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Duration and nature of the end-Cryogenian (Marinoan) glaciation

Prave, Anthony R.; Condon, Daniel J.; Hoffmann, Karl Heinz; Tapster, Simon; Fallick, Anthony E.. 2016 Duration and nature of the end-Cryogenian (Marinoan) glaciation. Geology, 44 (8). 631-634. 10.1130/G38089.1

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Abstract/Summary

The end-Cryogenian glaciation (Marinoan) is portrayed commonly as the archetype of snowball Earth, yet its duration and character remain uncertain. Here we report U-Pb zircon ages for two ash beds from widely separated localities of the Marinoan-equivalent Ghaub Formation in Namibia: 639.29 ± 0.26 Ma and 635.21 ± 0.59 Ma. These findings verify, for the first time, the key prediction of the snowball Earth hypothesis for the Marinoan glaciation, i.e., longevity, with a duration of ≥4 m.y. They also show that the nonglacial interlude of Cryogenian time spanned 20 m.y. or less and that glacigenic erosion and sedimentation, and at least intermittent open-water conditions, occurred 4 m.y. prior to termination of the Marinoan glaciation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1130/G38089.1
ISSN: 0091-7613
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 04 Jul 2016 12:45 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/513906

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