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Visual identification and quantification of Milankovitch climate cycles in outcrop: an example from the Upper Ordovician Kope Formation, Northern Kentucky

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Brooks B. Ellwood
Brooks B. Ellwood
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
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Carlton E. Brett
Carlton E. Brett
Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, 500 Geology/Physics Building, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
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Jonathan H. Tomkin
Jonathan H. Tomkin
School of Earth, Society, and Environment, University of Illinois, 428 Natural History Building, 1301 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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William D. MacDonald
William D. MacDonald
Department of Geological Sciences, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

Applying time-series analyses using Fourier transform and multi-taper methods to low-field, mass-specific magnetic susceptibility (χ) measurements on marine samples from well-studied shale and limestone outcrops of the Upper Ordovician (Edenian Stage; Upper Katian) Kope Formation, northern Kentucky, corroborates direct visual identification in outcrops of Milankovitch eccentricity (c. 405 and 100 ka), obliquity and precessional climate cycles. Because individual outcrops were too short and deposition too chaotic to yield significant time-series results, it was necessary to build a c. 50 m thick composite sequence from three well-correlated outcrops to quantify the cyclicity. Time-series analysis was then performed using χ measured for 1004 closely spaced samples covering the section. Milankovitch bands are recorded in the time-series data from the composite. We tested this result by comparison of these bands to cyclic packages in outcrop, which correspond to thicknesses represented in the time-series datasets. This is particularly well defined for the eccentricity and obliquity cycles, with precessional bands being evident but as less well-defined packages of beds.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Magnetic Methods and the Timing of Geological Processes

L. Jovane
L. Jovane
Universidade de Saão Paulo, Brazil
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E. Herrero-Bervera
E. Herrero-Bervera
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
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L.A. Hinnov
L.A. Hinnov
Johns Hopkins University, USA
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B. Housen
B. Housen
Western Washington University, USA
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Geological Society of London
Volume
373
ISBN electronic:
9781862396364
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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