Late pleistocene-holocene ostracod assemblages of the Northern Caspian Sea shelf Academic Article uri icon


  • Analysis of the ostracod assemblages and the distribution of benthic foraminifera Ammonia beccarii in the core section GS 194-08-1 recovered at a depth of 7.5 m near the Volga delta front showed changes in environmental conditions in response to sea-level fluctuations. The pre-Novocaspian ostracod assemblage reflects the conditions that were dominant during the Late Khvalynian transgression, with a depth of about 20-30 m, and a salinity range of 12-13‰. The Early Novocaspian sediments contain an ostracod assemblage that represents a deeper water environment compared to the present, with an inferred depth of 12-16 m. The faunas from the younger Novocaspian sediments with abundant monospecific populations of Cyprideis torosa and co-occurring benthic foraminifera Ammonia beccarii represent modern-like environmental conditions. © 2014 Pleiades Publishing, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Oceanology

author list (cited authors)

  • Chekhovskaya, M. P., Stepanova, A. Y., Khusid, T. A., Matul, A. S., & Rakowski, A. Z

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Chekhovskaya, MP||Stepanova, A Yu||Khusid, TA||Matul, AS||Rakowski, AZ

publication date

  • March 2014