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

Jochen Erbacher*, Oliver Friedrich, Paul A. Wilson, Heather Birch, Jörg Mutterlose

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberQ06010
JournalGeochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Carbon isotopes
  • Leg 207
  • Oceanic anoxic events
  • ODP

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