Staff Scientist: Adam Klaus
Co-Chief Scientists: Richard D. Norris & Dick Kroon
The proposed transect of cores will be used to: (1) interpret the vertical structure of the Paleogene and Cretaceous oceans and test the 'warm saline deep water' hypothesis near the proposed source areas; (2) provide critically needed low latitude sediments for interpreting tropical SST and climate cyclicity in the Cretaceous and Paleogene; (3) provide well preserved planktic microfossils for refinement of low latitude Paleogene and Cretaceous chronologies and evolutionary dynamics; (4) recover a complete Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary along a depth transect to describe the events surrounding the boundary and water depth-related changes in sedimentation of the boundary beds; (5) recover sections suitable for magnetic stratigraphy so that low latitude biochronologies may be tied directly to the magnetic reversal record; (6) interpret the thermocline and intermediate water structure of low latitude, Lower Cretaceous oceans and refine the biochronology of this period.
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