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EARTH SCIENCE > PALEOCLIMATE > OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS > SEDIMENTS
Definition:
Marine sediments are composed of both biogenic and terrigenous materials.
Biogenic sediments includes the remains of planktic and benthic organisms,
which provide a record of past climate and oceanic circulation. Terrigenous
material provides a record of humidity-aridity variations on the continents,
intensity and direction of winds, and other modes of sediment transport
(rivers, glaciers, erosion, etc.).
Reference:
Bradley, R.S. 1999. Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the
Quaternary, 2nd edition. Harcourt Academic Press (Chapter 6).
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