Betzler, Christian, Lindhorst, Sebastian, Lüdmann, Thomas, Reijmer, John J., Braga, Juan-Carlos, Bialik, Or M., Reolid, Jesus, Eisermann, Jan Oliver, Emeis, Kay, Rixen, Tim and Bissessur, Dass (2021) Current and sea level control the demise of shallow carbonate production on a tropical bank (Saya de Malha Bank, Indian Ocean). Geology, 49 (12). pp. 1431-1435. DOI

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Carbonate platforms are built mainly by corals living in shallow light-saturated tropical waters. The Saya de Malha Bank (Indian Ocean), one of the world's largest carbonate platforms, lies in the path of the South Equatorial Current. Its reefs do not reach sea level, and all carbonate production is mesophotic to oligophotic. New geological and oceanographic data unravel the evolution and environment of the bank, elucidating the factors determining this exceptional state. There are no nutrient-related limitations for coral growth. A switch from a rimmed atoll to a current-exposed system with only mesophotic coral growth is proposed to have followed the South Equatorial Current development during the late Neogene. Combined current activity and sea-level fluctuations are likely controlling factors of modern platform configuration.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA2
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
ISSN: 0091-7613
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 13:14
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:31

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