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L'Atalante MINGULAY 2016

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)L'Atalante (35A3)
Cruise identifierMINGULAY 2016
Cruise period2016-06-21 — 2016-07-01
Port of departureBrest, France
Port of returnGalway, Ireland
ObjectivesThis 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 scientistMary Elliot (University of Nantes Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics)
NPRCL'Atalante MINGULAY 2016 NPRC latalante_mingulay2016.pdf (0.61 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificScottish coast. Rockall Plateau