The contemporary distribution of intertidal foraminifera of Cowpen Marsh, Tees Estuary, UK: implications for studies of Holocene sea-level changes

TitleThe contemporary distribution of intertidal foraminifera of Cowpen Marsh, Tees Estuary, UK: implications for studies of Holocene sea-level changes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsHorton BP
JournalPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Volume149
Issue1-4
Pagination127-149
Date Published06/1999
KeywordsForaminifera, intertidal, Sea-level change, taphonomy, Tees Estuary
Abstract

Foraminiferal assemblages were collected at 2-weekly intervals over a period of 12-months from the intertidal zone of Cowpen Marsh. Statistical analyses indicate that the foraminiferal distributions for this site are controlled predominantly by altitude. Furthermore, the contemporary foraminiferal assemblages from Cowpen Marsh broadly reflect vertical floral zones based on vascular plants. Cluster analysis separates foraminiferal assemblages into four zones: two high and middle marsh zones consisting of differing abundances ofJadammina macrescens and Trochammina inflata; a low marsh zone dominated byJadammina macrescens and Miliammina fusca; and a mudflat zone dominated by calcareous foraminiferal species, notably, Elphidium williamsoniHaynesina germanica andQuinqueloculina spp. The altitudinal ranges of the faunal zones are employed to identify the vertical relationship of the local environment in which the assemblage accumulated to a reference tide level.

 
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018298001977
DOI10.1016/S0031-0182(98)00197-7