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The Globigerinida

  • John R. Haynes


Members of the Globigerinida constitute up to 10 per cent of the Zooplankton in the oceans and may exceed 60 per cent in certain areas in summer (King and Desmond, 1953). Although they accumulate very slowly their microscopic, dead shells have laid down a blanket of ‘Globigerina Ooze’ on the deep ocean floor. This ooze is usually masked by terrigenous sediment on the shelves but it occurs, often in remarkably pure form, on the Abyssal Plain. It is the dominant sea floor deposit from approximately 600 m down to the Calcite Compensation Depth at about 4500 m, where it is gradually replaced by Siliceous Ooze and Red Clay. As noted earlier, it covers almost half of the total, deep ocean floor and is therefore the most extensive organic sediment on earth.


Oxygen Isotope Middle Eocene Planktonic Foraminifera Sirte Basin Peripheral Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Haynes
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  1. 1.University College of WalesAberystwyth, DyfedUK

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