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Faunal distribution and composition of temperate heterozoan carbonates of the inner shelf off Southern Norway

Faunal distribution and composition of temperate heterozoan carbonates of the inner shelf off Southern Norway
Faunal distribution and composition of temperate heterozoan carbonates of the inner shelf off Southern Norway
Based on their shell content, the coarse carbonate sands/gravels sampled from 13 to 39 m water depth from the Norwegian inner shelf are shown to belong to the heterozoan association of James. They are dominated mainly by molluscs, polychaetes, cirripeds and foraminifera. Some of the dead mollusc species found indicate an origin in shallow water rocky areas ( Mytilus edulis ) and algal and seagrass communities ( Rissoa parva ). On the other hand, other species are typical of an inner shelf ( Modiolus modiolus ). The presence of intertidal/shallow subtidal species on the inner shelf (down to 39 m depth) is interpreted as due to transport by currents or waves during storm events. Analyses of mollusc shell surfaces were also undertaken and show three types of texture: unaltered, corroded and polished. The latter two are an alteration of the ornament of the shells. The corroded texture is the dominant type on the mollusc shells. Another important feature of the mollusc shells is the high amount of microboring and in some cases also evidence of dissolution. These carbonate sediments are shown to have a complex origin, consisting of a mixture of bioclasts from different contemporary adjacent environments, and with destruction of bioclasts ranging from zero (unaltered texture) to severe (corroded due to microborings and dissolution), and with some reworking of older bioclasts into the surface sediment layer.
Carbonates, Heterozoan, Temperate, Norway, Molluscs
0036-4827
290-301
Viña-Herbon, C.
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Murray, J.W.
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Ottesen, D.
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Viña-Herbon, C.
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Murray, J.W.
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Ottesen, D.
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Viña-Herbon, C., Murray, J.W. and Ottesen, D. (2002) Faunal distribution and composition of temperate heterozoan carbonates of the inner shelf off Southern Norway. Sarsia, 87, 290-301. (doi:10.1080/00364820260400799).

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Based on their shell content, the coarse carbonate sands/gravels sampled from 13 to 39 m water depth from the Norwegian inner shelf are shown to belong to the heterozoan association of James. They are dominated mainly by molluscs, polychaetes, cirripeds and foraminifera. Some of the dead mollusc species found indicate an origin in shallow water rocky areas ( Mytilus edulis ) and algal and seagrass communities ( Rissoa parva ). On the other hand, other species are typical of an inner shelf ( Modiolus modiolus ). The presence of intertidal/shallow subtidal species on the inner shelf (down to 39 m depth) is interpreted as due to transport by currents or waves during storm events. Analyses of mollusc shell surfaces were also undertaken and show three types of texture: unaltered, corroded and polished. The latter two are an alteration of the ornament of the shells. The corroded texture is the dominant type on the mollusc shells. Another important feature of the mollusc shells is the high amount of microboring and in some cases also evidence of dissolution. These carbonate sediments are shown to have a complex origin, consisting of a mixture of bioclasts from different contemporary adjacent environments, and with destruction of bioclasts ranging from zero (unaltered texture) to severe (corroded due to microborings and dissolution), and with some reworking of older bioclasts into the surface sediment layer.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: Carbonates, Heterozoan, Temperate, Norway, Molluscs

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Local EPrints ID: 54851
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/54851
ISSN: 0036-4827
PURE UUID: c7500e49-3423-4dd4-9861-796731478f90

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2008
Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 09:44

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Author: C. Viña-Herbon
Author: J.W. Murray
Author: D. Ottesen

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