A global planktic foraminifer census data set for the Pliocene ocean

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This article presents data derived by the USGS Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping (PRISM) Project. PRISM has generated planktic foraminifer census data from core sites and outcrops around the globe since 1988. These data form the basis of a number of paleoceanographic reconstructions focused on the mid-Piacenzian Warm Period (3.264 to 3.025 million years ago). Data are presented as counts of individuals within 64 taxonomic categories for each locality. We describe sample acquisition and processing, age dating, taxonomy and archival storage of material. These data provide a unique, stratigraphically focused opportunity to assess the effects of global warming on marine plankton.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A global planktic foraminifer census data set for the Pliocene ocean
Series title Scientific Data
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2015.76
Volume 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Macmillan Publishers Limited
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description Article number: 150076 ; 6 p.
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