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isotope chemostratigraphy, oceanography, sedimentation rates, paleoceanography

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We present a Sr chemostratigraphic reference section for the late middle to late Miocene (14-5 Ma) from Ocean Drilling Program site 926 on the Ceara Rise. This site combines a precise, orbitally tuned timescale with a high sedimentation rate (15 m/m.y.), continuous deposition, and excellent biostratigraphic control. The Sr isotope curve is based on measurements of cleaned, planktonic foraminifera at 100-200 kyr sample intervals and it illustrates periods of rapid change in Sr-87/Sr-86 alternating with periods of little change. Chemostratigraphically-defined ages for these intervals can be determined within +/-0.8 m.y. and +/-1.6 m.y, respectively. There is excellent correlation with the published curve for site 588 [Hodell and Woodruff, 1994]; however the curve for site 747 [Oslick et al., 1994] exhibits less structure, which may be due to small errors in age estimates related to slow sedimentation rates, high-latitude fauna and an interval of complicated magnetics. Late Miocene data compare favorably with data from site 758 [Farrell et al., 1995].

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Paleoceanography, v. 14, issue 1, p. 74-83

Copyright 1999 by the American Geophysical Union

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