The Geochemical Records of the Mid-Cretaceous in Tibet and Their Implications to the OAEs

Monday, 15 December 2014
Chang Biao, China University of Geosciences Wuhan, Wuhan, China
It is well known that a few Oceanic Anoxic Events(OAEs)occurred with extreme warming climates during the Middle Cretaceous. Although many models have been proposed[ e.g. reference 1-4], the mechanisms for the occurrences of the OAEs with extreme climates remain unclear. Here, we provide inorganic carbon isotope (δ13C), iron speciation chemistry and trace element records for the later Aptian and the Cenomannian OAEs in the Southern Tibet. Our results indicate that these OAEs in the Tibet were featured by extremely negative δ13Canomalies(-15‰~-35‰),rich LREE with Eu positive anomalies and low iron ratios which suggest oxic bottom water conditions for the depositions .Accordingly, we propose that large-scale releases of methane may have greatly consumed dissolved oxygen and other oxidants in the water columns with increasing carbon emissions, which may at least partially contributed to the multiple developments of the oceanic anoxia and extreme warming in the middle Cretaceous.


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