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Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Volume 15, issue 13 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 15, 3975-4001, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-3975-2018
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Research article 05 Jul 2018

Research article | 05 Jul 2018

A 1500-year multiproxy record of coastal hypoxia from the northern Baltic Sea indicates unprecedented deoxygenation over the 20th century

Sami A. Jokinen et al.
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Sediment core data from The Archipelago Sea, northern Baltic Sea, Finland S. A. Jokinen, J. J. Virtasalo, T. Jilbert, J. Kaiser, O. Dellwig, H. W. Arz, J. Hänninen, L. Arppe, M. Collander, and T. Saarinen https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.891284

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Oxygen deficiency is a major environmental problem deteriorating seafloor habitats especially in the coastal ocean with large human impact. Here we apply a wide set of chemical and physical analyses to a 1500-year long sediment record and show that, although long-term climate variability has modulated seafloor oxygenation in the coastal northern Baltic Sea, the oxygen loss over the 20th century is unprecedentedly severe, emphasizing the need to reduce anthropogenic nutrient input in the future.
Oxygen deficiency is a major environmental problem deteriorating seafloor habitats especially in...
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