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Postimpact alteration of sedimentary breccias in the ICDP-USGS Eyreville A and B cores with comparison to the Cape Charles core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA

Daniel Larsen, Elizabeth C. Stephens and Vladimir B. Zivkovic
Postimpact alteration of sedimentary breccias in the ICDP-USGS Eyreville A and B cores with comparison to the Cape Charles core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA (in The ICDP-USGS deep drilling project in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure; results from the Eyreville core holes, Gregory S. Gohn (editor), Christian Koeberl (editor), Kenneth G. Miller (editor) and Wolf Uwe Reimold (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2009) 458: 699-721

Abstract

In this study, we extend the knowledge of postimpact alteration processes through an investigation of mineralogy and petrology of 24 samples from the Exmore Formation and sedimentary megablock intervals in the Eyreville borehole within the Chesapeake Bay impact structure and comparisons to similar studies of cored intervals of the Cape Charles borehole. The bulk mineralogical studies reveal quartz, feldspars (microcline and albite), muscovite, smectite-vermiculite clays, and kaolinite with variable quantities of pyrite, zeolites, calcite, and chlorite. X-ray diffraction analysis of the clay (<2 mu m) fraction of samples indicates that the clays are dominated by expandable clays with lesser quantities of illite, kaolinite, glauconite, and mixed-layered clays. The expandable clays include smectite, vermiculite, and smectite-vermiculite intergrade varieties; illite interlayering is minimal (generally, <10% illite layers). Thin section and scanning electron microscope petrography in the Exmore breccia show evidence for extensive authigenic expandable clay in the matrix and dispersed pyrite lepispheres and fine calcite rhombs. Grain alteration includes feldspar dissolution and albitization, glauconite recrystallization, and dissolution and expandable-clay replacement of micas. Taken together, the results indicate that low-temperature alteration (maximum temperatures 60-80 degrees C) is prevalent in the sedimentary clast-rich intervals in the Eyreville cores, and the maximum effects are observed between 600 and 970 m depth. In comparison, the Exmore Formation from the Cape Charles borehole, 8 km to the southwest and overlying the central peak of the inner crater, shows more advanced authigenesis with Fe-rich chlorite, common quartz overgrowths, and mixed-layered illite-smectite clay with as much as 20% interlayered illite. A low-temperature hydrothermal mineral assemblage is documented in suevite and crystalline-clast breccia at depths of 725-820 m in the Cape Charles borehole. The fine-grained clastic target material and contained seawater are argued to have limited initial target melting and initial crater-floor temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure to an even greater degree than that of other marine craters targeted in consolidated sedimentary substrates. Subsequent hydrothermal circulation was confined to the central uplift and neighboring fractured zones, whereas alteration in the overlying sedimentary breccias involved conductive heat flow, reaction with hypersaline pore fluids, and minor fluid flow into more porous, permeable sedimentary blocks adjacent to the central uplift.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 458
Title: Postimpact alteration of sedimentary breccias in the ICDP-USGS Eyreville A and B cores with comparison to the Cape Charles core, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia, USA
Title: The ICDP-USGS deep drilling project in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure; results from the Eyreville core holes
Author(s): Larsen, DanielStephens, Elizabeth C.Zivkovic, Vladimir B.
Author(s): Gohn, Gregory S.editor
Author(s): Koeberl, Christianeditor
Author(s): Miller, Kenneth G.editor
Author(s): Reimold, Wolf Uweeditor
Affiliation: University of Memphis, Department of Earth Sciences, Memphis, TN, United States
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States
Pages: 699-721
Published: 2009
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 978-0-8137-2458-4
References: 89
Accession Number: 2010-012518
Categories: Sedimentary petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect., strat. cols., 2 plates, 2 tables, geol. sketch map
N37°07'00" - N37°34'00", W76°01'60" - W75°40'00"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Vienna, AUT, AustriaRutgers State University of New Jersey, USA, United StatesHumboldt University Berlin, DEU, Federal Republic of Germany
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201008
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