OCCURRENCE OF HALODINIUM: AN INDICATOR OF GLACIAL RUNOFF FROM THE LATE PLEISTOCENE SEDIMENTS OF SVALBARD
The sediment samples were recently collected during the Indian Arctic Expedition, 2016 to Svalbard, Norway. The genus Halodinium, Bujak (1984) has been recorded from the Late Pleistocene glacio-marine sediments at Stuphallet, Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. Halodinium is said to be of algal origin found in marine to estuarine environments and provides signal of increased glacial melt water influence. The early records of Halodinium are from the Pliocene sediments of Bering Sea and uppermost Pliocene of southwestern England to recent sediments of Canada. These have also been recorded in the fjord surface sediments of Baffin Bay and show significant increase towards the glacier meltwater plumes.