L'Atalante MINGULAY 2016
|Ship name (ship code)||L'Atalante (35A3)|
|Cruise identifier||MINGULAY 2016|
|Cruise period||2016-06-21 — 2016-07-01|
|Port of departure||Brest, France|
|Port of return||Galway, Ireland|
|Objectives||This project aims to conduct multiproxy study (sedimentology, biology and geochemical measurements on fossil material) in order to reconstruct changes in reef growth and associated changes in environmental conditions (ocean circulation, sea surface hydrology, temperature) mainly during the Holocene period. We aim to reconstruct past changes in the hydrology of surface and subsurface waters with unprecedented temporal resolutions from 2 distinct water depths. This highly novel project will be conducted by an experienced researchers all with international recognition.
The cruise will take place on the Atalante in the North Atlantic region.
Our studied sites are located
1) offshore Scotland (Mingulay)
2) on the Rockall Plateau (Logachev).
Mingulay cold water coral reef mound is located in the Sea of Hebrides off the West coast of Scotland. Colonies of live cold water corals (L pertusa) are found between 100-150m water depth. The Logachev reef is deeper, around 750m water depth, where colonies of L. pertusa and M. acculata can be found.
|Chief scientist||Mary Elliot (University of Nantes Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics)|
|General||North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)|
|Specific||Scottish coast. Rockall Plateau|