Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 194–199 | Cite as

Geological records of marine environmental changes in the southern Okinawa Trough

  • Rong Xiang
  • Tiegang Li
  • Zuosheng Yang
  • Anchun Li
  • Fuqing Jiang
  • Jun Yan
  • Qiyuan Cao


Indexes of sediment grain size, sedimentation rates, geochemical composition, heavy minerals, benthic foraminiferal fauna, indicator species of the Kuroshio Current, paleo-SST and carbonate dissolution of core E017 conformably suggest a great marine environmental change occurring at about 10.1–9.2 cal. kaBP in the southern Okinawa Trough, which may correspond to the strengthening of the Kuroshio Warm Current and re-entering the Okinawa Trough through the sea area off northeast Taiwan. The invasion of Kuroshio current has experienced a process of gradual strengthening and then weakening, and its intensity became more fluctuation during the last 5000 years. Compared to the transition of sediment grain size, geochemical composition and heavy minerals, the foraminiferal faunas show a 900-year lag, which may indicate that the invasion of Kuroshio Current and the consequent sea surface and deepwater environmental changes is a gradual process, and fauna has an obvious lag compared to environment altering. The carbonate dissolution of the Okinawa Trough has had an apparent strengthening since 9.2 cal. kaBP, and reached a maximum in the late 3000 years, which may be caused by the deepwater environmental changes due to the invasion of Kuroshio Current.


southern Okinawa rough foraminifera sedimentation rate Kuroshio Current carbonate dissolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rong Xiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tiegang Li
    • 1
  • Zuosheng Yang
    • 2
  • Anchun Li
    • 1
  • Fuqing Jiang
    • 1
  • Jun Yan
    • 1
  • Qiyuan Cao
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.College of GeosciencesOcean University of QingdaoQingdaoChina

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