Paleogene carbon isotope excursions in the Bunkers Hill borehole : Hampshire Basin, UK

Hodgson, Emma; Grimes, Stephen T.; Price, Gregory D.; Fitzpatrick, Meriel E.J.; Hart, Malcolm B.; Leng, Melanie J.. 2011 Paleogene carbon isotope excursions in the Bunkers Hill borehole : Hampshire Basin, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 122 (3). 460-471. 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.01.005

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This study demonstrates that the Bunkers Hill borehole, which is located within the Hampshire Basin, contains a carbon isotope excursion (CIE) in the Upnor Formation followed by a positive recovery from another CIE within the overlying Reading Formation. This study has also shown that the CIE in the Upnor Formation predates the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), while the carbon isotope recovery at the base of the Reading Formation is most likely related to it. The positive carbon isotope trend, before a return to more negative values, seen throughout the majority of the Reading Formation can also be seen in coeval deposits in the Jubilee 404T borehole in the London Basin and in the Tienen Formation in the Doel and Kallo boreholes from the Belgium Basin. This indicates that this post-PETM carbon isotope signal may, therefore, be regional if not global in nature.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.01.005
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
ISSN: 0016-7878
Date made live: 12 Jul 2011 13:09 +0 (UTC)

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