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Secondary Calcification of Planktic Foraminifera from the Indian Sector of Southern Ocean
|Authors:||Rahul MOHAN; Suhas S. SHETYE; Manish TIWARI; Narayanpillai ANILKUMAR|
|Author Affiliations:||Primary: |
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India
National Institute of Oceanography, India
|Volume Title:||Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)|
|Source:||Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 89(1), p.27-37. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Geological Society of China, Beijing, China. ISSN: 1000-9515|
|Summary:||This study focused on planktic foraminifera in plankton tows and surface sediments from the western Indian sector of Southern Ocean in order to evaluate the potential foraminiferal secondary calcification and/or dissolution in the sediment. It is found that the symbiotic foraminiferal species are abundant in the subtropical region, whereas non-symbiotic species dominate in the sub-Antarctic and polar frontal regions. The distribution of the symbiotic and non-symbiotic foraminiferal species is controlled by temperature, salinity, light, nutrients and phytoplankton biomass. There is also a lateral southern extent in abundance of planktic foraminifera from surface sediments to plankton tows. The shell weights of the planktic foraminifera N. pachyderma, G. bulloides and G. ruber within the surface sediments are on an average heavier by 27%, 34% and 40% respectively than shells of the same size within the plankton tows, indicative of secondary calcification. The planktic foraminiferal isotopes show the presence of heavier isotopes in the surface sediment foraminifera as compared to plankton tows, thus confirming secondary calcification. Secondary calcification in G. ruber occurs in the euphotic zone, whereas in case of N. pachyderma and G. bulloides it is at deeper depths. We also observed a decrease in the shell spines in surface sediment foraminifera as compared to plankton tows, indicative of the morphological changes that foraminifera underwent during gametogenesis.|
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