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South Australian U-Pb zircon (CA-ID-TIMS) age supports globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation

South Australian U-Pb zircon (CA-ID-TIMS) age supports globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation
South Australian U-Pb zircon (CA-ID-TIMS) age supports globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation
A central prediction of the Snowball Earth hypothesis is that glacial onset should be synchronous at low latitudes, and its termination should be rapid and synchronous globally. High precision U/Pb zircon ages provide supporting evidence for the synchronous onset (within error) of the Sturtian glaciation (ca. 716 Ma) on multiple continents. Successful application of Re-Os techniques on organic rich shales and carbonates allow for the possibility of a globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation (ca. 660 Ma), but the sparse isotopic age constraints leave this open to debate. Here we report the first high precision U-Pb zircon age of 663.03 ± 0.11 Ma (2σ) for the end Sturtian recorded in the Bolla Bollana Formation of South Australia. This age supports previously published ages and is permissive with a globally synchronous deglaciation. In conjunction with the timing of glacial onset, this age reinforces the ca. 58 Myr duration of the Sturtian Snowball.
0301-9268
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Collins, Alan
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Cox, Grant, Isakson, Vincent, Hoffman, Paul, Gernon, Thomas, Schmitz, Mark, Shahin, Sameh, Collins, Alan, Preiss, Wolfgang, Blades, Morgan, Mitchell, Ross and Nordsvan, Adam (2018) South Australian U-Pb zircon (CA-ID-TIMS) age supports globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation. Precambrian Research. (doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2018.07.007).

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A central prediction of the Snowball Earth hypothesis is that glacial onset should be synchronous at low latitudes, and its termination should be rapid and synchronous globally. High precision U/Pb zircon ages provide supporting evidence for the synchronous onset (within error) of the Sturtian glaciation (ca. 716 Ma) on multiple continents. Successful application of Re-Os techniques on organic rich shales and carbonates allow for the possibility of a globally synchronous Sturtian deglaciation (ca. 660 Ma), but the sparse isotopic age constraints leave this open to debate. Here we report the first high precision U-Pb zircon age of 663.03 ± 0.11 Ma (2σ) for the end Sturtian recorded in the Bolla Bollana Formation of South Australia. This age supports previously published ages and is permissive with a globally synchronous deglaciation. In conjunction with the timing of glacial onset, this age reinforces the ca. 58 Myr duration of the Sturtian Snowball.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 July 2018

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ISSN: 0301-9268
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