Paleocene-Eocene volcanic segmentation of the Norwegian-Greenland seaway reorganized high-latitude ocean circulation


"The paleoenvironmental and paleogeographic development of the Norwegian–Greenland seaway remains poorly understood, despite its importance for the oceanographic and climatic conditions of the Paleocene–Eocene greenhouse world. Here we present analyses of the sedimentological and paleontological characteristics of Paleocene–Eocene deposits (between 63 and 47 million years old) in northeast Greenland, and investigate key unconformities and volcanic facies observed through seismic reflection imaging in offshore basins.[...]"


Source: Communications Earth & Environment
Authors: Jussi Hovikoski et al.

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Constraint on net primary productivity of the global ocean by Argo oxygen measurements


"The biological transformation of dissolved inorganic carbon to organic carbon during photosynthesis in the ocean, marine primary production, is a fundamental driver of biogeochemical cycling, ocean health and Earth’s climate system. The organic matter created supports oceanic food webs, including fisheries, and is an essential control on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Marine primary productivity is sensitive to changes due to climate forcing, but observing the response at the global scale[...]"


Source: Nature Geoscience 
Authors: Kenneth S. Johnson et al.

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Bacteriohopanepolyols signature in sediments of the East China Sea and its indications for hypoxia and organic matter sources


"The bacterial biomarker group of bacteriohopanepolyols (BHPs) has shown a significant potential to track terrestrial inputs and to respond to environmental changes. A total of 12 BHPs were detected in surface sediments of the East China Sea (ECS), with the contents of 3.79–361 μg/g TOC. The spatial distribution patterns and correlation analyses of bacteriohopanetetrol (BHT) and soil marker BHPs in sediments of the ECS indicate that they were mainly derived from marine autochthonous and terrestrial sources[...]"


Source: Science Direct
Authors: Meiling Yin et al.

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Increase of a hypoxia-tolerant fish, Harpadon nehereus (Synodontidae), as a result of ocean deoxygenation off southwestern China


"We report a sudden explosive rise in abundance off southeastern China of a fish species that is hypoxia-tolerant, Bombay duck (Harpadon nehereus, Family Synodontidae), belonging to an Order (the Aulopiformes) encompassing overwhelmingly deep-sea fishes, but which predominantly occurs in coastal water. We suggest that this is made possible by the very high water content of its muscle and other tissues (about 90%, vs 75–80% for other coastal fish), which reduces its oxygen requirements and allows it to outcompete other fish in low-oxygen[...]"


Source: Environmental Biology of Fishes
Authors: Bin Kang et al.

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