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When does environmental variability become environmental change? The proxy record of benthic foraminifera

When does environmental variability become environmental change? The proxy record of benthic foraminifera
When does environmental variability become environmental change? The proxy record of benthic foraminifera
There are three possible approaches to investigating environmental change using organisms as proxies: comparison of spatial surveys from different time periods, time-series studies, and high resolution studies of cores. Because they have a preservable shell and are abundant, benthic foraminifera are the best meiofaunal group for giving a proxy record of past marine and marginal marine environments. Through the analysis of: changes in abundance of marker species; the introduction of new species or serious loss of previously existing species; changes in species diversity, dominance and abundance which extend well outside the established limits of variability; it is possible to document the extent of environmental changes that have taken (or are taking) place.
030646232X
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7-37
Plenum Press
Murray, John William
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Martin, Ronald E.
Murray, John William
3985aa41-1e0e-4504-ab90-e31a00c33c38
Martin, Ronald E.

Murray, John William (2000) When does environmental variability become environmental change? The proxy record of benthic foraminifera. In, Martin, Ronald E. (ed.) Environmental micropaleontology: the application of microfossils to environmental geology. (Topics in Geobiology, 15) New York, USA. Plenum Press, pp. 7-37.

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There are three possible approaches to investigating environmental change using organisms as proxies: comparison of spatial surveys from different time periods, time-series studies, and high resolution studies of cores. Because they have a preservable shell and are abundant, benthic foraminifera are the best meiofaunal group for giving a proxy record of past marine and marginal marine environments. Through the analysis of: changes in abundance of marker species; the introduction of new species or serious loss of previously existing species; changes in species diversity, dominance and abundance which extend well outside the established limits of variability; it is possible to document the extent of environmental changes that have taken (or are taking) place.

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Published date: 2000

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Local EPrints ID: 405
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/405
ISBN: 030646232X
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Date deposited: 25 Mar 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:17

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Author: John William Murray
Editor: Ronald E. Martin

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