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Permian strontium isotope stratigraphy

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Christoph Korte
Christoph Korte
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen-K, Denmark
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Clemens V. Ullmann
Clemens V. Ullmann
Camborne School of Mines and Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract:

The secular evolution of the Permian seawater 87Sr/86Sr ratios carries information about global tectonic processes, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments, such as occurred during the Early Permian deglaciation, the formation of Pangaea and the Permian–Triassic (P–Tr) mass extinction. Besides this application for discovering geological aspects of Earth history, the marine 87Sr/86Sr curve can also be used for robust correlations when other bio-, litho- and/or chemostratigraphic markers are inadequate. The accuracy of marine 87Sr/86Sr reconstructions, however, depends on high-quality age control of the reference data, and on sample preservation, both of which generally deteriorate with the age of the studied interval. The first-order Permian seawater 87Sr/86Sr trend shows a monotonous decline from approximately 0.7080 in the earliest Permian (Asselian) to approximately 0.7069 in the latest Guadalupian (Capitanian), followed by a steepening increase from the latest Guadalupian towards the P–Tr boundary (c. 0.7071–0.7072) and into the Early Triassic. Various higher-order changes in slope of the Permian 87Sr/86Sr curve are indicated, but cannot currently be verified owing to a lack of sample coverage and significant disagreement of published 87Sr/86Sr records.

Supplementary material: Numbers, information, data and references of the samples discussed are available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3589460

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The Permian Timescale

S.G. Lucas
S.G. Lucas
New Mexico Museum of Natural History, USA
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S. Z. Shen
S. Z. Shen
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, China
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Geological Society of London
Volume
450
ISBN electronic:
9781786203311
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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