State of the Art in the Paleoceanographic Reconstructions at the Argentina Continental Margin

  • Cecilia Laprida
  • Natalia L. García Chapori
  • Roberto A. Violante
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)


The characteristics of the Argentina Continental Margin, particularly depending on its key location in the climate and oceanographic global system, make it to have a high potential for paleoclimatic, paleoceanographic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. An overview of the present knowledge of the matter, given by the application of a varied set of proxies and tracers in different regions of the margin, like the shelf and the slope, is detailed.


Paleoreconstructions in the Argentine margin Shelf Slope-rise Bioproxies Sedimentological proxies Geochemical proxies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Laprida
    • 1
  • Natalia L. García Chapori
    • 1
  • Roberto A. Violante
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Estudos Andinos “Don Pablo Groeber”, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Departamento de Ciencias GeológicasUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Department of OceanographyArgentina Hydrographic SurveyBuenos AiresArgentina

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