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Stable isotope analysis of the Cenomanian–Turonian (Late Cretaceous) oceanic anoxic event in the Crimea

Fisher, Jodie K.; Price, Gregory D.; Hart, Malcolm B.; Leng, Melanie J.. 2005 Stable isotope analysis of the Cenomanian–Turonian (Late Cretaceous) oceanic anoxic event in the Crimea. Cretaceous Research, 26 (6). 853-863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2005.05.010

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Abstract/Summary

Carbon and oxygen isotope data from Cenomanian–Turonian sediments from the southwest of the Crimea are presented. The sediments consist of limestones, marls and organic-rich claystones, the latter with total organic carbon values up to 2.6 wt. %, representing Oceanic Anoxic Event 2. A shift to more negative δ18O values through the uppermost Cenomanian into the lowermost Turonian may be the result of warming; however, petrographic analysis shows that the samples have undergone a degree of diagenetic alteration. The carbon isotope data reveal a positive excursion from ∼2.7‰ to a peak of 4.3‰ at the Cenomanian/Turonian boundary; values then decrease in the early Turonian. This excursion is comparable to those of other Cenomanian–Turonian sections, such as those seen in the Anglo-Paris Basin, and is thought to be due to global changes in the oceanic carbon reservoir. On this curve are a number of negative δ13C excursions, just below the Cenomanian/Turonian boundary. It is suggested that these negative excursions are associated with the uptake of light carbon derived from the oxidation and deterioration of organic material during localised exposure of the sediments to oxic or meteoric diagenetic conditions, possibly during sea-level fluctuations.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2005.05.010
Programmes: BGS Programmes > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
ISSN: 01956671
Date made live: 10 Dec 2013 11:01 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504198

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