Abstract

Analyses of 87Sr/86Sr in Silurian conodonts recovered from localities in North America and Europe representing 13 of the 14 defined Silurian conodont zones provide a high-resolution record of seawater chemistry for the Silurian Period. These data, which are characterized by little or no scatter, depict several high-frequency cycles superimposed on a gradual longer term rise in 87Sr/86Sr for the Silurian. High-frequency cycles have a duration of about one conodont zone, and many correlate with sequence boundaries recognized around the world. These data provide a much higher resolution image of secular changes in 87Sr/86Sr during the Silurian and may require a rethinking of models of strontium isotope flux in marine basins.

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