Abstract

The Partridge Island stratigraphic section at the Bay of Fundy, Maritime Canada, reveals a continental sedimentary succession with the end-Triassic mass extinction level closely followed by basalts of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP). New Paleomagnetic data show that a short reverse magnetic polarity chron, correlative to E23r of the Newark Geomagnetic Polarity Time Scale (GPTS), is present below the extinction event. Organic carbon isotope data and basalt geochemistry further indicate that the onset of CAMP emplacement in the Bay of Fundy was roughly synchronous with emplacement in the Newark basin, but slightly postdates the oldest CAMP volcanism in Morocco by ∼20 ka. These results confirm the potential for long-distance CAMP correlations based on geochemical trace elements, indicate substantiate provincialism of latest Triassic palynoflora, and suggest a very concise period (<<100 ka) of CAMP emplacement in the northern Atlantic region.

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