Stable organic carbon isotope stratigraphy across Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 of Demerara Rise, western tropical Atlantic


Erbacher, J., Friedrich, O., Wilson, P.A., Birch, H. and Mutterlose, J. (2005) Stable organic carbon isotope stratigraphy across Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 of Demerara Rise, western tropical Atlantic. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (Online), 6, Q06010. (doi:10.1029/2004GC000850).

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Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 207 recovered expanded sections of organic-carbon-rich laminated shales on Demerara Rise (western tropical Atlantic). High-resolution organic carbon isotope and total organic carbon (TOC) records are presented, which span the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary interval (CTBI), including the Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) 2, from four sites oriented along a NW striking depth transect. These records represent the first high-resolution carbon isotope records across OAE 2 from the South American margin of the tropical Atlantic. Due to the scarcity of age significant fossils, the main purpose of this study was to develop a detailed carbon isotope stratigraphy in order to correlate the CTBI across the depth transect and to tie this to biostratigraphically well-defined sections in the Western Interior Basin (Pueblo, USA), boreal shelf seas (Eastbourne, England), and western Tethys (Oued Mellegue, Tunisia). All four sections studied document a 6‰ increase of δ13Corg values at the base of the CTBI, which is followed by an interval of elevated δ13Corg values and a subsequent decrease. Our results supply an important stratigraphic base for subsequent paleoceanographic studies on Late Cenomanian to Early Turonian sediments from Demerara Rise and elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1525-2027 (print)
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Keywords: carbon isotopes, ODP Leg 207, oceanic anoxic events
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 20419
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:10
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/20419

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