Middle Miocene to Pliocene history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Haywood, Alan M.; Smellie, John L.; Ashworth, A.C.; Cantrill, D.J.; Florindo, F.; Hambrey, M.J.; Hill, D.; Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter ORCID:; Hunter, S.J.; Larter, Robert D. ORCID:; Lear, C.H.; Passchier, S.; Van De Wal, R.S.W.. 2009 Middle Miocene to Pliocene history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. In: Florindo, F.; Siegert, M.J., (eds.) Antarctic climate evolution. Amsterdam, Elsevier, 401-463. (Developments in earth and environmental sciences, 8).

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This chapter explores the Middle Miocene to Pliocene terrestrial and marine records of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The structure of the chapter makes a clear distinction between terrestrial and marine records as well as proximal (on or around Antarctica) and more distal records (Southern Ocean). Particular geographical regions are identified that reflect the areas for which the majority of palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic information exist. Specifically, the chapter addresses the terrestrial sedimentary and fjordal environments of the Transantarctic Mountains and Lambert Glacier region, the terrestrial fossil record of Antarctic climate, terrestrial environments of West Antarctica, and the marine records of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS), the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet (APIS), as well as the marine record of the Southern Ocean. Previous and current studies focusing on modelling Middle Miocene to Pliocene climate, environments and ice sheets are discussed.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Greenhouse to Icehouse. Evolution of the Antarctic Cryosphere and Palaeoenvironment
ISBN: 9780444528476
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 13 Dec 2010 13:44 +0 (UTC)

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