossil record. This study documents the occurrence of benthic foraminifera in Holocene lake sediments located nearly 500 km inland from the Red Sea, in the Al-Mundafan region of southern Saudi Arabia. The lake formed during a regional pluvial period,...