Stratigraphic continuity and fragmentary sedimentation; the success of cyclostratigraphy as part of integrated stratigraphy

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doi: 10.1144/SP404.12
Author(s): Hilgen, Frederik J.; Hinnov, Linda A.; Abdul Aziz, Hayfaa; Abels, Hemmo A.; Batenburg, Sietske; Bosmans, Joyce H. C.; de Boer, Bas; Hüsing, Silja K.; Kuiper, Klaudia F.; Lourens, Lucas J.; Rivera, Tiffany; Tuenter, Erik; van de Wal, Roderik S. W.; Wotzlaw, Jörn-Frederik; Zeeden, Christian
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences, Budapestlaan, Netherlands
Johns Hopkins University, United States
ENRES International, Netherlands
Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Boise State University, United States
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Netherlands
University of Geneva, Switzerland
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Volume Title: Strata and time; probing the gaps in our understanding
Volume Author(s): Smith, D. G., editor; Bailey, Robin J.; Burgess, P. M.; Fraser, A. J.
Source: Strata and time; probing the gaps in our understanding, edited by D. G. Smith, Robin J. Bailey, P. M. Burgess and A. J. Fraser. Special Publication - Geological Society of London, 404(1), p.157-197. Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0305-8719 CODEN: GSLSBW
Note: In English. 292 refs.Online First; illus., incl. strat. cols., sketch maps
Summary: The Milankovitch theory of climate change is widely accepted, but the registration of the climate changes in the stratigraphic record and their use in building high-resolution astronomically tuned timescales has been disputed due to the complex and fragmentary nature of the stratigraphic record. However, results of time series analysis and consistency with independent magnetobiostratigraphic and/or radio-isotopic age models show that Milankovitch cycles are recorded not only in deep marine and lacustrine successions, but also in ice cores and speleothems, and in eolian and fluvial successions. Integrated stratigraphic studies further provide evidence for continuous sedimentation at Milankovitch time scales (104 years up to 106 years). This combined approach also shows that strict application of statistical confidence limits in spectral analysis to verify astronomical forcing in climate proxy records is not fully justified and may lead to false negatives. This is in contrast to recent claims that failure to apply strict statistical standards can lead to false positives in the search for periodic signals. Finally, and contrary to the argument that changes in insolation are too small to effect significant climate change, seasonal insolation variations resulting from orbital extremes can be significant (20% and more) and, as shown by climate modelling, generate large climate changes that can be expected to leave a marked imprint in the stratigraphic record. The tuning of long and continuous cyclic successions now underlies the standard geological time scale for much of the Cenozoic and also for extended intervals of the Mesozoic. Such successions have to be taken into account to fully comprehend the (cyclic) nature of the stratigraphic record.
Year of Publication: 2014
Research Program: DSDP Deep Sea Drilling Project
IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
IPOD International Phase of Ocean Drilling
ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 12 Stratigraphy, Historical Geology and Paleoecology; Ar/Ar; Atlantic Ocean; Biostratigraphy; Case studies; Ceara Rise; Cenozoic; Climate change; Climate forcing; Correlation; Cyclic processes; Cyclostratigraphy; DSDP Site 525; Data bases; Data integration; Data processing; Deep Sea Drilling Project; Deposition; Depositional environment; East Pacific; Equatorial Atlantic; Equatorial Pacific; Exmouth Plateau; Expeditions 320/321; IPOD; Indian Ocean; Insolation; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; Leg 122; Leg 154; Leg 199; Leg 208; Leg 74; Magnetostratigraphy; Mathematical methods; Mesozoic; Milankovitch theory; North Atlantic; North Pacific; Northeast Pacific; ODP Site 1218; ODP Site 1267; ODP Site 762; ODP Site 926; Ocean Drilling Program; Orbital forcing; Organic compounds; Pacific Ocean; Paleozoic; Precession; Sapropel; Seasonal variations; Sedimentation; Sedimentation rates; South Atlantic; Statistical analysis; Stratigraphic gaps; Stratigraphic units; Succession; Time scales; Time series analysis; U/Pb; Walvis Ridge
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S280600 S280600 E0014300 E0014200
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Record ID: 2015007035
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