Recent changes in sedimentation regime in Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba, as inferred from

C.M. Alonso-Hernandez, M. Diaz-Asencio, A. Munoz-Caravaca, R. Delfanti, C. Papucci, O. Ferretti, C. Crovato

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Dating techniques based on the natural and anthropogenic radionuclides210Pb and137Cs were applied to the study of the sedimentation regime in Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba. Core samples were collected from different locations in the bay and analysed to evalute the accumulation rate. Results evidenced significant changes in the sedimentation rate during the last 40 years: the recent sediment accumulation rates (0.47-0.50 g cm-2yr-1) in the Northen basin are almost double those estimated before 1965 (0.30 g cm-2yr-1). The210Pb profiles show significant deviations from a simple exponential decline and abrupt variations between 1966 and 1970. These irregularities match closely periods of changes in land use (intense de-forestation and regimentation of the Arimao and Caonao rivers in the late 1960s and early 1970s) and exceptional natural events (Hurricane "Camille" in 1969 and the intense rainfall of 1988) which occurred in Cienfuegos. The137Cs and chlorite minerals profiles validate the results obtained from210Pb dating and confirm the effect of exceptional events and changes in the natural hydrological regime of the bay during the past 40 years. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153 - 167
Number of pages15
JournalContinental Shelf Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Geology

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Alonso-Hernandez, C. M., Diaz-Asencio, M., Munoz-Caravaca, A., Delfanti, R., Papucci, C., Ferretti, O., & Crovato, C. (2006). Recent changes in sedimentation regime in Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba, as inferred from. Continental Shelf Research, 26(2), 153 - 167.