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Sample records for neoproterozoic sedimentary successions

  1. Sedimentary talc in Neoproterozoic carbonate successions

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    Tosca, N. J.; MacDonald, F. A.; Strauss, J. V.; Johnston, D. T.; Knoll, A. H.

    2010-12-01

    Talc, Mg3Si4O10(OH)2, is normally considered a high temperature mineral and usually forms from hydrothermal alteration or metamorphism of ultramafic rocks. Talc has also been identified in evaporites, but is more scarce in association with carbonate rocks. Here we report the unusual occurrence of early diagenetic talc associated with early Neoproterozoic (~800-700 Ma) carbonate deposited on two separate platform margins. In the Akademikerbreen Group of Svalbard, the talc occurs as nodules that pre-date microspar cements, filling molar tooth structures and primary porosity in stromatolitic carbonates. In the upper Fifteenmile Group of the Ogilvie Mtns, NW Canada, the talc is present as nodules, coated grains, rip-up clasts and massive beds that are several meters thick and can be traced laterally over 150 km. All of the Neoproterozoic talc samples exhibit a high degree of stacking disorder and are essentially turbostratic, with no mixed layering or occurrences with sepiolite. Sedimentary talc requires a specific set of chemical conditions for its precursors and formation, and its occurrence on two margins suggests a link (direct or indirect) to contemporaneous ocean chemistry. At low temperatures, the Mg-silicate system is controlled mainly by kinetic phenomena and constraints on early diagenetic chemistry are difficult to derive based on thermodynamics alone. To address this problem, we designed an experimental program to evaluate the roles of pH, Mg2+ and SiO2(aq) on the formation of Mg-silicates from low-SO4 (~2.8 mmol/kg), Neoproterozoic-like seawater. Our experiments reveal a sharp and reproducible pH boundary (at ~ 8.66), only above which does poorly crystalline Mg-silicate precipitate. Increasing Mg2+ and/or SiO2(aq) alone is insufficient to nucleate the material; the pH control can be explained by Mg-silica complexing activated by the deprotonation of silicic acid above pH ~8.6-8.7. FT-IR, TEM and XRD analyses of the primary precipitate reveal a talc-like 2

  2. Sedimentary talc in Neoproterozoic carbonate successions

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    Tosca, Nicholas J.; Macdonald, Francis A.; Strauss, Justin V.; Johnston, David T.; Knoll, Andrew H.

    2011-06-01

    Mineralogical, petrographic and sedimentological observations document early diagenetic talc in carbonate-dominated successions deposited on two early Neoproterozoic (~ 800-700 million years old) platform margins. In the Akademikerbreen Group, Svalbard, talc occurs as nodules that pre-date microspar cements that fill molar tooth structures and primary porosity in stromatolitic carbonates. In the upper Fifteenmile Group of the Ogilvie Mountains, NW Canada, the talc is present as nodules, coated grains, rip-up clasts and massive beds that are several meters thick. To gain insight into the chemistry required to form early diagenetic talc, we conducted precipitation experiments at 25 °C with low-SO 4 synthetic seawater solutions at varying pH, Mg 2+ and SiO 2(aq). Our experiments reveal a sharp and reproducible pH boundary (at ~ 8.7) only above which does poorly crystalline Mg-silicate precipitate; increasing Mg 2+ and/or SiO 2(aq) alone is insufficient to produce the material. The strong pH control can be explained by Mg-silica complexing activated by the deprotonation of silicic acid above ~ 8.6-8.7. FT-IR, TEM and XRD of the synthetic precipitates reveal a talc-like 2:1 trioctahedral structure with short-range stacking order. Hydrothermal experiments simulating burial diagenesis show that dehydration of the precipitate drives a transition to kerolite (hydrated talc) and eventually to talc. This formation pathway imparts extensive layer stacking disorder to the synthetic talc end-product that is identical to Neoproterozoic occurrences. Early diagenetic talc in Neoproterozoic carbonate platform successions appears to reflect a unique combination of low Al concentrations (and, by inference, low siliciclastic input), near modern marine salinity and Mg 2+, elevated SiO 2(aq), and pH > ~ 8.7. Because the talc occurs in close association with microbially influenced sediments, we suggest that soluble species requirements were most easily met through microbial influences on

  3. Biostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic correlation of Neoproterozoic sedimentary successions: upper Tindir Group, northwestern Canada, as a test case

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Knoll, A. H.; Awramik, S. M.

    1992-01-01

    Recent advances in Proterozoic micropaleontology and sedimentary isotope geochemistry suggest that improved interbasinal correlation of Neoproterozoic (1000-540 Ma) successions is possible. Because widely varying interpretations of its age have been suggested and no reliable radiometric dates or paleomagnetic data are available, the upper Tindir Group of northwestern Canada provides an opportunity to test this hypothesis. The age of these strata is of paleontological importance because silicified carbonates near the top of the group contain disc-shaped-scale microfossils that may provide insights into the early evolution of biomineralization. A reinterpretation of upper Tindir microfossil assemblages suggests a late Riphean age. Although diagenesis and contact metamorphism have altered the isotopic compositions of some carbonates, least altered samples indicate that delta 13C of contemporaneous seawater was at least +4.7%, typical of Neoproterozoic, but not Cambrian, carbonates. Strontium isotopic compositions of the least altered samples yield values of approximately 0.7065, which can be uniquely correlated with late Riphean seawater. Together, micropaleontology and the isotopic tracers of C and Sr constrain the upper Tindir carbonates and their unique fossils to be late Riphean, likely between 620 and 780 Ma.

  4. Biostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic correlation of Neoproterozoic sedimentary successions: upper Tindir Group, northwestern Canada, as a test case.

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    Kaufman, A J; Knoll, A H; Awramik, S M

    1992-02-01

    Recent advances in Proterozoic micropaleontology and sedimentary isotope geochemistry suggest that improved interbasinal correlation of Neoproterozoic (1000-540 Ma) successions is possible. Because widely varying interpretations of its age have been suggested and no reliable radiometric dates or paleomagnetic data are available, the upper Tindir Group of northwestern Canada provides an opportunity to test this hypothesis. The age of these strata is of paleontological importance because silicified carbonates near the top of the group contain disc-shaped-scale microfossils that may provide insights into the early evolution of biomineralization. A reinterpretation of upper Tindir microfossil assemblages suggests a late Riphean age. Although diagenesis and contact metamorphism have altered the isotopic compositions of some carbonates, least altered samples indicate that delta 13C of contemporaneous seawater was at least +4.7%, typical of Neoproterozoic, but not Cambrian, carbonates. Strontium isotopic compositions of the least altered samples yield values of approximately 0.7065, which can be uniquely correlated with late Riphean seawater. Together, micropaleontology and the isotopic tracers of C and Sr constrain the upper Tindir carbonates and their unique fossils to be late Riphean, likely between 620 and 780 Ma. PMID:11537751

  5. Sedimentary genesis and lithostratigraphy of Neoproterozoic megabreccia from Mufulira, Copperbelt of Zambia

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    Wendorff, Marek

    2005-07-01

    The Lufilian arc is an orogenic belt in central Africa that extends between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and deforms the Neoproterozoic-Lower Palaeozoic metasedimentary succession of the Katanga Supergroup. The arc contains thick bodies of fragmental rocks that include blocks reaching several kilometres in size. Some megablocks contain Cu and Cu-Co-mineralised Katangan strata. These coarse clastic rocks, called the Katangan megabreccias, have traditionally been interpreted in the DRC as tectonic breccias formed during Lufilian orogenesis due to friction underneath Katangan nappes. In mid-90th, several occurrences in Zambia have been interpreted in the same manner. Prominent among them is an occurrence at Mufulira, considered by previous workers as a ≈1000 m thick tectonic friction breccia containing a Cu-Co-mineralised megablock. This paper presents new results pertaining to the lower stratigraphic interval of the Katanga Supergroup at Mufulira and represented by the Roan Group and the succeeding Mwashya Subgroup of the Guba Group. The interval interpreted in the past as tectonic Roan megabreccia appears to be an almost intact sedimentary succession, the lower part of which consists of Roan Group carbonate rocks with siliciclastic intercalations containing several interbeds of matrix-supported conglomerate. A Cu-Co-mineralised interval is not an allochthonous block but a part of the stratigraphic succession underlain and overlain by conglomerate beds, which were considered in the past as tectonic friction breccias. The overlying megabreccia is a syn-rift sedimentary olistostrome succession that rests upon the Roan strata with a subtle local unconformity. The olistostrome succession consists of three complexes typified by matrix-supported debris-flow conglomerates with Roan clasts. Some of the conglomerate beds pass upwards to normally graded turbidite layers and are accompanied by solitary slump beds. The three conglomeratic assemblages are

  6. Provenance of Neoproterozoic sedimentary basement of northern Iran, Kahar Formation

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    Etemad-Saeed, Najmeh; Hosseini-Barzi, Mahboubeh; Adabi, Mohammad Hossein; Sadeghi, Abbas; Houshmandzadeh, Abdolrahim

    2015-11-01

    This article presents new data to understand the nature of the hidden crystalline basement of northern Iran and the tectonic setting of Iran during late Neoproterozoic time. The siliciclastic-dominated Kahar Formation represents the oldest known exposures of northern Iran and comprises late Ediacaran (ca. 560-550 Ma) compositionally immature sediments including mudrocks, sandstones, and conglomerates. This work focuses on provenance of three well preserved outcrops of this formation in Alborz Mountains: Kahar Mountain, Sarbandan, and Chalus Road, through petrographic and geochemical methods. Mineralogical Index of Alteration (MIA) and Chemical Index of Alteration (CIA-after correction for K-metasomatism) values combined with A-CN-K relations suggest moderate weathering in the source areas. The polymictic nature of Kahar conglomerates indicates a mixed provenance for them. However, modal analysis of Kahar sandstones (volcanic to plagioclase-rich lithic arkose) and whole rock geochemistry of mudrocks suggest that they are largely first-cycle sediments and that their sources were remarkably late Ediacaran, intermediate-felsic igneous rocks from proximal arc settings. Tectonic setting discrimination diagrams also indicate a convergent plate margin and continental arc related basin for Kahar sediments. This interpretation is supported by the phyllo-tectic to tectic composition and geochemistry of mudrocks. These results reveal the presence of a felsic/intermediate subduction-related basement (∼600-550 Ma) in this region, which provides new constraints on subduction scenario during this time interval in Iran, as a part of the Peri-Gondwanan terranes.

  7. Derivation of S and Pb in phanerozoic intrusion-related metal deposits from neoproterozoic sedimentary pyrite, Great Basin, United States

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    Vikre, P.G.; Poulson, S.R.; Koenig, A.E.

    2011-01-01

    The thick (???8 km), regionally extensive section of Neoproterozoic siliciclastic strata (terrigenous detrital succession, TDS) in the central and eastern Great Basin contains sedimentary pyrite characterized by mostly high d34S values (-11.6 to 40.8%, <70% exceed 10%; 51 analyses) derived from reduction of seawater sulfate, and by markedly radiogenic Pb isotopes ( 207Pb/204Pb <19.2; 15 analyses) acquired from clastic detritus eroded from Precambrian cratonal rocks to the east-southeast. In the overlying Paleozoic section, Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag-Au deposits associated with Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary granitic intrusions (intrusion-related metal deposits) contain galena and other sulfide minerals with S and Pb isotope compositions similar to those of TDS sedimentary pyrite, consistent with derivation of deposit S and Pb from TDS pyrite. Minor element abundances in TDS pyrite (e.g., Pb, Zn, Cu, Ag, and Au) compared to sedimentary and hydrothermal pyrite elsewhere are not noticeably elevated, implying that enrichment in source minerals is not a precondition for intrusion-related metal deposits. Three mechanisms for transferring components of TDS sedimentary pyrite to intrusion-related metal deposits are qualitatively evaluated. One mechanism involves (1) decomposition of TDS pyrite in thermal aureoles of intruding magmas, and (2) aqueous transport and precipitation in thermal or fluid mixing gradients of isotopically heavy S, radiogenic Pb, and possibly other sedimentary pyrite and detrital mineral components, as sulfide minerals in intrusion-related metal deposits. A second mechanism invokes mixing and S isotope exchange in thermal aureoles of Pb and S exsolved from magma and derived from decomposition of sedimentary pyrite. A third mechanism entails melting of TDS strata or assimilation of TDS strata by crustal or mantle magmas. TDS-derived or assimilated magmas ascend, decompress, and exsolve a mixture of TDS volatiles, including isotopically heavy S and radiogenic Pb

  8. Chemostratigraphy of early Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of Yenisei ridge (Siberia, Russia)

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    Vishnevskaya, Irina; Pisareva, Natalia; Kanygina, Nadejda; Proshenkin, Artem

    2014-05-01

    One of the biggest Proterozoic sedimentary basins in Russia is around the Siberian platform. This study about little part of them - Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of Yenisei ridge (Southwestern margin of Siberian Platform). Thise geological structure is ancient and very difficult for reaserch. It is a collage of different blocks: volcanic arcks, ophiolite complexes and sedimentary rocks of various ages and degrees of metamorphism. Sedimentary complexes of Siberian platform are outcropping along Angara River and its tributary. Neoproterozoic ones are presented by terrigenous-carbonate rocks of Tungusik and Oslyan groups. Despite the long study history of the area is still controversial question of time of formation of these rocks. As determination of the age of Precambrian sedimentary rocks is very difficult, Sr isotopic chemostratigraphy appears to be the only approach to establish the age of carbonate sequences. All Rb-Sr author's data was investigated by the method of selective dissolution with the preliminary removal of epigenetic carbonate phases. The isotope dilution method with mixed 87Rb + 84Sr spike was used to determine Rb and Sr concentrations in both fractions on the MI 1201AT mass spectrometer. Sr isotope ratios were measured on the Finnigan MAT-262 (BAC CU, Irkutsk, Russia) and Triton Plus (IGG UB RAS, Ekaterinburg, Russia). The C-O isotopic composition in carbon samples was measured on the Finnigan MAT-253 equipment. The main criteria for integrity were correlations of impurity-elements (Mn, Fe, Sr) and stable isotopes (C, O) with each other. The less altered rocks of the Tungusik Group are characterized by 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7055-0.7058, and wide variations in the δ13CPDB values from 0 to +5o [1]. The primary 87Sr/86Sr of Dashka Formation (Oslyan Group) is 0.7057 - 0.7060 and δ13CPDB value varies in interval 3.7-4.3o like in upper part of Tungusik Group. High positive values of δ13CPDB indicate that carbonates had accumulated in warm sea

  9. The paleoclimatic significance of deformation structures in Neoproterozoic successions

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    Arnaud, Emmanuelle

    2012-01-01

    This paper reviews the different types of soft sediment deformation structures that can form in glacial and non-glacial settings and explores the potential use of these structures in resolving long standing debates in paleoenvironmental reconstructions of Neoproterozoic glacigenic successions. Soft sediment deformation structures are created when compressional, gravitational or shear stress is applied to unlithified sediments during or shortly after deposition. In subglacial or ice marginal glacial settings, shear and compressional stress imparted by ice moving on top of a deformable substrate or advancing ice buldozing unlithified ice marginal sediments can result in a wide range of folding, faulting and shear structures. In glaciofluvial or stagnant ice marginal setting, gravitational collapse and remobilization of sediments associated with the melting of buried ice can result in normal faulting and broad folding. In glaciolacustrine or glaciomarine settings, compressional, shear and gravitational types of deformation structures can occur as a result of grounding ice or icebergs, rapid sedimentation and reworking downslope associated with high sedimentation rates. In non glacial settings, similar deformation structures can form as a result of slope instability and reworking of sediments downslope, rapid sedimentation, seismic shaking, wave induced shearing or loading. In this context, two case studies are presented to demonstrate the type of paleoenvironmental information that an analysis of deformation structures can provide. In the first case study, analysis of deformation in the Port Askaig Formation (Scotland) reveals a distinctive stratigraphic distribution of deformation structures. The types of deformation observed together with their recurrence over several 100s of meters and their basinal context are used to infer a seismic origin for the deformation, which in turn suggests a significant tectonic control on sedimentation atop a record of ice margin

  10. Neoproterozoic active continental margin in the southeastern Yangtze Block of South China: Evidence from the ca. 830-810 Ma sedimentary strata

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    Wang, Wei; Zhou, Mei-Fu; Zhao, Jun-Hong; Pandit, Manoj K.; Zheng, Jian-Ping; Liu, Ze-Rui

    2016-08-01

    The Jiangnan Fold Belt in the South China Block has been traditionally assumed to be Mesoproterozoic in age and related to the global Grenville orogeny. Sedimentary successions in the Jiangnan Fold Belt archive direct record of tectonic evolution; however, they have not yet been evaluated properly. The Lushan massif, comprising Kangwanggu and Xingzi groups, is the major basement complex in the Jiangnan Belt. Regional correlation of these two groups is poorly constrained, such as with the Shuangqiaoshan group, and thus their role in the regional tectonic evolution is not clear. Detrital zircon U-Pb ages suggest that the Xingzi and Kangwanggu groups were deposited at 820-810 and ca. 830 Ma, respectively. They are composed of dominantly felsic to intermediate volcanic detritus, as indicated by the relatively high Th/Cr (0.24-0.06) ratios and radiogenic Nd isotopes (εNd(t) values = + 1.5 to - 2.9) of the sedimentary rocks. An overwhelming abundance of Neoproterozoic (ca. 860-810 Ma) angular, detrital zircon grains in both the groups indicates derivation chiefly from locally distributed syn-sedimentary igneous rocks. A predominance of zircons with ages close to the time of deposition implies a convergent plate margin setting for Kangwanggu and Xingzi groups. Geochemical signatures, such as La-Th-Co and Th-Sc-Zr/10 plots for Xingzi and Kangwanggu sedimentary rocks also underline tectonically active settings, consistent with the arc affinity of the associated mafic and felsic volcanic rocks. In contrast to the dominant Neoproterozoic detritus in the Kangwanggu sandstone, argillaceous rocks of the Xingzi group received additional input of pre-Neoproterozoic detritus. Moreover, the Xingzi argillaceous rocks have εNd(t) values (+ 0.9 to - 2.9) slightly lower than those of the Kangwanggu sandstones (+ 1.5 to 0.0), indicating contribution from mature crustal materials exposed during progressive uplift of continental basement during orogenesis. These features suggest the

  11. The Mintom Formation (new): Sedimentology and geochemistry of a Neoproterozoic, Paralic succession in south-east Cameroon

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    Caron, V.; Ekomane, E.; Mahieux, G.; Moussango, P.; Ndjeng, E.

    2010-06-01

    This paper presents a lithologic and stratigraphic description of the Neoproterozoic (ante- or syn- Pan-African orogeny) Mintom Formation (new) of southeastern Cameroon, and provides a new facies and geochemical analysis of the sedimentary succession, formerly referred to as the upper Dja series. The Mintom Formation can be subdivided from base to top into four members that record a general increase in carbonate content. The members (all new) from lower to upper are: Kol Member (diamictite and pelite), Metou Member (dolostone), Momibolé Member (calcareous pelite), and Atog Adjap Member (limestone). Although the lithostratigraphic architecture looks very similar to that of well-documented syn- and post-glacial Neoproterozoic deposits, physical evidence of glacial influence is absent. By contrast with other Central African Neoproterozoic carbonates deposited in ramp settings, the succession does not contain open marine facies. Limestones consist of monotonous subhedral microsparitic calcite mosaics and display occasional microbial laminae. These observations force reevaluation of both previous paleoenvironmental interpretations of the deposits and their comparison with neighboring Ediacaran carbonates. We assume that the graded basal succession from diamictite to laminated pelitic facies is compatible with emplacement of mass flow deposits in toe-of-slope setting during regional uplift. Interpretation of the overlying Métou dolostone is uncertain though sedimentological and geochemical properties point to a likely quiet depositional setting. The upper part of the Formation, including the Momibolé and Atog Adjap Members, is conspicuously laminated, in places rhythmically and ripple-bedded, suggesting shallow subaqueous and calm depositional conditions only interrupted by occasional slumps indicative of a locally steepened bottom topography. Evaporitic fabrics and fenestral pores further indicate shallow water, possibly peritidal, environmental conditions. In spite

  12. Sedimentary and tectonic history of the Holowilena Ironstone, a Neoproterozoic iron formation in South Australia

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    Lechte, Maxwell Alexander; Wallace, Malcolm William

    2015-11-01

    The Holowilena Ironstone is a Neoproterozoic iron formation in South Australia associated with glacial deposits of the Sturtian glaciation. Through a comprehensive field study coupled with optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and X-ray diffraction, a detailed description of the stratigraphy, sedimentology, mineralogy, and structure of the Holowilena Ironstone was obtained. The Holowilena Ironstone comprises ferruginous shales, siltstones, diamictites, and is largely made up of hematite and jasper, early diagenetic replacement minerals of precursor iron oxyhydroxides, and silica. These chemical precipitates are variably influenced by turbidites and debris flows contributing clastic detritus to the depositional system. Structural and stratigraphic evidence suggests deposition within a synsedimentary half-graben. A model for the Holowilena Ironstone is proposed, in which dense oxic fluids expelled during sea ice formation in the Cryogenian pool in the depression of the half-graben, allowing for long-lived mixing with the ferruginous seawater and the deposition of iron oxides. This combination of glacial dynamics, tectonism, and ocean chemistry may explain the return of iron formations in the Neoproterozoic.

  13. Geology of East Egypt greenstone field in Neoproterozoic isoand arc: Reconstruction of Iron formation sedimentary environment.

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    Kiyokawa, S.; Suzuki, T.

    2015-12-01

    Geology of East Egypt greenstone-granit belt which is northern part of Nubia shield was identified neoproterozoic island arc amalgamated sections. There are several iron formation within these greenstone belt. Age data shows this iron formation may be overlaped during 700 Ma Snowball period, how ever, there is no detail report of well preserved ice related evidences. We now started detail field work for identified tectonic reconstruction, original stratigraphy around Iron formation and sedimentary environment during the iron formation sedimentation area. East Egyptian shield was divided three geology, Proterozoic greenstone complex, 700-600 Granitic domes and cover sequence (Hammamet Group). We focus three area to identified sedimentary environment of iron sedimentation. Along the north-south trend of Wadi EL Dabban area are, we named Wadi branch as West site is RW-0 ~ 12, East site is RE-0 ~ 12 from north to south. Northern area is structurally moderate, southern portion is north dipping. Southern portion was intruded by granite and several place contain granitic dikes. Northeast to eastern area are identified younger sedimentary sequence (Hammamat Group) which is unconformablly overlay on the other iron formation bearing greenstone belt. Structurally these area is divided four units. Wadi was divided by right-lateral strike-ship fault. The displacement are more than 3 km. Also north dipping faults are identified.East-West trend fault are divided two units. It is divided NE, SE, NW and NS units.SW unit is most well preserved thick sequence of the Iron formation. SW unit is well preserved iron formation sequence within thick volcaniclastics. This unit mostly north dipping around 40-60 degree. Structural repetition in not well understand. Reconstract stratigraphy in this unit is at least 4000m in thickness. 5 member is identified in this sequence. Several thin iron formations are observed with in pillow lava and volcaniclastic sequence. These very thick

  14. Neoproterozoic diamictite-cap carbonate succession and δ13C chemostratigraphy from eastern Sonora, Mexico

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    Corsetti, Frank A.; Stewart, John H.; Hagadorn, James W.

    2007-01-01

    Despite the occurrence of Neoproterozoic strata throughout the southwestern U.S. and Sonora, Mexico, glacial units overlain by enigmatic cap carbonates have not been well-documented south of Death Valley, California. Here, we describe in detail the first glaciogenic diamictite and cap carbonate succession from Mexico, found in the Cerro Las Bolas Group. The diamictite is exposed near Sahuaripa, Sonora, and is overlain by a 5 m thick very finely-laminated dolostone with soft sediment folds. Carbon isotopic chemostratigraphy of the finely-laminated dolostone reveals a negative δ13C anomaly (down to − 3.2‰ PDB) characteristic of cap carbonates worldwide. Carbon isotopic values rise to + 10‰ across ∼ 400 m of section in overlying carbonates of the Mina el Mezquite and Monteso Formations. The pattern recorded here is mostly characteristic of post-Sturtian (ca. ≤ 700 Ma), but pre-Marinoan (ca. ≥ 635 Ma) time. However, the Cerro Las Bolas Group shares ambiguity common to most Neoproterozoic successions: it lacks useful radiometric age constraints and biostratigraphically useful fossils, and its δ13C signature is oscillatory and therefore somewhat equivocal.

  15. Tectonostratigraphy and depositional history of the Neoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary sequences in Kid area, southeastern Sinai, Egypt: Implications for intra-arc to foreland basin in the northern Arabian-Nubian Shield

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    Khalaf, E. A.; Obeid, M. A.

    2013-09-01

    This paper presents a stratigraphic and sedimentary study of Neoproterozoic successions of the South Sinai, at the northernmost segment of the Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS), including the Kid complex. This complex is composed predominantly of thick volcano-sedimentary successions representing different depositional and tectonic environments, followed by four deformational phases including folding and brittle faults (D1-D4). The whole Kid area is divisible from north to south into the lower, middle, and upper rock sequences. The higher metamorphic grade and extensive deformational styles of the lower sequence distinguishes them from the middle and upper sequences. Principal lithofacies in the lower sequence include thrust-imbricated tectonic slice of metasediments and metavolcanics, whereas the middle and upper sequences are made up of clastic sediments, intermediate-felsic lavas, volcaniclastics, and dike swarms. Two distinct Paleo- depositional environments are observed: deep-marine and alluvial fan regime. The former occurred mainly during the lower sequence, whereas the latter developed during the other two sequences. These alternations of depositional conditions in the volcano-sedimentary deposits suggest that the Kid area may have formed under a transitional climate regime fluctuating gradually from warm and dry to warm and humid conditions. Geochemical and petrographical data, in conjunction with field relationships, suggest that the investigated volcano-sedimentary rocks were built from detritus derived from a wide range of sources, ranging from Paleoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic continental crust. Deposition within the ancient Kid basin reflects a complete basin cycle from rifting and passive margin development, to intra-arc and foreland basin development and, finally, basin closure. The early phase of basin evolution is similar to various basins in the Taupo volcanics, whereas the later phases are similar to the Cordilleran-type foreland basin. The

  16. Neoproterozoic diamictite-bearing sedimentary rocks in the northern Yili Block and their constraints on the Precambrian evolution of microcontinents in the Western Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    He, Jingwen; Zhu, Wenbin; Zheng, Bihai; Wu, Hailin; Cui, Xiang; Lu, Yuanzhi

    2015-12-01

    The origin and tectonic setting of Precambrian sequences in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) have been debated due to a lack of high resolution geochronological data. Answering this question is essential for the understanding of the tectonic framework and Precambrian evolution of the blocks within the CAOB. Here we reported LA-ICP-MS detrital zircon U-Pb ages and in-situ Hf isotopic data for Neoproterozoic sedimentary cover in the northern Yili Block, an important component of the CAOB, in order to provide information on possible provenance and regional tectonic evolution. A total of 271 concordant U-Pb zircon ages from Neoproterozoic sedimentary cover in the northern Yili Block define three major age populations of 1900-1400 Ma, 1300-1150 Ma and 700-580 Ma, which are quite different from cratons and microcontinents involved in the CAOB. Although it is not completely consistent with the local basement ages, an autochthonous provenance interpretation is more suitable. Some zircon grains show significant old Hf model ages (TDMC; 3.9-2.4 Ga) and reveal continental crust as old as Paleoarchean probably existed. Continuous Mesoproterozoic zircon age populations exhibit large variations in the εHf(t) ratios, suggesting the long-time involvement of both reworked ancient crust and juvenile material. Similar Mesoproterozoic evolution pattern is identified in many continental terranes involved in the CAOB that surround the Tarim Craton. Based on our analysis and published research, we postulate that the northern Yili Block, together with Chinese Central Tianshan, Kyrgyz North Tianshan and some other microcontinents surrounding the Tarim Craton, once constituted the continental margin of the Tarim Craton in the Mesoproterozoic, formed by long-lived accretionary processes. Most of the late Neoproterozoic zircons exhibit significant positive εHf(t) ratios, suggesting the addition of juvenile crust. It is consistent with the tectonic event related to the East Africa

  17. The tectonic evolution of the Neoproterozoic Brasília Belt, central Brazil, based on SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS U-Pb sedimentary provenance data: A review

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    Pimentel, Márcio M.; Rodrigues, Joseneusa B.; DellaGiustina, Maria Emilia S.; Junges, Sergio; Matteini, Massimo; Armstrong, Richard

    2011-04-01

    The Brasília Belt is a Neoproterozoic orogenic belt in central Brazil, developed between the Amazon, São Francisco-Congo and Paranapanema cratons. It consists of a thick sedimentary pile, made up of several stratigraphic units, which have been deformed and metamorphosed along the western margin of the São Francisco Craton during the Brasiliano orogenic cycle. In the western part of the belt, a large, juvenile magmatic arc is exposed (the Goiás Magmatic Arc), consisting of calc-alkaline plutonic suites as well as volcano-sedimentary sequences, ranging in age between ca. 860 and 650 Ma. Regional-scale, west-dipping thrusts and reverse faults normally mark the limits between the main stratigraphic units, and clearly indicate tectonic transport towards the east. The age of deposition and tectonic significance of the sedimentary units comprising the Brasília Belt have been a matter of continuous debate over the last three decades. In the present paper, recent provenance data based on LA-ICPMS U-Pb ages of detrital zircon grains from several of these units, are reviewed and their significance for the age of deposition of the original sediments and tectonic evolution of the Brasília Belt are discussed. The Paranoá, Canastra and the Vazante groups, in the central part of the Belt, have detrital zircon grains with ages older than ca. 900 Ma and are interpreted as representative of the passive margin sequence deposited on the western margin of the São Francisco Craton. On the other hand, samples from the Araxá and Ibiá groups have a much younger population of Neoproterozoic zircon grains, as young as 650 Ma, and have been interpreted as syn-orogenic (fore-arc?) deposits. The Bambuí Group, exposed in the easternmost part of the belt and covering large areas of the São Francisco Craton also has young zircon grains and is interpreted, at least in part, as the foreland basin of the Brasília Belt.

  18. Acadian dextral transpression and synorogenic sedimentary successions in the Appalachians

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    Ferrill, B.A.; Thomas, W.A.

    1988-07-01

    The successive Seboomook-Littleton (northern Appalachians) and Catskill-Pocono (central Appalachians) clastic wedges suggest oblique convergence and southwestward migration of Acadian orogeny beginning in Early Devonian and continuing into Early Mississippian. Wrench-fault movement in Maritime Canada coincided with deposition of all but the earliest components of the Catskill-Pocono clastic wedge and continued into the Pennsylvanian. Contrasts between a thin, Lower to Middle Devonian shallow-shelf facies in the Alabama Appalachian fold-thrust belt and a time-equivalent, thick, shallowing-upward sedimentary to volcanic succession in the adjacent Talladega slate belt are interpreted to reflect a wrench-fault basin. A wrench-fault setting for Devonian rocks in Alabama integrated with manifestations of oblique convergence during the Acadian orogeny in the central and northern Appalachians can be accommodated in dextral transpression along the entire length of the Acadian Appalachian orogen.

  19. Chemostratigraphy of predominantly siliciclastic Neoproterozoic successions: a case study of the Pocatello Formation and Lower Brigham Group, Idaho, USA

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    Smith, L H; Kaufman, A J; Knoll, A H; Link, P K

    1994-05-01

    Isotopic chemostratigraphy has proven successful in the correlation of carbonate-rich Neoproterozoic successions. In successions dominated by siliciclastic rocks, chemostratigraphy can be problematic, but if thin carbonates punctuate siliciclastic strata, useful isotopic data may be obtained. The upper Pocatello Formation and lower Brigham Group of southeastern Idaho provide an opportunity to assess the potential and limitations of isotopic chemostratigraphy in overwhelmingly siliciclastic successions. The 5000 m thick succession consists predominantly of siliciclastic lithologies, with only three intervals that contain thin intercalated carbonates. Its depositional age is only broadly constrained by existing biostratigraphic, sequence stratigraphic and geochronometric data. The lowermost carbonates include a cap dolomite atop diamictites and volcanic rocks of the Pocatello Formation. The delta 13C values of these carbonates are distintly negative (-5 to -3), similar to carbonates that overlie Neoproterozoic glaciogenic rocks worldwide. Stratigraphically higher carbonates record a major positive delta 13C excursion to values as high as +8.8 within the carbonate member of the Caddy Canyon Quartzite. The magnitude of this excusion is consistent with post-Sturtian secular variation recorded elsewhere in the North American Cordillera, Australia, Svalbard, Brazil and Nambia, and exceeds the magnitude of any post-Varanger delta 13C excursion documented to date. In most samples, Sr-isotopic abundances have been altered by diagenesis and greenschist facies metamorphism, but a least-altered value of approximately 0.7076 supports a post-Sturtian and pre-Marinoan/Varanger age for upper Pocatello and lower Brigham rocks that lie above the Pocatello diamictite. Thus, even though available chemostratigraphic data are limited, they corroborate correlations of Pocatello Formation diamictites and overlying units with Sturtian glaciogenic rocks and immediately post

  20. Geochemistry, geochronology, and Sr-Nd isotopes of the Late Neoproterozoic Wadi Kid volcano-sedimentary rocks, Southern Sinai, Egypt: Implications for tectonic setting and crustal evolution

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    Moghazi, Abdel-Kader M.; Ali, Kamal A.; Wilde, Simon A.; Zhou, Qin; Andersen, Tom; Andresen, Arild; Abu El-Enen, Mahrous M.; Stern, Robert J.

    2012-12-01

    The Kid Group is one of the few exposures of Neoproterozoic metavolcano-sedimentary rocks in the basement of southern Sinai in the northernmost Arabian-Nubian Shield. It is divided into the mostly metamorphosed volcaniclastic Melhaq and siliciclastic Um Zariq formations in the north and the mostly volcanic Heib and Tarr formations in the south. The Heib, Tarr, and Melhaq formations reflect an intense episode of igneous activity and immature clastic deposition associated with core-complex formation during Ediacaran time, but Um Zariq metasediments are relicts of an older (Cryogenian) sedimentary sequence. The latter yielded detrital zircons with concordant ages as young as 647 ± 12 Ma, which may indicate that the protolith of Um Zariq schist was deposited after ~ 647 Ma but 19 concordant zircons gave a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 813 ± 6 Ma, which may represent the maximum depositional age of this unit. In contrast, a cluster of 11 concordant detrital zircons from the Melhaq Formation yield a weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 615 ± 6 Ma. Zircons from Heib Formation rhyolite clast define a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 609 ± 5 Ma, which is taken to approximate the age of Heib and Tarr formation volcanism. Intrusive syenogranite sample from Wadi Kid yields a 206Pb/238U weighted mean age of 604 ± 5 Ma. These constraints indicate that shallow-dipping mylonites formed between 615 ± 6 Ma and 604 ± 5 Ma. Geochemical data for volcanic samples from the Melhaq and Heib formations and the granites show continuous major and trace element variations corresponding to those expected from fractional crystallization. The rocks are enriched in large ion lithophile and light rare earth elements, with negative Nb anomalies. These reflect magmas generated by melting of subduction-modified lithospheric mantle, an inference that is further supported by ɛNd(t) = + 2.1 to + 5.5. This mantle source obtained its trace element characteristics by interaction with fluids and melts

  1. Provenance analysis and tectonic setting of late Neoproterozoic metasedimentary successions in NW Argentina

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    Do Campo, M.; Guevara, S. Ribeiro

    2005-06-01

    Major, trace, and rare-earth element data for Puncoviscana Formation metasediments were used to constrain their provenance and tectonic setting. This unit, which crops out in northwest Argentina, consists mainly of pelite-greywacke turbidite sequences. Incipient regional metamorphism and a polyphase deformation, with a main deformation during the latest Proterozoic-earliest Cambrian Braziliano orogeny, affected the sedimentary sequences. The enrichment in light rare-earth and other incompatible trace elements over compatible ones, as well as the high and uniform Th/Sc ratios, indicate a predominance of upper-crust acid rocks as parental material. Some chemical characteristics of these rocks, such as their high Th/U, Rb/Sr, and Zr/Sc ratios, imply sedimentary recycling. On the basis of tectonic discriminant diagrams that employ trace elements considered relatively immobile during low-grade metamorphism, a passive margin setting can be inferred. Moreover, the comparison of the trace element contents of Puncoviscana metapelites with those of mudstones deposited in known tectonic settings shows the closest matching with passive margin shales.

  2. Early Neoproterozoic Global Change Through the Lens of the Tambien Group, Northern Ethiopia

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    Swanson-Hysell, N.; Maloof, A. C.; Condon, D. J.; Park, Y.; MacLennan, S. A.; Schoene, B.; Tremblay, M. M.; Alene, M.; Anttila, E.; Haileab, B.; Tesema, T.

    2015-12-01

    The early Neoproterozoic is a crucial period in the evolution of life and climate on Earth. Basins that developed during the time contain a record of the diversification of eukaryotic life as well as large-scale changes to the carbon cycle and paleogeography during the period leading up to Cryogenian glaciation. Understanding global change leading up to Cryogenian glaciation is key for interpreting the boundary conditions that resulted in the beginning of dramatic climate and geochemical oscillations during this critical interval. Existing age models for Neoproterozoic nonglacial intervals, such as the time leading up to Cryogenian glaciation, largely have been based on correlation of carbonate δ13C values, but there are few tests of the assumed synchroneity of these records between basins. In contrast to the ash-poor successions typically targeted for Neoproterozoic chemostratigraphy, the Tonian to Cryogenian Tambien Group (Tigray region, Ethiopia) was deposited in an arc-proximal basin where volcanic tuffs suitable for U-Pb geochronology are preserved within the mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sedimentary succession. We use physical and isotopic stratigraphic data sets from Tambien Group sedimentary rocks in concert with high-precision U-Pb dates from intercalated tuffs to establish global synchroneity of large scale carbon isotopic change. These new temporal constraints strengthen the case for interpreting Neoproterozoic carbon isotope variation as a record of large-scale changes to the carbon cycle. Furthermore, these dates strengthen the temporal framework for interpreting paleogeographic change, geochemical cycling, and environmental evolution during the radiation of early eukaryotes.

  3. Sedimentary process control on carbon isotope composition of sedimentary organic matter in an ancient shallow-water shelf succession

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    Davies, S. J.; Leng, M. J.; Macquaker, J. H. S.; Hawkins, K.

    2012-11-01

    Source and delivery mechanisms of organic matter are rarely considered when interpreting changing δ13C through sedimentary successions even though isotope excursions are widely used to identify and correlate global perturbations in the carbon cycle. Combining detailed sedimentology and geochemistry we demonstrate how organic carbon abundance and δ13C values from sedimentary organic matter from Carboniferous-aged mudstones are influenced by the proportion of terrestrial versus water column-derived organic matter. Silt-bearing clay-rich shelf mudstones that were deposited by erosive density flows are characterized by 1.8-2.4% organic carbon and highδ13C values (averaging -22.9 ± 0.3‰, n = 12). Typically these mudstones contain significant volumes of terrestrial plant-derived material. In contrast, clay-rich lenticular mudstones, with a marine macrofauna, are the products of the transport of mud fragments, eroded from pre-existing water-rich shelfal muds, when shorelines were distant and biological productivity in the water column was high. Higher organic carbon (2.1-5.2%) and lowerδ13C values (averaging -24.3 ± 0.5‰, n = 11) characterize these mudstones and are interpreted to reflect a greater contribution by (isotopically more negative) amorphous organic matter derived from marine algae. Differences in δ13C between terrestrial and marine organic matter allow the changing proportions from different sources to be tracked through this succession. Combining δ13C values with zirconium (measured from whole rock), here used as a proxy for detrital silt input, provides a novel approach to distinguishing mudstone provenance and ultimately using δ13C to identify oil-prone organic matter in potential source rocks. These results have important implications for using bulk organic matter to identify and characterize global C-isotope excursions.

  4. Paleomagnetic study on the Neoproterozoic mafic dikes and Early Permian volcanic-sedimentary rocks from NW Yili Block (NW China): Implications for post-orogenic kinematic evolution of the SW CAOB

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    Zhu, Xin; Wang, Bo; Chen, Yan; Liu, Hongsheng; Shu, Liangshu; Faure, Michel

    2016-04-01

    As one of the largest accretionary orogens of the world, the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) has been the focus of geological studies in the last decades. However, several key points are still in hot debate, such as the formation process of the Paleo-Asian Ocean, the intracontinental movements among constituent blocks of the CAOB. In order to better understand these questions, we conducted a paleomagnetic study on the Neoproterozoic (ca. 780 Ma) mafic dikes and Early Permian (ca. 268 Ma) volcanic and sedimentary rocks from NW of the Yili Block (NW China). Ten sites have been sampled from three mafic dikes. The thickness of dikes varies from 10 to 40 meters. At about 15 km west of the mafic dikes, 4 sites were drilled in the Lower Permian basalts and limestones that unconformably overlay the Neoproterozoic mafic dikes. Mineralogical investigations show the titanium-poor magnetite as the major magnetic remanence carrier. Stepwise alternating field (AF) and thermal demagnetizations reveal two-component magnetizations. The low temperature (coercivity) component shows a viscous and unstable magnetic remanence, whereas the high temperature (coercivity) component stably decays toward to the origin and is considered as the characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM). All ChRMs isolated from both the mafic dikes and volcanic-sedimentary samples exclusively show a reversed magnetic polarity. Based on the following 3 arguments, we suggest that the Neoprotozoic mafic dikes have been remagnetized in the Early Permian. 1. International reference of magnetostratigraphic polarity shows a dominance of the normal polarity for the Neoproterozoic period and a superchron of the reversed polarity for the late Carboniferous-Permian; 2. Two groups of sampling show coherent paleomagnetic poles with an undistinguishable angular difference; and 3. The widespread Early Permian magmatism in the sampling area could be the cause of the remagnetization. Consequently, an Early Permian

  5. The Neoproterozoic.

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    Butterfield, Nicholas J

    2015-10-01

    The Neoproterozoic era was arguably the most revolutionary in Earth history. Extending from 1000 to 541 million years ago, it stands at the intersection of the two great tracts of evolutionary time: on the one side, some three billion years of pervasively microbial 'Precambrian' life, and on the other the modern 'Phanerozoic' biosphere with its extraordinary diversity of large multicellular organisms. The disturbance doesn't stop here, however: over this same stretch of time the planet itself was in the throes of change. Tectonically, it saw major super-continental reconfigurations, climatically its deepest ever glacial freeze, and geochemically some of the most anomalous perturbations on record. What lies behind this dramatic convergence of biological and geological phenomena, and how exactly did it give rise to the curiously complex world that we now inhabit? PMID:26439347

  6. Neoproterozoic variations in the C-isotopic composition of seawater: stratigraphic and biogeochemical implications

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Knoll, A. H.

    1995-01-01

    The recent proliferation of stratigraphic studies of delta 13C variation in carbonates and organic C in later Neoproterozoic and basal Cambrian successions (approximately 850-530 Ma) indicates a strong oscillating trend in the C-isotopic composition of surface seawater. Alone, this trend does not adequately characterize discrete intervals in Neoproterozoic time. However, integrated with the vectorial signals provided by fossils and Sr-isotopic variations, C isotope chemostratigraphy facilitates the interbasinal correlation of later Neoproterozoic successions. Results of these studies are evaluated in terms of four stratigraphic intervals: (1) the Precambrian/Cambrian boundary, (2) the post-Varanger terminal Proterozoic, (3) the late Cryogenian, and (4) the early Cryogenian. Where biostratigraphic or radiometric data constrain the age of Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequences, secular variations in C and Sr isotopes can provide a level of stratigraphic resolution exceeding that provided by fossils alone. Isotopic data place strong constraints on the chemical evolution of seawater, linking it to major tectonic and paleoclimatic events. They also provide a biogeochemical framework for the understanding of the initial radiation of macroscopic metazoans, which is associated stratigraphically, and perhaps causally, with a global increase in the burial of organic C and a concomitant rise of atmospheric O2.

  7. Syn-rift, syn-glacial and syn-orogenic sedimentary mélanges as indicators of tectonic and palaeoclimatic evolution of the Lufilian Belt, Neoproterozoic-Lower Palaeozoic of Central Africa

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    Wendorff, Marek

    2010-05-01

    The Lufilian belt is an important segment of the Neoproterozoic-Lower Palaeozoic orogenic network within southern and central Africa. It deforms a sedimentary suite of the Katanga Supergroup (880-500 Ma). Mélange occurrences, traditionally called the Katangan breccias/megabreccias, are a prominent feature of the belt architecture. Some mélange bodies reach thickness of 2000 m and contain huge blocks of Katangan rocks. They were previously considered as tectonic mélanges ("friction breccias") marking regional decollement zones related to thrusting during the Pan-African orogenesis. However, these fragmental rocks were recently shown to be of sedimentary origin. They form two regionally extensive olistostrome bodies and one glaciogenic unit. The main lines of evidence for the olistostrome genesis are following: (1) lack of pervasive shearing that would point to tectonic fragmentation; (2) textures and structures diagnostic for subaqueous sediment gravity flows ranging from debris flows to turbidites; (3) roundness and provenance of clasts, and lateral facies gradients implying erosion, abrasion and unroofing of the Katangan source rocks elevated in the source areas; (4) lower boundaries of fragmental bodies are not tectonic but stratigraphic; (5) injections of unconsolidated conglomeratic matrix filling open joints in allochthonous blocks embedded in olistostrome lithosomes. The oldest mélange is a disorganised to locally organised syn rift olistostrome complex with olistoliths reaching 5 metres across. The clasts were derived from the uplifted rift margin and redeposition resulted from mass-wasting (rockfalls producing sedimentary breccias), sliding of solitary blocks, and pebbly to cobbly debris flows. The succeeding glaciogenic mélange complex originated during the Grand Conglomerat glaciation (correlative to the Sturtian glacial). It consists of disorganised clast-in-matrix facies that resulted from glacial erosion of the uplifted rift margin and

  8. Geochemistry of the Neoproterozoic Johnnie Formation and Stirling Quartzite, southern Nopah Range, California: Deciphering the roles of climate, tectonics, and sedimentary process in reconstructing the early evolution of a rifted continental margin

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    Schoenborn, William A.

    sediments. A total of 104 detrital zircon grains from two stratigraphically distinct samples of the Neoproterozoic Johnnie Formation in southeastern California were analyzed by SHRIMP. Samples were taken from quartz arenites in the lower and middle Johnnie Formation, which overlay sediments of rift-basin origin in the Kingston Peak Formation, to ascertain the position within the succession of the rift-to-drift transition. A 207Pb/206Pb age profile of detrital zircons from the lower Johnnie Formation has major peaks at 1749 Ma, and 1658 Ma, a subordinate peak at 1461 Ma, a lesser peak at 1239 Ma, and a few older Paleoproterozoic and Archean grains. A sample from the middle member has peaks at 1428 Ma, 1319 Ma, and 1074 Ma; a number of Paleoproterozoic peaks, and a number of peaks of Archean age similar to the Stirling Quartzite. The middle Johnnie Formation has a greater proportion of late Grenville age detritus, lesser amounts of older ˜1400 Ma Mesoproterozoic grains than the either the lower Johnnie Formation or Stirling Quartzite. When combined with detrital zircon data from the overlying strata, these data indicate a general increase upsection of late Grenville age detritus from ˜30% in the middle Johnnie Formation to ˜5% in the upper Stirling Quartzite to ˜60% in the Wood Canyon Formation in response to erosion of source areas, which temporarily shifted the influx of sediments from distal to local sources. These data support a Laurentian provenance for Johnnie Formation sediments consistent with contributions from both distal sources in the cratonic interior and local basement sources in the rift shoulder. Thus the Johnnie Formation-middle Wood Canyon Formation succession formed an early passive margin partly constrained by the continental edge consistent with recent sequence stratigraphic interpretations. A statistical comparison of Johnnie Formation and Stirling Quartzite detrital age distributions to those from Mesoproterozoic successions in the western United

  9. Newly discovered Cryogenenian Diamicties and Cap-carbonate in the Neoproterozoic successions from the Tarim Craton, NW China

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    Wen, B.; Evans, D. A.; Li, Y.; Wang, Z.

    2014-12-01

    Neoproterozoic cap carbonates associated with glacial deposits have been the unique lithofacies for establishing regional or interregional correlations and understanding the environmental conditions in the postglacial oceans. Here, we report a newly discovered Cryogenian tillite (in Aksu section), and a diamictite and cap-carbonate couplet (DCC) (in Wushi section) from the northwestern margin of Tarim Craton, NW China. The Aksu tillite is represented by reddish conglomerates, comprising angular to subrounded, poorly sorted clasts with diameters of 5-30 cm. Notably, the glaciogenic features, such as striations on clasts can be observed. The DCC member in Wushi section, sits atop an angular unconformity, and represents the end-Cryogenian strata according to the regional sequence stratigraphy (at the base of the Sugetbrak Fm, redbeds with interbedded 615-Ma mafic magmatism). The upper cap-carbonate of the DCC member consists of a < 2m-thick pink dolomite, which directly and conformably overlies the lower red diamictite. Given the striking similarity in both sedimentological characteristics and stratigraphic positions, the Aksu tillites and the Wushi DCC member may represent the same glaciation, most likely the Marinoan glaciation. To further test the correlation, high-resolution C-O isotopes and representative samples for geochemistry (Strontium isotope and trace element ratios) from the cap-dolomite are measured. As for the Sr isotope analyses, an incremental leaching technique was employed to extract the information about the chemical compositions of post-glacial ocean water. The δ13CPDB results consistently show moderate negative values of ca. -2.5‰. The minimum 87Sr/86Sr ratio from the leachates of each sample defines the contemporaneous seawater value, with the Mg/Ca ratio close to 1 (0.8). The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of all representative samples vary from 0.70680 to 0.70855. All the chemostratigraphic and cap-dolomite characteristics may suggest that our newly

  10. Early Permian volcano-sedimentary successions, Beishan, NW China: Peperites demonstrate an evolving rift basin

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    Chen, Shi; Guo, Zhaojie; Qi, Jiafu; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Pe-Piper, Georgia; Piper, David J. W.

    2016-01-01

    The Lower Permian volcano-sedimentary Zhesi Group has been investigated in the Hongliuhe and Liuyuan areas in Beishan, China, which is significant for the reconstruction of Late Paleozoic evolution in the southern part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt. A variety of volcanic facies were distinguished in the Upper Zhesi Group: pillow basalt with interstitial limestone, thin-interbedded limestone and basalt, closely packed pillows, pillow-fragmented hyaloclastite breccia, and peperite. Laser 40Ar/39Ar whole-rock dating of the basalt yielding an age of 277 ± 11 Ma, as well as Early Permian brachiopod fossils in the limestone interbedded with the basalt, indicate that basalt was erupted in the Early Permian. The identification of the peperite and other facies originating from magma-sediment mingling reveals that the basaltic lava flows were derived from autochthonous basaltic magmatism and formed as part of the Lower Permian succession. The peperite also indicates that these subaqueous basaltic lava flows are not dismembered ophiolitic components, but formed in an autochthonous extensional setting in the Early Permian. The clastic rocks in the Lower Zhesi Group underlying the basaltic flows and peperites in the Hongliuhe and Liuyuan areas show a general fining-upwards sequence, indicating that they were deposited in a progressively deepening basin overlying the Devonian Hongliuhe suture zone. Subaqueous volcanism in a rift basin or basins, accompanied by coeval deposition of carbonate sediment and mud, built up the peperite-bearing volcanogenic-sedimentary successions. From among the various tectonic hypotheses for the Beishan region, this study demonstrates that by Early Permian the region was developing post-collisional rift basins.

  11. Implications for the Neoproterozoic Biological and Climatic History from Dating of the Doushantuo Phosphorites, S. China

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    Barfod, G. H.; Albarede, F.; Knoll, A. H.; Xiao, S.; Frei, R.; Baker, J.

    2002-12-01

    Models such as "Snowball Earth" suggest a link between Neoproterozoic glaciation events and the animal diversifications that preceded the Cambrian explosion. To evaluate such hypotheses, it is critical to resolve the precise chronology of the Neoproterozoic. As of now, ages of many Neoproterozoic sedimentary successions are only weakly constrained by bio- and chemostratigraphical correlation to successions that contain dated ash layers. Furthermore, attempts to radiometrically date sedimentary successions have had limited success. Pb-Pb and Lu-Hf dating of phosphates yield consistent ages close to 600 Ma for the Doushantuo phosphorites, South China. These age constraints are consistent with a depositional age estimate of 580 Ma +/- 20 Ma based on C-isotopic and biostratigraphic correlations (Knoll and Xiao, 1999, Acta Micropalaeontol. 16). The dates are however significantly younger than earlier reported Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd ages (610-700 Ma) for the Doushantuo sediments, which have been ascribed to the influence from detrital clay on the measured isotope compositions. The Lu-Hf and Pb-Pb ages indicate that the exquisitely preserved animal remains found in the Doushantuo Formation predate diverse Ediacaran fossil assemblages and thus represent the earliest animal ancestry assemblage known. The Doushantuo formation lies directly above the Nantuo Tillite deposits, which is generally correlated with the "Marinoan" glaciation - the younger of the two major Neoproterozoic ice ages. Age constraints for "Marinoan" glaciogenic deposits only exist in Newfoundland and Massachusetts, where radiometric dating constrain the glaciation to be younger than 595.5 +/- 2 Ma. Compared to this date, the Pb-Pb age of 599.3 +/- 4.2 Ma for the Doushantuo phosphorites indicates that the Nantuo glaciation predates the glaciation recorded in Eastern North America and therefore support the occurrence of a distinct post-Marinoan glaciation. The combination of Pb-Pb and Lu-Hf dating applied to

  12. De Long Islands: sedimentary history and provenance

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    Ershova, Victoria; Prokopiev, Andrei; Khudoley, Andrei; Sobolev, Nikolay; Petrov, Eugeniy

    2014-05-01

    The De Long Islands are an archipelago located in the East Siberian Sea, represent one of the few exposures of the Neoproterozoic and Early Paleozoic rocks in this part of the Arctic Ocean, and therefore are a very important area for study. It consists of 5 islands: Jeannette, Henrietta, Bennett, Vil'kitsky and Zhokhov. Vil'kitsky and Zhokhov Islands are covered by Cenozoic basalts, therefore are not considered here, whilst the Paleozoic rocks of interest for this study outcrop on Jeannette, Henrietta and Bennett islands. Jeannette Island is the smallest, containing exposures of a highly deformed and tectonized sedimentary succession. This succession is represented by siltstones and argillites, with beds of gravel to cobble conglomerates. The defining characteristic of these deposits is the abundance of tuffaceous beds, along with volcanic pebbles within the conglomerates. On Henrietta Island, four different units have been identified. The oldest one is very similar to the rocks which outcrop across Jeannette Island. The second unit consists of sandstones with lenses and layers of polymictic conglomerates. The third unit is represented by red-colored sandstones, whilst the youngest unit comprises basalt flows of an assumed Middle Paleozoic age. Accordingly detrital zircons data the age of sedimentary succession of Henrietta and Jeannette islands is the Neoproterozoic. On Bennett Island, Cambrian and Ordovician strata mainly consist of carbonates with minor interbedded clastics. We determined U-Pb ages for detrital zircons from 4 samples, from Jeannette and Henrietta Islands. Three samples have similar age populations, although there are some variations in the abundance of each population. The samples are dominated by Neoproterozoic and Mesoproterozoic grains with distinct peaks at ca. 550, 660, 1000, 1150, 1450, 1665 Ma. The youngest sedimentary unit on Henrietta Island has a very different detrital zircon distribution. The 550 Ma zircon population prevails (60

  13. Contribution of Grenvillian events to the formation of most complete Riphean sedimentary successions in Northern Eurasia

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    Maslov, A. V.; Podkovyrov, V. N.; Gareev, E. Z.; Ronkin, Yu. L.

    2014-03-01

    The Grenvillian orogeny (˜1250 to 980 Ma) was one of the most significant Riphean events. It determined the formation of many structures observable now in North and South America, northwestern Europe, South Africa, Western Australia, Antarctica, and other regions. Nevertheless, its reflections in the most complete and relatively well investigated Upper Precambrian sedimentary sections of northern Eurasia such as the Riphean stratotype (Bashkir meganticlinorium) and hypostratotype (Uchur-Maya region) still remain unknown. This is primarily true of the petrographic and chemical compositions of terrigenous rocks. This work is dedicated to the analysis of peculiar features in variations of the whole-rock chemical composition of sandstones and fine-grained clastic rocks (shales, mudstones, fine-grained clayey siltstones) that constitute Middle-Upper Riphean boundary layers of the Bashkir meganticlinorium, Kama-Belaya aulacogen, and Uchur-Maya region. The analysis reveals no tendency for the decrease in the degree of the chemical and, consequently, mineralogical maturity in the upward direction through the Middle-Upper Riphean sections in the above-mentioned regions. The whole-rock compositions of fine-grained clastic rocks associated with sandstones correspond mostly to that of "common" Upper Precambrian clayey rocks. The formation of practically the entire Yurmatinian-Karatavian succession in the Bashkir meganticlinorium proceeded under relatively stable TDM and ɛNd(T) values. The period of 1250 to 980 Ma in the central and eastern parts of the Siberian Platform was marked by repeated rifting episodes alternating with accumulation of mature platformal sediments, although repercussions of Grenvillian collisional processes are missing from this region as well. The performed analysis provides grounds for the conclusion that contribution of the Grenvillian events to the formation of most complete Riphean successions in northern Eurasia was insignificant.

  14. Uncovering the Neoproterozoic carbon cycle.

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    Johnston, D T; Macdonald, F A; Gill, B C; Hoffman, P F; Schrag, D P

    2012-03-15

    Interpretations of major climatic and biological events in Earth history are, in large part, derived from the stable carbon isotope records of carbonate rocks and sedimentary organic matter. Neoproterozoic carbonate records contain unusual and large negative isotopic anomalies within long periods (10-100 million years) characterized by δ(13)C in carbonate (δ(13)C(carb)) enriched to more than +5 per mil. Classically, δ(13)C(carb) is interpreted as a metric of the relative fraction of carbon buried as organic matter in marine sediments, which can be linked to oxygen accumulation through the stoichiometry of primary production. If a change in the isotopic composition of marine dissolved inorganic carbon is responsible for these excursions, it is expected that records of δ(13)C(carb) and δ(13)C in organic carbon (δ(13)C(org)) will covary, offset by the fractionation imparted by primary production. The documentation of several Neoproterozoic δ(13)C(carb) excursions that are decoupled from δ(13)C(org), however, indicates that other mechanisms may account for these excursions. Here we present δ(13)C data from Mongolia, northwest Canada and Namibia that capture multiple large-amplitude (over 10 per mil) negative carbon isotope anomalies, and use these data in a new quantitative mixing model to examine the behaviour of the Neoproterozoic carbon cycle. We find that carbonate and organic carbon isotope data from Mongolia and Canada are tightly coupled through multiple δ(13)C(carb) excursions, quantitatively ruling out previously suggested alternative explanations, such as diagenesis or the presence and terminal oxidation of a large marine dissolved organic carbon reservoir. Our data from Namibia, which do not record isotopic covariance, can be explained by simple mixing with a detrital flux of organic matter. We thus interpret δ(13)C(carb) anomalies as recording a primary perturbation to the surface carbon cycle. This interpretation requires the revisiting of

  15. Quantifying time in sedimentary successions by radio-isotopic dating of ash beds

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    Schaltegger, Urs

    2014-05-01

    , e.g., Schoene et al. 2012), which then becomes transferred into volcanic ashes as excess dispersion of 238U-206Pb dates (see, e.g., Guex et al. 2012). Zircon is crystallizing in the magmatic liquid shortly before the volcanic eruption; we therefore aim at finding the youngest zircon date or youngest statistically equivalent cluster of 238U-206Pb dates as an approximation of ash deposition (Wotzlaw et al. 2013). Time gaps between last zircon crystallization and eruption ("Δt") may be as large as 100-200 ka, at the limits of analytical precision. Understanding the magmatic crystallization history of zircon is the fundamental background for interpreting ash bed dates in a sedimentary succession. Ash beds of different stratigraphic position and age my be generated within different magmatic systems, showing different crystallization histories. A sufficient number of samples (N) is therefore of paramount importance, not to lose the stratigraphic age control in a given section, and to be able to discard samples with large Δt - but, how large has to be "N"? In order to use the youngest zircon or zircons as an approximation of the age of eruption and ash deposition, we need to be sure that we have quantitatively solved the problem of post-crystallization lead loss - but, how can we be sure?! Ash bed zircons are prone to partial loss of radiogenic lead, because the ashes have been flushed by volcanic gases, as well as brines during sediment compaction. We therefore need to analyze a sufficient number of zircons (n) to be sure not to miss the youngest - but, how large has to be "n"? Analysis of trace elements or oxygen, hafnium isotopic compositions in dated zircon may sometimes help to distinguish zircon that is in equilibrium with the last magmatic liquid, from those that are recycled from earlier crystallization episodes, or to recognize zircon with partial lead loss (Schoene et al. 2010). Respecting these constraints, we may arrive at accurate correlation of periods of

  16. Quantifying time in sedimentary successions by radio-isotopic dating of ash beds

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    Schaltegger, Urs

    2014-05-01

    , e.g., Schoene et al. 2012), which then becomes transferred into volcanic ashes as excess dispersion of 238U-206Pb dates (see, e.g., Guex et al. 2012). Zircon is crystallizing in the magmatic liquid shortly before the volcanic eruption; we therefore aim at finding the youngest zircon date or youngest statistically equivalent cluster of 238U-206Pb dates as an approximation of ash deposition (Wotzlaw et al. 2013). Time gaps between last zircon crystallization and eruption ("Δt") may be as large as 100-200 ka, at the limits of analytical precision. Understanding the magmatic crystallization history of zircon is the fundamental background for interpreting ash bed dates in a sedimentary succession. Ash beds of different stratigraphic position and age my be generated within different magmatic systems, showing different crystallization histories. A sufficient number of samples (N) is therefore of paramount importance, not to lose the stratigraphic age control in a given section, and to be able to discard samples with large Δt - but, how large has to be "N"? In order to use the youngest zircon or zircons as an approximation of the age of eruption and ash deposition, we need to be sure that we have quantitatively solved the problem of post-crystallization lead loss - but, how can we be sure?! Ash bed zircons are prone to partial loss of radiogenic lead, because the ashes have been flushed by volcanic gases, as well as brines during sediment compaction. We therefore need to analyze a sufficient number of zircons (n) to be sure not to miss the youngest - but, how large has to be "n"? Analysis of trace elements or oxygen, hafnium isotopic compositions in dated zircon may sometimes help to distinguish zircon that is in equilibrium with the last magmatic liquid, from those that are recycled from earlier crystallization episodes, or to recognize zircon with partial lead loss (Schoene et al. 2010). Respecting these constraints, we may arrive at accurate correlation of periods of

  17. Newly Discovered Exposures of Neoproterozoic Diamictite within the Samre Fold-Thrust Belt of Northern Ethiopia

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    Park, Y.; Anttila, E.; MacLennan, S. A.; Swanson-Hysell, N.; Maloof, A. C.; Schoene, B.; Haileab, B.

    2015-12-01

    Life and climate evolved dramatically during the early Neoproterozoic - sedimentary rocks from this period record both the diversification of eukaryotic life as well as large scale fluctuations of the carbon cycle and paleogeography during the lead up to Cryogenian glaciation. Understanding global change leading up to this glaciation is critical for interpreting the conditions that initiated dramatic climate and geochemical oscillations. The Tonian-Cryogenian Tambien Group (Tigray region, northern Ethiopia) is a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sedimentary succession deposited in an arc proximal basin that culminates in the Negash diamictite interpreted to represent the ca. 717-662 Ma Sturtian Glaciation. The presence of intercalated tuffs suitable for high precision U-Pb geochronology makes these sedimentary rocks an ideal target to temporally constrain physical and isotopic stratigraphic data sets of the early Neoproterozoic. The lower Tambien Group has been temporally constrained and used to establish global synchroneity of large scale carbon isotopic change ca. 800 Ma (Swanson-Hysell et al., 2015). We report the discovery of extensive exposures of upper Tambien Group successions southeast of the town of Samre within a newly mapped fold-thrust belt. Stratigraphic study across these exposures opens an opportunity to document environmental change across the basin during the apparently conformable transition from a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic platform into the Negash diamictite of the Sturtian Glaciation. The presence of ashes within the sediments holds the promise of combining high-precision dates with chemostratigraphic data to constrain global change before and during the onset of Snowball Earth glaciation.

  18. Accelerating Neoproterozoic Research through Scientific Drilling

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    Condon, Daniel; Prave, Anthony; Boggiani, Paulo; Fike, David; Halverson, Galen; Kasemann, Simone; Knoll, Andrew; Zhu, Maoyan

    2014-05-01

    The Neoproterozoic Era (1.0 to 0.541 Ga) and earliest Cambrian (541 to ca. 520 Ma) records geologic changes unlike any other in Earth history: supercontinental tectonics of Rodinia followed by its breakup and dispersal into fragments that form the core of today's continents; a rise in oxygen that, perhaps for the first time in Earth history, resulted in the deep oceans becoming oxic; snowball Earth, which envisages a blanketing of global ice cover for millions of years; and, at the zenith of these combined biogeochemical changes, the evolutionary leap from eukaryotes to animals. Such a concentration of hallmark events in the evolution of our planet is unparalleled and many questions regarding Earth System evolution during times of profound climatic and geological changes remain to be answered. Neoproterozoic successions also offer insight into the genesis of a number of natural resources. These include banded-iron formation, organic-rich shale intervals (with demonstrated hydrocarbon source rocks already economically viable in some countries), base and precious metal ore deposits and REE occurrences, as well as industrial minerals and dimension stone. Developing our understanding of the Neoproterozoic Earth-system, combined with regional geology has the potential to impact the viability of these resources. Our understanding of the Neoproterozoic and early Cambrian, though, is overwhelmingly dependent on outcrop-based studies, which suffer from lack of continuity of outcrop and, in many instances, deep weathering profiles. A limited number of research projects study Precambrian strata have demonstrated the potential impact of scientific drilling to augment and complement ongoing outcrop based studies and advancing research. An ICDP and ECORD sponsored workshop, to be held in March 2014, has been convened to discuss the utility of scientific drilling for accelerating research of the Neoproterozoic through early Cambrian (ca. 0.9 to 0.52 Ga) rock record. The aim is to

  19. Flood Basalts and Neoproterozoic Glaciation

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    Halverson, G. P.; Cox, G. M.; Kunzmann, M.; Strauss, J. V.; Macdonald, F. A.

    2014-12-01

    Large igneous provinces (LIPs), which are commonly associated with supercontinental break-up, are the product of the emplacement of >106 km3 of mafic rocks in less than a few million years. LIP magmatism, in particular continental flood basalt (CFB) volcanism, perturbs global climate on shorter time scales through the radiative effects of degassed SO2 and CO2. On longer time scales, CFBs alter climate through the effect of the high weatherabilty of mafic rocks (5-10 times greater than average continental crust) on global silicate weathering. A link between flood basalt weathering, Rodinia break-up, and Neoproterozoic snowball glaciation has been postulated. Here we present a new compilation of Nd isotope data on Neoproterozoic mudstones from Laurentia, Australia, and South China along with a new seawater strontium isotope record from well preserved carbonates that support this hypothesis. These datasets are consistent with an outsized role of basalt weathering on the global silicate weathering budget during the second half of the Tonian period (~850 to 725 Ma). Along with Os isotope data, they also suggest that an additional pulse of basalt weathering at the end of the Tonian may have initiated the Sturtian snowball glaciation. CFBs have relatively high concentrations of phosphorous. Hence, the drawdown in atmospheric CO2 required to trigger the Sturtian snowball Earth was likely accomplished through a combination of increased silicate weathering rates and enhanced biological productivity driven by greater nutrient supply to the oceans. CFBs were also the likely source of the iron in Neoproterozoic iron formation (IF), all significant occurrences of which are restricted to Sturtian-aged glacial successions. Dramatic declines in ɛNd following the Cryogenian snowball glaciations are mirrored by stepwise increases in 87Sr/86Sr, reflecting the scouring of the continents by global ice sheets. This continental resurfacing removed the extensive basalt carapace as well as

  20. Provenance analysis and tectonic setting of the Neoproterozoic sediments within the Taoudeni Basin, Northern Mauritania

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    Nicoll, Graeme; Straathof, Gijs; Tait, Jenny; Lo, Khalidou; Ousmane, N'diaye; El Moctar Dahmada, Mohamed; Berndt, Jasper; Key, Roger

    2010-05-01

    We have dated over 800 detrital zircon grains from the Neoproterozoic sediments within the Taoudeni Basin of Mauritania on the West African craton. This sequence of sediments preserves a relatively condensed mixed continental and marine succession as well as Neoproterozoic glacial and glacially influenced deposits. The underlying Archaean and Birimian basement of the West African craton is exposed on the Reguibat shield in the north, and on the Leo shield in the south although smaller inliers occur scattered along the Bassaride and Mauritanide belts, as well as in the core of the Anti-Atlas belt. The large West African craton is totally surrounded by Pan-African fold belts. Sedimentation within the Taoudeni basin started around 1000Ma and lasted until the end of the Carboniferous. The basin is 1000-1500 km in diameter and the sedimentary pile is on average 3000 m thick. All dated zircons in the stratigraphically lowest Char and Atar Groups are older than ~1800Ma. These groups show a strong input of 2950 and 2075Ma ages, indicating sourcing from the local underlying granitic and gneissic basement. These basal sediments also include a large input from a rare 2475Ma source. Samples from the upper Assebet El Hassiane Group contain numerous zircons of 2000-900Ma. While the Neoproterozoic Marinoan glaciogenic "Triad" Jbeliat Group and stratigraphically above formations show a large range of 3200-595Ma ages. We have also undertaken a detailed Carbon isotope profile study through the carbonates which cap the Glacial Jbeliat Group. The upper part of the Jbeliat cap carbonate displays a distinct and pronounced rise from -4.3 to +3.8 13C, followed by the final demise of carbonate productivity. This positive trend is consistent with the upper part of the globally extensive Ghaub/Nantuo/Marinoan cap carbonate sequences. This world-wide sequence is characterized by composite negative-to-positive trends up section and so this isotope stratigraphy along with the zircon data helps

  1. Unusual occurrence of some sedimentary structures and their significance in Jurassic transgressive clastic successions of Northern Ethiopia

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    Dubey, N.; Bheemalingeswara, K.

    2009-04-01

    Mesozoic sedimentary successions produced by marine transgression and regression of sea in northeastern part of Africa are well preserved in Mekelle basin of Ethiopia. Here, a typical second order sequence is well developed and preserved overlying the Precambrian basement rocks or patchy Palaeozoic sedimentary successions. Initiation of Mesozoic sedimentation in Mekelle basin has started with deposition of Adigrat Sandstone Formation (ASF). It is a retrogradational succession of siliciclastics in coastline/beach environment due to transgression of sea from southeast. ASF is followed by Antallo Limestone Formation (ALF)- an aggradational succession of carbonates in tidal flat environment; Agula Shale/Mudstone Formation (AMF); and Upper/Ambaradom Sandstone Formation (USF)- a progradational succession formed during regression in ascending order (Dubey et al., 2007). AMF is deposited in a lagoonal evaporatic environment whereas USF in a fluvial coastal margin. ASF is an aggregate of cyclically stacked two lithologies ASF1 and ASF2 produced by sea-level rise and fall of a lower order mini-cycle. ASF1 is a thick, multistoried, pink to red, friable, medium to fine grained, cross-bedded sandstone deposited in a high energy environment. ASF2 is a thin, hard and maroon colored iron-rich mudstone (ironstones) deposited in a low energy environment. ASF1 has resulted during regressive phase of the mini-cycle when rate of sedimentation was extremely high due to abundant coarser clastic supply from land to the coastal area. On the other hand, ASF2 has resulted during transgressive phase of the mini-cycle which restricted the supply of the coarser clastic to the coastal area and deposited the muddy ferruginous sediments in low energy offshore part of the basin where sedimentation rate was very low. Apart from these two major lithologies, there are also few other minor lithologies like fine-grained white sandstone, carbonate (as bands), claystone and mudstone present in ASF. ASF is

  2. Sedimentary facies and progradational style of a Pleistocene talus-slope succession, Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria.

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    Sanders, Diethard

    2010-05-01

    In mountain ranges, talus slopes are ubiquitous and typically represent the highest deposystem. The style of talus buildup from a low-dipping, immature slope to a high and steep, geomorphically mature slope, however, to date was not documented. Near Innsbruck city (Austria) a lithified talus-slope succession records progradation and downlap via talus-associated alluvial fans along its toe-of-slope. The considered succession ('Hötting Breccia' Auct.) probably accumulated during the terminal Riss-Würm interglacial to early Würmian, and became lithified before the Last Glacial Maximum. The Hötting Breccia consists of alluvial-fan deposits which, in turn, are locally downlapped by a succession deposited from aggrading to prograding talus slopes. Up-hill, the fossil talus slopes pinch out in onlap onto former rock cliffs. In the eastern part of outcrop, talus buildup is well-exposed along the flanks of a canyon; there, facies and depositional geometries record: (a) a basal, low-dipping alluvial-fan interval that accumulated near the toe-of-cliff, overlain and downlapped by (b) a steeper-dipping talus-slope succession. In the steep-dipping (25-35°), proximal slope segment hundreds of meters in length, the talus succession consists mainly of: (i) clast-supported breccias of cohesive debris flows, intercalated with (ii) openwork breccias from grain flows and particle creep. Progradation of the steep-dipping segment of talus slopes took place via shingling of alluvial-fan depositional units along the toe-of-slope; the fan depounits linked the progradation of the steep-dipping, proximal talus-slope segment with the lower-dipping substrate ahead of the slopes. The change from alluvial-fan deposition along the toe of initially high cliffs towards climbing onlap and progradation of talus slopes occurred when a slope segment dipping with the mean angle of residual shear of talus material had formed at the apex of the fan. Because the free cliff face supplying talus

  3. Sedimentary facies and progradational style of a Pleistocene talus-slope succession, Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria

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    Sanders, Diethard

    2010-07-01

    In mountain ranges, talus slopes are ubiquitous and typically represent the highest deposystem. The style of talus buildup from a low-dipping, immature slope to a high and steep, geomorphically mature slope, however, to date was not documented. Near Innsbruck city (Austria) a lithified talus-slope succession records progradation and downlap via talus-associated alluvial fans along its toe-of-slope; the fans linked progradation of the steep-dipping talus-slope segment over a lower-dipping substrate. The considered succession ('Hötting Breccia' Auct.) probably accumulated during the terminal Riss-Würm interglacial to early Würmian, and became lithified before the Last Glacial Maximum. The Hötting Breccia consists of alluvial-fan deposits which, in turn, are locally downlapped by a succession of aggrading to prograding talus slopes. Up-hill, the fossil talus slopes pinch out in onlap onto former rock cliffs. In the eastern part of outcrop, talus buildup is well-exposed along the flanks of a canyon; there, facies and depositional geometries record: (a) a basal, low-dipping alluvial-fan interval that accumulated near the toe-of-cliff, overlain and downlapped by (b) a steeper-dipping talus-slope succession. In the steep-dipping (25-35°), proximal talus-slope segment hundreds of meters in length, the talus successions consist mainly of: (i) clast-supported breccias of cohesive debris flows, intercalated with (ii) openwork breccias from grain flows and particle creep. Progradation of the steep-dipping segment of talus slopes took place via shingling of alluvial-fan depounits along the toe-of-slope. The fans linked the progradation of the steep-dipping, proximal talus-slope segment with the lower-dipping substrate ahead of the talus slope. The change from alluvial-fan deposition along the toe of initially high cliffs towards climbing onlap and progradation of talus slopes occurred when a slope segment dipping with the mean angle of residual shear of talus material had

  4. A colluvium - travertine sedimentary succession from the Tibetan Plateau: dating and climatic significance

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    Meyer, Michael; Wang, Zhijun; Schlütz, Frank; Hoffmann, Dirk; May, Jan-Hendrik; Aldenderfer, Mark

    2014-05-01

    Morphodynamics and sedimentation on the Tibetan Plateau are strongly controlled by cold-arid climate conditions and distinct freeze-thaw cycles. In such a periglacial environment mass-wasting processes are dominant on mountain slopes, causing thick successions of talus and colluvium to accumulate. While periglacial slope dynamics are ubiquitous on the plateau today, they were probably much more intense during the various cold stages of the Late Pleistocene. However, the exact nature as well as the timing and duration of such temperature controlled slope dynamics on the Tibetan plateau are not well constrained. Travertines are secondary carbonates precipitated from hydrothermal springs. On the Tibetan Plateau these types of spring deposits form along neotectonic faults, where super-saturated ground water can penetrate onto the surface, facilitating degassing and carbonate precipitation. Spring carbonate formation further requires non-permanently frozen ground and reasonable humid conditions in order to recharge the ground water aquifer. Travertines hold potential for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, because they are dateable via U-series techniques and their geochemical, biological and petrographic signature can be used to extract high resolution palaeoenvironmental information. Due to a dense network of neotectonic faults on the Tibetan plateau, travertines are relatively common. Nevertheless, the potential of these hydrothermal spring deposits as an archive for palaeoenvironmental change on the plateau has yet to be explored. Here we present the first results obtained for an unusual, non-continuous sediment sequence encountered in southern Tibet at an altitude of 4200 m asl. near Chusang village, i.e. a ca. 200 m thick succession of periglacial colluvium alternating with travertine deposits. Preliminary data indicate that travertine deposition at the Chusang hydrothermal spring occurred periodically throughout the Late Pleistocene and extensive travertine

  5. Sedimentary and chemostratigraphic record of climatic cycles in Lower Pliensbachian marl-limestone platform successions of Asturias (North Spain)

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    Bádenas, Beatriz; Aurell, Marc; Armendáriz, Maider; Rosales, Idoia; García-Ramos, José Carlos; Piñuela, Laura

    2012-12-01

    A combined sedimentological, lithological and chemostratigraphical (Mg/Ca, δ13C, δ18O) analysis of the Lower Pliensbachian marl-limestone platform successions exposed along the Asturias coastline (northern Spain) has resulted in the characterization of high-frequency cycles. The highest-order sedimentary cycles (i.e. elementary cycles) are centimeter- to deciemeter-thick alternations of bioclastic and muddy laminated/burrowed facies, which do not match the marl-limestone couplets. They encompass three sedimentary stages: deposition from storm-density currents (bioclastic facies), dominant lateral advection of continental terrigenous mud accumulated on to an oxygen-deficient seafloor (laminated facies), and recovery of bottom oxygenation involving the burrowing of laminated sediments (burrowed facies). The close match between the number of elementary cycles recorded during the Jamesoni Subzone in Asturias and Yorkshire (Northern England) gives support to the idea of the influence of a regional climatic factor (i.e. millennial-scale cyclicity). Decimeter- to meter-scale cycles formed by bundles of elementary cycles are thought to record orbitally driven climatic changes (precession or obliquity, depending on the time calibration considered). Lower hemicycles of bundles are dominated by marls/calcareous mudstones, with decreasing burrowing and eventual preservation of laminated facies. They formed during humid periods, which controlled an increase in freshwater and terrigenous input to the platform and quasi-estuarine circulation promoting bottom-anoxia. Upper hemicycles of bundles are dominated by burrowed and bioclastic limestones, thought to be formed under arid conditions with anti-estuarine circulation and an increase of shallow carbonate production and offshore resedimentation. Chemostratigraphic data from belemnites recorded in the muddy laminated and burrowed facies indicate that significant concomitant shifts in δ13C and δ18O occurred during the lower

  6. 'Zipper-rift': a tectonic model for Neoproterozoic glaciations during the breakup of Rodinia after 750 Ma

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    Eyles, Nicholas; Januszczak, Nicole

    2004-03-01

    The 'Snowball Earth' model of Hoffman et al. [Science 281 (1998) 1342] has stimulated renewed interest in the causes of glaciation in Earth history and the sedimentary, stratigraphic and geochemical response. The model invokes catastrophic global Neoproterozoic refrigerations when oceans froze, ice sheets covered the tropics and global temperatures plummeted to -50 °C. Each event is argued to be recorded by tillites and have lasted up to 10 million years. Planetary biological activity was arrested only to resume in the aftermath of abrupt and brutal volcanically generated 'greenhouse' deglaciations when global temperatures reached +50 °C. The 'Cambrian explosion' is regarded by some as a consequence of post-Snowball glacioeustatic flooding of continental shelves. We shall show by a systematic review of the model that it is based on many long standing assumptions of the character and origin of the Neoproterozoic glacial record, in particular, 'tillites', that are no longer valid. This paper focusses on the sedimentological and stratigraphic evidence for glaciation in the light of current knowledge of glacial depositional systems. By integrating this analysis with recent understanding of the tectonic setting of Neoproterozoic sedimentary basins, an alternative 'Zipper-rift' hypothesis for Neoproterozoic glaciations is developed. The 'Zipper-rift' model emphasises the strong linkage between the first-order reorganisation of the Earth's surface created by diachronous rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the climatic effects of uplifted rift flanks and the resulting sedimentary record deposited in newly formed rift basins. Initial fragmentation of Rodinia commenced after about 750 Ma (when the paleo-Pacific Ocean started to form along the western margin of Laurentia) and culminated sometime after 610 Ma (with the opening of the paleo-Atlantic Ocean on the eastern margin of Laurentia). Breakup is recorded by well-defined 'tectonostratigraphic' successions that were

  7. Ancient sedimentary structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member, Mars, that resemble macroscopic morphology, spatial associations, and temporal succession in terrestrial microbialites.

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    Noffke, Nora

    2015-02-01

    Sandstone beds of the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member on Mars have been interpreted as evidence of an ancient playa lake environment. On Earth, such environments have been sites of colonization by microbial mats from the early Archean to the present time. Terrestrial microbial mats in playa lake environments form microbialites known as microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS). On Mars, three lithofacies of the Gillespie Lake Member sandstone display centimeter- to meter-scale structures similar in macroscopic morphology to terrestrial MISS that include "erosional remnants and pockets," "mat chips," "roll-ups," "desiccation cracks," and "gas domes." The microbially induced sedimentary-like structures identified in Curiosity rover mission images do not have a random distribution. Rather, they were found to be arranged in spatial associations and temporal successions that indicate they changed over time. On Earth, if such MISS occurred with this type of spatial association and temporal succession, they would be interpreted as having recorded the growth of a microbially dominated ecosystem that thrived in pools that later dried completely: erosional pockets, mat chips, and roll-ups resulted from water eroding an ancient microbial mat-covered sedimentary surface; during the course of subsequent water recess, channels would have cut deep into the microbial mats, leaving erosional remnants behind; desiccation cracks and gas domes would have occurred during a final period of subaerial exposure of the microbial mats. In this paper, the similarities of the macroscopic morphologies, spatial associations, and temporal succession of sedimentary structures on Mars to MISS preserved on Earth has led to the following hypothesis: The sedimentary structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member on Mars are ancient MISS produced by interactions between microbial mats and their environment. Proposed here is a strategy for detecting, identifying, confirming, and differentiating

  8. Chapter 2: Sedimentary successions of the Arctic Region (58–64° to 90°N) that may be prospective for hydrocarbons

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    Grantz, Arthur; Scott, Robert A.; Drachev, Sergey S.; Moore, Thomas E.; Valin, Zenon C.

    2011-01-01

    A total of 143 sedimentary successions that contain, or may be prospective for, hydrocarbons were identified in the Arctic Region north of 58–64°N and mapped in four quadrants at a scale of 1:11 000 000. Eighteen of these successions (12.6%) occur in the Arctic Ocean Basin, 25 (17.5%) in the passive and sheared continental margins of the Arctic Basin and 100 (70.0%) on the Circum-Arctic continents of which one (<1%) lies in the active margin of the Pacific Rim. Each succession was assigned to one of 13 tectono-stratigraphic and morphologic classes and coloured accordingly on the map. The thickness of each succession and that of any underlying sedimentary section down to economic basement, where known, are shown on the map by isopachs. Major structural or tectonic features associated with the creation of the successions, or with the enhancement or degradation of their hydrocarbon potential, are also shown. Forty-four (30.8%) of the successions are known to contain hydrocarbon accumulations, 64 (44.8%) are sufficiently thick to have generated hydrocarbons and 35 (24.5%) may be too thin to be prospective.

  9. Age and Correlation of Late Paleoproterozoic Sedimentary Successions in Northwestern Canada and Their Bearing on the Paleogeography of Laurentia

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    Rainbird, R. H.; Davis, W. J.; Hahn, K.; Furlanetto, F.; Thorkelson, D.

    2009-05-01

    Nearly 40 years ago, Fraser et al. (1970) proposed that thick basinal deposits of late Paleoproterozoic age along the western paleo-continental margin of Laurentia might represent the marine, deep-water complement of thinner but broadly correlative terrestrial sandstone deposits preserved today in intracontinental basins of the Canadian shield such as the Hornby Bay, Athabasca and Thelon. These basins exhibit comparable geometry, lithology, stratigraphy and overall paleocurrent patterns, which suggested they were initially co- extensive. Regional paleocurrents derived from crossbedded sandstone units interpreted as braided river deposits are dominantly west-directed in the mid-upper parts of all basins but are variable in the lower parts, supporting distinct initial basins that were later joined by broad fluvial braidplains originating from sources along active orogenic uplands located to the east (e.g. Trans-Hudson orogen). The sediment from these rivers was shunted westward across the craton and ultimately deposited along Laurentia's western margin. Geophysical data suggest that the distal parts of these river systems are preserved in the subsurface of northwestern Canada and are contiguous with fine-grained siliclastic and carbonate rocks of the Wernecke Supergroup and Muskwa Assemblage. One way to test this paleogeographic model is to compare the provenance of different parts of this sedimentary system using detrital zircon geochronology. Previous studies of the Muskwa assemblage (Ross et al. 2001) were compared with data for the Athabasca Group of the Athabasca Basin (Rainbird et al. 2007). A prominent peak of ages between 1.9-1.8 Ga is present in both successions and suggests common provenance from the Trans-Hudson orogen and delivery of detritus to the western margin of Laurentia by a >1000 km long drainage system. Based on correlation of seismic sections, MacLean and Cook (2004) proposed that the Wernecke Supergroup is equivalent to the lower part of the

  10. A new age within MIS 7 for the Homo neanderthalensis of Saccopastore in the glacio-eustatically forced sedimentary successions of the Aniene River Valley, Rome

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    Marra, Fabrizio; Ceruleo, Piero; Jicha, Brian; Pandolfi, Luca; Petronio, Carmelo; Salari, Leonardo

    2015-12-01

    Field observations as well as borehole, sedimentological and geochronologic data allow us to reconstruct the geologic setting of the Aniene River Valley in northern Rome, framing it within the recently recognized picture of temporally constrained, glacio-eustatically forced aggradational successions of this region. The sedimentary successions cropping out in this area include those described in the literature of the early 20th century in Saccopastore, where two skulls of Homo neanderthalensis were recovered. Based on the geometry, elevation and sedimentologic features of the investigated sedimentary deposits, the stratigraphic record of Saccopastore is correlated with the aggradational succession deposited in response to sea-level rise during glacial termination III at the onset of MIS 7 (i.e. ˜250 ka), corresponding to the local Vitinia Formation, as opposed to previous correlation with the MIS 5 interglacial and a locally defined "Tyrrhenian" stage (˜130 ka). This previous attribution was based on the interpretation of the sedimentary succession of Saccopastore, occurring between 15 and 21 m a.s.l., as a fluvial terrace formed around 130 ka during the Riss-Würm interglacial, ca. 6 m above the present-day alluvial plain of the Aniene River. In contrast to this interpretation, a 40Ar/39Ar age of 129 ± 2 ka determined for this study on a pyroclastic-flow deposit intercalated in a fluvial-lacustrine sequence forming a terrace ˜37 m a.s.l. near the coast of Rome constrains the aggradational succession in this area to MIS 5, precluding the occurrence of an equivalent fluvial terrace at lower elevation in the inland sector of Saccopastore. We therefore interpret the stratigraphic record of Saccopastore as the basal portion of the aggradational succession deposited in response to sea-level rise during MIS 7, whose equivalent fluvial terrace occurs around 55 m a.s.l. in this region. We also review the published paleontological and paleoethnological records recovered

  11. The Neoproterozoic Abu Dahr ophiolite, South Eastern Desert, Egypt: petrological characteristics and tectonomagmatic evolution

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    Gahlan, Hisham A.; Azer, Mokhles K.; Khalil, Ahmed E. S.

    2015-10-01

    The Neoproterozoic Abu Dahr ophiolite, South Eastern Desert, Egypt, is one of the best preserved and least dismembered ophiolite successions in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. It contains a Penrose-type ophiolite sequence from mantle section below mafic crust upward to oceanic sedimentary cover overlying mafic volcanics, although the original magmatic (stratigraphic) contact between the mantle and crustal sections is disrupted by tectonism. The Abu Dahr ophiolite is metamorphosed under greenschist facies conditions, and low-temperature alteration is widespread. Petrography reveals that: (i) the mantle is homogenous, serpentinized, and dominated by harzburgite and less abundant dunite; (ii) the cumulate ultramafics are represented by wehrlite and pyroxenite; and (iii) the crustal section is represented by metagabbros, meta-anorthosites and metabasalts. The Abu Dahr serpentinized peridotites show high Mg# (0.92-0.93), with enrichment of Ni, Cr and Co, and depletion of Al2O3 and CaO, and nearly flat and unfractionated REE chondrite-normalized pattern. Major and trace element characteristics of the Abu Dahr metagabbro and metabasalt (crustal section) indicate a tholeiitic to calc-alkaline affinity. Units of the crustal section have low-Nb and Zr concentrations, low Dy/Yb and relatively elevated La/Yb ratios, high U/Yb and Th/Yb ratios, and LREE enriched chondrite-normalized pattern. All of the Abu Dahr ophiolite units have trace-element signatures characterized by enrichment of LILE over HFSE. Rare and trace element patterns indicate a genetic link between the Abu Dahr mantle, cumulate ultramafics, and crust. Chromian spinel has survived metamorphism and is used as a petrogenetic indicator in the Abu Dahr serpentinized peridotites. The spinel is homogeneous with a limited composition, and shows high-Cr# (>0.6) combined with low-TiO2 character (mostly <0.1 wt.%). The Abu Dahr ophiolite is interpreted as a fragment of depleted oceanic lithosphere that experienced high degrees

  12. Seismic velocities within the sedimentary succession of the Canada Basin and southern Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge, Arctic Ocean: evidence for accelerated porosity reduction?

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    Shimeld, John; Li, Qingmou; Chian, Deping; Lebedeva-Ivanova, Nina; Jackson, Ruth; Mosher, David; Hutchinson, Deborah

    2016-01-01

    The Canada Basin and the southern Alpha-Mendeleev ridge complex underlie a significant proportion of the Arctic Ocean, but the geology of this undrilled and mostly ice-covered frontier is poorly known. New information is encoded in seismic wide-angle reflections and refractions recorded with expendable sonobuoys between 2007 and 2011. Velocity-depth samples within the sedimentary succession are extracted from published analyses for 142 of these records obtained at irregularly spaced stations across an area of 1.9E + 06 km2. The samples are modelled at regional, subregional and station-specific scales using an exponential function of inverse velocity versus depth with regionally representative parameters determined through numerical regression. With this approach, smooth, non-oscillatory velocity-depth profiles can be generated for any desired location in the study area, even where the measurement density is low. Practical application is demonstrated with a map of sedimentary thickness, derived from seismic reflection horizons interpreted in the time domain and depth converted using the velocity-depth profiles for each seismic trace. A thickness of 12-13 km is present beneath both the upper Mackenzie fan and the middle slope off of Alaska, but the sedimentary prism thins more gradually outboard of the latter region. Mapping of the observed-to-predicted velocities reveals coherent geospatial trends associated with five subregions: the Mackenzie fan; the continental slopes beyond the Mackenzie fan; the abyssal plain; the southwestern Canada Basin; and, the Alpha-Mendeleev magnetic domain. Comparison of the subregional velocity-depth models with published borehole data, and interpretation of the station-specific best-fitting model parameters, suggests that sandstone is not a predominant lithology in any of the five subregions. However, the bulk sand-to-shale ratio likely increases towards the Mackenzie fan, and the model for this subregion compares favourably with

  13. Fe Isotope Composition of Neoproterozoic Post-Glacial "Cap Dolostones"

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    Halverson, G. P.

    2005-12-01

    The largest variations in the Fe isotope composition in the geological record are found in sedimentary rocks, presumably as the result of redox transformations of iron during mineral precipitation, microbial processing, and diagenesis (Johnson et al., Cont. Min. Petrol., 2003). Systematic trends in the variability of the Fe isotope composition of sulfide minerals formed in ancient marine black shales broadly mirror patterns in sulfur isotope data (Δ33S, Δ34S), which are consistent with geological and other geochemical evidence for the progressive oxidation of the earth's surface during the Precambrian (Rouxel et al., Science, 2005). Therefore, the record of the Fe isotope composition of minerals formed in the marine environment appears to be a promising proxy for the redox evolution of the ocean. We have developed a method to extract the marine Fe isotope composition from carbonates in an attempt to establish higher resolution records of changes in marine redox changes than permitted by black shale geochemistry. We have applied this method to the study of ca. 635 Ma iron-rich dolostones, which are found in Neoproterozoic successions worldwide and immediately post-date a purported snowball (Marinoan) glaciation during which time the deep ocean is thought to have become anoxic (Hoffman et al., Science, 1998), allowing its Fe isotopic composition to evolve towards the composition of relatively light (δ57Fe vs. IRMM-14 ~ -0.6‰) hydrothermal iron (Beard et al., Geology, 2003). Fe isotope compositions were measured relative to IRMM-14 in medium-resolution mode on a Neptune MC-ICP-MS with a long-term external (2σ) reproducibility of < 0.04‰/amu. Preliminary data on dolomite samples from Svalbard, northern Namibia and northwest Canada show a range in δ57Fe values from -0.65 to 0.04‰, similar to the range found in siderite and Fe-rich dolomite in ancient BIFs (Johsnon et al., 2003) and to values for the Namibian cap dolostone reported by Leighton et al

  14. Strontium isotopic variations of Neoproterozoic seawater: Implications for crustal evolution

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    Asmerom, Y.; Jacobsen, S.B.; Knoll, A.H.; Butterfield, N.J. ); Swett, K. )

    1991-10-01

    The authors report high precision Sr isotopic data on carbonates from the Neoproterozoic Shaler Group, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. Samples with low {sup 87}Rb/{sup 86}Sr ratios (<0.01) were selected for Sr isotopic analysis. {delta}{sup 18}O, Mn, Ca, Mg, and Sr data were used to recognize altered samples. The altered samples are characterized by high Mn/Sr ({ge}2) and variable {delta}{sup 18}O; most are dolomites. The data indicate that between ca. 790-850 Ma the {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratio of seawater varied between 0.70676 and 0.70561. The samples show smooth and systematic variation, with the lowest {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr value of 0.70561 at ca. 830 Ma. The low {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratio of carbonates from the lower parts of the section is similar to a value reported for one sample from the Adrar of Mauritania ({approx}900 Ma), West African Craton. Isotopic ratios from the upper part of the Shaler section are identical to values from the lower part of the Neoproterozoic Akademikerbreen Group, Spitsbergen. Although a paucity of absolute age determinations hinders attempts at the precise correlation of Neoproterozoic successions, it is possible to draw a broad outline of the Sr isotopic composition of seawater for this period. Data from this study and the literature are used to construct a curve of the {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratio of Neoproterozoic seawater. The Sr isotope composition of seawater reflects primarily the balance between continental Sr input through river input and mantle input via hydrothermal circulation of seawater through mid-ocean ridges. Coupling of Nd and Sr isotopic systems allows the authors to model changes in seafloor spreading rates (or hydrothermal flux) and continental erosion. The Sr hydrothermal flux and the erosion rate (relative to present-day value) are modeled for the period 500-900 Ma.

  15. Geological evolution of the Neoproterozoic Bemarivo Belt, northern Madagascar

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    Thomas, Ronald J.; De Waele, B.; Schofield, D.I.; Goodenough, K.M.; Horstwood, M.; Tucker, R.; Bauer, W.; Annells, R.; Howard, K. J.; Walsh, G.; Rabarimanana, M.; Rafahatelo, J.-M.; Ralison, A.V.; Randriamananjara, T.

    2009-01-01

    The broadly east-west trending, Late Neoproterozoic Bemarivo Belt in northern Madagascar has been re-surveyed at 1:100 000 scale as part of a large multi-disciplinary World Bank-sponsored project. The work included acquisition of 14 U-Pb zircon dates and whole-rock major and trace element geochemical data of representative rocks. The belt has previously been modelled as a juvenile Neoproterozoic arc and our findings broadly support that model. The integrated datasets indicate that the Bemarivo Belt is separated by a major ductile shear zone into northern and southern "terranes", each with different lithostratigraphy and ages. However, both formed as Neoproterozoic arc/marginal basin assemblages that were translated southwards over the north-south trending domains of "cratonic" Madagascar, during the main collisional phase of the East African Orogeny at ca. 540 Ma. The older, southern terrane consists of a sequence of high-grade paragneisses (Sahantaha Group), which were derived from a Palaeoproterozoic source and formed a marginal sequence to the Archaean cratons to the south. These rocks are intruded by an extensive suite of arc-generated metamorphosed plutonic rocks, known as the Antsirabe Nord Suite. Four samples from this suite yielded U-Pb SHRIMP ages at ca. 750 Ma. The northern terrane consists of three groups of metamorphosed supracrustal rocks, including a possible Archaean sequence (Betsiaka Group: maximum depositional age approximately 2477 Ma) and two volcano-sedimentary sequences (high-grade Milanoa Group: maximum depositional age approximately 750 Ma; low grade Daraina Group: extrusive age = 720-740 Ma). These supracrustal rocks are intruded by another suite of arc-generated metamorphosed plutonic rocks, known as the Manambato Suite, 4 samples of which gave U-Pb SHRIMP ages between 705 and 718 Ma. Whole-rock geochemical data confirm the calc-alkaline, arc-related nature of the plutonic rocks. The volcanic rocks of the Daraina and Milanoa groups also

  16. Environmental Change in the Prelude to a Neoproterozoic Ice Age: Sulfur Isotope Evidence from the Shaler Supergroup, Northwest Territories, Canada

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Williams, B. P.; Johnston, D. T.; Farquhar, J.; Knoll, A. H.; Butterfield, N. J.; Rainbird, R.

    2006-05-01

    The >723 Ma Shaler Supergroup on Victoria Island in the Northwest Territories of Canada is unusual for marginal marine Neoproterozoic successions insofar as thickly bedded sulfate evaporites are preserved. This unique sedimentary window for the Neoproterozoic allows us to investigate isotopic changes in the oxidized sulfur reservoir in the run up to a potential ice age, which is evidenced by a strong negative δ13C excursion in Kilian Formation carbonates at the top of the interval. Similar carbon isotope anomalies are recorded in carbonates beneath glacial diamictites of broadly the same age from the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada and in the Otavi Group of northern Namibia. Stratigraphically coincident with the 8‰ drop in 13C abundances in the Kilian Formation is a 15‰ rise in 34S of bedded sulfates, to a maximum of near +30‰. Anti-correlated isotope trends of smaller magnitude are recorded in mixed carbonates and evaporites at the top of the underlying Minto Inlet Formation. Comparison of 33S and 34S abundances of Shaler sulfates with values modeled from the results of culture experiments suggests that both anaerobic sulfate reducers and aerobic sulfur disproportionators populated the shallow open ocean. Notably, the profound 34S enrichment in the Kilian Formation is not coupled with similar enrichments in 33S. This observation is consistent with a system primarily driven by an increase in pyrite burial. Given the presence of shallow marine evaporites it is unlikely that sulfate concentrations were limited at this time. We hypothesize that this flux was enhanced during sea level fall at the onset of an ensuing ice age by the spread of anoxic conditions in deep oceans populated by sulfate reducing bacteria.

  17. Laser Remote Optical Granulometry (LROG), a tool for the textural study of inaccessible outcrops: could this method help to study Martian sedimentary successions?

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    Sarocchi, Damiano; Bartali, Roberto; Norini, Gianluca; Nahmad-Molinari, Yuri

    2010-05-01

    We present a new tool for the textural study of inaccessible outcrops of pyroclastic and epiclastic deposits. The new method, called Laser Remote Optical Granulometry (LROG), is based on high resolution tele-photography and stereologic techniques. LROG consists on taking several pictures of the outcrop with a high resolution CCD camera coupled to a small aperture telescope that can be placed several tenths of meters away. The scale of the image is obtained projecting an equilateral triangle with known size on the outcrop by means of three laser beams. The LROG allows the measurement of clasts less than 1 mm in size from a distance of 80 to 100 meters, and can reach much better resolution when operated closer to the outcrop. Perspective distortion can be corrected with the equilateral triangle projected by the lasers. To get high resolution images and remove the effects of air turbulence, hundreds of frames of the same field are captured in rapid sequence and then stacked and averaged with image processing algorithms developed for astronomical imaging. The LROG was validated on the pyroclastic deposits of the Joya Honda maar (San Luis Potosi, Mexico). The LROG provided precise granulometric analysis and vertical granulometric profiles of this pyroclastic sequence, useful to recognize the eruptive history of the volcano. This method can be used for the analysis of any kind of sedimentary deposits in the granulometric range of clasts greater than fine sand. We are improving the LROG to obtain other useful textural information like clast shape and apparent fabric. This method, implemented on a robotic probe could be a promising tool to carry out detailed stratigraphic and sedimentological study of Martian sedimentary successions.

  18. Continental flood basalt weathering as a trigger for Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth

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    Cox, Grant M.; Halverson, Galen P.; Stevenson, Ross K.; Vokaty, Michelle; Poirier, André; Kunzmann, Marcus; Li, Zheng-Xiang; Denyszyn, Steven W.; Strauss, Justin V.; Macdonald, Francis A.

    2016-07-01

    Atmospheric CO2 levels and global climate are regulated on geological timescales by the silicate weathering feedback. However, this thermostat has failed multiple times in Earth's history, most spectacularly during the Cryogenian (c. 720-635 Ma) Snowball Earth episodes. The unique middle Neoproterozoic paleogeography of a rifting, low-latitude, supercontinent likely favored a globally cool climate due to the influence of the silicate weathering feedback and planetary albedo. Under these primed conditions, the emplacement and weathering of extensive continental flood basalt provinces may have provided the final trigger for runaway global glaciation. Weathering of continental flood basalts may have also contributed to the characteristically high carbon isotope ratios (δ13 C) of Neoproterozoic seawater due to their elevated P contents. In order to test these hypotheses, we have compiled new and previously published Neoproterozoic Nd isotope data from mudstones in northern Rodinia (North America, Australia, Svalbard, and South China) and Sr isotope data from carbonate rocks. The Nd isotope data are used to model the mafic detrital input into sedimentary basins in northern Rodinia. The results reveal a dominant contribution from continental flood basalt weathering during the ca. 130 m.y. preceding the onset of Cryogenian glaciation, followed by a precipitous decline afterwards. These data are mirrored by the Sr isotope record, which reflects the importance of chemical weathering of continental flood basalts on solute fluxes to the early-middle Neoproterozoic ocean, including a pulse of unradiogenic Sr input into the oceans just prior to the onset of Cyrogenian glaciation. Hence, our new data support the hypotheses that elevated rates of flood basalt weathering contributed to both the high average δ13 C of seawater in the Neoproterozoic and to the initiation of the first (Sturtian) Snowball Earth.

  19. Thermal evolution of Lower Paleozoic sedimentary successions from organic and inorganic studies: the case history of the Holy Cross Mountains (central Poland)

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    Trolese, Matteo; Stefano Celano, Antonio; Corrado, Sveva; Caricchi, Chiara; Schito, Andrea; Aldega, Luca

    2015-04-01

    The rapid increase in shale gas production in the USA has triggered a growing interest in unconventional resources in Eastern and Northern Europe. In this framework, the potential shale gas reserves in Poland are the most promising in Europe, extending from the Baltic Sea to the Ukraine border. In this area, the Baltic, Podlasie and Lublin basins have already become objective of shale gas exploration and the Holy Cross Mountains (HCM, Central Poland) represents the outcropping analog of the buried targeted Lower Paleozoic successions, providing a unique opportunity to study and assess source rock potential. In this work, we provide new thermal maturity data of Paleozoic rocks exposed in the HCM. A multi-method approach, coupling organic matter/graptolites (i.e., marine organoclasts) optical analysis and X-ray diffraction of clay-sized fraction of sediments, was applied to constrain the burial - thermal evolution of the sedimentary succession. The investigated area of the HCM includes two different tectonic blocks: the Łysogóry region to the North and the Kielce region to the South, separated by the Holy Cross Fault (HCF). lllite content in mixed layer illite-smectite determinations and vitrinite/graptolites reflectance measurements (Roeq%), performed on samples (Cambrian - Devonian) collected from both the regions, show a substantial difference between the two blocks in terms of thermal maturity and burial history. Roeq% values in the southern block range from 0.5% to 1.0%, with few exceptions, indicating early to mid-mature stage of hydrocarbon generation. Samples collected in the northern block show much higher values, mainly from 1.2% up to 1.7%, representative of the gas generation window. The I-S ordering type also shows relevant differences in the two blocks. In the southern block, mixed-layered clay minerals varies from R1 (short-range) to R3 (long-range), whereas R3 structures are recorded in the northern block. Vitrinite reflectance and mixed-layer I

  20. Learning to tell Neoproterozoic time

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    Knoll, A. H.

    2000-01-01

    In 1989, the International Commission on Stratigraphy established a Working Group on the Terminal Proterozoic Period. Nine years of intensive, multidisciplinary research by scientists from some two dozen countries have markedly improved the framework for the correlation and calibration of latest Proterozoic events. Three principal phenomena--the Marinoan ice age, Ediacaran animal diversification, and the beginning of the Cambrian Period--specify the limits and character of this interval, but chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy based on single-celled microfossils (acritarchs), integrated with high-resolution radiometric dates, provide the temporal framework necessary to order and evaluate terminal Proterozoic tectonic, biogeochemical, climatic, and biological events. These data also provide a rational basis for choosing the Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) that will define the beginning of this period. A comparable level of stratigraphic resolution may be achievable for the preceding Cryogenian Period, providing an opportunity to define this interval, as well, in chronostratigraphic terms--perhaps bounded at beginning and end by the onset of Sturtian glaciation and the decay of Marinoan ice sheets, respectively. Limited paleontological, isotopic, and radiometric data additionally suggest a real but more distant prospect of lower Neoproterozoic correlation and stratigraphic subdivision.

  1. Neoproterozoic evolution of the basement of the South-American platform

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    de Brito Neves, Benjamim Bley; Fuck, Reinhardt A.

    2013-11-01

    Neoproterozoic geologic and geotectonic processes were of utmost importance in forming and structuring the basement framework of the South-American platform. Two large domains with distinct evolutionary histories are identified with respect to the Neoproterozoic era: the northwest-west (Amazonian craton and surroundings) and the central-southeast (the extra-Amazonian domain). In the first domain, Neoproterozoic events occurred only locally and were of secondary significance, and the geologic events, processes, and structures of the pre-Neoproterozoic (and syn-Brasiliano) cratonic block were much more influential. In the second, the extra-Amazonian domain, the final evolution, structures and forms are assigned to events related to the development of a complex net of Neoproterozoic mobile belts. These in turn resulted in strong reworking of the older pre-Neoproterozoic basement. In this domain, four distinct structural provinces circumscribe or are separated by relatively small pre-Neoproterozoic cratonic nuclei, namely the Pampean, Tocantins, Borborema and Mantiqueira provinces. These extra-Amazonian provinces were formed by a complex framework of orogenic branching systems following a diversified post-Mesoproterozoic paleogeographic scenario. This scenario included many types of basement inliers as well as a diversified organization of accretionary and collisional orogens. The basement inliers date from the Archean to Mesoproterozoic periods and are different in nature. The escape tectonics that operated during the final consolidation stages of the provinces were important to and responsible for the final forms currently observed. These latest events, which occurred from the Late Ediacaran to the Early Ordovician, present serious obstacles to paleogeographic reconstructions. Two groups of orogenic collage systems are identified. The older system from the Tonian (>850 Ma) period is of restricted occurrence and is not fully understood due to strong reworking

  2. The Neoproterozoic oxygenation event: Environmental perturbations and biogeochemical cycling

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    Och, Lawrence M.; Shields-Zhou, Graham A.

    2012-01-01

    transition from dominantly pyrite burial to sulfate burial after the Neoproterozoic. Strong evidence for the oxygenation of the deep marine environment has emerged through elemental approaches over the past few years which were able to show significant increases in redox-sensitive trace-metal (notably Mo) enrichment in marine sediments not only during the GOE but even more pronounced during the inferred NOE. In addition to past studies involving Mo enrichment, which has been extended and further substantiated in the current review, we present new compilations of V and U concentrations in black shales throughout Earth history that confirm such a rise and further support the NOE. With regard to ocean ventilation, we also review other sedimentary redox indicators, such as iron speciation, molybdenum isotopes and the more ambiguous REE patterns. Although the timing and extent of the NOE remain the subjects of debate and speculation, we consider the record of redox-sensitive trace-metals and C and S contents in black shales to indicate delayed ocean ventilation later in the Cambrian on a global scale with regard to rising oxygen levels in the atmosphere which likely rose during the Late Neoproterozoic.

  3. Visualizing the sedimentary response through the orogenic cycle using multi-dimensional scaling

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    Spencer, C. J.; Kirkland, C.

    2015-12-01

    Changing patterns in detrital provenance through time have the ability to resolve salient features of an orogenic cycle. Such changes in the age spectrum of detrital minerals can be attributed to fluctuations in the geodynamic regime (e.g. opening of seaways, initiation of subduction and arc magmatism, and transition from subduction to collisional tectonics with arrival of exotic crustal material). These processes manifest themselves through a variety of sedimentary responses due to basin formation, transition from rift to drift sedimentation, or inversion and basement unroofing. This generally is charted by the presence of older detrital zircon populations during basement unroofing events and is followed by a successive younging in the detrital zircon age signature either through arrival of young island arc terranes or the progression of subduction magmatism along a continental margin. The sedimentary response to the aforementioned geodynamic environment can be visualized using a multi-dimensional scaling approach to detrital zircon age spectra. This statistical tool characterizes the "dissimilarity" of age spectra of the various sedimentary successions, but importantly also charts this measure through time. We present three case studies in which multi-dimensional scaling reveals additional useful information on the style of basin evolution within the orogenic cycle. The Albany-Fraser Orogeny in Western Australia and Grenville Orogeny (sensu stricto) in Laurentia demonstrate clear patterns in which detrital zircon age spectra become more dissimilar with time. In stark contrast, sedimentary successions from the Meso- to Neoproterozoic North Atlantic Region reveal no consistent pattern. Rather, the North Atlantic Region reflects a signature consistent with significant zircon age communication due to a distal position from an orogenic front, oblique translation of terranes, and complexity of the continental margin. This statistical approach provides a mechanism to

  4. Neoproterozoic Earth System change: Observations of the rock record

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    Prave, A. R.; Fallick, A. E.; Hoffmann, K. H.; Benn, D.

    2003-04-01

    Radically nonuniformitarian modes of Earth System behaviour have been hypothesized as hallmarks of Neoproterozoic Earth history. In particular, severe climatic extremes (worldwide glaciations marked by globally frozen oceans to ultra-greenhouses) are envisaged to have occurred at least twice; these inferred harsh climates are invoked as a potential driving mechanism for biospheric evolution. Such hypotheses are intellectually elegant and their vividness grabs public attention, but how strictly do they adhere to the observational facts of the rock record? Here we show examples of Neoproterozoic glacigenic successions that imply severe, but not catastrophic climate change. The first example is the Port Askaig Tillite of Scotland. This unit was deposited in low latitudes (<30^o) and records the older ("Sturtian") glacial episode. Importantly, it contains evidence for freeze-thaw cycles on a number of time scales and, when combined with similar features observed in glacial rocks elsewhere (from both the younger and older glacial episodes), indicates that low-latitude climate does not record a simple unidirectional, long-term refrigeration of Earth. The second example is δ13C datasets associated with the older and younger glacial episodes in Namibia and California, USA. When combined with detailed stratigraphic data, these show: (1) that presumed coeval carbonates that cap the glacigenic successions display a wide range in δ13C values but share similar long-term trends; and (2) carbonates units below the erosive base of the glacigenic rocks record a decline in δ13C (as noted by previous workers) but in several cases a recovery towards heavier values is preserved in the topmost carbonate strata. These data imply that biogeochemically mediated conditions were regionally variable, both before and in the immediate aftermath of Neoproterozoic glaciations. Thus, any attempts to infer or model the nature, magnitude and potential significance of Neoproterozoic climate change

  5. Integrated Geochemical-Petrographic Insights on Neoproterozoic Ocean Oxygenation

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    Hood, A.; Planavsky, N.; Wallace, M. W.; Wang, X.; Gueguen, B.

    2015-12-01

    Novel isotope systems have the potential to provide new insights into biogeochemical cycling in Earth's evolving oceans. However, much recent paleo-redox work has been done without extensive consideration of sample preservation or paleoenvironmental setting. Neoproterozoic reef complexes from South Australia provide a perfect setting to test geochemical redox proxies (e.g. uranium isotopes and trace metal chemistry) within a well-defined sedimentological and petrographic context. These reefs developed significant frameworks over ~1km of steep platform relief from the seafloor, and contain a variety of carbonate components including primary dolomite marine cements. Analysis of a variety of components within these reefs reveals significant variation in uranium isotope composition and trace metal chemistry between components, even within a single sample. Marine cements, which precipitated directly from seawater, have much lower contamination element concentrations (e.g. Al, Zr, Th) than depositional micrites, and appear to represent the best archive of ancient ocean conditions. These cements have high levels of Fe, Mn in shallow and deep reef facies (e.g. 2-3wt% Fe), but only Fe-oxide inclusions in peritidal settings. This distribution suggests ferruginous conditions under a surficial chemocline in this Neoproterozoic seawater. Uranium isotopes from pristine marine cements have relatively heavy values compared to modern seawater (median = -0.22 δ238U). These values are essentially unfractionated from riverine inputs, which we interpret as tracking extensive near quantitative low-T reduction of U(VI) to U(IV) by abundant soluble iron in seawater. Depositional components and late stage cements have a much lighter and more variable U isotope compositions (-0.71 to -0.08 δ238U). This work highlights the need for fundamental petrographic constraints on the preservation of depositional geochemical signatures in the future use and development of sedimentary redox proxies.

  6. World Map Showing Surface and Subsurface Distribution, and Lithologic Character of Middle and Late Neoproterozoic Rocks

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    Stewart, John H.

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The map was prepared to outline the basic information on where Neoproterozoic rocks are present in the World, and of the lithologic character of these rocks. The information provides a better understanding of major Neoproterozoic tectonic subdivisions useful in paleogeographic and plate tectonic reconstructions. The time frame of the map is within the middle and late Neoproterozoic from approximately 870 to 540 Ma and is after widespread Mesoproterozoic Grenville-age collisional events that are considered to have formed the hypothetical supercontinent of Rodinia. Much of the time represented by the map is interpreted to be during the fragmentation of Rodinia. The recognition of Neoproterozoic rocks is commonly difficult because of limited isotopic or paloeontological dating. Thus, some rocks shown on the map could be older or younger than the age indicated. However, at the scale of the map the the problem may be minor. Enough information seems to be available to indicate the general age of the rocks. Many of the successions contain diamictite deposits considered to be glaciogenic and dated as middle or late Neoproterozoic. These deposits thus show a rough correlation of middle and late Neoproterozoic rocks of the world. The map is a Richardson map projection, except for Antarctica which is a polar projection. The map was prepared from about 650 references, shown in the text linked below under 'Sources of Information', used to outline distribution patterns, determine rock types, and provide information on the regional and local geologic framework of the rocks. The focus of the references is on the geologic information needed to prepare the map. Other information, such as plate tectonic reconstructions or paleomagnetic studies is generally not included. The 'Sources of Information' lists references alphabetically for each of 14 regions. In brackets is a code for each area. These codes provide help in locating the specific regions in the references.

  7. The evolution of Neoproterozoic magmatism in Southernmost Brazil: shoshonitic, high-K tholeiitic and silica-saturated, sodic alkaline volcanism in post-collisional basins.

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    Sommer, Carlos A; Lima, Evandro F; Nardi, Lauro V S; Liz, Joaquim D; Waichel, Breno L

    2006-09-01

    The Neoproterozoic shoshonitic and mildly alkaline bimodal volcanism of Southernmost Brazil is represented by rock assemblages associated to sedimentary successions, deposited in strike-slip basins formed at the post-collisional stages of the Brasilian/Pan-African orogenic cycle. The best-preserved volcano sedimentary associations occur in the Camaquã and Campo Alegre Basins, respectively in the Sul-riograndense and Catarinense Shields and are outside the main shear belts or overlying the unaffected basement areas. These basins are characterized by alternation of volcanic cycles and siliciclastic sedimentation developed dominantly on a continental setting under subaerial conditions. This volcanism and the coeval plutonism evolved from high-K tholeiitic and calc-alkaline to shoshonitic and ended with a silica-saturated sodic alkaline magmatism, and its evolution were developed during at least 60 Ma. The compositional variation and evolution of post-collisional magmatism in southern Brazil are interpreted as the result mainly of melting of a heterogeneous mantle source, which includes garnet-phlogopite-bearing peridotites, veined-peridotites with abundant hydrated phases, such as amphibole, apatite and phlogopite, and eventually with the addition of an asthenospheric component. The subduction-related metasomatic character of post-collisional magmatism mantle sources in southern Brazil is put in evidence by Nb-negative anomalies and isotope features typical of EM1 sources. PMID:16936944

  8. Sedimentary Rocks

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    2005-01-01

    6 November 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcrops of sedimentary rocks in a crater located just north of the Sinus Meridiani region. Perhaps the crater was once the site of a martian lake.

    Location near: 2.9oN, 359.0oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: lower left Season: Northern Autumn

  9. Physical volcanology, geochemistry and basin evolution of the Ediacaran volcano-sedimentary succession in the Bas Draâ inlier (Ouarzazate Supergroup, Western Anti-Atlas, Morocco)

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    Karaoui, Brahim; Breitkreuz, Christoph; Mahmoudi, Abdelkader; Youbi, Nasrrddine

    2014-11-01

    New geologic mapping, lithofacies and granulometric analysis, and geochemistry from the volcano-sedimentary successions of the central part of the Bas Draâ inlier, Western Anti-Atlas, constrain the Ediacaran Ouarzazate Supergroup evolution during the post-collisional stage of the Pan-African orogeny. Volcanosedimentary facies analysis is the key aspect of the present contribution. We distinguished sixteen terrestrial volcanosedimentary lithofacies in the Bas Draâ succession (BDS), which reaches a total thickness of 2000 m. BDS evolution can be grouped into four units (Aouinet Aït Oussa I to IV, AO I-AO IV). The earliest volcanic activity produced rhyolitic ignimbrite sheets (AO I), which had been considered as lava flows by previous workers, and which were presumably related to caldera system(s). During AO II, a complex of high-silica andesitic and rhyolitic lavas formed, punctuated by the explosive eruption of a high-temperature silica-rich magma leading to the formation of parataxitic ignimbrite. AO III consists of basalt and andesite lava fields and small explosive, in parts phreatomagmatic volcanic vents. It is dissected by fluvial systems depositing external non-volcanic and local volcanic debris. BDS evolution terminated with the formation of a large SiO2-rich lava dome complex (AO IV), accompanied by small basalt effusive event. Volcanosedimentary facies analysis infers that the BDS evolved in a continental extensional setting developing in a low topography under humid paleoclimatic conditions. Alteration textures are dominated by a piemontite-calcite-albite-quartz (+ iron oxides) assemblage. Chemical analysis of BDS volcanic and subvolcanic rocks belongs to high-k calc-alkaline and alkali-calcic to alkaline magmatic trend typical for a post-collision setting. Trace elements spidergrams show a pattern typical for subduction-related suites of orogenic belts. REE patterns show moderate enrichment in LREE relative to flat HREE, with strong negative Eu

  10. Characterization of depositional age and structure of sedimentary successions by U-Pb TIMS and LA-ICP-MS dating of volcanic horizons and detrital zircons: an example from the western Trondheim Nappe Complex, Scandinavian Caledonides

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    Gasser, Deta; Grenne, Tor; Corfu, Fernando; Eivind Augland, Lars

    2016-04-01

    Revealing the absolute depositional age of non-fossiliferous sedimentary successions represents a long-lasting challenge in Earth Sciences. Lacking age control hampers the correct interpretation of the temporal evolution of depositional systems, and, if deformed, of the architecture of fold-and-thrust belts. Dating of detrital zircons within clastic sedimentary successions has over the past decades become a popular method to approximate the absolute depositional age and to characterize the source areas of such rocks. If combined with other geochronological information, such as dating of contemporaneous volcanic horizons, a much better resolution of the stratigraphy and structure of non-fossiliferous sedimentary successions can be achieved. The western Trondheim nappe complex in the central Scandinavian Caledonides is a classical area in this respect. On top of Late Cambrian to Early Ordovician ophiolitic fragments, various volcanic, volcano-clastic and clastic successions tell a complex story of island-arc formation, ocean closure and continent collision. Several famous fossil horizons indicate deposition during the Middle to Upper Ordovician (ca. 470-445 Ma), but large areas lack an absolute age control and several contrasting stratigraphic schemes and structural interpretations have been presented in the past. In this contribution we present the results of LA-ICP-MS detrital U-Pb zircon dating of clastic horizons as well as U-Pb TIMS zircon dating of volcanic horizons and magmatic clasts in conglomerates in order to characterize the depositional age and structure of the western Trondheim nappe complex in more detail. Together with field observations, including way up criteria, the zircon data enable significant revisions of existing stratigraphic and structural models. At least four (volcano-)sedimentary successions can be distinguished above the ca. 480-485 Ma greenstones: (1) ca. 470-463 Ma shales, limestones and andesitic porphyrites (Hølonda and Fanabekken

  11. Geochronological Constraints on Neoproterozoic Glaciations, the first appearance of Metazoans, and the Cambrian Explosion.

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    Bowring, S.; Condon, D.; Ramezani, J.; Myrow, P.; Landing, E.

    2004-05-01

    Studies of Neoproterozoic climate fluctuations, plate reconstructions, biological evolution and their interrelationships have been hindered by a lack of high-precision geochronological constraints. The correlation and estimates of duration for Neoproterozoic glaciations has relied on physical/chemo-stratigraphy, and thermal subsidence models respectively. New geochronological constraints from Neoproterozoic successions worldwide have sharpened the debate as to the number, synchroneity, and duration of glacial episodes and the relationship, if any, between Metazoan evolution and global glaciation(s). Crucial to the debate are correct interpretation of geochronological data that range from U-Pb zircon studies of intercalated volcanic ash-beds, U-Pb detrital zircon studies, Re-Os from black shales, Rb-Sr from clay-rich rocks, U-Pb and Pb-Pb from carbonates and phosphates, and Lu-Hf from phosphates. Development of a highly resolved Neoproterozoic timescale will require integration and cross-calibration of multiple dating techniques and consideration of what is actually being recorded by each chronometer. A review of available geological and geochronological data indicate that there were at least three and perhaps as many as five periods of Neoproterozoic glacial deposition including rocks from United States (Idaho and Virginia), Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories of Canada, Namibia, and Oman. What must be evaluated is how the paleogeographic distribution of glaciated regions varied with time during the Neoproterozoic. Do Neoproterozoic glacial successions distributed worldwide record a small number of globally synchronous, long-lived glaciations, or numerous diachronous glacial epochs, or a combination of both? At present, the duration of only one glacial deposit, the ca 581 Ma Gaskiers Formation (Newfoundland), is known and it is on the order of 1 Ma, at odds with a long-lived global glaciation predicted by the snowball Earth hypothesis. Other major issues are

  12. Paleomagnetic constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Costa Rican subduction zone: New results from sedimentary successions of IODP drill sites from the Cocos Ridge

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    Li, Yong-Xiang; Zhao, Xixi; Jovane, Luigi; Petronotis, Katerina E.; Gong, Zheng; Xie, Siyi

    2015-12-01

    The near-flat subduction of the Cocos Ridge (CR) along the Middle American Trench (MAT) plays a pivotal role in governing the geodynamic evolution of the central American convergent margin. Elucidating the onset of its subduction is essential to understand the tectonic evolution and seismogenesis of the Costa Rican convergent margin, a typical erosive convergent margin and modern example of a flat-slab subduction. Initial subduction of the CR has been previously investigated by examining upper plate deformation that was inferred to have resulted from the initial CR subduction. However, little attention has been paid to the extensive sedimentary archives on the CR that could hold important clues to the initial CR subduction. Drilling on the CR during IODP Expedition 344 discovered a pronounced sedimentary hiatus at Site U1381. Here we present paleomagnetic and rock magnetic results of the Cenozoic sedimentary sequences at this site that bracket the hiatus between ca. 9.61 and 1.52 Ma. We also examine the areal extent, timing, and geologic significance of the hiatus by analyzing sedimentary records from five other ODP/IODP sites on CR and Cocos plate. The analyses show that the hiatus appears to be regional and the presence/absence of the sedimentary hiatus at different locations on CR implies a link to the onset of CR shallow subduction, as a result of either bottom current erosion or CR buckling upon its initial collision at the MAT. Records directly from CR thus provide a new window to unraveling the geodynamic evolution of the central American margin.

  13. Taphonomic and evolutionary changes across the Mesoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic transition

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    Knoll, A. H.; Sergeev, V. N.

    1995-01-01

    The principal biological distinction between Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic is the abundance and diversity of eukaryotic fossils in the Neoproterozoic rocks, but the two eras also differ in the composition of preserved cyanobacterial assemblages. Evolving eukaryotes provide a partial explanation for observed differences in prokaryotic fossils, but the taphonomic and environmental influences of shifting carbonate depositional pattern are also important.

  14. Neoproterozoic Glacial Extremes: How Plausible is the

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    Peltier, W. R.

    2004-05-01

    The suggestion that the glaciation events of the Neoproterozoic could have been global in extent, so-called "snowball" glaciations, during which the oceans were entirely covered by sea ice and the continents by massive continental ice sheets, is an idea tha is recurrent in the geological and climate dynamics literature. It is an idea that haa both critics and defenders but concensus concerning it's plausiblity has yet to emerge. Previous work on this problem has led to the suggestion that a more likely scenario than the "hard snowball" is one in which open water continues to persist at the equator, thus enabling biological evolution into the Cambrian to proceed, perhaps stimulated by the transition from the cold conditions of the Neoproterozoic to the warm condition of the Cambrian, thus leading to the Cambrian "explosion of life". We will discuss recent extensions of our previous efforts to model the extreme climate of the Neoproterozoic, using both the University of Toronto Glacial Systems Model and the NCAR Community Climate System Model. With an appropriate choice for the albedo of sea ice, the former model conntinues to deliver hysteresis in the surface temperature vs. CO2 concentration space when solar luminosity is reduced by 6% below modern, and thus continues to suggest the existence of the previously hypothesized "CO2 attractor". We argue here that the system could be locked onto this attractor by the strong "out of equilibrium" effects of the carbon cycle recently discussed by Rothman et al. (PNAS, 2003). The open water solution is confirmed as the preferred mode of the system by the detailed CCSM integrations that we have performed.

  15. Strontium isotopic variations of Neoproterozoic seawater: implications for crustal evolution.

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    Asmerom, Y; Jacobsen, S B; Knoll, A H; Butterfield, N J; Swett, K

    1991-01-01

    We report high precision Sr isotopic data on carbonates from the Neoproterozoic Shaler Group, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. Lithostratigraphic correlations with the relatively well-dated Mackenzie Mountains Supergroup constrain Shaler deposition to approximately 770-880 Ma, a range corroborated by 723 +/- 3 Ma lavas that disconformably overlie Shaler carbonates and by Late Riphean microfossils within the section. Samples with low 87Rb/86Sr ratios (<0.01) were selected for Sr isotopic analysis. Delta 18O, Mn, Ca, Mg, and Sr data were used to recognize altered samples. The altered samples are characterized by high Mn/Sr (> or = 2) and variable delta 18O; most are dolomites. The data indicate that between ca. 790-850 Ma the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of seawater varied between 0.70676 and 0.70561. The samples show smooth and systematic variation, with the lowest 87Sr/86Sr value of 0.70561 at ca. 830 Ma. The low 87Sr/86Sr ratio of carbonates from the lower parts of our section is similar to a value reported for one sample from the Adrar of Mauritania (approximately 900 Ma), West African Craton. Isotopic ratios from the upper part of the Shaler section are identical to values from the lower part of the Neoproterozoic Akademikerbreen Group, Spitsbergen. Although a paucity of absolute age determinations hinders attempts at the precise correlation of Neoproterozoic successions, it is possible to draw a broad outline of the Sr isotopic composition of seawater for this period. Indeed, the Sr isotope data themselves provide a stratigraphic tool of considerable potential. Data from this study and the literature are used to construct a curve of the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of Neoproterozoic seawater. The new data reported in this study substantially improve the isotopic record of Sr in seawater for the period 790-850 Ma. The Sr isotope composition of seawater reflects primarily the balance between continental Sr input through river input and mantle input via hydrothermal

  16. The structure and stratigraphy of the sedimentary succession in the Swedish sector of the Baltic Basin: New insights from vintage 2D marine seismic data

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    Sopher, Daniel; Erlström, Mikael; Bell, Nicholas; Juhlin, Christopher

    2016-04-01

    We present five interpreted regional seismic profiles, describing the full sedimentary sequence across the Swedish sector of the Baltic Sea. The data for the study are part of an extensive and largely unpublished 2D seismic dataset acquired between 1970 and 1990 by the Swedish Oil Prospecting Company (OPAB). The Baltic Basin is an intracratonic basin located in northern Europe. Most of the Swedish sector of the basin constitutes the NW flank of a broad synclinal depression, the Baltic Basin. In the SW of the Swedish sector lies the Hanö Bay Basin, formed by subsidence associated with inversion of the Tornquist Zone during the Late Cretaceous. The geological history presented here is broadly consistent with previously published works. We observe an area between the Hanö Bay and the Baltic Basin where the Palaeozoic strata has been affected by transpression and subsequent inversion, associated with the Tornquist Zone during the late Carboniferous-Early Permian and Late Cretaceous, respectively. We propose that the Christiansø High was a structural low during the Late Jurassic, which was later inverted in the Late Cretaceous. We suggest that a fan shaped feature in the seismic data, adjacent to the Christiansø Fault within the Hanö Bay Basin, represents rapidly deposited, coarse-grained sediments eroded from the inverted Christiansø High during the Late Cretaceous. We identify a number of faults within the deeper part of the Baltic Basin, which we also interpret to be transpressional in nature, formed during the Caledonian Orogeny in the Late Silurian-Early Devonian. East of Gotland a number of sedimentary structures consisting of Silurian carbonate reefs and Ordovician carbonate mounds, as well as a large Quaternary glacial feature are observed. Finally, we use the seismic interpretation to infer the structural and stratigraphic history of the Baltic and Hanö Bay basins within the Swedish sector.

  17. Tectonics and sedimentation of the Lower and Middle Pleistocene mixed siliciclastic/bioclastic sedimentary successions of the Ionian Peloritani Mts (NE Sicily, Southern Italy): the onset of opening of the Messina Strait

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    Stefano, Agata; Longhitano, Sergio

    2009-03-01

    Biostratigraphic analyses carried out on siliciclastic/bioclastic deposits discontinuously cropping out along the Ionian flank of NE Sicily, indicate that they form two sedimentary events of Early and Middle Pleistocene, respec tively. Vertical facies successions, showing transgressive trends, suggest that sedimentation occurred within semi-enclosed marine embayments, where sublittoral coastal wedges developed on steep ramp-type shelves. Sediments accumulated in shoreface to offshore transitions along steep bottom profiles. This depositional scenario was strongly conditioned by the tectonic activity of the rift zone linking Western Calabria and Eastern Sicily. The effects of glacio-eustatism were also recognized. According to our reconstruction, the study area was controlled by a transfer fault system which affected the coastal margin producing major episodes of uplift and subsidence. Block-faulting was responsible for significant cannibalization and recycling of older deposits during the Middle Pleistocene. Such a tectonic setting can be considered the precursor scenario for the formation of the Messina Strait between Calabria and Sicily. This narrow, linear basin influences the hydrodynamic setting of sublittoral deposits along the Ionian coast of Sicily, giving rise to strong flood/ebb tidal currents. The uppermost part of the Middle Pleistocene succession recognized in the study area is indeed dominated by tide-influenced associations of sedimentary structures which most likely record the first stage of the opening of this `seaway' of the central Mediterranean Sea.

  18. Neoproterozoic fragmentation of the Scottish Sector of Laurentia - an ancient analogue for the Iberian and UK/Irish ocean-continent transition zones

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    Leslie, G.; Krabbendam, M.

    2009-04-01

    The Neoproterozoic Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland and Ireland is intensively deformed and metamorphosed by mid-Ordovician arc-accretion (c. 460 Ma) during the Caledonian Orogeny. Emplacement of an extensive suite of Siluro-Devonian Caledonian granitoids further complicates reading the sedimentary record. Nevertheless we can determine a history of stretching and break-up affecting the Neoproterozoic supercontinent of Rodinia and leading to creation of the Iapetus Ocean. Three key intervals of late-Neoproterozoic sediment accumulation are recognised - new geological mapping, isotopic datasets (Sr, O and C, U/Pb zircon, Sm/Nd WR), and sequence stratigraphical approaches are refining constraints on the lithostratigraphical architecture and basin evolution of the Dalradian Supergroup. Thick siliciclastic deposits accumulated (pre-800 Ma?) during an early stretching phase (distributed high angle faulting) that led to crustal thinning (low angle shearing). Three major limestone - pelite - quartzite depositional cycles succeeded these earlier siliciclastic deposits, recording episodic subsidence in an intracratonic but largely marine environment; the second cycle overlaps the late Precambrian (Cryogenian) glaciation and concludes with the distinctive Marinoan tillite succession (c. 635Ma). The last of the three cycles is terminated, in some parts of the Dalradian, by deposition of serpentinitic muds and conglomerates and volcaniclastic sediments; pods and lenses of both massive and serpentinised ultramafic rock also interrupt the sedimentary record at this level (thus possibly indicating mantle exhumation). In other areas, a major part of the ‘type' Dalradian succession is absent and we now recognise a major overstep unconformity at this level. From this level onwards across the Dalradian, rapid foundering of the margin, and the transition from rift- to drift-dominated processes, resulted in an overstepping accumulation of laterally and vertically variable

  19. Giant submarine landslide grooves in the Neoproterozoic/Lower Cambrian Phe Formation, northwest Himalaya: Mechanisms of formation and palaeogeographic implications

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    Draganits, E.; Schlaf, J.; Grasemann, B.; Argles, T.

    2008-04-01

    Giant groove casts have been found in the upper Proterozoic to Lower Cambrian Phe Formation (Haimanta Group), a siliciclastic sandstone/shale succession in the Tethyan Zone of the Higher Himalaya tectonic unit. The grooves are among the largest linear erosion structures related to submarine mass-movements observed in the geologic record. They are up to 4 m wide, about 0.2 m deep and can be traced for more than 35 m without changing their character. The grooves are straight, subparallel to cross-cutting striations with shallow semi-circular cross-sections and well-defined superimposed minor ridges and grooves. Groove casts exist on the soles of several sandstone beds within a 73 m thick logged section, commonly associated with flute casts. Their characteristics were compared with several other types of ancient and modern submarine linear erosion structures. A sand-rich, non-channelized basin floor depositional environment is inferred from the lithofacies, the combination of sedimentary structures, the lack of coarse-grained pebbly facies, the lateral continuity of beds, and the lack of channel structures. The grooves probably formed by laminar debris flows/concentrated density flows dragging blocks of already lithified sediment across the basin floor. When the bedding is structurally rotated back to horizontal, the groove casts show consistent North-South oriented palaeocurrent trends, with South-directed palaeocurrent directions indicated by flute casts. These palaeocurrent orientations contrast with previous palaeogeographic reconstructions of this area, which propose sediment delivery from the South. We therefore suggest a new "double provenance" model for the spatial relationship of late Proterozoic to Early Cambrian strata of the Himalaya, in which Lesser and Tethyan Himalayan age-equivalent sediment was deposited in a connected basin, where the former received detritus from the South, and the latter from a hitherto unknown source in the North. One possible

  20. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian stratigraphic framework of the Anti-Atlas and Ouzellagh promontory (High Atlas), Morocco

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    Álvaro, J. Javier; Benziane, Fouad; Thomas, Robert; Walsh, Gregory J.; Yazidi, Abdelaziz

    2014-10-01

    In the last two decades, great progress has been made in the geochronological, chrono- and chemostratigraphic control of the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian from the Anti-Atlas Ranges and the Ouzellagh promontory (High Atlas). As a result, the Neoproterozoic is lithostratigraphically subdivided into: (i) the Lkest-Taghdout Group (broadly interpreted at c. 800-690 Ma) representative of rift-to-passive margin conditions on the northern West African craton; (ii) the Iriri (c. 760-740 Ma), Bou Azzer (c. 762-697 Ma) and Saghro (c. 760?-610 Ma) groups, the overlying Anezi, Bou Salda, Dadès and Tiddiline formations localized in fault-grabens, and the Ouarzazate Supergroup (c. 615-548 Ma), which form a succession of volcanosedimentary complexes recording the onset of the Pan-African orogeny and its aftermath; and (iii) the Taroudant (the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary lying in the Tifnout Member of the Adoudou Formation), Tata, Feijas Internes and Tabanite groups that have recorded development of the late Ediacaran-Cambrian Atlas Rift. Recent discussions of Moroccan strata to select new global GSSPs by the International Subcommissions on Ediacaran and Cambrian Stratigraphy have raised the stratigraphic interest in this region. A revised and updated stratigraphic framework is proposed here to assist the tasks of both subcommissions and to fuel future discussions focused on different geological aspects of the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian time span.

  1. Constructing a Neoproterozoic Seawater Strontium Isotope Curve

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    Zhou, Y.; Shields-Zhou, G. A.; Manning, C. J.; Thirlwall, M.; Thurow, J. W.; Zhu, M.; Ling, H.

    2014-12-01

    The strontium isotopic composition of seawater has varied throughout Earth history in response to the balance between Sr isotopic exchange with ocean crust and input of riverine Sr derived from continental weathering. Because of this, seawater 87Sr/86Sr highs are interpreted to reflect erosion events, related to mountain building, while 87Sr/86Sr lows are considered to result from low weathering rates or increased seafloor spreading. Seawater 87Sr/86Sr also responds to changes in the isotopic composition of material undergoing weathering. The largest ever increase in seawater 87Sr/86Sr took place sometime from approximately 900 Ma to 500 Ma, and was associated with a permanent step shift in baseline 87Sr/86Sr composition. The unprecedented size of this increase, its timing and causation remains unconstrained. This study attempts firstly to reconstruct global seawater 87Sr/86Sr trends through this increase, using well-preserved carbonate rock samples from the North China craton, calibrated against additional 87Sr/86Sr and δ13C data from Neoproterozoic samples collected from other sections around the world. Sample preparation techniques for bulk carbonate Sr isotope stratigraphy are being honed during the course of this study. Other stable isotope systems (δ13C and δ18O) and trace elements, including REE have been investigated on the same samples to identify pristine samples for Sr isotope analysis and help in interpretation. The newly obtained data from this study (mainly Huaibei group of Huaibei area), using the excellently preserved early marine calcite cements and some bulk rock samples, confirm that the carbonate strata across the Jiao-Liao-Xu-Huai stratigraphic realm of the North China Craton exhibit the moderately positive δ13C values and low 87Sr/86Sr values that are characteristic of the early Neoproterozoic (Tonian).The results help to recreate the global curve by linking negative excursions in the Shijia (Xuzhou) (Xiao et al., 2014, Precambr. Res., 246

  2. Late Neoproterozoic Paleogeography of the Western Part of Baltica- Constraints From Paleomagnetic and Tectonic Analysis.

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    Nawrocki, J.; Poprawa, P.; Boguckyj, A.

    2003-12-01

    Neoproterozoic break-up of supercontinent Rodinia resulted with development of several individual lithospheric plates, including Baltica. Global configuration of continents after break-up, in particular paleogeographic position of Baltica and its relation to Godwana, are the matter of recent disputes. According to Scandinavian paleomagnetic poles (c.f. Torsvik and Rehnstr”m, 2001) in the late Neoproterozoic and Cambrian time the Baltic plate occupied moderate paleolatitudes of southern hemisphere. Vendian paleomagnetic pole from the White Sea region (Popov et al., 2002) is, however, completely different. It implies moderate northern paleolatitudes of Baltica in the Vendian time and probably equatorial position of this plate in the Early Cambrian (c.f. Nawrocki, 2003). In the present contribution we discuss impact of recent paleomagnetic and tectonic analysis conducted for the western part of Baltica on the above mentioned issue. As a consequence of the break-up process the western and central part of Baltica became a site of intensive basic volcanism (Orsha-Volhyn Zone) and development of sedimentary basins related to rifting. Geochronology of volcanic processes at the western slope of Baltica is poorly controlled, except of its expiring, dated by U/Pb method as 551 Ma (Compston et al., 1995). However its geotectonic setting is geochemically documented as rift-related (Bialowolska et al., 2002). Subsequently during the late-most Neoproterozoic-Middle Ordovician a system of sedimentary basins developed, controlled by post-rift thermal sag mechanism. Regional pattern of their subsidence allows to reconstruct passive continental margin along western margin of Baltica (Peri-Tornquist Zone, corresponding to later Trans-European Suture Zone) (Poprawa et al., 1999). Preliminary paleomagnetic analysis of the Vendian basalts and underlying basaltic tuffs from the Volhynia (NW Ukraine) revealed paleomagnetic directions concordant with the data from the White Sea region

  3. Diachronism in the late Neoproterozoic-Cambrian arc-rift transition of North Gondwana: A comparison of Morocco and the Iberian Ossa-Morena Zone

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    Álvaro, J. Javier; Bellido, Félix; Gasquet, Dominique; Pereira, M. Francisco; Quesada, Cecilio; Sánchez-García, Teresa

    2014-10-01

    In the northwestern border of the West African craton (North Gondwana), a transition from late Neoproterozoic subduction/collision to Cambrian rift processes was recorded in the Anti-Atlas (Morocco) and in the Ossa-Morena Zone (Iberia). Cambrian rifting affected both Pan-African and Cadomian basements in a stepwise and diachronous way. Subsequently, both areas evolved into a syn-rift margin episodically punctuated by uplift and tilting that precluded Furongian sedimentation. A comparison of sedimentary, volcanic and geodynamic evolution is made in the late Neoproterozoic (Pan-African and Cadomian) belts and Cambrian rifts trying to solve the apparent diachronous (SW-NE-trending) propagation of an early Palaeozoic rifting regime that finally led to the opening of the Rheic Ocean.

  4. How juvenile is the Arabian Nubian Shield? Evidence from Nd isotopes and pre-Neoproterozoic inherited zircon in the Bi'r Umq suture zone, Saudi Arabia

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    Hargrove, U. S.; Stern, R. J.; Kimura, J.-I.; Manton, W. I.; Johnson, P. R.

    2006-12-01

    The Bi'r Umq suture zone (BUSZ) in western Saudi Arabia comprises Neoproterozoic oceanic-arc plutonic, volcanosedimentary, and ophiolitic rocks that record some of the earliest magmatic and tectonic events of the East African Orogen in the Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS). New Nd isotopic analyses are combined with data on zircon inheritance and published isotopic studies to establish the case that pre-Neoproterozoic crust had a greater influence on the oceanic portion of the ANS than is appreciated. Highly positive initial ɛNd (+ 3.9 to + 8.5) and Nd model ages (560-830 Ma) that approximate crystallization ages (573-813 Ma) of BUSZ igneous rocks are comparable to upper crust in other parts of the ANS considered to be juvenile (mantle-derived) and to some xenoliths from the lower crust and lithospheric mantle. Overall, the data suggest that the 40-km-thick crust beneath much of the Arabian Shield is juvenile and that most of it was extracted from depleted mantle during the interval ˜ 740-830 Ma. Although much of the ANS is isotopically juvenile, some Neoproterozoic igneous rocks in the northern ANS contain zircon inherited from pre-Neoproterozoic sources. Samples from the BUSZ that show inheritance yield slightly lower initial ɛNd than contemporary samples that do not show inheritance, suggesting that some juvenile magmas assimilated older continental material. The age of that material is inferred to be largely early Neoproterozoic and Mesoproterozoic, with minor Paleoproterozoic and Archean components, based on U-Pb ages of inherited zircon and Nd model ages for ANS upper crustal rocks and xenoliths of the lower crust and mantle lithosphere. Inherited zircon may have been assimilated from terrigenous sediment shed from nearby passive margins, and transported fluvially or by glaciers, or by assimilation of cryptic early Neoproterozoic to Archean basement that underlies the "juvenile" core of the ANS. Zircon morphologies are consistent with both sedimentary origins

  5. Sedimentary Parameters Controlling Occurrence and Preservation of Microbial Mats in Siliciclastic Depositional Systems

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    Noffke, Nora; Knoll, Andrew H.

    2001-01-01

    Shallow-marine, siliciclastic depositional systems are governed by physical sedimentary processes. Mineral precipitation or penecontemporaneous cementation play minor roles. Today, coastal siliciclastic environments may be colonized by a variety of epibenthic, mat-forming cyanobacteria. Studies on microbial mats showed that they are not randomly distributed in modern tidal environments. Distribution and abundancy is mainly function of a particular sedimentary facies. Fine-grained sands composed of "clear" (translucent) quartz particles constitute preferred substrates for cyanobacteria. Mat-builders also favor sites characterized by moderate hydrodynamic flow regimes, which permit biomass enrichment and construction of mat fabrics without lethal burial of mat populations by fine sediments. A comparable facies relationship can be observed in ancient siliciclastic shelf successions from the terminal Neoproterozoic Nama Group, Namibia. Wrinkle structures that record microbial mats are present but sparsely distributed in mid- to inner shelf sandstones of the Nudaus Formation. The sporadic distribution of these structures reflects both the narrow ecological window that governs mat development and the distinctive taphonomic conditions needed to preserve the structures. These observations caution that statements about changing mat abundance across the Proterozoic-Cambrian boundary must be firmly rooted in paleoenvironmental and taphonomic analysis. Understanding the factors that influence the formation and preservation of microbial structures in siliciclastic regimes can facilitate exploration for biological signatures in Earth's oldest rocks. Moreover, insofar as these structures can be preserved on bedding surfaces and are not easily mimicked by physical processes, they constitute a set of biological markers that can be searched for on Mars by remotely controlled rovers.

  6. Diachronous evolution of volcano-sedimentary basins north of the Congo craton: Insights from U Pb ion microprobe dating of zircons from the Poli, Lom and Yaoundé Groups (Cameroon)

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    Toteu, Sadrack Félix; Penaye, Joseph; Deloule, Etienne; Van Schmus, William Randall; Tchameni, Rigobert

    2006-04-01

    Ion microprobe U-Pb dating of zircons from Neoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary sequences in Cameroon north of the Congo craton is presented. For the Poli basin, the depositional age is constrained between 700-665 Ma; detrital sources comprise ca. 920, 830, 780 and 736 Ma magmatic zircons. In the Lom basin, the depositional age is constrained between 613 and 600 Ma, and detrital sources include Archaean to Palaeoproterozoic, late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic (1100-950 Ma), and Neoproterozoic (735, 644 and 613 Ma) zircons. The Yaoundé Group is probably younger than 625 Ma, and detrital sources include Palaeoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic zircons. The depositional age of the Mahan metavolcano-sedimentary sequence is post-820 Ma, and detrital sources include late Mesoproterozoic (1070 Ma) and early Neoproterozoic volcanic rocks (824 Ma). The following conclusions can be made from these data. (1) The three basins evolved during the Pan-African event but are significantly different in age and tectonic setting; the Poli is a pre- to syn-collisional basin developed upon, or in the vicinity of young magmatic arcs; the Lom basin is post-collisional and intracontinental and developed on old crust; the tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Yaoundé Group resulted from rapid tectonic burial and subsequent collision between the Congo craton and the Adamawa-Yade block. (2) Late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic inheritance reflects the presence of magmatic event(s) of this age in west-central Africa.

  7. Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian clastics sedimentation and stratigraphy in the Central and Southern Appalachians: An overview

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    Schwab, F.L. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    A clear understanding of paleogeography, tectonics, and sedimentary framework now exists for Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian clastics in the Central and Southern Appalachians. It is based on well-constrained data on mineralogy, texture, and sedimentary structures and less precise information on age and regional variations in lithology and thickness. From 900 m.y. ago until 600 m.y. ago, tension along the eastern edge of North America produced a series of NE-SW basins (grabens and aulacogens ). These rift-related basins filled with thick, coarse, arkosic clastics (Mechum River Fm., Mt. Rogers Volc. Gp., Grandfather Mtn. Fm., portions of the Ocoee Series) mimicking the setting that later typified the Triassic of eastern North America. Coeval sequences exposed along the southeastern edge of the Blue Ridge in Va. and N.C. (Fauquier Fm., Lynchburg Gp., Ashe Fm.) define the hinge zone of a developing continental margin. Farther south in Tenn., Ga., and Ala., the picture is less clear. In latest Precambrian and Early Cambrian time, a passive Atlantic-type'' margin existed. This consisted of paired continental shelf and continental slope-rise areas (shallow water deposits of the Chilhowee Gp. and overlying muds and carbonates to the northwest; deep water clastics of the Evington Gp. and Alligator Back Fm. to the southeast). The cohesiveness of this framework argues against these tectonostratigraphic belts being considered terranes.

  8. Geochronology of Neoproterozoic Plutons and Sandstones in the Western Jiangnan Orogen: a Reappraisal of Amalgamation between Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks in South China

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    Ma, X.; Yang, K.

    2015-12-01

    Widespread exposure of Meso-Neoproterozoic strata and abundant Neoproterozoic plutons occur along the Jiangnan orogenic belt, a tectonic suture between the composite Cathaysia and Yangtze Blocks in South China, with remarkable angular unconformities between the Xiajiang Group and the underlying Sibao. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of the basement sedimentary sequences (e.g. Xiajiang Group and Sibao Group) and the relevant granitic pluton (Motianling pluton) provides new information about the pre-Cambrian evolution of the southeastern Yangtze block margin along the western Jiangnan orogen. The depositional age of Sibao Group located in the Southeast Guizhou Province can be constrained at 825-835 Ma by the youngest detrital zircon ages and crystallization age of the intrusive Motianling granitic pluton. The maximum depositional age of the Xiajiang Group is estimated to be ca. 795 Ma. Four main age populations are evident in Sibao Group: 0.83-1.0 Ga, 1.3-1.5 Ga, 1.6-1.8 Ga and 2.2-2.6 Ga. The distinguished age populations in the Xiajiang Group are identical to those in the Sibao Group but lack in ranges of 1.3-1.5 Ga. Local abundant (<0.9 Ga) granitoid outcrops, distant early-Neoproterozoic (0.9-1.0 Ga) components and pre-Neoproterozoic recycled materials from the interior of the Yangtze Block both contribute to the sedimentation of the Neoproterozoic basement sequences. We suggest that a rapid exhumation and uplift occurred after 820 Ma along the southeastern margin of Yangtze Block, and provided abundant detritus to the Neoproterozoic basin between the Yangtze and Cathaysia blocks, after which the assembly process gradually ceased till ca. 800 Ma rather than immediately paused or switched to extension after ca. 820 Ma. Regarding the location of the South China Block in the breakup the Rodinia, it is more reasonable to place Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks on the western margin rather than the center of Rodinia supercontinent during the late-Neoproterozoic time.

  9. Replacement of benthic communities in two Neoproterozoic-Cambrian subtropical-to-temperate rift basins, High Atlas and Anti-Atlas, Morocco

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    Clausen, Sébastien; Álvaro, J. Javier; Zamora, Samuel

    2014-10-01

    The ‘Cambrian explosion’ is often introduced as a major shift in benthic marine communities with a coeval decline of microbial consortia related to the diversification of metazoans and development of bioturbation (‘Agronomic Revolution’). Successive community replacements have been reported along with ecosystem diversification and increase in guild complexity from Neoproterozoic to Cambrian times. This process is recorded worldwide but with regional diachroneities, some of them directly controlled by the geodynamic conditions of sedimentary basins. The southern High Atlas and Anti-Atlas of Morocco record development of two rifts, Tonian (?) - early Cryogenian and latest Ediacarian-Cambrian in age, separated by the onset of the Pan-African Orogeny. This tectonically controlled, regional geodynamic change played a primary control on pattern and timing of benthic ecosystem replacements. Benthic communities include microbial consortia, archaeocyathan-thromboid reefal complexes, chancelloriid-echinoderm-sponge meadows, and deeper offshore echinoderm-dominated communities. Microbial consortia appeared in deeper parts of the Tonian (?) - early Cryogenian fluvio-deltaic progradational rift sequences, lacustrine environments of the Ediacaran Volcanic Atlasic Chain (Ouarzazate Supergroup) and the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary interval, characterized by the peritidal-dominated Tifnout Member (Adoudou Formation). They persisted and were largely significant until Cambrian Age 3, as previous restricted marine conditions precluded the immigration of shelly metazoans in the relatively shallow epeiric parts of the Cambrian Atlas Rift. Successive Cambrian benthic communities were replaced as a result of distinct hydrodynamic and substrate conditions, which allow identification of biotic (e.g., antagonistic relationships between microbial consortia and echinoderms, and taphonomic feedback patterns in chancelloriid-echinoderm-sponge meadows) and abiotic (e.g., rifting

  10. A model for Iapetan rifting of Laurentia based on Neoproterozoic dikes and related rocks

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    Burton, William C.; Southworth, Scott

    2010-01-01

    Geologic evidence of the Neoproterozoic rifting of Laurentia during breakup of Rodinia is recorded in basement massifs of the cratonic margin by dike swarms, volcanic and plutonic rocks, and rift-related clastic sedimentary sequences. The spatial and temporal distribution of these geologic features varies both within and between the massifs but preserves evidence concerning the timing and nature of rifting. The most salient features include: (1) a rift-related magmatic event recorded in the French Broad massif and the southern and central Shenandoah massif that is distinctly older than that recorded in the northern Shenandoah massif and northward; (2) felsic volcanic centers at the north ends of both French Broad and Shenandoah massifs accompanied by dike swarms; (3) differences in volume between massifs of cover-sequence volcanic rocks and rift-related clastic rocks; and (4) WNW orientation of the Grenville dike swarm in contrast to the predominately NE orientation of other Neoproterozoic dikes. Previously proposed rifting mechanisms to explain these features include rift-transform and plume–triple-junction systems. The rift-transform system best explains features 1, 2, and 3, listed here, and we propose that it represents the dominant rifting mechanism for most of the Laurentian margin. To explain feature 4, as well as magmatic ages and geochemical trends in the Northern Appalachians, we propose that a plume–triple-junction system evolved into the rift-transform system. A ca. 600 Ma mantle plume centered east of the Sutton Mountains generated the radial dike swarm of the Adirondack massif and the Grenville dike swarm, and a collocated triple junction generated the northern part of the rift-transform system. An eastern branch of this system produced the Long Range dike swarm in Newfoundland, and a subsequent western branch produced the ca. 554 Ma Tibbit Hill volcanics and the ca. 550 Ma rift-related magmatism of Newfoundland.

  11. Detrital zircon geochronology of Neoproterozoic to Middle Cambrian miogeoclinal and platformal strata: Northwest Sonora, Mexico

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    Gross, E.L.; Stewart, John H.; Gehreis, G.E.

    2000-01-01

    Eighty-five detrital zircon grains from Mesoproterozoic and/or Neoproterozoic to Middle Cambrian sedimentary strata in northwest Sonora, Mexico, have been analyzed to determine source terranes and provide limiting depositional ages of the units. The zircon suites from the Mesoproterozoic and/or Neoproterozoic El Alamo Formation and El Aguila unit yield ages between 1.06 Ga and 2.67 Ga, with predominant ages of 1.1 to 1.2 Ga. Zircons from the Lower? and Middle Cambrian Bolsa Quartzite show age groups from 525 Ma to 1.63 Ga, with a dominant population of 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains. Grains older than 1.2 Ga in the samples were most likely derived from basement terranes and ???1.4 Ga granitic bodies of the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico. It is also possible that the sediments were transported from the south, although source rocks of the appropriate age are not presently exposed south of the study area in northern Mexico. Three possibilities for the dominant 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains include derivation from: (I) exposures of the Grenville belt in southern North America, (2) local 1.1-1.2 Ga granite bodies, or (3) a southern source, such as the Oaxaca terrane, that was subsequently rifted away. Sampling of additional units in the western U.S. and northern Mexico may help resolve the ambiguity surrounding the source of the 1.1 to 1.2 Ga grains.

  12. Neoproterozoic Glacial Strata of the Centralian Superbasin: New Insight From Subsurface Data in the Southern Georgina Basin, Australia

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    Verdel, C.; Willink, R. J.; Gurney, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Georgina Basin portion of the Centralian Suberbasin locally preserves extensive successions of Neoproterozoic sediments, including some of the thickest Cryogenian glacial deposits in the world. Surficial exposure of these units is poor, however, necessitating description and sampling of subsurface stratigraphic records. We have examined drillcore from boreholes in the southern part of the Georgina Basin that penetrate particularly thick accumulations of glaciogenic strata. One of these cores includes, in stratigraphic succession, ~500 meters of laminated diamictite, an overlying 150 meters of coarse-grained sandstone and conglomerate, and an upper 30 meter interval of carbonate that includes conspicuous pink dolostone. C isotope values of the carbonate interval are approximately -1‰ at its base, rise to values around 0‰ within the pink dolostone, then decline to -1 to -2% at the top of the cored interval. While it is currently unclear whether the carbonate is a Neoproterozoic cap or an unconformably overlying Cambrian unit, correlations based on regional seismic and well data suggest that the thick accumulation of diamictite is a well-preserved record of Neoproterozoic glaciation. We have obtained high-resolution visible and shortwave-infrared reflectance spectroscopy data from these cores with a HyLogger instrument. These data permit detailed mineralogical description of the glacial interval at a scale of ~1 cm and comprise a fully digital stratigraphic record.

  13. The importance of XRD analysis in provenance and palaeoenvironmental studies of the Piedras de Afilar Formation, Neoproterozoic of Uruguay

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    Pamoukaghlian, K.; Poiré, D. G.; Gaucher, C.; Uriz, N.; Cingolani, C.; Frigeiro, P.

    2009-04-01

    ímite norte del Terreno Piedra Alta (Uruguay). Importancia de la faja milonítica sinestral de Colonia. Actas XVI Congreso Argentino de Geología, de La Plata. Gaucher, C., Poiré, D.G., Finney, S.C., Valencia, V.a., Blanco, G., Pamoukaghlian, K., Gómez Peral, L. (2008). Detrital zircón ages of Neoproterozoic sedimentary successions in Uruguay and Argentina: Insights into the geological evolution of the Rio de la Plata Craton. Precambrian Research. Hartmann, L.A., Campal, N., Santos, J.O., Mc. Neughton, N.J., Schipilov, A., Lafon, J.M. (2001). Archean crust in the Rio de la Plata Craton, Uruguay - SHRIMP U-Pb zircon reconnaissance geochronology. Journal of South American Earth Science, 14, 557-570. Pamoukaghlian, K., Gaucher, C., Bossi, J., Sial, N., Poire, D.G. (2006). First C and O isotopic data for the Piedras de Afilar Formation, Tandilia Terrane, Uruguay: their bearing on correlation and age. Fifth South American Symposium on Isotope Geology, Punta del Este.

  14. Constraining the margins of Neoproterozoic ice masses: depositional signature, palaeoflow and glaciodynamics

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    Busfield, Marie; Le Heron, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    The scale and distribution of Neoproterozoic ice masses remains poorly understood. The classic Snowball Earth hypothesis argues for globally extensive ice sheets, separated by small ocean refugia, yet the positions of palaeo-ice sheet margins and the extent of these open water regions are unknown. Abundant evidence worldwide for multiple cycles of ice advance and recession is suggestive of much more dynamic mass balance changes than previously predicted. Sedimentological analysis enables an understanding of the changing ice margin position to be gained through time, in some cases allowing it to be mapped. Where the maximum extent of ice advance varies within a given study area, predictions can also be made on the morphology of the ice margin, and the underlying controls on this morphology e.g. basin configuration. This can be illustrated using examples from the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation in the Death Valley region of western USA. Throughout the Sperry Wash, northern Kingston Range and southern Kingston Range study sites the successions show evidence of multiple cycles of ice advance and retreat, but the extent of maximum ice advance is extremely variable, reaching ice-contact conditions at Sperry Wash but only ice-proximal settings in the most distal southern Kingston Range. The overall advance is also much more pronounced at Sperry Wash, from ice-distal to ice-contact settings, as compared to ice-distal to ice-proximal settings in the southern Kingston Range. Therefore, the position of the ice margin can be located at the Sperry Wash study site, where the more pronounced progradation is used to argue for topographically constrained ice, feeding the unconstrained shelf through the northern into the southern Kingston Range. This raises the question as to whether Neoproterozoic ice masses could be defined as topographically constrained ice caps, or larger ice sheets feeding topographically constrained outlet glaciers.

  15. Archaean Crustal Growth, Proterozoic Terrane Amalgamation and the Pan-African Orogeny, as Recorded in the NE African Sedimentary Record.

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    Najman, Y.; Fielding, L.; Millar, I.; Butterworth, P.; Andò, S.; Padoan, M.; Barfod, D. N.; Kneller, B. C.

    2015-12-01

    The cratons of Central Africa are formed of various blocks of Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic crust, flanked or truncated by Palaeoproterozoic to Mesoproterozoic orogenic belts. The geology of east Africa has largely been shaped by the events of the Pan-African Orogeny when east and west Gondwana collided to form 'Greater Gondwana' at the end of the Neoproterozoic. The Pan-African orogeny in NE Africa involved the collision of Archaean cratons and the Saharan Metacraton with the Arabian Nubian Shield, a terrane comprising Neoproterozoic juvenile oceanic island arcs. Phanerozoic cover sedimentary rocks, eroded from the Pan-African orogenies, blanket much of NE Africa. Detrital data from these Phanerozoic cover sedimentary rocks, and modern rivers draining both the cover the basement, provide a wealth of information on basement evolution, of particular relevance for regions where the basement itself is poorly exposed due to ancient or modern sedimentary cover. From samples collected in Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, we provide combined U-Pb and Hf-isotope zircon, U-Pb rutile and Ar-Ar mica datasets, heavy mineral analyses, and bulk trace element data, from Archaean basement, Phanerozoic cover and modern river sediment from the Nile and its tributaries to document the evolution of the North African crust. The data document early crust-forming events in the Congo Craton and Sahara Metacraton, phased development of the Arabian Nubian Shield culminating in the Neoproterozoic assembly of Gondwana during the Pan African Orogeny, and the orogen's subsequent erosion, with deposition of voluminous Phanerozoic cover.

  16. Neoproterozoic-Early Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the western part of the Kyrgyz Ridge (Northern Tian Shan) caledonides

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    Degtyarev, K. E.; Ryazantsev, A. V.; Tretyakov, A. A.; Tolmacheva, T. Yu.; Yakubchuk, A. S.; Kotov, A. B.; Salnikova, E. B.; Kovach, V. P.

    2013-11-01

    The conducted comprehensive study of the western part of Kyrgyz Ridge provided new data on the structure, composition and age of Precambrian and Early Paleozoic stratified and igneous complexes. The main achievements of these studies are: (1) the establishment of a wide age spectrum, embracing the interval from the Neoproterozoic to the end of the Early Ordovician, for the clastic-carbonate units composing the cover of the Northern Tian Shan sialic massif; (2) the reconstruction and dating of Early and Late Cambrian ophiolite complexes formed in suprasubduction settings;(3) the discovery and dating of the Early-Middle Ordovician volcano-sedimentary complex of island-arc affinity; and (4) proof of the wide occurrence of Late Ordovician granitoids, some of which bear Cu-Au-Mo ores. The intricate thrust-and-fold structure of the western part of the Kyrgyz Ridge, formed in several stages from the Middle Cambrian (?) until the end of the Middle Ordovician, was scrutinized; the importance of the Early Ordovician stage was demonstrated. The intrusion of large batholiths in the early Late Ordovician accomplished the caledonide structural evolution. Formation of Neoproterozoic and Early Paleozoic caledonide complexes, which were possibly related to the protracted and entangled evolution of the active continental margin, ceased by the Late Ordovician.

  17. Late Neoproterozoic metamorphic assemblages along the Pan-African Hamisana Shear Zone, southeastern Egypt: Metamorphism, geochemistry and petrogenesis

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    Ali-Bik, Mohamed W.; Sadek, Mohamed F.; Ghabrial, Doris Sadek

    2014-11-01

    A variety of Late Neoproterozoic gneisses and amphibolites are distributed along the N-S trending Hamisana Shear Zone (HSZ), in southeastern Egypt. The HSZ originated after the accretion of the Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS) and covers an area of about 1500 km2 in southeastern Egypt and northeastern Sudan. The architecture of the northern part of the HSZ is best explained as a tectono-stratigraphic column, in which allochthonous ophiolitic mélange was thrusted onto metamorphosed island-arc assemblages (gneisses and amphibolites). The latter rock units were generally subjected to two successive phases of amphibolite facies metamorphism, followed by a thermal phase and retrograde overprint. The early penetrative, low- to medium-pressure metamorphism (M1) was synchronous with D1-gneissosity and N-S trending lineation, demarcating the high strain HSZ. The mineral assemblages formed during the M1 phase include quartz + andesine + hornblende (I) + biotite (I) in hornblende-biotite gneiss, quartz + andesine + pargasitic hornblende (I) + ferroan pargasitic hornblende (I) + edenitic hornblende (I) in hornblende-schist, quartz + plagioclase + biotite + muscovite in psammopelitic gneiss, and diopside + tremolite + calcite + sphene ± garnet in calc-silicates, being characteristic for amphibolite facies with metamorphic conditions of 600 ± 50 °C and 5-6.5 kbar. The second metamorphic phase (M2) is related to the crystallization of biotite and/or hornblende in S2 foliation demarcating the NE-SW trending dextral shear deformation (D2). The calculated temperature for this M2 phase is about 592 °C. Subsequent thermal events are documented by growth of spinel and scapolite in calc-silicate rocks and of cordierite in psammopelitic gneiss in response to uplift, decomposition and heat provided by the nearby late-formed igneous intrusions. Finally, the rocks reached a temperature of about 530 °C during the cooling retrogressive stage. Based on geological, petrological and geochemical

  18. Late Paleoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic multi-rifting events in the North China Craton and their geological significance: A study advance and review

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    Zhai, Mingguo; Hu, Bo; Zhao, Taiping; Peng, Peng; Meng, Qingren

    2015-11-01

    An important Paleoproterozoic mobile belt event took place in the North China Craton (NCC), termed the Hutuo Movement. This event has been interpreted to represent cratonic reworking characterized by rifting-subduction-collision processes. The NCC then evolved into a stable platform or para-platform tectonic setting in Earth's middle age period more than ~ 1.0 Ga. Thick Late Paleoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequences were extensively deposited on the early metamorphic basement. The major sedimentary basins include the Xiong'er aulacogen system in the south-central NCC, the Yan-Liao aulacogen system in the north-central NCC, the Northern marginal rift system in the northwestern NCC and the Eastern marginal rift system in the eastern NCC. The following four stages of magmatic activity are recognized in the Late Paleoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic interval: (1) ~ 1800 to 1780 Ma Xiong'er igneous province (XIP), (2) ~ 1720 to 1620 Ma anorogenic magmatic association, (3) ~ 1350 to 1320 Ma diabase sill swarms, and (4) ~ 900 Ma mafic dyke swarms. These four magmatic events suggest that the NCC was situated in an intra-plate setting for a long time from ~ 1.8 Ga to ~ 0.7 Ga or even younger, and the magmatic events were associated with multi-stage rifting activities. We document that the NCC was in a long-term extensional tectonic setting during Late Paleoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic era. The main ore deposits in this period are magmatic type iron deposits related to anorthosite-gabbro bodies, REE-Nb-Fe and Pb-Zn-Cu-Fe deposits related to Mesoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic rifts. Orogenic metal deposits are absent. There is no evidence indicating that the Grenville or other orogenic events affected the NCC. The reason for the absence of Grenvillian aged events in the NCC is probably because it was far from the edge of the Nuna supercontinent, if such a supercontinent did exist. There is another possibility that the Earth's middle age represented a particular tectonic

  19. Status of Early Paleozoic biostratigraphy of the Tethyan Himalayan successions

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    Parcha, Suraj Kumar; Pandey, Shivani

    2015-04-01

    The early Paleozoic successions of the Tethys Himalaya is exposed in the Spiti- Zanskar, Kashmir, Kumaun and in Garhwal regions. The most complete sequence described from the Tethys Himalayan region is exposed in the Spiti- Zanskar basin. The sedimentary succession of Spiti-Zanskar basin has a thick sequence of early Paleozoic age. The early Paleozoic rocks of these basins rest over the crystalline rock. The contact between underlying crystallines with the Paleozoic rocks has been interpreted unconformable/conformable and gradual/faulted by various workers. There is no definite record of faunal elements from the Neoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of both the basins. Above the metasedimentary rocks of Neoproterozoic the fossiliferous Cambrian rock rests. The fossiliferous Cambrian sequence of Spiti- Zanskar basins are corresponding to one another as far as the distribution of fauna is concerned. The early Cambrian successions in both the basins have more or less identical ichnogenera. Whereas, the Middle Cambrian of Zanskar Basin is dominated by agnostid trilobites along with polymerid trilobites on the other hand in the Spiti Basin Pagetides along with polymerid trilobites dominates during this period with few agnostid. In the Kashmir Basin the early Cambrian is equally dominated by Ichnofossils and the Middle Cambrian is controlled similarly by trilobite fauna like that of Spiti- Zanskar basins. In the Kumaun-Garhwal region so far no detailed studies have been carried out however earlier studies and in recent years ichnofossils of early Cambrian age has been reported along with some fragmentary report of trilobites. But from the Ordovician and Silurian successions of Garhwal basin brachiopods have been reported. The Ordovician succession of Spiti basin indicates shallow water depositional cycle, whereas the Zanskar basin indicates the sub aerial fluvial and deltaic depositional environment. A gradational contact has been observed between the Ordovician and

  20. Gale Sedimentary Rocks

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-439, 1 August 2003

    Gale Crater, located in the Aeolis region near 5.5oS, 222oW, contains a mound of layered sedimentary rock that stands higher than the rim of the crater. This giant mound suggests that the entire crater was not only once filled with sediment, it was also buried beneath sediment. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows some of the eroded remains of the sedimentary rock that once filled Gale Crater. The layers form terraces; wind has eroded the material to form the tapered, pointed yardang ridges seen here. The small circular feature in the lower right quarter of the picture is a mesa that was once a small meteor impact crater that was filled, buried, then exhumed from within the sedimentary rock layers exposed here. This image is illuminated from the left.

  1. Zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology of Neoproterozoic strata from the Mackenzie Mountains, Canada: Implications for the Phanerozoic exhumation and deformation history of the northern Canadian Cordillera

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    Powell, Jeremy; Schneider, David; Stockli, Daniel; Fallas, Karen

    2016-03-01

    Sedimentary strata of the Neoproterozoic Mackenzie Mountains Supergroup (MMSG) and Windermere Supergroup (WSG) occupy the cores of anticlines in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Canadian Cordilleran Foreland Belt. Stratigraphic and structural evidence suggest that these rocks have undergone several episodes of burial and unroofing relatively intact. We report single-grain detrital muscovite 40Ar/39Ar and zircon (U-Th)/He (ZHe) data from a suite of samples across the fold-thrust belt and the Neoproterozoic stratigraphic record. The strata have not reached high enough temperatures to reset the muscovite 40Ar/39Ar system, and instead our detrital muscovite data refine Tonian-Cryogenian depositional ages. Single-crystal ZHe dates range from 432 ± 35 to 46 ± 4 Ma, indicating that MMSG and WSG strata have not been heated sufficiently to fully reset the ZHe system. These factors make the Neoproterozoic strata an attractive natural laboratory to test the utility of the zircon radiation damage and annealing model on the quantification of thermal histories from detrital zircon populations that have accumulated radiation damage over long geologic timescales. Thermal modeling reveals that (1) a substantial sedimentary package was deposited following the Devonian and removed during Permo-Triassic cooling, and (2) the Cordilleran deformation front propagated through the study area from the Albian to the Paleocene, with a moderate increase in cooling rates between 75-67 Ma in the southwest and 60-55 Ma at the deformation front. Ultimately, relationships between radiation damage and helium diffusion kinetics in zircon explain substantial ZHe date dispersion and elucidate the temperature-time history of the northern Canadian Cordillera.

  2. Detrital zircon provenance of Silurian-Devonian and Triassic sedimentary rocks of the western Yangtze Block: Constraint for the location of South China in Gondwana supercontinent

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    Chen, Qiong; Sun, Min; Zhao, Guochun

    2016-04-01

    During Paleozoic even to early Mesozoic, South China, along with a series of Asia continental blocks, dispersed from the northern margin of Gondwana, drifting across the Tethys Ocean and accreting to the final assembly of Asia in Triassic, which also accepted sediments sourced from the adjoining segments of east Gondwana and itself successively. However, the exact location of South China within the east Gondwana and other Asia blocks is arguing and confusing. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope data from Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and massive Triassic flysch sequences kept in the western margin of South China (Danba-Longmenshan regions) provide a record of the source from which they were derived, and thus being applied to constraining the distribution of basement block in paleogeographic reconstructions and the tectonic setting of the basin. Two Longmenshan Devonian sediments exhibit dominant Grenvillian ages (0.9-1.1 Ga), with mid-Neoproterozoic (730-850 Ma), Pan-African (500-680 Ma) and Neoarchean (2.4-2.5 Ga) age populations, indicative of a typical Gondwana-derived affinity, which is also recorded by the Danba Silurian sample and other Paleozoic sediments (Devonian-Cambrian) in the resting South China block, including the east Yangtze block and the Cathaysia. However, the similar age patterns are not observed in the Devonian sample of Danba region, which exhibits a different age pattern with only two significant age groups of Pan-African (440-600 Ma) and Neoproterozoic (660-994 Ma) with an apparent lack of older zircon grains (>1.0 Ga). The Triassic sandstone from Songpan-Ganze covering sequences shows a distinguished zircon age distribution with prominant mid-Neoproterozoic (649-843 Ma), mid-Paleoproterozoic (1724-1951 Ma) and subordinated Permian-Triassic (236-298 Ma), Paleozoic (375-530 Ma) ages, mainly derived by melting of old crust with few input of juvenile material. Considering provenance changes along with the temporal and variation in

  3. Trace fossils and sedimentary facies from a Late Cambrian-Early Ordovician tide-dominated shelf (Santa Rosita Formation, northwest Argentina): Implications for ichnofacies models of shallow marine successions

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    Mangano, M.G.; Buatois, L.A.; Acenolaza, G.F.

    1996-01-01

    The Santa Rosita Formation is one the most widely distributed lower Paleozoic units of northwest Argentina. At the Quebrada del Salto Alto section, east of Purmamarca, Jujuy Province, it is represented by four sedimentary facies: thick-bedded planar cross-stratified quartzose sandstones (A), thin-bedded planar cross-stratified quartzose sandstones and mudstones (B), wave-rippled sandstones and bioturbated mudstones (C), and black and greenish gray shales (D). Paleocurrent data, sandstone architecture, and sedimentary structures from facies A and B indicate bipolar/bimodal paleoflows, suggesting the action of tidal currents. The succession is interpreted as that of a tide-dominated shelf, with only secondary influence of wave processes. Trace fossils are restricted to facies B and C. The Cruziana ichnocoenosis is preserved on the soles of thin-bedded planar cross-stratified quartzose sandstones (facies B). This ichnocoenosis consists of Conostichus isp., Cruziana omanica, C. semiplicata, C. cf. tortworthi, Cruziana isp. Helminthopsis abeli, Monomorphichnus bilinearis, M. multilineatus, Palaeophycus tubularis, Rusophycus carbonarius, R. latus, and R. isp. The occurrence of Cruziana semiplicata, C. omanica, C. cf. tortworthi, and Rusophycus latus supports a Late Cambrian-Tremadoc age. Slabbing of Cruziana shows complex interactions between biologic and sedimentologic processes, and suggests a predominance of exhumed traces, washed out and recast by tractive sand deposition. Sandstone soles are densely packed with biogenic structures and exhibit distinctive clusters of Rusophycus isp. that most likely represent trilobite nesting burrows. The Cruziana ichnocoenosis records the resident fauna of a protected, lower intertidal to subtidal interbar setting. The Skolithos ichnocoenosis is represented by high to low density vertical burrows of Skolithos linearis, which extend downwards to the quartzose sandstone soles of facies B and cross the Cruziana ichnocoenosis. The

  4. Sedimentary Rocks and Dunes

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    2004-01-01

    25 November 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows buttes composed of light-toned, sedimentary rock exposed by erosion within a crater occurring immediately west of Schiaparelli Basin near 4.0oS, 347.9oW. Surrounding these buttes is a field of dark sand dunes and lighter-toned, very large windblown ripples. The sedimentary rocks might indicate that the crater interior was once the site of a lake. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  5. Sedimentary Rock Remnants

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    2005-01-01

    29 July 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows knobs of remnant, wind-eroded, layered sedimentary rock that once completely covered the floor of a crater located west of the Sinus Meridiani region of Mars. Sedimentary rock outcrops are common throughout the Sinus Meridiani region and its surrounding cratered terrain.

    Location near: 2.2oN, 7.9oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: lower left Season: Northern Autumn

  6. Sr isotopic characteristic of neoproterozoic carbonate sediments from the southern Yenisei Ridge

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    Vishnevskaya, I. A.; Kochnev, B. B.; Letnikova, E. F.; Kuznetsov, A. B.; Proshenkin, A. I.

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents the first Sr isotopic data for the Late Precambrian carbonate rocks of the southern Yenisei Ridge. Their geochemical study allowed estimation of the degree of secondary alterations and gave the possibility to reveal rocks with a less disturbed Rb-Sr isotopic system. The Sr isotopic data indicated Neoproterozoic sedimentation of the rocks about 1070-750 Ma ago. Sr and C isotopic data showed that carbonate rocks of the Sukhoi Pit, Tungusik, and Shirokino groups are Late Riphean and could be comparable with sedimentary sequences of three Precambrian key sections of the Northern Eurasia: the subsequent Derevnino, Burovaya, and Shorikha formations from the Turukhansk Uplift, the Lakhanda Group from the Uchur-Maya region, and the Karatav Group from the South Urals. All studied carbonate rocks are older than 750 Ma and, according to the International Stratigraphic Chart, accumulated prior to global glaciations in the Cryogenian. This is evident from sedimentological study indicating the absence of tillite horizons in the studied sections. δ13C values in the sections vary from +0.4 up to +5.3‰, which testifies to the absence of periods of great cold.

  7. Is the Neoproterozoic oxygen burst a supercontinent legacy?

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    Macouin, Melina; Roques, Damien; Rousse, Sonia; Ganne, Jerome; Denele, Yoann; Trindade, Ricardo

    2015-09-01

    The Neoproterozoic (1000-542 Myr ago) witnessed the dawn of Earth as we know it with modern-style plate tectonics, high levels of O2 in atmosphere and oceans and a thriving fauna. Yet, the processes leading to the fully oxygenation of the external envelopes, its exact timing and its link with the inner workings of the planet remain poorly understood. In some ways, it is a "chicken and egg" question: did the Neoproterozoic Oxygenation Event (NOE) cause life blooming, low-latitudes glaciations and perturbations in geochemical cycles or is it a consequence of these phenomena? Here, we suggest that the NOE may have been triggered by multi-million years oxic volcanic emissions along a protracted period at the end of the Neoproterozoic when continents were assembled in the Rodinia supercontinent. We report a very oxidized magma source at the upper mantle beneath a ring of subducting margins around Rodinia, and detail here the evidence at the margin of the Arabian shield. We investigate the 780 Ma Biotite and Pink granites and associated rocks of the Socotra Island with rock magnetic and petrographic methods. Magnetic susceptibility and isothermal remanent magnetization acquisitions show that, in these granites, both magnetite and hematite are present. Hematite subdivides magnetite grains into small grains. Magnetite and hematite are found to be primary, and formed at the early magmatic evolution of the granite at very high oxygen fugacity. Massive degassing of these oxidized magmas would reduce the sink for oxygen, and consequently contribute to its rise in the atmosphere with a net O2 flux of at least 2.25 x 107 Tmol. Our conceptual model provides a deep Earth link to the NOE and implies the oxygenation burst has occurred earlier than previously envisaged, paving the way for later changes in the outer envelopes of the planet epitomized on the extreme Neoproterozoic glaciations and the appearance of the first animals.

  8. The White Nile sedimentary system

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    Garzanti, Eduardo; Andò, Sergio; Padoan, Marta; Resentini, Alberto; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Villa, Igor

    2014-05-01

    The Nile River flows for ~6700 km from south of the Equator to finally reach the Mediterranean Sea at northern subtropical latitudes (Woodward et al. 2007). This is the longest sedimentological laboratory on Earth, a unique setting in which we are investigating changes in sediment composition associated with diverse chemical and physical processes, including weathering and hydraulic sorting. The present study focuses on the southern branch of the Nile across 20° of latitude, from hyperhumid Burundi and Rwanda highlands in central Africa to Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan at the southern edge of the Sahara. Our study of the Kagera basin emphasizes the importance of weathering in soils at the source rather than during stepwise transport, and shows that the transformation of parent rocks into quartzose sand may be completed in one sedimentary cycle (Garzanti et al. 2013a). Micas and heavy minerals, less effectively diluted by recycling than main framework components, offer the best key to identify the original source-rock imprint. The different behaviour of chemical indices such as the CIA (a truer indicator of weathering) and the WIP (markedly affected by quartz dilution) helps us to distinguish strongly weathered first-cycle versus polycyclic quartz sands (Garzanti et al. 2013b). Because sediment is efficiently trapped in East African Rift lakes, the composition of Nile sediments changes repeatedly northwards across Uganda. Downstream of both Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert, quartzose sands are progressively enriched in metamorphiclastic detritus supplied from tributaries draining amphibolite-facies basements. The evolution of White Nile sediments across South Sudan, a scarcely accessible region that suffered decades of civil war, was inferred from the available information (Shukri 1950), integrated by original petrographic, heavy-mineral and geochemical data (Padoan et al. 2011). Mineralogical and isotopic signatures of Bahr-el-Jebel and Sobat sediments, derived

  9. Global Neoproterozoic (Sturtian) post-glacial sulfide-sulfur isotope anomaly recognised in Namibia

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    Gorjan, Paul; Walter, Malcolm R.; Swart, Roger

    2003-02-01

    The Neoproterozoic Earth experienced at least two, probably global, glaciations. Each glaciation was superceded by deposition of a layer of carbonate ('cap-carbonate') that has a distinctive lithology and depletion in 13C ( δ13C carbonate ˜ -5‰). The ˜700 Ma Sturtian glaciation is followed by deposition of a cap-carbonate and post-glacial succession which contain bacterially produced sulfides extremely enriched in 34S (average δ34S sulfide ˜ +30‰) with maximum values up to +60‰. This level of 34S enrichment in sulfides is unique to the Sturtian post-glacial succession and recognised in Australia, Canada, and China. In the Neoproterozoic of the Nama Basin, Namibia, the Gobabis Member is the basal unit of the Court Formation, which overlies the glacial Blaubeker Formation. δ13C carbonate analyses from the Gobabis Member range from -5.2 to -2.2‰ (average = -3.7‰; n = 10). δ34S sulfide ranges from +16.1 to +61.1‰ (average = +37.6‰; n = 8). These results are consistent with a Sturtian age for the Blaubeker Formation and overlying Gobabis Member, which have previously been interpreted as Sturtian. The sulfur isotopic results are comparable with δ34S sulfide in Sturtian post-glacial units of Australia, Canada and China. This adds to the evidence for correlation of the Blaubeker Formation with Sturtian glaciations on other continents. The cause of such elevated δ34S sulfide is enigmatic. Geochemical evidence suggests the sulfide was not formed from low sulfate waters nor in euxinic conditions, which discounts any known modern analogue. 34S enrichment in sulfides is therefore postulated to be caused by enrichment of 34S in contemporaneous seawater ( δ34S sulfate up to +60‰?). The rise in seawater δ34S sulfate is considered to be the result of intense bacterial sulfate reduction in an anoxic ocean during the Sturtian glaciation.

  10. Global sedimentary geology program

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    Ginsburg, R.N.; Clifton, H.E.; Weimer, R.J.

    1986-07-01

    The Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, in collaboration with the International Association of Sedimentologists and the International Union of Geological Sciences Committee on Sedimentology, is developing a new international study under the provisional title of Global Sedimentary Geology Program (GSGP). Initially, three research themes are being considered: (1) event stratigraphy-the documentation of examples of mass extinctions, eustatic fluctuations in sea level, major episodes of volcanisms, and changes in ocean composition; (2) facies models in time and space-an expansion of the existing data base of examples of facies models (e.G., deltas, fluvial deposits, and submarine fans) and global-scale study of the persistence of facies at various times in geologic history; and (3) sedimentary indices of paleogeography and tectonics-the use of depositional facies and faunas in paleogeography and in assessing the timing, locus, and characteristics of tectonism. Plans are being developed to organize pilot projects in each of these themes.

  11. Ancient Sedimentary Rocks

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-469, 31 August 2003

    The terraced area in this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image is an outcropping of ancient, sedimentary rock. It occurs in a crater in western Arabia Terra near 10.8oN, 4.5oW. Sedimentary rocks provide a record of past environments on Mars. Field work will likely be required to begin to get a good understanding of the nature of the record these rocks contain. Their generally uniform thickness and repeated character suggests that deposition of fine sediment in this crater was episodic, if not cyclic. These rocks might be indicators of an ancient lake, or they might have been deposited from grains settling out of an earlier, thicker, martian atmosphere. This image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated from the lower left.

  12. Schiaparelli's Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    9 October 2004 Schiaparelli Basin is a large, 470 kilometer (292 miles) impact crater located east of Sinus Meridiani. The basin might once have been the site of a large lake--that is, if the sedimentary rocks exposed on its northwestern floor were deposited in water. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a 1.5 meter per pixel (5 ft per pixel) view of some of the light-toned, finely-bedded sedimentary rocks in northwestern Schiaparelli. The image is located near 1.0oS, 346.0oW, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  13. Gale Sedimentary Rocks

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    2005-01-01

    15 April 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcroppings of layered, sedimentary rock in eastern Gale Crater. North-central Gale Crater is the site of a mound that is more than several kilometers thick and largely composed of sedimentary rocks that record a complex history of deposition and erosion. At one time, Gale Crater might have been completely filled and buried beneath the martian surface.

    Location near: 4.9oS, 221.6oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Winter

  14. Tithonium Chasma's Sedimentary Rocks

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-565, 5 December 2003

    Exposures of light-toned, layered, sedimentary rocks are common in the deep troughs of the Valles Marineris system. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example from western Tithonium Chasma. The banding seen here is an eroded expression of layered rock. Sedimentary rocks can be composed of (1) the detritus of older, eroded and weathered rocks, (2) grains produced by explosive volcanism (tephra, also known as volcanic ash), or (3) minerals that were chemically precipitated out of a body of liquid such as water. These outcrops are located near 4.8oS, 89.7oW. The image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated from the lower left.

  15. Broken Sedimentary Rocks

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    2005-01-01

    18 May 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows broken-up blocks of sedimentary rock in western Candor Chasma. There are several locations in western Candor that exhibit this pattern of broken rock. The manner in which these landforms were created is unknown; it is possible that there was a landslide or a meteoritic impact that broke up the materials. One attribute that is known: in some of these cases, it seems that the rock was broken and then buried by later sedimentary rocks, before later being exhumed so that they can be seen from orbit today.

    Location near: 6.9oS, 75.5oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Winter

  16. Sedimentary Rock Layers

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-348, 2 May 2003

    This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image acquired in March 2003 shows dozens of repeated layers of sedimentary rock in a western Arabia Terra crater at 8oN, 7oW. Wind has sculpted the layered forms into hills somewhat elongated toward the lower left (southwest). The dark patches at the bottom (south) end of the image are drifts of windblown sand. These sedimentary rocks might indicate that the crater was once the site of a lake--or they may result from deposition by wind in a completely dry, desert environment. Either way, these rocks have something important to say about the geologic history of Mars. The area shown is about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  17. Terby Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    27 December 2003 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered sedimentary rock outcrops in Terby Crater, located near 27.7oS, 285.4oW. The layered sediments in Terby are several kilometers thick, attesting to a long history of deposition in this ancient basin. The picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

  18. Eroded Sedimentary Rock

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-372, 26 May 2003

    This high resolution Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows eroded, layered sedimentary rock exposures in an unnamed western Arabia Terra crater at 8oN, 7oW. The dark material is windblown sand; much of the erosion of these layers may have also been caused by wind. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  19. Iani Sedimentary Rocks

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    2005-01-01

    23 February 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned sedimentary rocks exposed by erosion in the Iani Chaos region of Mars.

    Location near: 4.2oS, 18.7oW Image width: 1 km (0.6 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Winter

  20. Melas Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    17 July 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered, sedimentary rock outcrops in southwestern Melas Chasma, one of the troughs of the vast Valles Marineris system. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the upper left; it is located near 9.8oS, 76.0oW, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

  1. Ancient Life at the Extremes: Molecular Fossils and Paleoenvironmental Contexts of a Neoproterozoic Hypersaline Setting

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    Schinteie, R.; Brocks, J. J.

    2011-12-01

    We present the first molecular investigation of the biotic composition and biogeochemistry of an evaporitic, hypersaline environment from the Neoproterozoic (~800 Ma). Through detailed analyses of both sedimentary textures and their lipid biomarkers, we provide the oldest evidence of organisms that could exist at extremely saline conditions. Such research is timely, since the discovery of evaporite deposits on Mars highlights the need to understand their capacities as biological archives. Samples for this study were derived from evaporitic sediments of the Neoproterozoic Bitter Springs Formation, Amadeus Basin, central Australia. Due to the broad shallow nature of the basin and a tenuous connection with the ocean, the water was characterized by elevated salinity levels during that time. As a result, thick (100 m to >2000 m) evaporite units were deposited. All samples for this study were derived from drill cores held at Geoscience Australia (Canberra) and at the Northern Territory Geological Survey at Alice Springs. We extracted biomarkers from evaporitic sediments composed of dolomite, anhydrite and/or halite. The dolomite layers commonly assume the shape of microbial mat-like formations that exhibit roll-up structures and tearing. Framboidal pyrite was commonly associated with the dolomite and together with other textural and stable isotopic data provide the oldest putative evidence for biologically-induced dolomite precipitation. Full scan gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) of the saturate fractions of these evaporites revealed high ratios of mono-and dimethylalkanes relative to n-alkanes. Such a pattern is typical of Precambrian and Cambrian samples. These molecules, together with elevated relative concentrations of n-C17, provide evidence of a photoautotrophic community - especially cyanobacteria. A further outstanding characteristic of these samples are the presence of several pseudohomologous series of both regular (to C25) and irregular (to C40

  2. Possible Record of Neoproterozoic Ice Sheet Collapse: The Kapp Lyell Diamictite Sequence of southwest Spitsbergen, Svalbard

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    Bjornerud, M.

    2008-12-01

    appearance of ca. 500 m of unlayered, unsorted diamicite in beds 1-5 m thick, and some intervening graded layers of conglomerate to sandstone. The massive, unsorted "Heinrich"-type layers contain sand- to boulder-sized material and tend to be laterally discontinuous, while the graded beds are traceable for hundreds of meters. In the uppermost 1000 -1500 m of the sequence, such coarse graded beds become predominant, with only rare unsorted intervals. These beds are the highest preserved Neoproterozoic strata in the region. Overall, the transition from laminated, to unsorted, to graded diamictites may represent change from 1) a stable ice margin that released rare icebergs into a deep, quiet basin to 2) a collapsing ice sheet that unleashed flotillas of icebergs and large volumes of sediment to 3) submarine landslides that triggered turbidity flows from the rapidly deposited, gravitationally unstable sediments. No absolute ages are available for the Kapp Lyell sequence itself, but indirect evidence suggests that it records the ca. 635 Ma Marinoan stage of the "Snowball Earth" glaciations. In southernmost Spitsbergen, a unit correlative with the underlying Konglomeratfjellet Fm has yielded a metamorphic monazite age of 653 +/- 39 Ma (Majka et al 2007). Because there is no known stratigraphic discontinuity or metamorphic contrast between this older unit and the Kapp Lyell sequence, it seems most likely that the Kapp Lyell sequence and Konglomeratfjellet Fm. represent the Marinoan and Sturtian glaciations, respectively. If so, the sedimentary characteristics of the Kapp Lyell sequence suggest a catastrophic end to a Marinoan ice sheet, an ironic conclusion to be drawn from rocks named for the father of Uniformitarianism.

  3. A true polar wander model for Neoproterozoic plate motions

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    Ripperdan, R.L. )

    1992-01-01

    Recent paleogeographic reconstructions for the interval 750--500 Ma (Neoproterozoic to Late Cambrian) require rapid rates of plate motion and/or rotation around an equatorial Euler pole to accommodate reconstructions for the Early Paleozoic. Motions of this magnitude appear to be very uncommon during the Phanerozoic. A model for plate motions based on the hypothesis that discrete intervals of rapid true polar wander (RTPW) occurred during the Neoproterozoic can account for the paleogeographic changes with minimum amounts of plate motion. The model uses the paleogeographic reconstructions of Hoffman (1991). The following constraints were applied during derivation of the model: (1) relative motions between major continental units were restricted to be combinations of great circle or small circle translations with Euler poles of rotation = spin axis; (2) maximum rates of relative translational plate motion were 0.2 m/yr. Based on these constraints, two separate sets of synthetic plate motion trajectories were determined. The sequence of events in both can be summarized as: (1) A rapid true polar wander event of ca 90[degree] rafting a supercontinent to the spin axis; (2) breakup of the polar supercontinent into two fragments, one with the Congo, West Africa, Amazonia, and Baltica cratons, the other with the Laurentia, East Gondwana, and Kalahari cratons; (3) great circle motion of the blocks towards the equator; (4) small circle motion leading to amalgamation of Gondwana and separation of Laurentia and Baltica. In alternative 1, rifting initiates between East Antarctica and Laurentia and one episode of RTPW is required. Alternative 2 requires two episodes of RTPW; and that rifting occurred first along the eastern margin and later along the western margin of Laurentia. Synthetic plate motion trajectories are compared to existing paleomagnetic and geological data, and implications of the model for paleoclimatic changes during the Neoproterozoic are discussed.

  4. Neoproterozoic Glaciations and the Early Evolution of Animals

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    Narbonne, G. M.

    2004-05-01

    The intense climatic changes that characterized the Neoproterozoic world were marked by equally profound evolutionary changes that ultimately led to the Cambrian Explosion. Early and Middle Neoproterozoic oceans contained prokaryotes and diverse eukaryotic lineages, including crown-group red, green, and heterokont algae. The survival of diverse eukaryotic lineages through the Sturtian, Marinoan, and Gaskiers glaciations implies that, although these were among the most extreme glaciations Earth has ever experienced, sea ice was not as thick or pervasive as required by earlier "hard Snowball" models. Most molecular clocks predict the existence of animals well before 600 Ma and a few tantalizing hints have been found, but the oldest definite evidence of animal life are phosphatized eggs and embryos overlying Marinoan glacial deposits in China. The subsequent Late Neoproterozoic is characterized by the global occurrence of the Ediacara biota, an assemblage of cm- to m-scale fossils of soft-bodied organisms that probably represent a mixture of stem groups of modern phyla and "failed experiments" in evolution. The oldest Ediacaran fossils occur in eastern Newfoundland, and postdate the glacial diamictites and cap carbonate of the Gaskiers Formation (580 Ma) by only 5 million years, implying a causal relationship between the end of the Neoproterozoic glaciations and the proliferation of animal life. These fossils include architecturally complex fronds up to two metres long, implying either extremely rapid rates of evolution or a pre-glacial origin of the Ediacara biota. Fossils of the Mistaken Point biota (575-560 Ma) were completely sessile and show a similar fractal architecture that is difficult to relate to any existing life forms. Some of these taxa persisted into the White Sea biota (560-550 Ma), which also contains trace fossils and metameric fossils that confirm the evolution of mobile bilaterians. The youngest Ediacaran fossils (550-543 Ma) exhibit the first

  5. Modelling the carbon cycle though Neoproterozoic Earth system changes

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    Bjerrum, C. J.; Canfield, D. E.

    2011-12-01

    The Neoproterozoic-Cambrian records major changes in geochemical proxies as a result of a profound reorganization of the Earth system. Extensive glaciations and the first oxygenation of the deep ocean with a shift from sulfidic/ferruginous conditions to more oxic conditions was accompanied by the radiation of the first animals. The reorganization was also recorded in enigmatic large-amplitude fluctuations in the isotopic composition of marine carbonate carbon (δ13CIC ), were only some are associated with major known glaciations. The carbon isotope events seem to grow in amplitude through the Neoproterozoic culminating in the Shuram anomaly - the largest in Earth history. The δ13CIC events are also accompanied by changes in the isotope composition of marine organic carbon (δ13COC), where the co-variation of δ13CIC and δ13COC seems to evolve from markedly positive relationship over a subdued δ13COC variation and an almost inverse pattern. There is limited understanding as to why or how the structure of these isotope events evolved over time and how these events may tie to the reorganization of the Earth system. We use our published quantitative model of the Shuram anomaly to explore carbon cycle dynamics during the Neoproterozoic. By changing in pre-event atmosphere-ocean chemistry we explore which factors contribute to the observed patterns of the large Neoproterozoic carbon isotope events. In particular, decreasing atmospheric CO2 and a slight increase of oxygen together with an increasing CO source from rising DOC concentrations results in progressively larger event amplitudes with changing co-variation between δ13CIC and δ13COC , culminating with the structure observed for the Shurum-Wonaka anomaly in the Ediacaran. In our model, the carbon isotope excursions were driven by methane from sediment-hosted clathrate hydrate deposits. Being a powerful greenhouse gas, methane increased temperature and melted icecaps. These combined to produce a negative 18O

  6. Evolution of Sedimentary Rocks

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    Veizer, J.; MacKenzie, F. T.

    2003-12-01

    For almost a century, it has been recognized that the present-day thickness and areal extent of Phanerozoic sedimentary strata increase progressively with decreasing geologic age. This pattern has been interpreted either as reflecting an increase in the rate of sedimentation toward the present (Barrell, 1917; Schuchert, 1931; Ronov, 1976) or as resulting from better preservation of the younger part of the geologic record ( Gilluly, 1949; Gregor, 1968; Garrels and Mackenzie, 1971a; Veizer and Jansen, 1979, 1985).Study of the rocks themselves led to similarly opposing conclusions. The observed secular (=age) variations in relative proportions of lithological types and in chemistry of sedimentary rocks (Daly, 1909; Vinogradov et al., 1952; Nanz, 1953; Engel, 1963; Strakhov, 1964, 1969; Ronov, 1964, 1982) were mostly given an evolutionary interpretation. An opposing, uniformitarian, approach was proposed by Garrels and Mackenzie (1971a). For most isotopes, the consensus favors deviations from the present-day steady state as the likely cause of secular trends.This chapter attempts to show that recycling and evolution are not opposing, but complementary, concepts. It will concentrate on the lithological and chemical attributes of sediments, but not deal with the evolution of sedimentary mineral deposits (Veizer et al., 1989) and of life ( Sepkoski, 1989), both well amenable to the outlined conceptual treatment. The chapter relies heavily on Veizer (1988a) for the sections dealing with general recycling concepts, on Veizer (2003) for the discussion of isotopic evolution of seawater, and on Morse and Mackenzie (1990) and Mackenzie and Morse (1992) for discussion of carbonate rock recycling and environmental attributes.

  7. Sedimentary Rocks in Ganges

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    2004-01-01

    13 November 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows portions of two massifs composed of light-toned, sedimentary rock in Ganges Chasma, part of the Valles Marineris trough system. On the steeper slopes in this vista, dry talus shed from the outcrop has formed a series of dark fans. Surrounded by dark, windblown sand, these landforms are located near 8.6oS, 46.8oW. The image covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) across and sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

  8. Sedimentary Rocks in Melas

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    2005-01-01

    This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a butte and several other landforms eroded into light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock in southern Melas Chasma. Melas is part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system.

    Location near: 11.8oS, 74.6oW Image width: 3.0 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: lower left Season: Southern Spring

  9. Sedimentary Rock Layers

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    2004-01-01

    27 January 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layers of sedimentary rock in a crater in western Arabia Terra. Layered rock records the history of a place, but an orbiter image alone cannot tell the entire story. These materials record some past episodes of deposition of fine-grained material in an impact crater that is much larger than the image shown here. The picture is located near 3.4oN, 358.7oW, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi.) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  10. Sedimentary Rock in Candor

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    2005-01-01

    11 February 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dozens of light- and a few dark-toned sedimentary rock layers exposed by faulting and erosion in western Candor Chasma, part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system.

    Location near: 6.5oS, 77.0oW Image width: 3.0 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Autumn

  11. Melas Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    28 August 2004 Light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops are common within the vast martian Valles Marineris trough system. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a recent example from southern Melas Chasma at 1.5 m/pixel (5 ft/pixel) resolution. The image is located near 11.3oS, 73.9oW, and covers an area about 1.8 km (1.1 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

  12. a Snowball's Chance in Death Valley: Re-Evaluation of the Number and Magnitude of Neoproterozoic Ice Ages

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Corsetti, F. A.; Marenco, P. J.

    2002-05-01

    The Neoproterozoic Ibex Formation, previously considered to represent a basinal facies of platform carbonates in the lower Noonday Dolomite, Great Basin, USA, is shown to rest on the eroded surface of the lower Noonday and older units. At the type section, the basal Ibex Formation consists of polymict conglomerate and laminated mudstone; the upper surface of the mudstone is pierced by large angular clasts of all underlying units, including distinctive lower Noonday tube stromatolites. A thin, finely laminated pink dolostone unit that records negative carbon isotope values caps the Ibex conglomerate. We interpret the erosional unconformity upon which the basal Ibex Formation is deposited to be glacioeustatic in origin, the basal conglomerate-pierced mudstone to be glaciogenic, and the overlying dolostone to be a classic cap carbonate. Above the cap dolostone marine transgression led to the deposition of deeper water ferruginous shale and limestone, which is overlain by dolostone as water depths again shallowed. These post-glacial Ibex carbonates also record negative carbon isotope values similar to upper Noonday lithofacies preserved on the platform. A notable oxidized paleosol occurs at the top of the upper Ibex dolostone immediately below a coarse sandstone correlative with the basal Johnnie Formation. Combined with the record of glacial sediments and cap carbonates from underlying units, in particular the Kingston Peak Formation, the Death Valley succession unambiguously records three discrete Neoproterozoic ice ages in a single continuous section. These new observations provide the lithological and geochemical proof that at least three, and potentially more, ice ages characterized Neoproterozoic time. As each sustained global glaciation represents a critical environmental hurdle, the number and the magnitude of discrete ice ages is an important constraint on the tempo of metazoan evolution.

  13. Evidence for Mojave-Sonora megashear-Systematic left-lateral offset of Neoproterozoic to Lower Jurassic strata and facies, western United States and northwestern Mexico

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    Stewart, John H.

    2005-01-01

    Major successions as well as individual units of Neoproterozoic to Lower Jurassic strata and facies appear to be systematically offset left laterally from eastern California and western Nevada in the western United States to Sonora, Mexico. This pattern is most evident in units such as the "Johnnie oolite," a 1- to 2-m-thick oolite of the Neoproterozoic Rainstorm Member of the Johnnie Formation in the western United States and of the Clemente Formation in Sonora. The pattern is also evident in the Lower Cambrian Zabriskie Quartzite of the western United States and the correlative Proveedora Quartzite in Sonora. Matching of isopach lines of the Zabriskie Quartzite and Proveedora Quartzite suggests ???700-800 km of left-lateral offset. The offset pattern is also apparent in the distribution of distinctive lithologic types, unconformities, and fossil assemblages in other rocks ranging in age from Neoproterozoic to Early Jurassic. In the western United States, the distribution of facies in Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic strata indicates that the Cordilleran miogeocline trends north-south. A north-south trend is also suggested in Sonora, and if so is compatible with offset of the miogeocline but not with the ideas that the miogeocline wrapped around the continental margin and trends east-west in Sonora. An imperfect stratigraphic match of supposed offset segments along the megashear is apparent. Some units, such as the "Johnnie oolite" and Zabriskie-Proveedora, show almost perfect correspondence, but other units are significantly different. The differences seem to indicate that the indigenous succession of the western United States and offset segments in Mexico were not precisely side by side before offset but were separated by an area-now buried, eroded, or destroyed-that contained strata of intermediate facies. ?? 2005 Geological Society of America.

  14. Schiaparelli Sedimentary Rocks

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-403, 26 June 2003

    Some of the most important high resolution imaging results of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) experiment center on discoveries about the presence and nature of the sedimentary rock record on Mars. This old meteor impact crater in northwestern Schiaparelli Basin exhibits a spectacular view of layered, sedimentary rock. The 2.3 kilometer (1.4 miles) wide crater may have once been completely filled with sediment; the material was later eroded to its present form. Dozens of layers of similar thickness and physical properties are now expressed in a wedding cake-like stack in the middle of the crater. Sunlight illuminating the scene from the left shows that the circle, or mesa top, at the middle of the crater stands higher than the other stair-stepped layers. The uniform physical properties and bedding of these layers might indicate that they were originally deposited in a lake (it is possible that the crater was at the bottom of a much larger lake, filling Schiaparelli Basin); alternatively, the layers were deposited by settling out of the atmosphere in a dry environment. This picture was acquired on June 3, 2003, and is located near 0.9oS, 346.2oW.

  15. Selenium isotope evidence for progressive oxidation of the Neoproterozoic biosphere.

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    Pogge von Strandmann, Philip A E; Stüeken, Eva E; Elliott, Tim; Poulton, Simon W; Dehler, Carol M; Canfield, Don E; Catling, David C

    2015-01-01

    Neoproterozoic (1,000-542 Myr ago) Earth experienced profound environmental change, including 'snowball' glaciations, oxygenation and the appearance of animals. However, an integrated understanding of these events remains elusive, partly because proxies that track subtle oceanic or atmospheric redox trends are lacking. Here we utilize selenium (Se) isotopes as a tracer of Earth redox conditions. We find temporal trends towards lower δ(82/76)Se values in shales before and after all Neoproterozoic glaciations, which we interpret as incomplete reduction of Se oxyanions. Trends suggest that deep-ocean Se oxyanion concentrations increased because of progressive atmospheric and deep-ocean oxidation. Immediately after the Marinoan glaciation, higher δ(82/76)Se values superpose the general decline. This may indicate less oxic conditions with lower availability of oxyanions or increased bioproductivity along continental margins that captured heavy seawater δ(82/76)Se into buried organics. Overall, increased ocean oxidation and atmospheric O2 extended over at least 100 million years, setting the stage for early animal evolution. PMID:26679529

  16. Selenium isotope evidence for progressive oxidation of the Neoproterozoic biosphere

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    Pogge von Strandmann, Philip A. E.; Stüeken, Eva E.; Elliott, Tim; Poulton, Simon W.; Dehler, Carol M.; Canfield, Don E.; Catling, David C.

    2015-12-01

    Neoproterozoic (1,000-542 Myr ago) Earth experienced profound environmental change, including `snowball' glaciations, oxygenation and the appearance of animals. However, an integrated understanding of these events remains elusive, partly because proxies that track subtle oceanic or atmospheric redox trends are lacking. Here we utilize selenium (Se) isotopes as a tracer of Earth redox conditions. We find temporal trends towards lower δ82/76Se values in shales before and after all Neoproterozoic glaciations, which we interpret as incomplete reduction of Se oxyanions. Trends suggest that deep-ocean Se oxyanion concentrations increased because of progressive atmospheric and deep-ocean oxidation. Immediately after the Marinoan glaciation, higher δ82/76Se values superpose the general decline. This may indicate less oxic conditions with lower availability of oxyanions or increased bioproductivity along continental margins that captured heavy seawater δ82/76Se into buried organics. Overall, increased ocean oxidation and atmospheric O2 extended over at least 100 million years, setting the stage for early animal evolution.

  17. Selenium isotope evidence for progressive oxidation of the Neoproterozoic biosphere

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    Pogge von Strandmann, Philip A. E.; Stüeken, Eva E.; Elliott, Tim; Poulton, Simon W.; Dehler, Carol M.; Canfield, Don E.; Catling, David C.

    2015-01-01

    Neoproterozoic (1,000–542 Myr ago) Earth experienced profound environmental change, including ‘snowball' glaciations, oxygenation and the appearance of animals. However, an integrated understanding of these events remains elusive, partly because proxies that track subtle oceanic or atmospheric redox trends are lacking. Here we utilize selenium (Se) isotopes as a tracer of Earth redox conditions. We find temporal trends towards lower δ82/76Se values in shales before and after all Neoproterozoic glaciations, which we interpret as incomplete reduction of Se oxyanions. Trends suggest that deep-ocean Se oxyanion concentrations increased because of progressive atmospheric and deep-ocean oxidation. Immediately after the Marinoan glaciation, higher δ82/76Se values superpose the general decline. This may indicate less oxic conditions with lower availability of oxyanions or increased bioproductivity along continental margins that captured heavy seawater δ82/76Se into buried organics. Overall, increased ocean oxidation and atmospheric O2 extended over at least 100 million years, setting the stage for early animal evolution. PMID:26679529

  18. Biologically induced initiation of Neoproterozoic snowball-Earth events

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    Tziperman, Eli; Halevy, Itay; Johnston, David T.; Knoll, Andrew H.; Schrag, Daniel P.

    2011-01-01

    The glaciations of the Neoproterozoic Era (1,000 to 542 MyBP) were preceded by dramatically light C isotopic excursions preserved in preglacial deposits. Standard explanations of these excursions involve remineralization of isotopically light organic matter and imply strong enhancement of atmospheric CO2 greenhouse gas concentration, apparently inconsistent with the glaciations that followed. We examine a scenario in which the isotopic signal, as well as the global glaciation, result from enhanced export of organic matter from the upper ocean into anoxic subsurface waters and sediments. The organic matter undergoes anoxic remineralization at depth via either sulfate- or iron-reducing bacteria. In both cases, this can lead to changes in carbonate alkalinity and dissolved inorganic pool that efficiently lower the atmospheric CO2 concentration, possibly plunging Earth into an ice age. This scenario predicts enhanced deposition of calcium carbonate, the formation of siderite, and an increase in ocean pH, all of which are consistent with recent observations. Late Neoproterozoic diversification of marine eukaryotes may have facilitated the episodic enhancement of export of organic matter from the upper ocean, by causing a greater proportion of organic matter to be partitioned as particulate aggregates that can sink more efficiently, via increased cell size, biomineralization or increased C∶N of eukaryotic phytoplankton. The scenario explains isotopic excursions that are correlated or uncorrelated with snowball initiation, and suggests that increasing atmospheric oxygen concentrations and a progressive oxygenation of the subsurface ocean helped to prevent snowball glaciation on the Phanerozoic Earth. PMID:21825156

  19. Triple oxygen isotope evidence for elevated CO2 levels after a Neoproterozoic glaciation.

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    Bao, Huiming; Lyons, J R; Zhou, Chuanming

    2008-05-22

    Understanding the composition of the atmosphere over geological time is critical to understanding the history of the Earth system, as the atmosphere is closely linked to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Although much of the history of the lithosphere and hydrosphere is contained in rock and mineral records, corresponding information about the atmosphere is scarce and elusive owing to the lack of direct records. Geologists have used sedimentary minerals, fossils and geochemical models to place constraints on the concentrations of carbon dioxide, oxygen or methane in the past. Here we show that the triple oxygen isotope composition of sulphate from ancient evaporites and barites shows variable negative oxygen-17 isotope anomalies over the past 750 million years. We propose that these anomalies track those of atmospheric oxygen and in turn reflect the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (P(CO2)) in the past through a photochemical reaction network linking stratospheric ozone to carbon dioxide and to oxygen. Our results suggest that P(CO2) was much higher in the early Cambrian than in younger eras, agreeing with previous modelling results. We also find that the (17)O isotope anomalies of barites from Marinoan (approximately 635 million years ago) cap carbonates display a distinct negative spike (around -0.70 per thousand), suggesting that by the time barite was precipitating in the immediate aftermath of a Neoproterozoic global glaciation, the P(CO2) was at its highest level in the past 750 million years. Our finding is consistent with the 'snowball Earth' hypothesis and/or a massive methane release after the Marinoan glaciation. PMID:18497821

  20. Biostratigraphy of Cretaceous-Paleogene marine succession, foraminiferal changes across the K/T boundary, sequence stratigraphy and response to sedimentary cyclicity in the Haymana Basin (Central Anatolia, Turkey)

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    Amirov, Elnur

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study is to establish the planktonic foraminiferal biozonation, to construct the sequence stratigraphical framework and to determine the foraminiferal response to sedimentary cyclicity in the sedimentary sequence spanning Upper Cretaceous-Paleocene in the Haymana basin (Central Anatolia, Turkey). In order to achieve this study, the stratigraphic section was measured from sedimentary sequence of the Haymana, Beyobası and Yeşilyurt formations. The sedimentary sequence is mainly characterized by flyschoidal sequence that is composed of alternating of siliciclastic and carbonate units. On the account of the detailed taxonomic study of planktonic foraminifers, the biostratigraphic framework was established for the Maastrichtian-Paleocene interval. The biozonation includes 7 zones; Pseudoguembelina hariaensis, Pα, P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5 zones. The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/P) boundary was delineated between the samples HEA-105 and 106. In order to construct the sequence-stratigraphical framework, the A, B, C and D-type meter-scale cycles were identified. Based on the stacking patterns of them, six depositional sequences, six third and two second order cycles were determined. Third order cycles coincide with the Global Sea Level Change Curve. On the account of the conducted petrographic analysis sandstone, mudstone, marl, limestone and muddy-limestone lithofacies were recorded in the studied samples. In order to demonstrate the response of foraminifers to cyclicity, quantitative analysis has been carried out by counting the individuals of planktonic, benthonic foraminifers and ostracods. The best response to sedimentary cyclicity was revealed from planktonic foraminifers. The average abundance of planktonic foraminifers increases in the transgressive systems tract and decreases in the highstand systems tract. Foraminifera are the most abundant marine protozoa in the benthic, epipelagic and pelagic realm. Because of the complexity and diversity of habitats

  1. Faulted Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    27 June 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows some of the layered, sedimentary rock outcrops that occur in a crater located at 8oN, 7oW, in western Arabia Terra. Dark layers and dark sand have enhanced the contrast of this scene. In the upper half of the image, one can see numerous lines that off-set the layers. These lines are faults along which the rocks have broken and moved. The regularity of layer thickness and erosional expression are taken as evidence that the crater in which these rocks occur might once have been a lake. The image covers an area about 1.9 km (1.2 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  2. Ladon Sedimentary Rocks

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    2005-01-01

    6 June 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rocks exposed by the fluids that carved the Ladon Valles system in the Erythraeum region of Mars. These rocks are so ancient that their sediments were deposited, cemented to form rock, and then eroded by the water (or other liquid) that carved Ladon Valles, so far back in Martian history that such liquids could still flow on the planet's surface.

    Location near: 20.8oS, 30.0oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Spring

  3. Meridiani Sedimentary Rocks

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-545, 15 November 2003

    Northern Sinus Meridiani is a region of vast exposures of layered, sedimentary rock. Buried within these layers are many filled impact craters. Erosion has re-exposed several formerly-buried craters in this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image. Arrows 1 and 2 indicate craters that are still emerging from beneath layered material; arrow 3 indicates a crater that has been fully re-exposed. This image is located near 5.1oN, 2.7oW. The area shown is about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and illuminated from the left/upper left.

  4. Sedimentary Rock Outcrops

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    2004-01-01

    16 August 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows eroded layered rock outcrops in a crater north of Meridiani Planum near 2.7oN, 359.1oW. The dozens and dozens of sedimentary rock layers of repeated thickness and similar physical properties at this location suggest that they may have been deposited in a lacustrine (lake) setting. The crater in which these layers occur may once have been completely filled and buried, as is the case for many craters in the Sinus Meridiani region. This image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across; sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  5. Sedimentary Rock Near Coprates

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-420, 13 July 2003

    This mosaic of two Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) narrow angle camera images, one from 2001, the other from 2003, shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops exposed on the floor of a trough that parallels Coprates Chasma in the Valles Marineris system. Layered rocks form the pages from which the history of a place can be read. It may be many years before the story is read, but or now at least we know where one of the books of martian history is found. This picture is located near 15.2oS, 60.1oW. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  6. Sedimentary condensation and authigenesis

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    Föllmi, Karl

    2016-04-01

    Most marine authigenic minerals form in sediments, which are subjected to condensation. Condensation processes lead to the formation of well individualized, extremely thin (< 1m) beds, which were accumulated during extremely long time periods (> 100ky), and which experienced authigenesis and the precipitation of glaucony, verdine, phosphate, iron and manganese oxyhydroxides, iron sulfide, carbonate and/or silica. They usually show complex internal stratigraphies, which result from an interplay of sediment accumulation, halts in sedimentation, sediment winnowing, erosion, reworking and bypass. They may include amalgamated faunas of different origin and age. Hardgrounds may be part of condensed beds and may embody strongly condensed beds by themselves. Sedimentary condensation is the result of a hydrodynamically active depositional regime, in which sediment accumulation, winnowing, erosion, reworking and bypass are processes, which alternate as a function of changes in the location and intensity of currents, and/or as the result of episodic high-energy events engendered by storms and gravity flow. Sedimentary condensation has been and still is a widespread phenomenon in past and present-day oceans. The present-day distribution of glaucony and verdine-rich sediments on shelves and upper slopes, phosphate-rich sediments and phosphorite on outer shelves and upper slopes, ferromanganese crusts on slopes, seamounts and submarine plateaus, and ferromanganese nodules on abyssal seafloors is a good indication of the importance of condensation processes today. In the past, we may add the occurrence of oolitic ironstone, carbonate hardgrounds, and eventually also silica layers in banded iron formations as indicators of the importance of condensation processes. Besides their economic value, condensed sediments are useful both as a carrier of geochemical proxies of paleoceanographic and paleoenvironmental change, as well as the product of episodes of paleoceanographic and

  7. Relationship between the Neoproterozoic snowball Earth and Cambrian explosion

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    Maruyama, S.; Yoshihara, A.; Isozaki, Y.

    2007-12-01

    Origin of snowball Earth has been debated in terms of greenhouse gas (e.g., Hoffman and Schrag), obliqueness of Earth's rotation axis (Williams, 1975), true polar wander (Evans, 2003), Galactic cosmic ray radiation (Shaviv and Veizer, 2003; Svensmark, 2006), or weakened geomagnetism (Maruyama and Yoshihara, 2003). A major difficulty for the greenhouse gas hypothesis is the on-off switch causing decrease and increase of appropriate amounts of CO2 by plume- and plate tectonics, and also in available amount of CO2 in atmosphere to be consistent with the observations. In contrast, the cosmic ray radiation models due to the star burst peaked at 2.5- 2.1 Ga and 1.4-0.8 Ga can explain on-off switch more easily than the greenhouse gas model. Cosmic ray radiations, however, must be modified by the geomagnetic intensity, fluctuating 150"% to < 10"% of the present-day level through geologic time. Our compilation suggests the idea of extensive glaciation appeared when the intensity decreased below 50% of the present-day value, as typically seen in the Neoproterozoic time. This proposes the idea of extensive cloudiness by increased cosmic rays in the Neoproterozoic to cause the snowball Earth. Time difference between the Neoproterozoic snowball Earth and Cambrian explosion is as large as 250 millions years, and this refuses their direct close-relationship. Role of frequent mass extinctions, i.e., 8 times during 100 m.y. from 585 Ma to 488 Ma, during the Ediacaran and Cambrian, has been proposed (Zhu et al., 2007). This frequency is one order of magnitude higher compared to that in the post-Ordovician time. Yet, the Cambrian explosion cannot be explained by mass extinction which replaced the vacant niches shortly after the mass extinction and never created a new animal with a new body plan. A new model proposed herein is derived from weakened geomagnetism and resultant extensive cosmic radiation to alter gene and genome for a long period over advancement of low magnetic

  8. Heterogeneity of Sedimentary Aquifers: effect on microbial dynamics at successive spatial scales as revealed by geophysical imaging: Final report to the Department of Energy on Award DE-FG02-9ER62478

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    Donald J. P. Swift

    2004-02-10

    This report describes the geological component of the interdisciplinary study of the experimental aquifer at Oyster, Virginia, by the NABIR program, Department of Energy (Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research), between 1997 and 2003, as conducted by the Sediment dynamics group of Old Dominion University. The Geological component of the Oyster study was designed to (1) predict patterns of physical heterogeneity in sedimentary aquifers that control groundwater flow by application of geological first principles, (2) determine the geophysical imaging signatures of these patterns, and (3) relate patterns of physical heterogeneity thus sampled to observed microbial populations. The geological study began in 1997 at the North Oyster site, but in 2002, moved to the South Oyster site.

  9. The Santa Terezinha-Campos Verdes emerald district, central Brazil: structural and Sm-Nd data to constrain the tectonic evolution of the Neoproterozoic Brası´lia belt

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    D'el-Rey Silva, Luiz José Homem; Barros Neto, Leonel de Souza

    2002-12-01

    Structural analysis coupled with Sm-Nd isotope data and a detailed description of the geology of the Santa Terezinha-Campos Verdes emerald district (Goiás State, Central Brazil) constrain the evolution of the Neoproterozoic Brası´lia belt. The area is composed of tectonic slices of Archean-Paleoproterozoic gneiss, a Meso-Neoproterozoic metavolcanic sedimentary sequence called the Santa Terezinha sequence, and crustal-derived intrusive rocks such as mylonitic (ortho)gneiss and a syntectonic porphyry granite. It underwent a Neoproterozoic greenschist facies polyphase ductile deformation (D 1-D 3). Structures indicate an event of rotational deformation along a typical frontal ramp dipping gently to the west (i.e. an event of simple shear with top to ESE relative regional movement due to a subhorizontal WNW-ESE compression). A Sm-Nd whole-rock isochron age of 577±77 Ma for the intrusive rocks constrains the timing of at least part of the deformation/metamorphism in the area. Primary and metamorphic planar structures (mainly D 1-D 2) strike SW-NE and dip at low to moderate angles to the NW in the northern part of the area. However, they gradually rotate to SSE in the central SE part, where the Peixe River synclinorium is developed. This synclinorium is also the nest of the D 2 sheath folds that control emerald ore shoots. The Santa Cruz dome is a basement-cored, major elliptic structure in the SW of the area. The Santa Terezinha sequence represents a back-arc basin that received input from the Neoproterozoic Goiás magmatic arc to the west and the São Francisco ancient continental margin to the east. The basal and upper sections of this sequence correlate, respectively, with other passive margin and back-arc sequences of the Brası´lia belt.

  10. Neoproterozoic ice ages, boron isotopes, and ocean acidification

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    Kasemann, S. A.; Prave, A. R.; Fallick, A. E.; Hawkesworth, C. J.; Hoffmann, K.

    2010-12-01

    The Neoproterozoic Earth underwent at least two severe glaciations, each extending to low palaeomagnetic latitudes and punctuating warmer climates. In concert with the environmental changes, the rocks display large amplitude fluctuations in their stable isotopic composition. These fluctuations are stratigraphically systematic, occur in many sections worldwide and are interpreted as being globally significant1. Thus, the Neoproterozoic carbonates provide a unique geological and isotopic archive to improve our understanding of major non-anthropogenically influenced changes in Earth System behaviour. The two widespread older and younger Cryogenian glacial deposits (commonly referred to as the Sturtian and Marinoan, respectively) in Namibia are directly overlain by cap carbonates deposited under inferred periods of high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide decreases ocean pH and here we present a record of Cryogenian inter-glacial ocean pH, based on boron isotopes in marine carbonates. Our data document characteristically different B isotope profiles of the two Cryogenian carbonate transects that are consistent with the presence of two panglacial climate states, but indicate that each had its own distinct environmental conditions. The Marinoan interglacial δ11B profiles are systematic and remarkably consistent, and they vary by up to 11‰. This yields a relative pH variation of up to 1.5 pH units, and implies a pH of 8.5 at the onset of cap carbonate deposition, followed by a decrease in pH to ~7 and then a return to pH ~8 for the upper part of the section. The transient ocean acidification excursion and the alkaline pH condition near the start and termination of the inferred greenhouse state suggests a rapid draw-down of CO2 initiated at the start of the deglaciation and supports inferences of a thick, global sea-ice shield with minimal air-sea gas exchange during glaciation. In contrast, largely constant B isotope values for

  11. Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites.

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    Bailey, Jake V; Joye, Samantha B; Kalanetra, Karen M; Flood, Beverly E; Corsetti, Frank A

    2007-01-11

    In situ phosphatization and reductive cell division have recently been discovered within the vacuolate sulphur-oxidizing bacteria. Here we show that certain Neoproterozoic Doushantuo Formation (about 600 million years bp) microfossils, including structures previously interpreted as the oldest known metazoan eggs and embryos, can be interpreted as giant vacuolate sulphur bacteria. Sulphur bacteria of the genus Thiomargarita have sizes and morphologies similar to those of many Doushantuo microfossils, including symmetrical cell clusters that result from multiple stages of reductive division in three planes. We also propose that Doushantuo phosphorite precipitation was mediated by these bacteria, as shown in modern Thiomargarita-associated phosphogenic sites, thus providing the taphonomic conditions that preserved other fossils known from the Doushantuo Formation. PMID:17183268

  12. Ganges Sedimentary Rocks

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    2004-01-01

    24 May 2004 Mariner 9 images acquired in 1972 first revealed a large, light-toned, layered mound in Ganges Chasma, part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a higher-resolution view of these rocks than was achieved by Mariner 9 or Viking, and higher than can be obtained by Mars Odyssey or Mars Express. The image, with a resolution of about 3.7 meters (12 feet) per pixel, shows eroded layered rock outcrops in Ganges Chasma. These rocks record a history of events that occurred either in Ganges Chasma, or in the rocks brought to the surface by the opening of Ganges Chasma. Either way, the story they might tell could be as fascinating and unprecedented as the story told by sedimentary rocks investigated this year in Meridiani Planum by the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover ... no one knows. The image is located near 7.3oS, 48.8oW, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. The picture is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

  13. Evidence from detrital zircons for recycling of Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic crust recorded in Paleozoic and Mesozoic sandstones of southern Libya

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    Meinhold, Guido; Morton, Andrew C.; Fanning, C. Mark; Frei, Dirk; Howard, James P.; Phillips, Richard J.; Strogen, Dominic; Whitham, Andrew G.

    2011-12-01

    The geodynamic history of the Precambrian basement in central North Africa as well as the age and provenance of its sedimentary cover sequence are still poorly constrained. Here we present first detrital zircon ages (obtained by LA-SF-ICP-MS and SHRIMP) from Paleozoic and Mesozoic sandstones of the eastern Murzuq Basin, southern Libya, which unconformably overlie the Saharan Metacraton. Establishing the age and provenance of these sandstones has important implications for our understanding of the evolution of northern Gondwana during the Paleozoic, especially for reconstructions of paleo-source areas and transport paths. Detrital zircons from the sandstones show mainly early Paleozoic to Neoarchean ages with four main age populations, at 2750-2500 Ma (8%), 2200-1750 Ma (16%), 1060-920 Ma (18%), and 720-530 Ma (39%). About 13% of all concordant grains yield ages of 1600-1000 Ma. In addition, there are 9 zircon grains (0.7% of all concordant grains) with ages of 3600-2800 Ma. The presence of a high number of ca. 1 Ga zircons is enigmatic and their origin is controversial. Besides direct sourcing from ca. 1 Ga igneous rocks in eastern Chad and ca. 1 Ga igneous rocks along the southeastern margins of the Congo and Tanzania cratons, recycling of Neoproterozoic sediments containing ca. 1 Ga zircons is another alternative hypothesis to explain the presence of ca. 1 Ga zircons in the Paleozoic sedimentary sequence of central North Africa. The ubiquitous occurrence of ca. 1 Ga zircons in Paleozoic sediments of southern Libya provides insights into the correlation and paleotectonic arrangement of Gondwana-derived terranes, present, for example, in the eastern Mediterranean and in southwestern Europe. Current paleotectonic models of dextral terrane transport along the northern Gondwana margin during the early Paleozoic may need to be revised.

  14. The Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic tectonostratigraphic evolution of Southwestern Mongolia and implications for crustal growth in Asia

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    Macdonald, F. A.; Bold, U.; Buchwaldt, R.; Smith, E. F.

    2013-12-01

    Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic strata on the Zavkhan Terrane of southwestern Mongolia contain unique geochemical and paleontological records that have become central to our understanding of this pivital era of Earth history. Here we present sedimentological, stratigraphic, structural, geochemical, and geochronological data that provide context for these records, and for the tectonic evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB). The CAOB is commonly cited as the largest region of Phanerozoic crustal growth on Earth, yet the tectonic evolution of this region is poorly constrained. In contrast to previous studies that depicted a back-arc basin setting for deposition of Neoproterozoic strata in Mongolia, we propose that the Zavkhan Terrane is a segment of a ribbon continent, which formed through collapse of an extensive ca. 811-802 Ma continental arc system on the Tarim margin of Rodinia, associated with the subduction of a mid-ocean ridge at around 800 Ma. Extension is recorded by emplacement of mafic dike swarms, normal faulting, growth fault deposition of more than 500m of cobble conglomerates and the eruption of ignimbrites in the Zavkhan Volcanics. As the Zavkhan Terrane detached, an additional succession of coarse siliciclastic strata was deposited in the Khasagtin suite, followed by passive margin sedimentation consisting of limestone and glacial deposits of the Tsagaan Olom Group on an isolated carbonate platform. Detrital zircon in the glacigenic Maikhan Ul Formation constrain its age to younger than 730 Ma. Chemostratigraphy in the overlying Tayshir Formation further suggests that the Maikhan Ul diamictite is correlative with the ca. 717-662 Ma Sturtian glacial epoch. By the time limestone of the overlying Tayshir Formation was deposited, arc volcanism had been inactive for over 100 Myrs. After rifting, the Proterozoic terranes of Mongolia formed an isolated ribbon continent that was mantled with passive margin carbonate platform sedimentation through

  15. Vestiges of an Iapetan rift basin in the New Jersey Highlands: Implfications for the Neoproterozoic Laurentian margin

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    Gates, A.E.; Volkert, R.A.

    2004-01-01

    Thin, discontinuous remnants of Neoproterozoic intracratonic rift-basin deposits of the Chestnut Hill Formation occur in the western New Jersey Highlands. These deposits form an important link between well-documented Iapetan rift-basins in both the northern and southern Appalachians. The close spatial relations of Chestnut Hill rocks to Paleozoic sedimentary rocks open the possibility that additional Iapetan rift-basins could be concealed beneath the rocks of the Valley and Ridge Province to the west indicating a much broader zone of rifting than has been previously proposed. The Chestnut Hill Formation is intermittently exposed along a 100 km-long band that extends northeast from Pennsylvania nearly to New York State. The lower part of the Chestnut Hill Formation is composed of interbedded lithic pebble- to boulder-conglomerate and feldspathic sandstone grading upward into interbedded phyllite, feldspathic and quartz sandstone, local paleosaprolite, quartz-pebble conglomerate, thin limestone lenses, volcanic, and volcaniclasic rocks, abundant bedded ironstone (hematite ore), and ultimately into diamictites that are interpreted as possible tilloids and containing rounded intra and extrabasinal clasts of the other lithologies. Extensive soft-sediment deformation, cross bedding, and clastic dikes are common in all but the lowest and upper facies. Banded hematite layers occur preferentially in fine-grained tuffs and tuffaceous sediments, but hematitization has affected most lithologies. Volcanic rocks consist of altered rhyolitic tuffs and lapilli tuffs that are interbedded with sediments. The Chestnut Hill Formation is interpreted to have been deposited in early alluvial, and later a complex of fluvial, lacustrine and deltaic environments. Provenance studies based upon petrographic and geochemical analysis of clastic rocks indicate that the sediments are predominantly immature and reflect derivation from local uplifted felsic basement sources in a rifted

  16. Strontium isotopic variations of Neoproterozoic seawater - Implications for crustal evolution

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    Asmerom, Yemane; Jacobsen, Stein B.; Knoll, Andrew H.; Butterfield, Nicholas J.; Swett, Keene

    1991-01-01

    High-precision Sr isotopic data were obtained on carbonate samples from the Neoproterozoic Shaler Group, Victoria Island (Canada). Results indicate that, between ca. 790 and 850 Ma, the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of seawater varied betweeen 0.70676 and 0.70561, with the minimum value at about 830 Ma. A curve of the Sr-87/Sr-86 seawater ratio vs. age showed that the new data substantially improve the existing isotopic record of Sr in seawater for the period 790-850 Ma. The Sr isotopic system data were coupled with data for the Nd isotopic system to model changes in the seafloor spreading rates (hydrothermal flux) and the continental erosion for the period 500-900 Ma. Results indicate that hydrothermal flux reached a maximum value at ca. 830 Ma, while a maximum in erosion rate occurred at ca. 570 Ma. These peaks are considered to be related to the developments in the Pan-African and related orogenic events.

  17. Neoproterozoic cap-dolostone deposition in stratified glacial meltwater plume

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    Liu, Chao; Wang, Zhengrong; Raub, Timothy D.; Macdonald, Francis A.; Evans, David A. D.

    2014-10-01

    Neoproterozoic cap carbonates host distinctive geochemical and sedimentological features that reflect prevailing conditions in the aftermath of Snowball Earth. Interpretation of these features has remained contentious, with hypotheses hinging upon timescale and synchronicity of deposition, and whether or not geochemical signatures of cap carbonates represent those of a well-mixed ocean. Here we present new high-resolution Sr and Mg isotope results from basal Ediacaran cap dolostones in South Australia and Mongolia. Least-altered Sr and Mg isotope compositions of carbonates are identified through a novel incremental leaching technique that monitors the purity of a carbonate sample and the effects of diagenesis. These data can be explained by the formation of these cap dolostones involving two chemically distinct solutions, a glacial meltwater plume enriched in radiogenic Sr, and a saline ocean residue with relatively lower 87Sr/86Sr ratios. Model simulations suggest that these water bodies remained dynamically stratified during part of cap-dolostone deposition, most likely lasting for ∼8 thousand years. Our results can potentially reconcile previous conflicts between timescales estimated from physical mixing models and paleomagnetic constraints. Geochemical data from cap carbonates used to interpret the nature of Snowball Earth and its aftermath should be recast in terms of a chemically distinct meltwater plume.

  18. Polyphase Neoproterozoic orogenesis within the east Africa- Antarctica orogenic belt in central and northern Madagascar

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    Key, R.M.; Pitfield, P.E.J.; Thomas, Ronald J.; Goodenough, K.M.; Waele, D.; Schofield, D.I.; Bauer, W.; Horstwood, M.S.A.; Styles, M.T.; Conrad, J.; Encarnacion, J.; Lidke, D.J.; O'connor, E. A.; Potter, C.; Smith, R.A.; Walsh, G.J.; Ralison, A.V.; Randriamananjara, T.; Rafahatelo, J.-M.; Rabarimanana, M.

    2011-01-01

    Our recent geological survey of the basement of central and northern Madagascar allowed us to re-evaluate the evolution of this part of the East Africa-Antarctica Orogen (EAAO). Five crustal domains are recognized, characterized by distinctive lithologies and histories of sedimentation, magmatism, deformation and metamorphism, and separated by tectonic and/or unconformable contacts. Four consist largely of Archaean metamorphic rocks (Antongil, Masora and Antananarivo Cratons, Tsaratanana Complex). The fifth (Bemarivo Belt) comprises Proterozoic meta-igneous rocks. The older rocks were intruded by plutonic suites at c. 1000 Ma, 820-760 Ma, 630-595 Ma and 560-520 Ma. The evolution of the four Archaean domains and their boundaries remains contentious, with two end-member interpretations evaluated: (1) all five crustal domains are separate tectonic elements, juxtaposed along Neoproterozoic sutures and (2) the four Archaean domains are segments of an older Archaean craton, which was sutured against the Bemarivo Belt in the Neoproterozoic. Rodinia fragmented during the early Neoproterozoic with intracratonic rifts that sometimes developed into oceanic basins. Subsequent Mid- Neoproterozoic collision of smaller cratonic blocks was followed by renewed extension and magmatism. The global 'Terminal Pan-African' event (560-490 Ma) finally stitched together the Mid-Neoproterozoic cratons to form Gondwana. ?? The Geological Society of London 2011.

  19. Neoproterozoic oceanic remnants in eastern Brazil: Further evidence and refutation of an exclusively ensialic evolution for the Araçuaí West Congo orogen

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    Pedrosa-Soares, Antônio Carlos; Vidal, Philippe; Leonardos, Othon Henry; Bley de Brito Neves, Benjamin

    1998-06-01

    The Araçuaí (eastern Brazil) and West Congo (southwestern Africa) belts are counterparts of the same Neoproterozoic orogen located between the São Francisco and Congo cratons. The Macaúbas Group represents a major passive margin sequence and is a key unit for interpreting the evolution of that orogen. The Salinas Formation is the distal rock assemblage of the Macaúbas Group and consists of a deep-sea sand-mud sequence, and a volcanic-sedimentary unit called the Ribeirão da Folha facies. The latter includes metamorphosed volcanic-exhalative sediments associated with ocean-floor basalts (amphibolites). The magmatic protoliths of these amphibolites crystallized at about 816 ± 72 Ma (Sm-Nd whole-rock isochron, ɛNd(t) =+3.8 ± 0.2). Regional metamorphism reached the amphibolite facies at about 630 Ma (Rb-Sr whole-rock isochron), when slabs of ultramafic rocks were tectonically emplaced over the Ribeirão da Folha facies. We consider this volcanic-sedimentary facies and the coeval slabs of ultramafic rocks to be remnants of a branch of the Adamastor-Brazilide ocean. The extensive occurrence of syntectonic to late tectonic calc-alkalic granitoids along the internal domain of the Araçuaí belt implies that a reasonably large amount of ocean crust was consumed, via an east-dipping subduction zone, during formation of the Araçuaí West Congo orogen.

  20. Martian sediments and sedimentary rocks

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    Markun, C. D.

    1988-01-01

    Martian sediments and sedimentary rocks, clastic and nonclastic, should represent a high priority target in any future return-sample mission. The discovery of such materials and their subsequent analysis in terrestrial laboratories, would greatly increase the understanding of the Martian paleoclimate. The formation of Martian clastic sedimentary rocks, under either present, low-pressure, xeric conditions or a postulated, high-pressure, hydric environment, depends upon the existence of a supply of particles, various cementing agents and depositional basins. A very high resolution (mm-cm range) photographic reconnaissance of these areas would produce a quantum jump in the understanding of Martian geological history. Sampling would be confined to more horizontal (recent) surfaces. Exploration techniques are suggested for various hypothetical Martian sedimentary rocks.

  1. Nd isotopes and the provenance of detrital sediments of the Neoproterozoic Brası´lia Belt, central Brazil

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    Pimentel, M. M.; Dardenne, M. A.; Fuck, R. A.; Viana, M. G.; Junges, S. L.; Fischel, D. P.; Seer, H. J.; Dantas, E. L.

    2001-11-01

    The Neoproterozoic Brası´lia Belt, in central Brazil, includes in its eastern part a thick pile of sediments deposited and deformed along the western margin of the São Francisco-Congo Craton. Several lithostratigraphic units are identified (the Araı´, Paranoá, Serra da Mesa, Araxá, Ibiá, Vazante, Canastra and Bambuı´ groups) and have been traditionally interpreted as part of a passive margin association (<1.2 Ga), with sediments being derived from Archaean or Paleoproterozoic continental sources to the north and east. Nd isotopic signatures of fine-grained detrital sediments of the several rock units of the belt were investigated in order to assess: (i) the nature and average crustal residence ages of the source areas, and (ii) the tectonic significance of the different sedimentary units in respect to the evolution of the Brası´lia Belt. TDM model ages of the ca. 1.2-0.9 Ga old Paranoá and Canastra rhythmites, shales and phyllites vary within the interval between 1.9 and 2.3 Ga, suggesting relatively uniform Paleoproterozoic continental sources within the São Francisco continent. The sediments of the detritic/carbonatic Vazante Group also display Paleoproterozoic model ages indicating, however, a distinct shift towards slightly younger TDM values (1.7-2.1 Ga). These three sequences are interpreted as the typical representatives of the passive margin sequence, with dominance of Paleoproterozoic sources. The Ibiá and Araxá groups show a bimodal distribution of model age values, with a set of samples displaying TDM values between 1.8 and 2.1 Ga (similar to the passive margin sequence), and another set with younger model ages, between ca. 1.0 and 1.3 Ga. Younger sources such as those represented by the Neoproterozoic Goiás Magmatic Arc (0.93-0.64 Ga) in the west, are required to explain the young model ages for these sediments. Immature sediments (feldspathic micaschists) within the magmatic arc, in fact, have TDM model ages mostly between 1.0 and 1

  2. Sedimentary Rocks of Aram Chaos

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    2004-01-01

    4 February 2004 Aram Chaos is a large meteor impact crater that was nearly filled with sediment. Over time, this sediment was hardened to form sedimentary rock. Today, much of the eastern half of the crater has exposures of light-toned sedimentary rock, such as the outcrops shown in this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image. The picture is located near 2.0oN, 20.3oW, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  3. Biotic enhancement of weathering, atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide in the Neoproterozoic

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    Lenton, Timothy M.; Watson, Andrew J.

    2004-03-01

    It has been suggested that biological colonization of the land surface began in the Neoproterozoic 1000-544 million years ago (Ma). We hypothesize that this colonization involved selective weathering of P from rocks, as well as an amplification of overall weathering rates. We show that two recent models, despite differences in the feedback mechanisms represented, predict that an increase in the weathering flux of P to the ocean would have caused a rise in atmospheric O2 in the Neoproterozoic. This in turn may have provided a necessary condition for the evolution of animals with hard skeletons seen in the 'Cambrian explosion'. Increased weathering of silicate rocks would also have caused a decline in atmospheric CO2, which could have been a causal factor in the Neoproterozoic glaciations.

  4. Early Neoproterozoic Ocean Chemistry: Fe-S Systematics from the Chuar Group

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    Johnston, D. T.; Poulton, S. W.; Dehler, C. M.; Canfield, D. E.; Knoll, A. H.

    2008-12-01

    Recent work suggests that Fe-rich, Archean-like ocean conditions returned during the Neoproterozoic. This provocative finding raises a number of questions about the triggers for this transition and the geochemical and biological consequences. To better address these questions, we present a high-resolution geochemical record through the early Neoproterozoic Chuar Group. The Chuar Group is composed of more than 1500 meters of gently folded, unmetamorphosed inter-bedded fossiliferous shales and meter scale carbonate- sandstones. Focusing primarily on the shales, Fe-speciation and sulfur isotope data provide the backbone of the study. Fe-speciation data, in particular, allows for the story of Neoproterozoic ocean anoxia to be updated and extended. Interestingly, these data illustrate transitions between Fe-rich and S-rich anoxic conditions, and shed light on how these reversions behave and are initiated. Just as important as the local information gained from the Chuar sediments, these data further elucidate our understanding of the early Neoproterozoic world. Specifically, we gain information about one of the most influential and complex factors in Neoproterozoic geochemistry - the size and speciation of the marine sulfur reservoir. For instance, necessarily low levels of seawater sulfate 1) limit the prominence of sulfate reducing bacteria in remineralization reactions, 2) increase the relative iron efflux from hydrothermal systems, and 3) may have consequences for the marine methane hydrate budget. When paleontological and biomarker records are interpreted in light of these geochemical findings, questions ranging from the abundance and distribution of microfossils, to transitions in dominant primary producers, and potential inhibitors to eukaryotic evolution, are more fully understood. Together, these data contribute to an evolving picture of the Neoproterozoic world.

  5. Mid-Paleozoic arc granitoids in SW Japan with Neoproterozoic xenocrysts from South China: New zircon U-Pb ages by LA-ICP-MS

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    Aoki, Kazumasa; Isozaki, Yukio; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Sakata, Shuhei; Hirata, Takafumi

    2015-01-01

    The Kurosegawa belt in SW Japan preserves fragments of Early-Middle Paleozoic granitoids traditionally called the Mitaki igneous rocks and previously dated ca. 470-435 Ma by several isotope analyses such as Rb-Sr, K-Ar and U-Pb, together with high-grade metamorphic rocks and Silurian strata, in a narrow belt. However, the timing of the oldest arc-related plutonism in Japan is constrained by laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) U-Pb ages of zircon from Mitaki granitoids in 3 areas in SW Japan; i.e. Kyushu, Shikoku, and Kii Peninsula. Weighted mean U-Pb ages of these zircons are 431.8 ± 3.9 for a granodiorite from the Mt. Mitaki area in Shikoku, 444.1 ± 5.8 Ma for a granodiorite from Kuraoka area in central Kyushu, and 444.5 ± 7.6 Ma for a quartzdiorite from the Nabaenohana area in western Kii peninsula, respectively. These ages confirm that the Mitaki igneous rocks have ca. 445-435 Ma (late Ordovician to mid-Silurian) ages. They are some of the oldest subduction-related plutonic rocks in SW Japan. Particularly noteworthy is a "tonalite" from the Nabaenohana area, which has a unique spectrum of zircon U-Pb ages with distinct 3 clusters; ca. 700-500 Ma (Neoproterozoic-Cambrian), ca. 1350-830 Ma (Meo-Neoproterozoic), and ca. 3230-1560 Ma (Paleoarchean-Mesoproterozoic). Of the 44 dated zircon grains, the youngest (possibly xenocrystic) grains are ca. 500 Ma. Older zircon grains with ages >500 Ma range up to 3230 Ma and are interpreted as inherited xenocrysts in the "tonalite". The Mitaki igneous rocks are interpreted to have been derived by melting of post-500 Ma terrigenous sedimentary rocks that yielded a unique tonalitic S-type granitoid magma. From the presence of abundant 1350-700 Ma (Meso- to Neoproterozoic) zircon grains in the "tonalite" we conclude that during the Early Paleozoic, proto-Japan was located close to the Cathaysian margin of South China.

  6. Quantitative characterisation of sedimentary grains

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    Tunwal, Mohit; Mulchrone, Kieran F.; Meere, Patrick A.

    2016-04-01

    Analysis of sedimentary texture helps in determining the formation, transportation and deposition processes of sedimentary rocks. Grain size analysis is traditionally quantitative, whereas grain shape analysis is largely qualitative. A semi-automated approach to quantitatively analyse shape and size of sand sized sedimentary grains is presented. Grain boundaries are manually traced from thin section microphotographs in the case of lithified samples and are automatically identified in the case of loose sediments. Shape and size paramters can then be estimated using a software package written on the Mathematica platform. While automated methodology already exists for loose sediment analysis, the available techniques for the case of lithified samples are limited to cases of high definition thin section microphotographs showing clear contrast between framework grains and matrix. Along with the size of grain, shape parameters such as roundness, angularity, circularity, irregularity and fractal dimension are measured. A new grain shape parameter developed using Fourier descriptors has also been developed. To test this new approach theoretical examples were analysed and produce high quality results supporting the accuracy of the algorithm. Furthermore sandstone samples from known aeolian and fluvial environments from the Dingle Basin, County Kerry, Ireland were collected and analysed. Modern loose sediments from glacial till from County Cork, Ireland and aeolian sediments from Rajasthan, India have also been collected and analysed. A graphical summary of the data is presented and allows for quantitative distinction between samples extracted from different sedimentary environments.

  7. Estimating duration and intensity of Neoproterozoic snowball glaciations from Ir anomalies.

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    Bodiselitsch, Bernd; Koeberl, Christian; Master, Sharad; Reimold, Wolf U

    2005-04-01

    The Neoproterozoic glaciations supposedly ended in a supergreenhouse environment, which led to rapid melting of the ice cover and precipitation of the so-called cap carbonates. If Earth was covered with ice, then extraterrestrial material would have accumulated on and within the ice and precipitated during rapid melting at the end of the glaciation. We found iridium (Ir) anomalies at the base of cap carbonates in three drill cores from the Eastern Congo craton. Our data confirm the presence of extended global Neoproterozoic glaciations and indicate that the duration of the Marinoan glacial episode was at least 3 million, and most likely 12 million, years. PMID:15821088

  8. Phanerozoic cycles of sedimentary carbon and sulfur.

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    Garrels, R M; Lerman, A

    1981-08-01

    A reservoir model of a Recent steady-state sedimentary system in which the reduced sulfur and oxidized sulfur reservoirs were coupled with the oxidized carbon and reduced carbon reservoirs was constructed. The time curve of the sulfur isotope ratios of the sedimentary sulfate reservoir was used to drive the model back to the beginning of Cambrian time (600 million years ago), producing the reservoir sizes and isotope values and material fluxes of the carbon-sulfur system. The predicted values of carbon isotope ratios of the carbonate reservoir agree well with observed values, showing that the model is basically sound. Some general conclusions from this success are (i) material flux rates in the carbon-oxygen-sulfur system of the geologic past (averaged over tens of millions of years) lie within about a factor of 2 of Recent rates. (ii) The oxidation-reduction balances of Phanerozoic time were dominated by reciprocal relationships between carbon and sulfur compounds. (iii) The rate of production of atmospheric oxygen by storage in sediments of organic carbon of photosynthetic origin increased from the Cambrian Period to the Permian Period and declined somewhat from the Permian Period to the Present. (iv) The storage of oxygen in oxidized sulfur compounds kept pace (within the limits of the data) with oxygen production. (v) Transfer of oxygen from CO(2) to SO(4) from the Cambrian to the Permian Period was several times the Recent free oxygen content of the atmosphere. PMID:16593066

  9. Linking lithosphere deformation and sedimentary basin formation over multiple scales

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    Huismans, Ritske S.

    2014-05-01

    In the spirit of Peter Ziegler we are interested in and explore the relationships between tectonic deformation and sedimentary basin formation. Resolving the interaction and feedback between tectonic crust-lithosphere scale deformation and surface processes through erosion of elevated areas and formation of sedimentary basins over multiple scales has been a long-standing challenge. While forward process based models have been successful at showing that a feedback is expected between tectonic deformation and redistribution of mass at the earth's surface by erosion, transport, and deposition, demonstrating this coupling for natural systems has been an even greater challenge and is strongly debated. Observational constraints on crust-lithosphere deformation and surface processes are typically collected at highly varying spatial and temporal scales, while forward process based models are typically run at either very large lithosphere-mantle scale, or at the scale of the sedimentary basin making it difficult to investigate and explore the detailed interaction and feedback between these systems. Here I will report on recent advances in forward modelling linking crust-lithosphere deformation with surface processes over a large range of scales resolving tectonic plate scale deformation and sedimentary basin formation at stratigraphic scales. The forward numerical models indicate a linkage and interaction between the structural style of thick-skinned large-scale mountain belt and rift-passive margin formation, erosion-transport-deposition processes operating at the surface, and the thin-skinned deformation occurring in the associated sedimentary basins.

  10. Provenance and tectonic significance of the Palaeoproterozoic metasedimentary successions of central and nothern Madagascar

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    De Waele, B.; Thomas, Ronald J.; Macey, P.H.; Horstwood, M.S.A.; Tucker, R.D.; Pitfield, P.E.J.; Schofield, D.I.; Goodenough, K.M.; Bauer, W.; Key, R.M.; Potter, C.J.; Armstrong, R.A.; Miller, J.A.; Randriamananjara, T.; Ralison, V.; Rafahatelo, J.-M.; Rabarimanana, M.; Bejoma, M.

    2011-01-01

    New detrital zircon U–Pb age data obtained from various quartzite units of three spatially separated supracrustal packages in central and northern Madagascar, show that these units were deposited between 1.8 and 0.8 Ga and have similar aged provenances. The distribution of detrital zircon ages indicates an overwhelming contribution of sources with ages between 2.5 and 1.8 Ga. Possible source rocks with an age of 2.5 Ga are present in abundance in the crustal segments (Antananarivo, Antongil and Masora Domains) either side of a purported Neoproterozoic suture ("Betsimisaraka Suture Zone"). Recently, possible source rocks for the 1.8 Ga age peak have been recognised in southern Madagascar. All three supracrustal successions, as well as the Archaean blocks onto which they were emplaced, are intruded by mid-Neoproterozoic magmatic suites placing a minimum age on their deposition. The similarities in detrital pattern, maximum and minimum age of deposition in the three successions, lend some support to a model in which all of Madagascar's Archaean blocks form a coherent crustal entity (the Greater Dharwar Craton), rather than an amalgamate of disparate crustal blocks brought together only during Neoproterozoic convergence. However, potential source terranes exist outside Madagascar and on either side of the Neoproterozoic sutures, so that a model including a Neoproterozoic suture in Madagascar cannot be dispelled outright.

  11. Polygon/Cracked Sedimentary Rock

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    2004-01-01

    4 December 2004 Exposures of sedimentary rock are quite common on the surface of Mars. Less common, but found in many craters in the regions north and northwest of the giant basin, Hellas, are sedimentary rocks with distinct polygonal cracks in them. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example from the floor of an unnamed crater near 21.0oS, 311.9oW. Such cracks might have formed by desiccation as an ancient lake dried up, or they might be related to ground ice freeze/thaw cycles or some other stresses placed on the original sediment or the rock after it became lithified. The 300 meter scale bar is about 328 yards long. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

  12. Sedimentary Rocks of Aram Chaos

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    2004-01-01

    10 May 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcroppings of light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock within Aram Chaos, an ancient, partly-filled impact crater located near 3.2oN, 19.9oW. This 1.5 meters (5 feet) per pixel picture is illuminated by sunlight from the left and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across.

  13. Deep inside a neoproterozoic intra-oceanic arc: growth, differentiation and exhumation of the Amalaoulaou complex (Gourma, Mali)

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    Berger, Julien; Caby, Renaud; Liégeois, Jean-Paul; Mercier, Jean-Claude C.; Demaiffe, Daniel

    2011-10-01

    We show here that the Amalaoulaou complex, in the Pan-African belt of West Africa (Gourma, Mali), corresponds to the lower and middle sections of a Neoproterozoic intra-oceanic arc. This complex records a 90-130-Ma-long evolution of magmatic inputs and differentiation above a subducting oceanic slab. Early c. 793 Ma-old metagabbros crystallised at lower crustal or uppermost mantle depths (25-30 km) and have geochemical characteristic of high-alumina basalts extracted from a depleted mantle source slightly enriched by slab-derived sedimentary components ((La/Sm)N < 1; ɛNd: +5.4-6.2; 87Sr/86Sr: 0.7027-0.7029). In response to crustal thickening, these mafic rocks were recrystallised into garnet-granulites (850-1,000°C; 10-12 kbar) and subject to local dehydration-melting reactions, forming trondhjemititic leucosomes with garnet-clinopyroxene-rutile residues. Slightly after the granulitic event, the arc root was subject to strong HT shearing during partial exhumation (detachment faults/rifting or thrusting), coeval with the emplacement of spinel- and garnet-pyroxenite dykes crystallised from a high-Mg andesitic parental magma. Quartz and hornblende-gabbros (700-660 Ma) with composition typical of hydrous volcanic rocks from mature arcs ((La/Sm)N: 0.9-1.8; ɛNd: +4.6 to +5.2; 87Sr/86Sr: 0.7028-0.7031) were subsequently emplaced at mid-arc crust levels (~15 km). Trace element and isotopic data indicate that magmas tapped a depleted mantle source significantly more enriched in oceanic sedimentary components (0.2%). Exhumation occurred either in two stages (700-660 and 623 Ma) or in one stage (623 Ma) with a final exhumation of the arc root along cold P-T path (550°C, 6-9 kbar; epidote-amphibolite and greenschist facies conditions) during the main Pan-African collision event (620-580 Ma). The composition of magmas forming the Cryogenian Amalaoulaou arc and the processes leading to intra-arc differentiation are strikingly comparable to those observed in the deep section

  14. The Jebel Ohier deposit—a newly discovered porphyry copper-gold system in the Neoproterozoic Arabian-Nubian Shield, Red Sea Hills, NE Sudan

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    Bierlein, F. P.; McKeag, S.; Reynolds, N.; Bargmann, C. J.; Bullen, W.; Murphy, F. C.; Al-Athbah, H.; Brauhart, C.; Potma, W.; Meffre, S.; McKnight, S.

    2015-12-01

    Ongoing exploration in the Red Sea Hills of NE Sudan has led to the identification of a large alteration-mineralization system within a relatively undeformed Neoproterozoic intrusive-extrusive succession centered on Jebel Ohier. The style of mineralization, presence of an extensive stockwork vein network within a zoned potassic-propylitic-argillic-advanced argillic-altered system, a mineralization assemblage comprising magnetite-pyrite-chalcopyrite-bornite (±gold, silver and tellurides), and the recurrence of fertile mafic to intermediate magmatism in a developing convergent plate setting all point to a porphyry copper-gold association, analogous to major porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposits in Phanerozoic supra-subduction settings such as the SW Pacific. Preliminary U-Pb age dating yielded a maximum constraint of c. 730 Ma for the emplacement of the stockwork system into a significantly older (c. 800 Ma) volcanic edifice. The mineralization formed prior to regional deformation and accretion of the host terrane to a stable continental margin at by c. 700 Ma, thus ensuring preservation of the deposit. The Jebel Ohier deposit is interpreted as a relatively well-preserved, rare example of a Neoproterozoic porphyry Cu-Au system and the first porphyry Cu-Au deposit to be identified in the Arabian-Nubian Shield.

  15. The Jebel Ohier deposit—a newly discovered porphyry copper-gold system in the Neoproterozoic Arabian-Nubian Shield, Red Sea Hills, NE Sudan

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    Bierlein, F. P.; McKeag, S.; Reynolds, N.; Bargmann, C. J.; Bullen, W.; Murphy, F. C.; Al-Athbah, H.; Brauhart, C.; Potma, W.; Meffre, S.; McKnight, S.

    2016-08-01

    Ongoing exploration in the Red Sea Hills of NE Sudan has led to the identification of a large alteration-mineralization system within a relatively undeformed Neoproterozoic intrusive-extrusive succession centered on Jebel Ohier. The style of mineralization, presence of an extensive stockwork vein network within a zoned potassic-propylitic-argillic-advanced argillic-altered system, a mineralization assemblage comprising magnetite-pyrite-chalcopyrite-bornite (±gold, silver and tellurides), and the recurrence of fertile mafic to intermediate magmatism in a developing convergent plate setting all point to a porphyry copper-gold association, analogous to major porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposits in Phanerozoic supra-subduction settings such as the SW Pacific. Preliminary U-Pb age dating yielded a maximum constraint of c. 730 Ma for the emplacement of the stockwork system into a significantly older ( c. 800 Ma) volcanic edifice. The mineralization formed prior to regional deformation and accretion of the host terrane to a stable continental margin at by c. 700 Ma, thus ensuring preservation of the deposit. The Jebel Ohier deposit is interpreted as a relatively well-preserved, rare example of a Neoproterozoic porphyry Cu-Au system and the first porphyry Cu-Au deposit to be identified in the Arabian-Nubian Shield.

  16. Siberian Origins of Neoproterozoic to Upper Triassic Rocks of Arctic Alaska

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    Clough, J. G.; Blodgett, R. B.

    2007-12-01

    found in the Canadian Arctic Islands Richly diverse Upper Triassic fauna (halobiid and monotid bivalves, brachiopods) are present in the both the Shublik Formation and Otuk Group. These show closer affinities with NE Siberia rather than to western or northern North America, suggesting close spatial relationships between Siberia and Arctic Alaska at least until Late Triassic time. Sedimentary provenance studies in eastern Brooks Range Precambrian rocks indicate age ranges that are dissimilar to Proterozoic detrital-zircon ages from clastic rocks of the northern Canadian Cordillera and Canadian Arctic Islands where a detrital source within the Grenville orogen is indicated. Paleocurrent directions for the Neoproterozoic Katakturuk Dolomite in the northeast Brooks Range and similar-age units in the adjacent Victoria Island and Amundsen Basin are in approximately 100 degree opposition for a counterclockwise rotational- restored Arctic Alaska. Upper Devonian clastics of northern Alaska are in 180 degree opposition to coeval units in the Canadian Arctic Islands when the Arctic Alaska plate is restored in the rotational model. Therefore, based on paleobiogeography, sediment provenance, stratigraphy and sedimentology, tectonic models for the opening of the Canada Basin must take into account that Triassic and older rocks in Arctic Alaska have Siberian origins or were deposited proximal to Siberia.

  17. Recognition and characterisation of high-grade ignimbrites from the Neoproterozoic rhyolitic volcanism in southernmost Brazil

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    Sommer, Carlos Augusto; Lima, Evandro Fernandes; Machado, Adriane; Rossetti, Lucas de Magalhães May; Pierosan, Ronaldo

    2013-11-01

    Neoproterozoic magmatism in southern Brazil is associated with translithospheric shear belts and strike-slip basins in a post-collisional setting related to the last stages of the Brasilian-Pan African Orogenic Cycle. It evolved from an association of high-K calc-alkaline, leucocratic-peraluminous and continental tholeiitic magmas, to an association with shoshonitic magmas and, eventually, to an association with magmas of the sodic mildly alkaline series. This magmatism varies from metaluminous to peralkaline and exhibits alkaline sodic affinity. A large volcanism is related to this alkaline sodic magmatism and is named the Acampamento Velho Formation. This unit was coeval with subaerial siliciclastic sedimentation in post-collisional basins preserved in the region. The Acampamento Velho Formation consists of pyroclastic and effusive volcanic deposits, which are mainly silicic, emplaced under subaerial conditions. The best exposures of this volcanism occur on the Ramada and Taquarembó plateaus, located southwest of Rio Grande do Sul in southernmost Brazil. The pyroclastic flow deposits are composed mainly of juvenile fragments such as pumices, shards and crystal fragments. Welding is very effective in these units. High-grade ignimbrites occur at the base and intermediate portions of the deposits and rheoignimbrites are observed at the top. The pre-eruptive temperature calculations, which were obtained at the saturation of zircon, revealed values between 870 °C and 978 °C for Taquarembó Plateau and 850 °C-946 °C for Ramada Plateau. The calculated viscosity values vary from 6.946 to 8.453 log η (Pas) for the rheoignimbrites and 7.818 to 10.588 log η (Pas) for the ignimbrites. Zr contents increase toward the top of the pyroclastic sequence, which indicates an increase in peralkalinity and determines the reduction in viscosity for clasts at the upper portions of the flows. The patterns of the structures of the ignimbrites and rheoignimbrites in the Taquaremb

  18. Sedimentary Rocks in Ladon Vallis

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    2004-01-01

    25 January 2004 This is a Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture of an outcrop of light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock exposed by erosion in Ladon Vallis. These rocks preserve clues to the martian past. However, like books in a library, one needs to go there and check them out if one wishes to read what the layers have to say. This November 2003 picture is located near 21.1oS, 29.8oW, and covers an area 3km (1.9 mi.) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

  19. Inversion of Extensional Sedimentary Basins

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    Buiter, Susanne J. H.; Pfiffner, O. Adrian

    The evolution of extensional sedimentary basins is governed by the surrounding stress field and can, therefore, be expected to be highly sensitive to variations in these stresses. Important changes in basin geometry are to be expected in the case of an even short-lived reversal from extension to compression. We investigate the evolu- tion of fold and thrust structures which form in compression after extension, when basin forming processes have come to a complete stop. To this purpose, we use a two- dimensional, viscoplastic model and start our experiments from a pre-existing exten- sional geometry. We illustrate the sensitivity of the evolving structures to inherited extensional geometry, sedimentary and erosional processes, and material properties. One series of our model experiments involves the upper- to middle crust only in order to achieve a high detail in the basin area. We find that our results agree with examples from nature and analogue studies in, among others, the uplift and rotation of syn-rift sediments, the propagation of shear zones into the post-rift sediments and, in specific cases, the development of back-thrusts or basement short-cut faults. We test the out- come of these models by performing a second series of model simulations in which basins on a continental margin are inverted through their progressive approach of a subduction zone. These latter models are on the scale of the whole upper mantle.

  20. Multisensor classification of sedimentary rocks

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    Evans, Diane

    1988-01-01

    A comparison is made between linear discriminant analysis and supervised classification results based on signatures from the Landsat TM, the Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS), and airborne SAR, alone and combined into extended spectral signatures for seven sedimentary rock units exposed on the margin of the Wind River Basin, Wyoming. Results from a linear discriminant analysis showed that training-area classification accuracies based on the multisensor data were improved an average of 15 percent over TM alone, 24 percent over TIMS alone, and 46 percent over SAR alone, with similar improvement resulting when supervised multisensor classification maps were compared to supervised, individual sensor classification maps. When training area signatures were used to map spectrally similar materials in an adjacent area, the average classification accuracy improved 19 percent using the multisensor data over TM alone, 2 percent over TIMS alone, and 11 percent over SAR alone. It is concluded that certain sedimentary lithologies may be accurately mapped using a single sensor, but classification of a variety of rock types can be improved using multisensor data sets that are sensitive to different characteristics such as mineralogy and surface roughness.

  1. Geochemistry and zircon ages of mafic dikes in the South Qinling, central China: evidence for late Neoproterozoic continental rifting in the northern Yangtze block

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    Zhu, Xiyan; Chen, Fukun; Liu, Bingxiang; Zhang, He; Zhai, Mingguo

    2015-01-01

    Neoproterozoic volcanic-sedimentary sequences of the southern Qinling belt, central China, were intruded by voluminous mafic dikes. secondary ion mass spectrometry zircon U-Pb dating indicates that these dikes were emplaced at 650.8 ± 5.2 Ma, coeval with mafic rocks occurring at the northern margin of the Yangtze block. The dikes are characterized by enrichment of large ion lithophile elements, high Ti contents (up to 3.73 wt%) and Nb/Ta ratios between 14.5 and 19.6, suggesting a mantle source of oceanic island basalt affinity. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios show positive correlation with SiO2 contents and negative correlation with Zr/Nb ratios, implying that these rocks were affected by crustal contamination during the magma ascend and emplacement process. The dikes have initial ɛ Nd values of +0.2 to +3.3, low 206Pb/204Pb ratios of 16.96-17.45, and moderate 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7043-0.7076, likely pointing to the involvement of an enriched mantle source. The mafic dikes and coeval mafic volcanic equivalents in the South Qinling and the northern Yangtze are hypothesized to be related with the prolonged breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia, suggesting that continental rifting lasted until ca. 650 Ma.

  2. Identification of a Sturtian cap carbonate in the Neoproterozoic Sete Lagoas carbonate platform, Bambuí Group, Brazil

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    Vieira, Lucieth Cruz; Trindade, Ricardo I. F.; Nogueira, Afonso C. R.; Ader, Magali

    2007-03-01

    A sedimentological and C-O isotopic study has been carried out in nine sections of the Sete Lagoas Formation at its classical outcropping area, in the southern tip of the São Francisco craton (central Brazil), with the objective of refining its stratigraphic position within the Neoproterozoic. At the study area, the Neoproterozoic Sete Lagoas Formation comprises two shallowing-upward megacycles, corresponding to more than 200 m in thickness. Each cycle is limited by a flooding surface amalgamated with a third-order sequence boundary. The first megacycle presents deep-platform deposits with abundance of crystal fans (aragonite pseudomorphs). These deposits are characterized by negative C-isotope values (-4.5‰). They grade upward to storm-wave and tide-influenced layers with δ13C values around 0‰. In the second megacycle, a new transgression drowned the platform, depositing a thick, mixed sub-storm wave-base succession. This megacycle comprises deposits of lime mudstone-pelite rhythmite, which grade to crystalline limestone rich in organic matter, both with unusually positive δ13C values (up to + 14‰). Regional correlation of Sete Lagoas deposits indicate that they rest atop glaciomarine rocks of the Macaúbas Group and basal strata show seafloor precipitates with negative δ13C values. Therefore, it is possible to characterize the Sete Lagoas carbonate as a cap carbonate sequence. The very high δ13C in the second megacycle together with geochronologic data suggest that this unit correlates better with post-Sturtian sequences. Some differences in the depositional record are observed between Sete Lagoas and the other post-Sturtian units previously described in North America, Australia, and Namibia. Those differences may in part be due to deposition in shallower settings of the Sete Lagoas carbonates, thus preserving a thick record of storm- and wave-influenced sedimentation not found elsewhere. Alternatively, they may also be attributed to diachronic

  3. Biotic enhancement of weathering, atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide in the Neoproterozoic

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    Watson, A.; Lenton, T.

    2003-04-01

    The Neoproterozoic (1000-544Ma BP) was a time of severe glaciations and a major transition from microscopic to macroscopic life forms. Here we develop the hypothesis that a rise in atmospheric oxygen in the Neoproterozoic was driven by the biological colonization of the land surface. If early forms of photosynthetic land life selectively weathered continental rock in order to extract nutrients, this would have led to an increase in the flux of biologically available phosphorus to the ocean. We show that recent models for coupled biogeochemical cycles, despite differences in the feedback mechanisms represented, predict this would lead to a rise in atmospheric oxygen concentration, consistent with biological and geochemical evidence. A rise in oxygen may in turn have provided a necessary condition for the evolution of animals with hard skeletons seen in the Cambrian explosion. Increased weathering of silicate rocks would also have caused a decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which could have been a causal factor in the Neoproterozoic glaciations.

  4. Neoproterozoic Land Colonisation, Rising Oxygen, Global Cooling and the Cambrian Explosion

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    Lenton, T. M.; Watson, A. J.

    2004-12-01

    The Neoproterozoic (1000-542 Ma BP) was a time of severe glaciations and a major transition from microscopic to macroscopic life forms. We develop the hypothesis that a rise in atmospheric oxygen in the Neoproterozoic was driven by the biological colonization of the land surface. If early forms of photosynthetic land life selectively weathered continental rock in order to extract nutrients, this would have led to an increase in the flux of biologically available phosphorus to the ocean. We show that recent models for coupled biogeochemical cycles, despite differences in the feedback mechanisms represented, predict this would lead to a rise in atmospheric oxygen concentration, consistent with biological and geochemical evidence. Increased weathering of silicate rocks would also have caused a decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which could have been a causal factor in the Neoproterozoic glaciations. A rise in oxygen may have provided a necessary condition for the evolution of animals with hard skeletons seen in the Cambrian explosion. Furthermore, an increase in phosphorus supply to the ocean may have driven an increase in the phosphorus content of marine primary producers. This would have represented an increase in food quality for grazing animals, which have a high phosphorus requirement, and may thus have removed a further limitation on their evolutionary radiation.

  5. Molar tooth structures in calcareous nodules, early Neoproterozoic Burovaya Formation, Turukhansk region, Siberia

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    Pope, Michael C.; Bartley, Julie K.; Knoll, Andrew H.; Petrov, Peter Yu.

    2003-05-01

    Molar tooth structures are abundant in large (1-2 m diameter) carbonate nodules within fine-grained, subtidal carbonates of the early Neoproterozoic (lower Upper Riphean) Burovaya Formation along the Sukhaya Tunguska River, Turukhansk Uplift, northwestern Siberia. Although molar tooth structures are regionally abundant in this unit, here they occur only within the nodules. Stable isotopic compositions of molar-tooth-filling dolomicrospar cements and of thinly bedded dolomicrite within and surrounding the nodules are indistinguishable from one another. The carbon isotopic compositions (mean δ13C=+2.8‰ PDB±0.4) reflect mean average oceanic surface water composition during their formation; the light oxygen isotopic compositions (mean δ18O=-6.4‰ PDB±2.2) are generally similar to those of other little-altered Meso- to Neoproterozoic limestones and dolostones. These molar tooth structures have no features that would support a tectonic origin; they more likely formed through bacterial processes. Carbonate cement filling of these voids occurred soon after their formation, but the mechanism responsible for this carbonate precipitation is currently uncertain. Local restriction of molar tooth structures to early diagenetic nodules suggests that penecontemporaneous lithification was required for the formation, or at least preservation, of these widespread Mesoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic features.

  6. Chemostratigraphy of stable chromium isotopes in cap carbonate sequences - tracing the aftermath of Earth's Neoproterozoic icehouse climates

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    Frei, R.; de Andrade Caxito, F.; Gaucher, C.

    2012-12-01

    The Neoproterozoic Era (1000-542 Ma) was a time of extreme climatic variation as recorded in sedimentary rocks of this age across the globe. Of special interest are often occurring associations of glacial deposits with warm climate carbonate platforms, features which are preferentially explained to have resulted from extreme icehouse-greenhouse fluctuations unprecedented in the Phanerozoic record. Despite local differences in the sedimentation regime (clastic, mixed or carbonate), these events are represented by glacial deposits of diverse nature, overlain by distinctive "cap carbonate" sequences. The chemostratigraphy (particularly of δ13C and 87Sr/86Sr signatures) of carbonate sequences has been invoked as a promising alternative tool for regional and global correlation., and these signatures provide proxies for seawater composition at the time of deposition, and may indirectly signalize climatic fluctuations on land. We studied a cap carbonate profile pertaining to the Bambuí Group (Sete Lagoas Formation; Correntina section; previously studied by Caxito et al., 2012)) in the north central part of the São Franciso basin in Brazil. This section lies atop Archean to Paleoproterozoic gneisses of the São Francisco craton basement. The section begins with two-metre thick massive to finely laminated pink dolostone which grade upward into a reddish to purple limestone rhythmite. δ53Cr values of the cap dolostone are within the range typical of magmatic inventory signatures (δ53Cr = 0.1 +/- 0.1 permil; Schoenberg et al., 2008). Our preliminary few first data from the sequence above the cap dolostones show magmatic values also for samples from within the first 20 metres of laminated limestones, which then tend to increase to δ53Cr values of ~+0.3 permil in the following ca. 100 metres of carbonates. Although our data set at this stage is sparse, we note a trend that δ53Cr values correlate with fluctuations of δ13C and δ18O values (Caxito et al., 2012). These

  7. Simulation model of clastic sedimentary processes

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    Tetzlaff, D.M.

    1987-01-01

    This dissertation describes SEDSIM, a computer model that simulates erosion, transport, and deposition of clastic sediments by free-surface flow in natural environments. SEDSIM is deterministic and is applicable to sedimentary processes in rivers, deltas, continental shelves, submarine canyons, and turbidite fans. The model is used to perform experiments in clastic sedimentation. Computer experimentation is limited by computing power available, but is free from scaling problems associated with laboratory experiments. SEDSIM responds to information provided to it at the outset of a simulation experiment, including topography, subsurface configuration, physical parameters of fluid and sediment, and characteristics of sediment sources. Extensive computer graphics are incorporated in SEDSIM. The user can display the three-dimensional geometry of simulated deposits in the form of successions of contour maps, perspective diagrams, vector plots of current velocities, and vertical sections of any azimuth orientation. The sections show both sediment age and composition. SEDSIM works realistically with processes involving channel shifting and topographic changes. Example applications include simulation of an ancient submarine canyon carved into a Cretaceous sequence in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, known mainly from seismic sections and a sequence of Tertiary age in the Golden Meadow oil field of Louisiana, known principally from well logs.

  8. Elastic Properties of Sedimentary Rocks

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    Melendez Martinez, Jaime

    Sedimentary rocks are an important research topic since such rocks are associated to sources of ground water as well as oil, gas, and mineral reservoirs. In this work, elastic and physical properties of a variety of sedimentary samples that include glacial sediments, carbonates, shales, one evaporite, and one argillite from a variety of locations are investigated. Assuming vertical transverse isotropy, ultrasonic compressional- and shear-waves (at 1 MHz central frequency) were measured as a function of confining pressure on all samples with the exception of glacial samples which were tested assuming isotropy. Tensile strength tests (Brazilian test) were also carried out on selected glacial samples and, in addition, static-train measurements were conducted on shales and argillite samples. Lithological and textural features of samples were obtained through thin section techniques, scanning electron microscopy images and micro-tomography images. X-ray diffraction and X-Ray fluorescence provided the mineralogical oxides content information. Porosity, density, and pore structure were studied by using a mercury intrusion porosimeter and a helium pycnometer. The wide range of porosities of the studied samples (ranging from a minimum of 1% for shales to a maximum 45% for some glacial sediments) influence the measured velocities since high porosity sample shows an noticeable velocity increment as confining pressure increases as a consequence of closure of microcracks and pores, unlike low porosity samples where increment is quasi-lineal. Implementation of Gassmann's relation to ultrasonic velocities obtained from glacial samples has negligible impact on them when assuming water saturated samples, which suggests that state of saturation it is no so important in defining such velocities and instead they are mainly frame-controlled. On the other hand, velocities measured on carbonate and evaporite samples show that samples are at best weak anisotropic, thus the intrinsic

  9. Marine and Lacustrine Organic-rich Sedimentary Unit Time Markers: Implications from Rhenium-Osmium Geochronology

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    Selby, D.

    2011-12-01

    Geochronology is fundamental to understand the age, rates and durations of Earth processes. This concerned Arthur Holmes who, for much of his career, attempted to define a geological time scale. This is a topic still important to Earth Scientists today, specifically the chronostratigraphy of sedimentary rocks. Here I explore the Re-Os geochronology of marine and lacustrine sedimentary rocks and its application to yield absolute time constraints for stratigraphy. The past decade has seen the pioneering research of Re-Os organic-rich sedimentary rock geochronology blossom into a tool that can now to be used to accurately and precisely determine depositional ages of organic-rich rock units that have experienced up to low grade greenschist metamorphism. This direct dating of sedimentary rocks is critical where volcanic horizons are absent. As a result, this tool has been applied to timescale calibration, basin correlation, formation duration and the timing of key Earth events (e.g., Neoproterozoic glaciations). The application of Re-Os chronometer to the Devonian-Mississippian boundary contained within the Exshaw Formation, Canada, determined an age of 361.3 ± 2.4 Ma. This age is in accord with U-Pb dates of interbedded tuff horizons and also U-Pb zircon date for the type Devonian-Mississippian Hasselbachtal section, Germany. The agreement of the biostratigraphic and U-Pb constraints of the Exshaw Formation with the Re-Os date illustrated the potential of the Re-Os chronometer to yield age determinations for sedimentary packages, especially in the absence of interbedd tuff horizons and biozones. A Re-Os date for the proposed type section of the Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian boundary, Staffin Bay, Isle of Skye, U.K., gave an age of 154.1 ± 2.2 Ma. This Re-Os age presents a 45 % (1.8 Ma) improvement in precision for the basal Kimmeridgian. It also demonstrated that the duration of the Kimmeridgian is nominally 3.3 Ma and thus is 1.6 Ma shorter than previously indicated. In

  10. Organic carbon cycling as the keystone of Neoproterozoic climate evolution (Invited)

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    Pierrehumbert, R.

    2009-12-01

    Snowball glaciations are the most charismatic feature of the Neoproterozoic, but the central problem of Neoproterozoic climate evolution is the operation of the carbon cycle, as evidenced in the return of extreme 13C fluctuations after nearly a billion years of quiescence. A key organizing principle for the Neoproterozoic is the existence of a massive hypothetical organic carbon pool in the ocean, which is oxidized by the end of the Neoproterozoic (as laid out by Fike, et al. 2006 ). The carbon cycle couples to climate through its influence on atmospheric greenhouse gas content -- notably CO2 and CH4; accumulation of atmospheric O2 feeds back on this through atmospheric and oceanic chemistry. Evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis unquestionably occurred long before the dawn of the Neoproterozoic, so the Neoproterozoic climate and carbon turmoil is a product of the organic carbon storage dynamics rather than gross biological innovation. In this talk I will discuss how certain key components of the physical and geochemical system operate, though a comprehensive model accounting for all crucial aspects of the geological record is still lacking. Conversion of CO2 to O2 by photosynthesis and carbon burial, converts a greenhouse gas to a non-greenhouse gas,cooling the climate. Conversely, oxidation of an organic carbon pool either through respiration or sulfate reduction, releases CO2 and acts as a warming influence,also leading to a negative carbonate 13C excursion, as probably happened during the Shuram. If the Marinoan excursion has a similar mechanism we face the question of how such an event could initiate a glaciation, whereas the much stronger Shuram excursion did not. (The Gaskiers glaciation came long after the Shuram , and was not a Snowball). I will discuss how the climate response depends on the time scale of the exchange, with emphasis on buffering due to the response of silicate weathering. Insofar as the organic carbon pool existed at all, the key question

  11. Sedimentary facies in submarine canyons

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    Sumner, E.; Paull, C. K.; Gwiazda, R.; Anderson, K.; Lundsten, E. M.; McGann, M.

    2013-12-01

    Submarine canyons are the major conduits by which sediment, pollutants and nutrients are transported from the continental shelf out into the deep sea. The sedimentary facies within these canyons are remarkably poorly understood because it has proven difficult to accurately sample these heterogeneous and bathymetrically complex environments using traditional ship-based coring techniques. This study exploits a suite of over 100 precisely located vibracores collected using remotely operated vehicles in ten canyons along the northern Californian margin, enabling better understanding of the facies that exist within submarine canyons, their distribution, and the processes responsible for their formation. The dataset reveals three major facies types within the submarine canyons: extremely poorly sorted, coarse-grained sands and gravels with complex and indistinct internal grading patterns and abundant floating clasts; classical normally graded thin bedded turbidites; and a variety of fine-grained muddy deposits. Not all facies are observed within individual canyons, in particular coarse-grained deposits occur exclusively in canyons where the canyon head cuts up to the modern day beach, whereas finer grained deposits have a more complex distribution that relates to processes of sediment redistribution on the shelf. Pairs of cores collected within 30 meters elevation of one another reveal that the coarse-grained chaotic deposits are restricted to the basal canyon floor, with finer-grained deposits at higher elevations on the canyon walls. The remarkable heterogeneity of the facies within these sediment cores illustrate that distinctive processes operate locally within the canyon. In the authors' experience the canyon floor facies represent an unusual facies rarely observed in ancient outcrops, which potentially results from the poor preservation of ancient coarse-grained canyon deposits in the geological record.

  12. Molecular Fossils for Understanding Biodiversity During the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Transition in China

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    Pi, Y.; Tuo, J.; McFadden, K.; Xiao, S.; Zhang, C. L.

    2005-12-01

    Neoproterozoic-Cambrian rocks in South China contain an extraordinary fossil record, including exceptionally well preserved animal embryos, acritarchs, and multi-cellular algae. The goal of this study was to evaluate the microbial diversity associated with these remarkably preserved fossil assemblages at the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian transition. Rock samples of 520-632 Ma in age were collected in the Yangtze Gorges area and southern Anhui Province, China. Samples were powdered and extracted for organic biomarkers. The content of bitumen A accounted for 4-16% of the rock material and most of it (49-79%) was asphaltenes. Saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons accounted for 2-6% and 1-3%, respectively. Analysis using GC-MS indicated the predominance of n-alkanes and less abundant isoprenoid alkanes in the saturated fractions. The n-alkanes were characterized by homologues dominated by C15-C17, which is consistent with the result of high thermal-evolution (Brocks et al., 2003. GCA 67:4321-4335). Hopanoids were present in less abundance and ranged from C29 to C32. A smaller amount of heavy-molecular-weight n-alkanes (C23-C39) was also detected, which indicated a source of high plants and must be contamination from younger organic matter. Still, patterns of variation can be detected among these samples. For example, the ratio of pristane to phytane was all greater than 1.0 except for one sample (JLW9.3) from Yangtze Gorges area. The results indicate that sample JLW9.3 might have been deposited in a reducing environment whereas the other samples might have been formed in relatively oxidative environments. The overall results, however, suggest that rock samples from the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian transition in China have gone through significant metamorphism; thus, understanding of microbial communities using molecular biomarkers in such altered rocks needs to be cautiously executed.

  13. Coupled Changes in Sulfur and Carbon Isotopes Preceding the Sturtian Glaciation of the Neoproterozoic

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    Gouldey, J.; Hurtgen, M.

    2014-12-01

    The relationship between the carbon and sulfur cycles in the Neoproterozoic has proven to be complex. Unusually high δ13Ccarbonate persists throughout this period, however large negative excursions precede both the Sturtian (~710 Ma) and the Marinoan (635 Ma) glaciations, the mechanisms of which are still debated. Previous data shows that during the interglacial interval, sulfate concentrations were very low and abnormally enriched δ34Spyrite values inversely correlate with shifts in δ13Ccarbonate. However, very little carbonate-associated sulfate (CAS) could be extracted from these sections. To better understand the relationship between the global carbon and sulfur cycles during this tumultuous time, high-resolution coupled records of δ13Ccarbonate and δ34Ssulfate are needed. Here we present paired δ34Ssulfate and δ34Spyrite data from carbonates of the Coates Lake Group (Mackenzie Mountains, Canada), which represent deposition preceding the Sturtian glaciation, to further explore the connection between the Neoproterozoic sulfur and carbon cycles, and to gain insight into the possible mechanisms driving major perturbations in the carbon isotope record. Leading into the glaciation, δ13Ccarbonate increases from -9.5‰ to 8‰ over approximately 200 meters of section, then abruptly drops to ~2‰ over 30 meters. Both sulfate and pyrite isotopes track these changes, indicating that as organic carbon burial is steadily increasing and driving δ13Ccarbonate more positive, pyrite burial is increasing as well. Δ34S decreases as δ13Ccarbonate and δ34S increase, providing further evidence that more organic carbon and pyrite are being buried, leading to a decrease in oceanic sulfate concentrations. Δ34S then increases as δ13Ccarbonate decreases, indicating a positive flux to the sulfate reservoir prior to the Sturtian glaciation. This relationship between carbon and sulfur differs significantly from what is seen during the interglacial interval, and represents

  14. Pressure-temperature evolution of Neoproterozoic metamorphism in the Welayati Formation (Kabul Block), Afghanistan

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    Collett, Stephen; Faryad, Shah Wali

    2015-11-01

    The Welayati Formation, consisting of alternating layers of mica-schist and quartzite with lenses of amphibolite, unconformably overlies the Neoarchean Sherdarwaza Formation of the Kabul Block that underwent Paleoproterozoic granulite-facies and Neoproterozoic amphibolite-facies metamorphic events. To analyze metamorphic history of the Welayati Formation and its relations to the underlying Sherdarwaza Formation, petrographic study and pressure-temperature (P-T) pseudosection modeling were applied to staurolite- and kyanite-bearing mica-schists, which crop out to the south of Kabul City. Prograde metamorphism, identified by inclusion trails and chemical zonation in garnet from the micaschists indicates that the rocks underwent burial from around 6.2 kbar at 525 °C to maximum pressure conditions of around 9.5 kbar at temperatures of around 650 °C. Decompression from peak pressures under isothermal or moderate heating conditions are indicated by formation of biotite and plagioclase porphyroblasts which cross-cut and overgrow the dominant foliation. The lack of sillimanite and/or andalusite suggests that cooling and further decompression occurred in the kyanite stability field. The results of this study indicate a single amphibolite-facies metamorphism that based on P-T conditions and age dating correlates well with the Neoproterozoic metamorphism in the underlying Sherdarwaza Formation. The rocks lack any paragenetic evidence for a preceding granulite-facies overprint or subsequent Paleozoic metamorphism. Owing to the position of the Kabul Block, within the India-Eurasia collision zone, partial replacement of the amphibolite-facies minerals in the micaschist could, in addition to retrogression of the Neoproterozoic metamorphism, relate to deformation associated with the Alpine orogeny.

  15. Co-evolution of Eukaryotes and Ocean and Atmosphere Oxygenation in the Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic Eras

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    Lenton, T. M.; Daines, S. J.; Mills, B.; Boyle, R. A.

    2014-12-01

    The nature, timing and cause(s) of the Earth's second oxygenation event are widely debated. It has been argued that there was a single pronounced rise in atmospheric oxygen toward present levels in the Late Neoproterozoic, which in turn triggered the evolution of animals. Here we suggest a more complex co-evolutionary scenario, with fluctuations in ocean and atmosphere oxygenation in the Late Neoproterozoic and Early Paleozoic caused partly by the evolution of animals, followed by a pronounced rise of atmospheric oxygen to present levels later in the Paleozoic caused by the rise of land plants. Current geochemical evidence suggests some parts of the deep oceans became oxygenated during the Ediacaran, but there was subsequent de-oxygenation of the ocean during the Cambrian that may have persisted into the Ordovician. Only later in the Paleozoic is there evidence for widespread oxygenation of the deep ocean, together with charcoal indicating atmospheric oxygen had approached present levels. The limited Neoproterozoic oxygenation of the ocean could be explained by the evolution of filter-feeding sponges removing oxygen demand from the water column and encouraging a shift from cyanobacteria to faster-sinking eukaryotic algae, which transferred oxygen demand to greater depths and into sediments. The resulting oxygenation of shelf bottom waters would have increased phosphorus removal from the ocean thus lowering global productivity and oxygen demand in a positive feedback loop encouraging ocean oxygenation [1]. The subsequent Cambrian de-oxygenation of the ocean could be explained by the evolution of bioturbating animals oxygenating the sediments and thus lowering the C/P burial ratio of organic matter, reducing organic carbon burial and lowering atmospheric oxygen [2]. The later rise of land plants, selectively weathering phosphorus from continental rocks and producing recalcitrant high C/P biomass, increased organic carbon burial and atmospheric oxygen, finally

  16. Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic gneisses reworked during a Neoproterozoic (Pan-African) high-grade event in the Mozambique belt of East Africa: Structural relationships and zircon ages from the Kidatu area, central Tanzania

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    Vogt, M.; Kröner, A.; Poller, U.; Sommer, H.; Muhongo, S.; Wingate, M. T. D.

    2006-06-01

    This study presents new zircon ages and Sm-Nd whole-rock isotopic compositions for high-grade gneisses from the Udzungwa Mountain area in the central part of the Mozambique belt, Tanzania. The study area comprises a succession of layered granulite-facies para- and orthogneisses, mostly retrograded to amphibolite-facies. The original intrusive contacts became obscured or severely modified during non-coaxial ductile deformation, and extensive shearing occurred during retrogression. Structures reflecting the early deformational history were mostly obscured when the rocks were transported into the lower crust as documented by severe flattening. Only the fragmented gneisses in the eastern part of the area testify to a brittle regime. Structures in narrow low strain zones that predate the currently observed layering are preserved in rootless isoclinal folds and boudins. Magmatic and detrital zircons from tonalitic to felsic orthogneisses and a metapelite sample were dated using the U-Pb and Pb-Pb evaporation methods and SHRIMP II. Cathodoluminiscence images reveal ubiquitous xenocrystic cores, rimmed by clear, unzoned overgrowth due to high-grade metamorphism. Discordant U-Pb data therefore reflect core-rim relationships, and it was not always possible to obtain precise crystallisation ages. The analyses reveal Neoarchaean, Palaeoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic protolith ages. Nd isotopic systematics yielded strongly negative ɛNd( t) -values and Neoarchaean to Palaeoproterozoic model ages, even for gneisses emplaced in the Neoproterozoic. The trace element distribution suggests upper crustal derivation of the gneisses. Therefore, our study provides evidence that recycling of older crust played a major role during the evolution of the Kidatu area. Neoarchaean rocks are interpreted to represent fragments of the Tanzania craton. Our results, together with those of earlier workers, lead to the conclusion that the central part of the Mozambique belt mainly consists of ancient

  17. Geology and metallogeny of the Ar Rayn terrane, eastern Arabian shield: Evolution of a Neoproterozoic continental-margin arc during assembly of Gondwana within the East African orogen

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    Doebrich, J.L.; Al-Jehani, A. M.; Siddiqui, A.A.; Hayes, T.S.; Wooden, J.L.; Johnson, P.R.

    2007-01-01

    The Neoproterozoic Ar Rayn terrane is exposed along the eastern margin of the Arabian shield. The terrane is bounded on the west by the Ad Dawadimi terrane across the Al Amar fault zone (AAF), and is nonconformably overlain on the east by Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks. The terrane is composed of a magmatic arc complex and syn- to post-orogenic intrusions. The layered rocks of the arc, the Al Amar group (>689 Ma to ???625 Ma), consist of tholeiitic to calc-alkaline basaltic to rhyolitic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks with subordinate tuffaceous sedimentary rocks and carbonates, and are divided into an eastern and western sequence. Plutonic rocks of the terrane form three distinct lithogeochemical groups: (1) low-Al trondhjemite-tonalite-granodiorite (TTG) of arc affinity (632-616 Ma) in the western part of the terrane, (2) high-Al TTG/adakite of arc affinity (689-617 Ma) in the central and eastern part of the terrane, and (3) syn- to post-orogenic alkali granite (607-583 Ma). West-dipping subduction along a trench east of the terrane is inferred from high-Al TTG/adakite emplaced east of low-Al TTG. The Ar Rayn terrane contains significant resources in epithermal Au-Ag-Zn-Cu-barite, enigmatic stratiform volcanic-hosted Khnaiguiyah-type Zn-Cu-Fe-Mn, and orogenic Au vein deposits, and the potential for significant resources in Fe-oxide Cu-Au (IOCG), and porphyry Cu deposits. Khnaiguiyah-type deposits formed before or during early deformation of the Al Amar group eastern sequence. Epithermal and porphyry deposits formed proximal to volcanic centers in Al Amar group western sequence. IOCG deposits are largely structurally controlled and hosted by group-1 intrusions and Al Amar group volcanic rocks in the western part of the terrane. Orogenic gold veins are largely associated with north-striking faults, particularly in and near the AAF, and are presumably related to amalgamation of the Ar Rayn and Ad Dawadimi terranes. Geologic, structural, and metallogenic

  18. A global transition to ferruginous conditions in the early Neoproterozoic oceans

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    Guilbaud, Romain; Poulton, Simon W.; Butterfield, Nicholas J.; Zhu, Maoyan; Shields-Zhou, Graham A.

    2015-06-01

    Eukaryotic life expanded during the Proterozoic eon, 2.5 to 0.542 billion years ago, against a background of fluctuating ocean chemistry. After about 1.8 billion years ago, the global ocean is thought to have been characterized by oxygenated surface waters, with anoxic and sulphidic waters in middle depths along productive continental margins and anoxic and iron-containing (ferruginous) deeper waters. The spatial extent of sulphidic waters probably varied through time, but this surface-to-deep redox structure is suggested to have persisted until the first Neoproterozoic glaciation about 717 million years ago. Here we report an analysis of ocean redox conditions throughout the Proterozoic using new and existing iron speciation and sulphur isotope data from multiple cores and outcrops. We find a global transition from sulphidic to ferruginous mid-depth waters in the earliest Neoproterozoic, coincident with the amalgamation of the supercontinent Rodinia at low latitudes. We suggest that ferruginous conditions were initiated by an increase in the oceanic influx of highly reactive iron relative to sulphate, driven by a change in weathering regime and the uptake of sulphate by extensive continental evaporites on Rodinia. We propose that this transition essentially detoxified ocean margin settings, allowing for expanded opportunities for eukaryote diversification following a prolonged evolutionary stasis before one billion years ago.

  19. Late neoproterozoic igneous complexes of the western Baikal-Muya Belt: Formation stages

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    Fedotova, A. A.; Razumovskiy, A. A.; Khain, E. V.; Anosova, M. O.; Orlova, A. V.

    2014-07-01

    The paper presents new geological, geochemical, and isotopic data on igneous rocks from a thoroughly studied area in the western Baikal-Muya Belt, which is a representative segment of the Neoproterozoic framework of the Siberian Craton. Three rock associations are distinguished in the studied area: granulite-enderbite-charnockite and ultramafic-mafic complexes followed by the latest tonalite-plagiogranitegranite series corresponding to adakite in geochemical characteristics. Tonalites and granites intrude the metamorphic and gabbroic rocks of the Tonky Mys Point, as well as Slyudyanka and Kurlinka intrusions. The tonalites yielded a U-Pb zircon age of 595 ± 5 Ma. The geochronological and geological information indicate that no later than a few tens of Ma after granulite formation they were transferred to the upper lithosphere level. The Sm-Nd isotopic data show that juvenile material occurs in rocks of granitoid series (ɛNd(t) = 3.2-7.1). Ophiolites, island-arc series, eclogites, and molasse sequences have been reviewed as indicators of Neoproterozoic geodynamic settings that existed in the Baikal-Muya Belt. The implications of spatially associated granulites and ultramafic-mafic intrusions, as well as granitoids with adakitic geochemical characteristics for paleogeodynamic reconstructions of the western Baikal-Muya Belt, are discussed together with other structural elements of the Central Asian Belt adjoining the Siberian Platform in the south.

  20. The Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Paraguay Belt, central Brazil: Part I - New structural data and a new approach on the regional implications

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    Silva, Luiz José Homem D'el-Rey; Walde, Detlef Hans-Gerd; Saldanha, Davi Oliveira

    2016-04-01

    Together with the Araguaia and Brasília belts, the Paraguay belt forms in central Brazil, the Tocantins Province that is one of the largest orogens of western Gondwana. The Corumbá area occupies the site where the northern and southern parts of the Paraguay belt form, together with the Chiquitos-Tucavaca aulacogen (stretching E-W in the adjacent Bolivian territory) an R-R-R basin system opened-filled in the ~ 700/650-540 Ma interval within the Amazon-Rio Apa paleo-continent. The sedimentary (volcanic) rocks of the Jacadigo and Corumbá Groups found around the Corumbá city record part of the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian passive margin precursor of the Paraguay belt. Our pioneer structural analysis reveals that these rocks experienced progressive deformation (phases D1-D2-D3) and low-grade metamorphism during the Brasiliano Cycle (540-513 Ma). The crystalline basement was also involved, according to structural data and K-Ar ages in the literature. The paleo-passive margin was thickened during the D1-D2 deformation and was lately shortened (D3) in two orthogonal directions, SE-NW (D3P) and SW-NE (D3T). Developed co-axially and verging to NW, D1-D2-D3P structures record the closure of the basin precursor of the Paraguay belt, whereas D3T structures seem related to the inversion of the aulacogen. Although the tectonic transport to NW, as observed in the Corumbá area, matches the reported transport of Paraguay belt's supracrustal rocks towards the eastern margin of the Rio Apa block and Araguaia belt's rocks towards the Amazon craton, the transport direction is opposite in other parts of the Paraguay belt. Our comprehensive discussion of these facts brings to light profound regional implications.

  1. Mineralogy and geochemistry of Neoproterozoic siliceous manganese formations from Ntui-Betamba (Cameroon Pan-African Fold Belt): implications for mineral exploration

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    Timoleon, Ngnotue; Sylvestre, Ganno; Kouankap Nono, Gus Djibril; Paul, Nzenti Jean

    2015-07-01

    The siliceous manganese formations from Ntui-Betamba area have been studied with the aim to constrain their mineralogy, geochemistry, and genesis. Neoproterozoic manganese-bearing rocks at Ntui-Betamba include garnet-galaxite-bearing quartzite and galaxite-bearing quartzite that—besides a characteristic quartz, spessartine-garnet, and galaxite (MnAl2O4) assemblage—comprises also graphite and rutile. Galaxite crystals show chemical zoning from core to rim due to the change in composition from galaxite to cryptomelane. Bulk rock geochemistry reveals that the studied rocks are characterized by high SiO2 content (52.83 wt%). They are enriched in Fe2O3 and Al2O3 and display Mn/Fe ratio of 1.2. MnO concentrations are high in galaxite-bearing quartzite (16 wt%), and moderate (8.03 wt%) in garnet-galaxite-bearing quartzite. The transition trace metal (Co, Cu, and Ni) contents are lower, with Co and Cu markedly depleted relative to Ni, and variable contents of Zn. The REE pattern of garnet-galaxite-bearing quartzite shows Ce-positive anomaly similar to the hydrogenous sediment, but differs from the later with strong Eu-negative anomaly and the lack of weak positive anomaly in Yb, whereas the galaxite-bearing quartzite is characterized by the lack of Ce anomaly and the weak Eu-negative anomaly. Both rocks show HREE content close to that of hydrothermal sediment and exhibit flat HREE trend. The high contents of silica, iron, and aluminum, together with the Co/Zn ratios (~0.3) and the contrasting behavior of REE, suggest that the studied manganese-bearing rocks are of sedimentary origin probably derived from a mixed hydrothermal-hydrogenous source. The high content of Mn-bearing minerals in these rocks represents indicators of concealed or buried mineralization and could be used as exploration guide.

  2. The Mafic Lower Crust of Neoproterozoic age beneath Western Arabia: Implications for Understanding African Lower Crust

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    Stern, R. J.; Mooney, W. D.

    2011-12-01

    We review evidence that the lower crust of Arabia - and by implication, that beneath much of Africa was formed at the same time as the upper crust, rather than being a product of Cenozoic magmatic underplating. Arabia is a recent orphan of Africa, separated by opening of the Red Sea ~20 Ma, so our understanding of its lower crust provides insights into that of Africa. Arabian Shield (exposed in W. Arabia) is mostly Neoproterozoic (880-540 Ma) reflecting a 300-million year process of continental crustal growth due to amalgamated juvenile magmatic arcs welded together by granitoid intrusions that make up as much as 50% of the Shield's surface. Seismic refraction studies of SW Arabia (Mooney et al., 1985) reveal two layers, each ~20 km thick, separated by a well-defined Conrad discontinuity. The upper crust has average Vp ~6.3 km/sec whereas the lower crust has average Vp ~7.0 km/sec, corresponding to a granitic upper crust and gabbroic lower crust. Neogene (<30 ma) lava fields in Arabia (harrats) extend over 2500 km, from Yemen to Syria. Many of these lavas contain xenoliths, providing a remarkable glimpse of the lower-crustal and upper-mantle lithosphere beneath W. Arabia. Lower crustal xenoliths brought up in 8 harrats in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria are mostly 2-pyroxene granulites of igneous (gabbroic, anorthositic, and dioritic) origin. They contain plagioclase, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene, and a few contain garnet and rare amphibole and yield mineral-equilibrium temperatures of 700-900°C. Pyroxene-rich and plagioclase-rich suites have mean Al2O3 contents of 13% and 19%, respectively: otherwise the two groups have similar elemental compositions, with ~50% SiO2 and ~1% TiO2, with low K2O (<0.5%) and Na2O (1-3%). Both groups show tholeiitic affinities, unrelated to their alkali basalt hosts. Mean pyroxene-rich and plagioclase-rich suites show distinct mean MgO contents (11% vs. 7%), Mg# (67 vs. 55), and contents of compatible elements Ni (169 vs. 66 ppm

  3. Sedimentary basins in Ross Sea, Antarctica

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    Cooper, A.K.; Davey, F.J.

    1986-07-01

    The Ross Sea lies in the Pacific sector of the Antarctic continental margin. Three major sedimentary basins (from east to west, the Eastern, Central, and Victoria Land basins) lie beneath the broad, deep continental shelf of the Ross Sea. These north-south-trending basins occur in the extensionally deformed region between East and West Antarctica. Multichannel seismic reflection (MCS) surveys have been conducted over these basins since 1980 by West German, French, Japanese, and US expeditions. The MCS and previous geophysical surveys have shown that the three basins contain 5-6 km of sedimentary rock, possibly Late Cretaceous and younger. An additional 6-8 km of sedimentary and volcanic rock lies within the deeper parts of the Victoria Land basin. The basins are separated by uplifted and eroded basement ridges covered by thin sedimentary sections. Each basin has distinct characteristics, commonly related to its extensional origin. Petroleum hydrocarbons are unknown from the Ross Sea region, with the possible exception of ethane gas recovered by the Deep Sea Drilling Project. Previous model studies, based on estimated sediment thickness, assumed temperature gradients, and postulated seismostratigraphy, indicate that hydrocarbons could be generated at depths of 3.5-6km within the sedimentary section. However, this hypothesis cannot be verified without further geologic and geophysical data from the Ross Sea region.

  4. Two diamictites, two cap carbonates, two δ13C excursions, two rifts: The Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation, Death Valley, California

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    Prave, A. R.

    1999-04-01

    Stratigraphic mapping of the Neoproterozoic glaciogenic Kingston Peak Formation (Death Valley, California) provides evidence for two temporally discrete extensional deformation episodes. These episodes are bracketed by the Sourdough Limestone and Noonday Dolomite, the facies characteristics and δ13C data (ranging between 2.15 and -2.56‰ and -1.88 and -4.86‰, respectively) of which make them equivalent to Sturtian and Varangian age cap carbonates, respectively. This constrains the two extensional episodes along the southwestern margin of Laurentia to ca. 700 Ma and ca. 600 Ma. These observations and data show that the field evidence for mid-Neoproterozoic breakup and the predictions from tectonic subsidence curves for a latest Neoproterozoic breakup are both correct. Thus, Neoproterozoic plate reconstructions must account for two discrete rift episodes separated by 100 m.y. or more. Confining rifting to within the Kingston Peak Formation thereby places the younger Proterozoic rocks of the southwestern Great Basin in the rift to drift tectonic phase.

  5. GCM Simulations of Neoproterozoic "Snowball Earth" Conditions: Implications for the Environmental Limits on Terrestrial Metazoans and Their Extraterrestrial Analogues

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    Sohl, L. E.; Chandler, M. A.

    2001-01-01

    The Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth intervals provide excellent opportunities to examine the environmental limits on terrestrial metazoans. A series of GCM simulations was run in order to quantify climatic conditions during these intervals. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  6. Sedimentary structures and stratal geometries at the foothills of Mount Sharp: their role in paleoenvironmental interpretation

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    Gupta, S.; Rubin, D. M.; Sumner, D. Y.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Lewis, K. W.; Stack, K.; Kah, L. C.; Banham, S.; Edgett, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has been exploring sedimentary rocks at the foothills of Mount Sharp since August 2014. Robust interpretation of the paleoenvironmental contexts requires detailed facies analysis of these rocks including analysis and interpretation of sedimentary structures and sediment body geometries. Here, we describe some of the detailed sedimentary structures and sedimentary geometries observed by Curiosity between the Pahrump_Hills field site and its current location at Marias Pass. The Pahrump Hills sedimentary section comprises a succession dominated by finely laminated mudstones of the Murray formation that are interpreted to have been deposited in an ancient lake within Gale crater. Toward the top of the Pahump Hills succession, we observe the appearance of coarser-grained sandstones that are interstratified within the lacustrine mudstones. These sandstones that include Whale Rock and Newspaper Rock show lenticular geometries, and are pervasively cross-stratified. These features indicate that currents eroded shallow scours in the lake beds that were then infilled by deposition from migrating subaqueous dunes. The paleoenvironmental setting may represent either a gullied delta front setting or one in which lake level fall caused fluvial erosion and infilling of the shallow scours. Since leaving Pahrump_Hills, Curiosity has imaged extensive exposures of strata that are partly correlative with and stratigraphically overlie the uppermost part of the Pahrump section. Isolated cross-bedded sandstones and possible interstratified conglomerates beds occur within Murray formation mudstones. Capping sandstones with a likely variety of environmental contexts overlie mudstones. Where imaged in detail, sedimentary structures, such as trough-cross bedding and possible eolian pinstriping, provide constraints on plausible sedimentary processes and bounds on depositional setting.

  7. The Precambrian of Transangaria, Yenisei Ridge (Siberia): Neoproterozoic microcontinent, Grenville-age orogen, or reworked margin of the Siberian craton?

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    Kuzmichev, Alexander B.; Sklyarov, Eugene V.

    2016-01-01

    The Yenisei Ridge was traditionally perceived as an uplifted segment of the western Siberian craton affected by Neoproterozoic collision events. However, the suggestions for Archaean or Palaeoproterozoic ('Siberian') basement in Transangaria have not been confirmed by reliable geochronological data. A new view regards most of the Ridge, namely, its Transangarian segment, to be an exotic Neoproterozoic terrane that collided with Siberia in the late Neoproterozoic. This paper presents new U-Pb SHRIMP zircon ages demonstrating that Archaean rocks (2611 ± 12 Ma) actually exist in this territory. We also provide a review of published U-Pb zircon ages for igneous and metamorphic rocks of Transangaria together with our new age data. This geochronological dataset clarifies the geology of the Yenisei Ridge and leads to new conclusions, as follows. (1) It is likely that Transangaria was originally underlain by an Archaean-Palaeoproterozoic basement, similar to that of the Siberian craton. (2) Geochronological data do not confirm the idea of widespread "Greenvillian age" granitoides in Transangaria. (3) The Neoproterozoic evolution of the Yenisei Ridge segment of the Siberian craton margin includes the following events. (i) Collision of an unidentified terrane with the western margin (in recent coordinates) of the Siberian craton during 900-855 Ma. The colliding terrane is no longer present in the current structure. (ii) Dextral shearing during 830-800 Ma may have been caused by counter-clockwise rotation of the Siberian craton. (iii) Extensional conditions prevailed during 800-700 Ma. The Isakovka oceanic basin formed at this time interval. (iv) Thrusting of the Isakovka island arc and accretionary prism onto the Siberian margin occurred during the late Neoproterozoic (650-630 Ma) and caused high-pressure metamorphism.

  8. The evolution of the neoproterozoic São Gabriel juvenile terrane, southern Brazil based on SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS U-Pb ages and ?18O data on detrital zircon

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    Lena, L. O.; Pimentel, M. M.; Philipp, R. P.; Armstrong, R. A.; Sato, K.

    2013-12-01

    The São Gabriel terrane is a segment of juvenile crust exposed in the western part of the Dom Feliciano Belt in the southern Mantiqueira Province, southern Brazil. In this study, SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronological data for 171 detrital zircons of the Cambaizinho Complex are used to investigate the tectonic evolution of this juvenile terrain. Eighty-one grains were later selected for SIMS δ18O analyses. Ages ranged from 840 to 660 Ma, with a strong concentration between ca. 750 and 700 Ma. The age spectrum of the detrital zircon grains from this meta-sedimentary succession suggests that the original sediments were derived from the erosion of the arc, most likely in a short-lived syn-orogentic basin. Th/U ratios and internal structures of the zircon grains reveal that they were mostly eroded from the arc magmatic rocks, without any relevant contribution from their metamorphic counterparts, or from any other older source. The δ18O values varied from 3.2 to 9.6‰, indicating the coeval crystallization of both unaltered, pristine mantle magmas alongside altered mantle magmas, and strongly contaminated continental crustal magmas generated in both continental and oceanic arc setting. Three periods in the progressive evolution of the terrane were recognized: Period I is represented by the installation of an island-arc subduction zone. The data set suggest that this period started at ca. 840 Ma and went on until 750 Ma. In this period δ18O values varied between 3.2 to 5.5 ‰, suggesting the crystallization of normal mantle-derived magmas, and juvenile magmas with assimilation of hydrothermally altered crust. Period II took place between ca. 750-690 Ma, which represents the peak of magmatic activity suggested by the large abundance of detrital zircons in the probability density diagrams. Here, δ18O values ranged from 4.0 to 9.4 ‰. The wide range of δ18O values reveals the coexistence of magmas with continental, mantle, and altered mantle isotopic signatures

  9. Geology, exploration status of Uruguay's sedimentary basins

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    Goso, C.; Santa Ana, H. de )

    1994-02-07

    This article attempts to present the geological characteristics and tectonic and sedimentary evolution of Uruguayan basins and the extent to which they have been explored. Uruguay is on the Atlantic coast of South America. The country covers about 318,000 sq km, including offshore and onshore territories corresponding to more than 65% of the various sedimentary basins. Four basins underlie the country: the Norte basin, the Santa Lucia basin, the offshore Punta del Este basin, and the offshore-onshore Pelotas-Merin basin. The Norte basin is a Paleozoic basin while the others are Mesozoic basins. Each basin has been explored to a different extent, as this paper explains.

  10. Stable isotopes of oxygen and carbon compositions in the Neoproterozoic of South Gabon (Schisto-Calcaire Subgroup, Nyanga Basin): Are cap carbonates and lithoherms recording a particular destabilization event after the Marinoan glaciation?

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    Préat, Alain; Prian, Jean-Pierre; Thiéblemont, Denis; Obame, Rolf Mabicka; Delpomdor, Franck

    2011-06-01

    Geologic evidence of tropical sea level glaciation in the Neoproterozoic remains a matter of debate in the Snowball Earth hypothesis. The Niari Tillite Formation and the cap carbonates record the late Neoproterozoic Marinoan glaciation in South Gabon. These cap carbonates are located at the base of the Schisto-Calcaire Subgroup a predominantly carbonate succession that rests with sharp contact on top of the Niari Tillite. Integrating sedimentological and stable isotope data, a consistent sequence of precipitation events is proposed, with strongly negative δ 13C values pointing to a particular event in the cap carbonates (average δ 13C value = -3.2‰ V-PDB) and in a further newly defined lithohermal unit (average δ 13C value = -4.6‰ V-PDB). Subsequent shallow evaporitive platform carbonates display carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions indicative of relatively unaltered seawater values. Strongly negative δ 18O values in the lithoherms and replacement of aragonite fans by equigranular calcite suggest flushing of meteoric water derived from glacial meltwater.

  11. Stratigraphic modeling of sedimentary basins

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    Aigner, T. ); Lawrence, D.T. )

    1990-11-01

    A two-dimensional stratigraphic forward model has been successfully applied and calibrated in clastic, carbonate, and mixed clastic/carbonate regimes. Primary input parameters are subsidence, sea level, volume of clastics, and carbonate growth potential. Program output includes sequence geometries, facies distribution lithology distribution, chronostratigraphic plots, burial history plots, thermal and maturity histories, and crossplots. The program may be used to predict reservoir distribution, to constrain interpretations of well and seismic data, to rapidly test exploration scenarios in frontier basins, and to evaluate the fundamental controls on observed basin stratigraphy. Applications to data sets from Main Pass (US Gulf Coast), Offshore Sarawak (Malaysia), Rub'al Khali basin (Oman), Paris basin (France), and Baltimore Canyon (US East Coast) demonstrate that the program can be used to simulate stratigraphy on a basin-wide scale as well as on the scale of individual prospects.

  12. Orogen styles in the East African Orogen: A review of the Neoproterozoic to Cambrian tectonic evolution

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    Fritz, H.; Abdelsalam, M.; Ali, K. A.; Bingen, B.; Collins, A. S.; Fowler, A. R.; Ghebreab, W.; Hauzenberger, C. A.; Johnson, P. R.; Kusky, T. M.; Macey, P.; Muhongo, S.; Stern, R. J.; Viola, G.

    2013-10-01

    The East African Orogen, extending from southern Israel, Sinai and Jordan in the north to Mozambique and Madagascar in the south, is the world´s largest Neoproterozoic to Cambrian orogenic complex. It comprises a collage of individual oceanic domains and continental fragments between the Archean Sahara-Congo-Kalahari Cratons in the west and Neoproterozoic India in the east. Orogen consolidation was achieved during distinct phases of orogeny between ∼850 and 550 Ma. The northern part of the orogen, the Arabian-Nubian Shield, is predominantly juvenile Neoproterozoic crust that formed in and adjacent to the Mozambique Ocean. The ocean closed during a protracted period of island-arc and microcontinent accretion between ∼850 and 620 Ma. To the south of the Arabian Nubian Shield, the Eastern Granulite-Cabo Delgado Nappe Complex of southern Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique was an extended crust that formed adjacent to theMozambique Ocean and experienced a ∼650-620 Ma granulite-facies metamorphism. Completion of the nappe assembly around 620 Ma is defined as the East African Orogeny and was related to closure of the Mozambique Ocean. Oceans persisted after 620 Ma between East Antarctica, India, southern parts of the Congo-Tanzania-Bangweulu Cratons and the Zimbabwe-Kalahari Craton. They closed during the ∼600-500 Ma Kuungan or Malagasy Orogeny, a tectonothermal event that affected large portions of southern Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Antarctica. The East African and Kuungan Orogenies were followed by phases of post-orogenic extension. Early ∼600-550 Ma extension is recorded in the Arabian-Nubian Shield and the Eastern Granulite-Cabo Delgado Nappe Complex. Later ∼550-480 Ma extension affected Mozambique and southern Madagascar. Both extension phases, although diachronous,are interpreted as the result of lithospheric delamination. Along the strike of the East African Orogen, different geodynamic settings resulted in the evolution of

  13. Multiple rifting and alkaline magmatism in southern India during Paleoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic

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    Renjith, M. L.; Santosh, M.; Satyanarayanan, M.; Rao, D. V. Subba; Tang, Li

    2016-06-01

    The Southern Granulite Terrane (SGT) in India preserves the history of tectonothermal events ranging from Paleoarchean to latest Neoproterozoic-Cambrian. Here we investigate alkaline magmatism possibly associated with rifting events in Paleoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic based on petrological, geochemical and zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic studies on the alkaline complexes of Korangani (KGAC) and Kambamettu (KAC) in the Madurai Block of SGT. The mica pyroxenite which represents the first intrusive phase at KGAC crystallized from a mildly alkaline hydrous magma derived from a metasomatized mantle. The younger shoshonitic syenite was emplaced at 2533 ± 16 Ma, carries mafic microgranular enclaves, and shows trace-elements ratios consistent with magma mixing trend, and zircon εHf(t) values display mixed positive and negative values - 2.6 to 3.6 suggesting the mixing of adakite-like felsic crustal melt and non-adakitic mantle derived melt. In KAC, four distinct magmatic intrusions are identified: i) quartz-monzonite (emplaced at 2498 ± 16 Ma), an ultrapotassic adakitic rock derived from a carbonated alkali-rich lower crustal source with negative zircons εHf(t) values in zircon (- 8.0 to - 0.8); Y/Nb (> 1.2) and Th/Ce (0.03-0.8) ratios; lower Ni (< 30 ppm) and Cr (< 14 ppm) contents; ii) phlogopite-rich pyroxenite, crystallized from an alkali-rich basaltic parental magma derived from carbonate metasomatized mantle; iii) mantle derived high Ba-Sr carbonatite (emplaced at 2470 ± 15 Ma); and iv) shoshonitic peralkaline syenite rock (emplaced at 608 ± 6 Ma) with strong adakitic signature, low MgO (< 1 wt.%), Ni (12-5 ppm) and Cr (49-35 ppm) contents and negative zircon εHf(t) values (- 30.3 to - 27.3) and trough of Zr-Hf in spidergrams suggesting a carbonated alkali-rich garnet-bearing crustal source. The geochemical features and petrogenetic considerations of the felsic shoshonitic-ultrapotassic adakite-like rocks (syenite, quartz monzonite), mica-pyroxenites and

  14. Orogen styles in the East African Orogen: A review of the Neoproterozoic to Cambrian tectonic evolution☆

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    Fritz, H.; Abdelsalam, M.; Ali, K.A.; Bingen, B.; Collins, A.S.; Fowler, A.R.; Ghebreab, W.; Hauzenberger, C.A.; Johnson, P.R.; Kusky, T.M.; Macey, P.; Muhongo, S.; Stern, R.J.; Viola, G.

    2013-01-01

    The East African Orogen, extending from southern Israel, Sinai and Jordan in the north to Mozambique and Madagascar in the south, is the world́s largest Neoproterozoic to Cambrian orogenic complex. It comprises a collage of individual oceanic domains and continental fragments between the Archean Sahara–Congo–Kalahari Cratons in the west and Neoproterozoic India in the east. Orogen consolidation was achieved during distinct phases of orogeny between ∼850 and 550 Ma. The northern part of the orogen, the Arabian–Nubian Shield, is predominantly juvenile Neoproterozoic crust that formed in and adjacent to the Mozambique Ocean. The ocean closed during a protracted period of island-arc and microcontinent accretion between ∼850 and 620 Ma. To the south of the Arabian Nubian Shield, the Eastern Granulite–Cabo Delgado Nappe Complex of southern Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique was an extended crust that formed adjacent to theMozambique Ocean and experienced a ∼650–620 Ma granulite-facies metamorphism. Completion of the nappe assembly around 620 Ma is defined as the East African Orogeny and was related to closure of the Mozambique Ocean. Oceans persisted after 620 Ma between East Antarctica, India, southern parts of the Congo–Tanzania–Bangweulu Cratons and the Zimbabwe–Kalahari Craton. They closed during the ∼600–500 Ma Kuungan or Malagasy Orogeny, a tectonothermal event that affected large portions of southern Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Antarctica. The East African and Kuungan Orogenies were followed by phases of post-orogenic extension. Early ∼600–550 Ma extension is recorded in the Arabian–Nubian Shield and the Eastern Granulite–Cabo Delgado Nappe Complex. Later ∼550–480 Ma extension affected Mozambique and southern Madagascar. Both extension phases, although diachronous,are interpreted as the result of lithospheric delamination. Along the strike of the East African Orogen, different geodynamic settings

  15. Detrital zircon geochronology of some neoproterozoic to triassic rocks in interior alaska

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    Bradley, D.C.; McClelland, W.C.; Wooden, J.L.; Till, A.B.; Roeske, S.M.; Miller, M.L.; Karl, S.M.; Abbott, J.G.

    2007-01-01

    We report 777 U-Pb SHRIMP detrital zircon ages from thirteen sandstones and metasandstones in interior Alaska. About sixty grains per sample were analyzed; typically, half to three-fourths of these were concordant within ?? 10%. Farewell terrane. Two quartzites were collected from Ruby quadrangle and a third from Taylor Mountains quadrangle. All three are interpreted to represent a low stratigraphic level in the Nixon Fork platform succession; the samples from Ruby quadrangle are probably late Neoproterozoic, and the sample from Taylor Mountains quadrangle is probably Cambrian in age. The youngest detrital zircon in any of the three is 851 Ma. The two Ruby quadrangle samples area almost identical: one has a major age cluster at 1980-2087 and minor age clusters at 944-974 and 1366-1383 Ma; the other has a major age cluster at 1993-2095 Ma and minor age clusters at 912-946 and 1366-1395 Ma. The Taylor Mountains sample shows one dominant peak at 1914-2057 Ma. Notably absent are zircons in the range 1800-1900 Ma, which are typical of North American sources. The detrital zircon populations are consistent with paleontological evidence for a peri- Siberian position of the Farewell terrane during the early Paleozoic. Mystic subterrane of the Farewell terrane. Three graywackes from flysch of the Mystic subterrane, Talkeetna quadrangle, were sampled with the expectation that all three were Pennsylvanian. Asample from Pingston Creek is Triassic (as revealed by an interbedded ash dated at ca. 223 Ma) and is dominated by age clusters of 341-359 and 1804-1866 Ma, both consistent with a sediment source in the Yukon-Tanana terrane. Minor age clusters at 848-869 and 1992-2018 Ma could have been sourced in the older part of the Farewell terrane. Still other minor age clusters at 432-461, 620-657, 1509-1536, and 1627-1653 Ma are not readily linked to sources that are now nearby. Asample from Surprise Glacier is mid-Mississippian or younger. Adominant age cluster at 1855-1883 and a

  16. Tectonic evolution of Kazakhstan and Tien Shan in Neoproterozoic and Early-Middle Paleozoic

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    Samygin, S. G.; Kheraskova, T. N.; Kurchavov, A. M.

    2015-05-01

    Geological information on Kazakhstan and the Tien Shan obtained up to the present time has been considered and integrated in order to demonstrate the main features of continental massifs, basins with oceanic crust, island arcs, marginal volcanic-plutonic belts, and transform fault zones differing in type and age. We ascertained the character and probable causes of their evolution and transformations resulting in the origination and development of mosaic structural assembly at margin of the Paleoasian ocean that existed from Neoproterozoic. The main stages of the geodynamic history of Paleozoides in Kazakhstan and Tien Shan are characterized, and a model of the probable course of regional tectonic events has been proposed. This model is illustrated by published paleomagnetic data and a series of paleotectonic reconstructions for time intervals 950-900, 850-800, 750-700, 650-630, 570-550, 530-515, 500-470, 460-440, and 390-380 Ma.

  17. Sedimentary Rocks and Methane - Southwest Arabia Terra

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    Allen, Carlton C.; Oehler, Dorothy Z.; Venechuk, Elizabeth M.

    2006-01-01

    We propose to land the Mars Science Laboratory in southwest Arabia Terra to study two key aspects of martian history the extensive record of sedimentary rocks and the continuing release of methane. The results of this exploration will directly address the MSL Scientific Objectives regarding biological potential, geology and geochemistry, and past habitability.

  18. Neoproterozoic-Early Paleozoic rifting of the craton margin in eastern Kentucky: Evidence from subsidence analysis

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    Goodman, P.T. . Dept. of Geological Sciences); Walker, D. )

    1992-01-01

    Analysis of subsidence along the craton margin in eastern Kentucky indicates a Neoproterozoic to Early through Middle Cambrian rifting event developing on a subsiding passive margin of the Laurentian craton to the Iapetus Ocean. Subsidence associated with rifting is confined to the Rome Trough; an internally broken half-graben within the Laurentian craton; the trough trends sub-parallel to the Appalachian orogenic belt. In cross section the through as an abrupt faulted margin on the carton side and a tapering, gentle extension toward the orogenic belt. The stratigraphic sequence within the Rome Trough and toward the orogen consists of Neoproterozoic or early Cambrian basal sands overlying Grenville basement, and succeeded by silts, shales and discontinuous carbonates of the Rome Fm. that are overlain by shales and carbonates of the Conesauga Fm. Stratigraphic relationships suggest that an out-of-sequence, inboard rift developed along the Laurentian margin adjacent to a drift-phase continental shelf represented by strata of the Blue Ridge and Valley and Ridge. Analysis of the subsidence history of this region reveals trends which support the notion that the subsidence history of this area cannot be accounted for by typical passive-margin development. The subsidence history of the area within the Rome Trough presents a pattern of high thermal subsidence and produces beta values greater than in areas nearer the craton margin. These data indicate that an inboard locus of anomalous crustal extension occurred in the area of the Rome Trough while the remainder of the cratonal margin underwent drift-phase subsidence, and that the timing and magnitude of this event is related to the development of the Iapetan margin.

  19. Formation of Neoproterozoic metamorphic complex during oblique convergence (Eastern Desert, Egypt)

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    Fritz, H.; Wallbrecher, E.; Khudeir, A. A.; Abu el Ela, F.; Dallmeyer, D. R.

    1996-10-01

    Major portions of the Pan-African Orogen in the Eastern Desert of Egypt were formed by island-arc accretion in the Neoproterozoic. These areas are characterized by their lack of major crustal thickening. Metamorphic core complexes occur parallel to the strike of the Eastern Desert Orogen. These domes exhibit polyphase metamorphism and deformation in contrast to the structurally overlying nappes which include ophiolitic melanges and island-arc volcanic rocks. These nappes show northwest directed, orogen-parallel thrusting in the internal parts and west to southwest directed imbrication in the external parts of the orogen. Structures related to exhumation of the metamorphic core complexes partition into different displacement paths localized within a crustal-scale wrench corridor of the Najd fault system. Northwest trending orogen-parallel, sinistral strike-slip faults define the western and eastern margins of the domes. North and south dipping low-angle normal faults developed along the northern and southern margins of the domes and form extensional bridges between them. {40Ar}/{39Ar} ages obtained from syntectonic muscovites within the shear zones gave Neoproterozoic ages of 595.9±0.5 and 588.2±0.3 Ma. The synchronous activity of strike-slip and normal faults suggests a regional east-west shortening which was accomodated by deep-level basal decollement beneath the metamorphic core complexes and a coeval northwest-southeast, orogen-parallel extension. This extension was accompanied by intramontane molasse sedimentation and emplacement of calc-alkaline plutons. Since the rapid exhumation of gneisses in the core complexes cannot be explained by thickening of the crust, the authors favour a model which calls for enhanced heat flow along the Najd fault system which would have enabled the formation of syn-extensional plutonism and triggered the exhumation of the metamorphic core complexes. Lateral buoyancy forces were concentrated within the Najd wrench corridor and

  20. Post-collisional subvolcanic rhyolites associated with the Neoproterozoic Pelotas Batholith, southern Brazil

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    Oliveira, Diego Skieresz de; Sommer, Carlos Augusto; Philipp, Ruy Paulo; Lima, Evandro Fernandes de; Basei, Miguel Ângelo Stipp

    2015-11-01

    Neoproterozoic volcanic and subvolcanic rhyolitic systems in southernmost Brazil are correlated with acid magmatism linked to different petrotectonic associations of the Sul-Rio-Grandense Shield. A portion of this volcanism in the Dom Feliciano Belt is associated with the Pelotas Batholith, which resulted from magmatic episodes associated with the Ediacaran post-collisional evolution of southern Brazil. Ana Dias Rhyolite is the main subvolcanic occurrence of this volcanism that took place in the Quitéria region, in the central part of Rio Grande do Sul State. The acid magmatism has been commonly associated with the most differentiated granite suite phases during the final stages of emplacement of the Pelotas Batholith. The Ana Dias Rhyolite is characterized as an intrusive body with rocks that present a porphyritic to seriated texture and a gradational variation to fine-grained equigranular rocks. New zircon U-Pb dating indicates crystallization age of 581.9 ± 1.9 Ma for the Ana Dias Rhyolite. Geochemistry data characterize the rhyolites as belonging to the alkaline series; they present a metaluminous to peraluminous character; elevated SiO2 and alkali concentrations, high FeOt/FeOt + MgO ratios and agpaitic index; and low Al2O3, CaO, and MgO contents. The Zr, Rb, Y, Nb, and Ga concentrations are moderate when compared with the relatively low Ba and Sr contents. These geochemistry characteristics are common in acid magmas with alkaline affinity. The behavior of certain trace elements and REE demonstrate enrichment in more incompatible elements, in addition to the negative anomaly of Ba, the slight enrichment in Ce relative to adjacent elements, as well as the enrichment in K2O and Rb relative to Nb, suggesting magmas derived from mantle sources enriched in incompatible elements with some crustal contamination. The chemical characteristics are similar to those of A-type granites associated with Neoproterozoic post-collision magmatism in the Sul

  1. Glacial trinity: Neoproterozoic Earth history within the British-Irish Caledonides

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    McCay, G. A.; Prave, A. R.; Alsop, G. I.; Fallick, A. E.

    2006-11-01

    Two distinct Neoproterozoic glacial episodes are known for the Dalradian Supergroup in the British-Irish Caledonides, the Port Askaig Formation and the Inishowen Loch na Cille ice-rafted debris (IRD) beds. Here we describe a third, intermediate between those two, the Stralinchy-Reelan formations, composed of diamictite and IRD. Developed directly above these rocks is the Cranford Limestone, which consists of a basal, 1 6-m-thick, tan-gray dolostone overlain by a variably developed, but as much as 340-m-thick, sequence of thin-bedded limestone and dolostone. This unit exhibits a C isotopic trend that begins negative in the basal dolostone, reaches a nadir of -7‰, and then rises to 0‰ 2‰. These characteristics match strikingly those of Marinoan-style cap carbonates. Consequently, we interpret the Port Askaig Formation, the Stralinchy-Reelan units, and the Inishowan Loch na Cille beds as equivalents of the ca. 700 Ma Sturtian, the 635 Ma Marinoan, and the ca. 580 Ma Gaskiers glacials, respectively. Two additional observations are noteworthy. Carbonate rocks below the Port Askaig Formation record a δ13C decline to -6‰ that implies that such downturns may occur in both pre-Sturtian and pre-Marinoan strata. In addition, the Bonahaven Dolomite is not a cap carbonate to the Port Askaig Formation, but exhibits a δ13C rise to 12‰, which we correlate with the inferred global Keele peak. These data further document the utility of Neoproterozoic glacial cap carbonate sequences in global correlations and denote the base of the Cranford Linestone as the Cryogenian-Ediacaran boundary.

  2. Physical Modelling of Sedimentary Basin

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    Yuen, David A.

    2003-04-24

    The main goals of the first three years have been achieved, i.e., the development of particle-based and continuum-based algorithms for cross-scaleup-scale analysis of complex fluid flows. The U. Minnesota team has focused on particle-based methods, wavelets (Rustad et al., 2001) and visualization and has had great success with the dissipative and fluid particle dynamics algorithms, as applied to colloidal, polymeric and biological systems, wavelet filtering and visualization endeavors. We have organized two sessions in nonlinear geophysics at the A.G.U. Fall Meeting (2000,2002), which have indeed synergetically stimulated the community and promoted cross-disciplinary efforts in the geosciences. The LANL team has succeeded with continuum-based algorithms, in particular, fractal interpolating functions (fif). These have been applied to 1-D flow and transport equations (Travis, 2000; 2002) as a proof of principle, providing solutions that capture dynamics at all scales. In addition, the fif representations can be integrated to provide sub-grid-scale homogenization, which can be used in more traditional finite difference or finite element solutions of porous flow and transport. Another useful tool for fluid flow problems is the ability to solve inverse problems, that is, given present-time observations of a fluid flow, what was the initial state of that fluid system? We have demonstrated this capability for a large-scale problem of 3-D flow in the Earth's crust (Bunge, Hagelberg & Travis, 2002). Use of the adjoint method for sensitivity analysis (Marchuk, 1995) to compute derivatives of models makes the large-scale inversion feasible in 4-D, , space and time. Further, a framework for simulating complex fluid flow in the Earth's crust has been implemented (Dutrow et al, 2001). The remaining task of the first three-year campaign is to extend the implementation of the fif formalism to our 2-D and 3-D computer codes, which is straightforward, but involved.

  3. 3D Inversion of Gravity Anomalies for the Interpretation of Sedimentary Basins using Variable Density Contrast

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    Ekinci, Yunus Levent; Ertekin, Can

    2015-04-01

    Concern about sedimentary basins is generally related to their genetic and economic significance. Analysis of sedimentary basins requires the acquisition of data through outcrop studies and subsurface investigations that encompass drilling and geophysics. These data are commonly analysed by computer-assisted techniques. One of these methods is based on analysing gravity anomalies to compute the depth of sedimentary basin-basement rock interface. Sedimentary basins produce negative gravity anomalies, because they have mostly lower densities than that of the surrounding basement rocks. Density variations in a sedimentary fill increase rapidly at shallower depths then gradually reach the density of surrounding basement rocks due to the geostatic pressure i.e. compaction. The decrease of the density contrast can be easily estimated by a quadratic function. Hence, if the densities are chosen properly and the regional background is removed correctly, the topographical relief of the sedimentary basin-basement rock interface might be estimated by the inversion of the gravity data using an exponential density-depth relation. Three dimensional forward modelling procedure can be carried out by introducing a Cartesian coordinate system, and placing vertical prisms just below observation points on the grid plane. Depth to the basement, namely depths to the bottom of the vertical prisms are adjusted in an iterative manner by minimizing the differences between measured and calculated residual gravity anomalies. In this study, we present a MATLAB-based inversion code for the interpretation of sedimentary basins by approximating the topographical relief of sedimentary basin-basement rock interfaces. For a given gridded residual gravity anomaly map, the procedure estimates the bottom depths of vertical prisms by considering some published formulas and assumptions. The utility of the developed inversion code was successfully tested on theoretically produced gridded gravity data set

  4. Hydrogeologic framework of sedimentary deposits in six structural basins, Yakima River basin, Washington

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    Jones, M.A.; Vaccaro, J.J.; Watkins, A.M.

    2006-01-01

    The hydrogeologic framework was delineated for the ground-water flow system of the sedimentary deposits in six structural basins in the Yakima River Basin, Washington. The six basins delineated, from north to south are: Roslyn, Kittitas, Selah, Yakima, Toppenish, and Benton. Extent and thicknesses of the hydrogeologic units and total basin sediment thickness were mapped for each basin. Interpretations were based on information from about 4,700 well records using geochemical, geophysical, geologist's or driller's logs, and from the surficial geology and previously constructed maps and well interpretations. The sedimentary deposits were thickest in the Kittitas Basin reaching a depth of greater than 2,000 ft, followed by successively thinner sedimentary deposits in the Selah basin with about 1,900 ft, Yakima Basin with about 1,800 ft, Toppenish Basin with about 1,200 ft, Benton basin with about 870 ft and Roslyn Basin with about 700 ft.

  5. Palynostratigraphy of the Erkovtsy field of brown coal (the Zeya-Bureya sedimentary basin)

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    Kezina, T.V.; Litvinenko, N.D.

    2007-08-15

    The Erkovtsy brown coal field in the northwestern Zeya-Bureya sedimentary basin (129-130{sup o}E, 46-47{sup o}N) is structurally confined to southern flank of the Mesozoic-Cenozoic Belogor'e depression. The verified stratigraphic scheme of the coalfield sedimentary sequence is substantiated by palynological data on core samples from 18 boreholes sampled in the course of detailed prospecting and by paleobotanical analysis of sections in the Yuzhnyi sector of the coalfield (data of 1998 by M.A. Akhmetiev and S.P. Manchester). Sections of the Erkovtsy, Arkhara-Boguchan, and Raichikha brown-coal mines are correlated. Stratigraphic subdivisions distinguished in the studied sedimentary succession are the middle and upper Tsagayan subformations (the latter incorporating the Kivda Beds), Raichikha, Mukhino, Buzuli, and Sazanka formations.

  6. Sedimentary structures from different proglacial glaciofluvial settings in Lithuania

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    Šinkūnė, E.; Šinkūnas, E.

    2012-04-01

    Proglacial glaciofluvial sedimentation during old continental glaciations created a wide range of landforms. However, proglacial deposit sequences are not always well expressed in form of typical landforms. In that case, and also when we are dealing with buried deposits, we face difficulties to recognise their origin or conditions of sedimentation. Sediment bedding structures vary considerably depending on the sedimentation conditions; consequently, they are most helpful in this case. The sediment bedding structures were studied in number of proglacial sediment sequences of different origin in Lithuania to gain the most characteristic complexes of sedimentary structures from particular conditions of sedimentation. In order to analyse the successions of bedforms created in different settings of proglacial glaciofluvial sedimentation the sedimentary models for particular sites in sandur, meltwater streamway and glaciofluvial delta were built. Trough, tabular and planar cross bedding and climbing-ripple cross-lamination is characteristic of proglacial glaciofluvial sediment sequences. However, distinct complexes of bedding structures were recognised for specific conditions of sedimentation in particular sites. This study was financed by the Research Council of Lithuania (No. LEK- 03/2010).

  7. NATURAL GAS RESOURCES IN DEEP SEDIMENTARY BASINS

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    Thaddeus S. Dyman; Troy Cook; Robert A. Crovelli; Allison A. Henry; Timothy C. Hester; Ronald C. Johnson; Michael D. Lewan; Vito F. Nuccio; James W. Schmoker; Dennis B. Riggin; Christopher J. Schenk

    2002-02-05

    From a geological perspective, deep natural gas resources are generally defined as resources occurring in reservoirs at or below 15,000 feet, whereas ultra-deep gas occurs below 25,000 feet. From an operational point of view, ''deep'' is often thought of in a relative sense based on the geologic and engineering knowledge of gas (and oil) resources in a particular area. Deep gas can be found in either conventionally-trapped or unconventional basin-center accumulations that are essentially large single fields having spatial dimensions often exceeding those of conventional fields. Exploration for deep conventional and unconventional basin-center natural gas resources deserves special attention because these resources are widespread and occur in diverse geologic environments. In 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that 939 TCF of technically recoverable natural gas remained to be discovered or was part of reserve appreciation from known fields in the onshore areas and State waters of the United. Of this USGS resource, nearly 114 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically-recoverable gas remains to be discovered from deep sedimentary basins. Worldwide estimates of deep gas are also high. The U.S. Geological Survey World Petroleum Assessment 2000 Project recently estimated a world mean undiscovered conventional gas resource outside the U.S. of 844 Tcf below 4.5 km (about 15,000 feet). Less is known about the origins of deep gas than about the origins of gas at shallower depths because fewer wells have been drilled into the deeper portions of many basins. Some of the many factors contributing to the origin of deep gas include the thermal stability of methane, the role of water and non-hydrocarbon gases in natural gas generation, porosity loss with increasing thermal maturity, the kinetics of deep gas generation, thermal cracking of oil to gas, and source rock potential based on thermal maturity and kerogen type. Recent experimental simulations using laboratory

  8. Age, composition, and source of continental arc- and syn-collision granites of the Neoproterozoic Sergipano Belt, Southern Borborema Province, Brazil

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    Oliveira, Elson P.; Bueno, Juliana F.; McNaughton, Neal J.; Silva Filho, Adejardo F.; Nascimento, Rosemery S.; Donatti-Filho, José P.

    2015-03-01

    The Sergipano belt is the outcome of collision between the Pernambuco-Alagoas Domain (Massif) and the São Francisco Craton during Neoproterozoic assembly of West Gondwana. Although the understanding of the Sergipano belt evolution has improved significantly, the timing of emplacement, geochemistry and tectonic setting of granitic bodies in the belt is poorly known. We recognized two granite age groups: 630-618 Ma granites in the Canindé, Poço Redondo and Macururé domains, and 590-570 Ma granites in the Macururé metasedimentary domain. U-Pb SHRIMP zircon ages for granites of first age group indicated ages of 631 ± 4 Ma for the Sítios Novos granite, 623 ± 7 Ma for the Poço Redondo granite, 619 ± 3.3 Ma for the Lajedinho monzodiorite, and 618 ± 3 Ma for the Queimada Grande granodiorite. These granitoids are dominantly high-K calc-alkaline, magnesian, metaluminous, mafic enclave-rich (Queimada Grande and Lajedinho), or with abundant inherited zircon grains (Poço Redondo and Sitios Novos). Geochemical and isotope data allow us to propose that Sítios Novos and Poço Redondo granites are product of partial melting of Poço Redondo migmatites. Sr-Nd isotopes of the Queimada Grande granodiorite and Lajedinho monzodiorite suggest that their parental magma may have originated by mixing between a juvenile mafic source and a crustal component that could be the Poço Redondo migmatites or the Macururé metasediments. Other 630-618 Ma granites in the belt are the mafic enclave-rich Coronel João Sá granodiorite and the Camará tonalite in the Macururé sedimentary domain. These granites have similar geochemical and isotopic characteristics as the Lajedinho and Queimada Grande granitoids. We infer for the Camará tonalite and Coronel João Sá granodiorite that their parental magmas have had contributions from mafic lower crust and felsic upper crust, most probably from underthrust São Francisco Craton, or Pernambuco-Alagoas Domain. The younger 590-570 Ma granite

  9. New aspects of deformed cross-strata in fluvial sandstones: Examples from Neoproterozoic formations in northern Norway

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    Røe, Signe-Line; Hermansen, Marita

    2006-05-01

    Extensive (20-200 m long) exposures of tabular cross-sets in Neoproterozoic fluvial sandstone in Northern Norway demonstrate that deformed cross-strata, in the form of recumbently folded cross-strata with associated massive sand, are localized features passing in both up- and down-current direction into undeformed, concave-upward or sigmoidal cross-strata. The deformation occurs in down-current inclined, tangential wedge-shaped zones beneath reactivation surfaces, and less commonly as flat-topped lenticular zones. The localized nature of the sediment deformation is attributed to local liquefaction below the top of the bed in the case of the flat-topped lenses and at the dune front in the case of the more common tangential wedges. The position of the flat-topped lenses suggests deformation by the shear stress of high-velocity, suspension-laden currents. Although liquefaction of the dune front implies the action of gravity forces, it is argued that the fluvial currents were the main driving force at the instant of bed liquefaction. Post-folding gravitational shearing probably enhanced the deformation within the upper part of the wedges, with their long, flat-lying toeset resulting from redeposition of downslope-moving liquefied sand. The down-current alternation of deformed tangential wedges and undeformed cross-strata suggests that the mechanism that triggered the liquefaction of the dune lee side was related to the fluvial system itself and hence was of autokinetic origin. The tabular cross-sets have previously been interpreted as a product of the dune upper-stage plane-bed flow regime. In this flow context, it can be speculated that the liquefaction and deformation occurred when the flow conditions approached the plane-bed phase, probably inducing a highly differential turbulent pattern and pressure fluctuations sufficient to liquefy the fine/medium sand. The small flat-topped deformation lenses also suggest liquefaction by cyclic loading, whereas the solitary

  10. Tide-influenced sedimentary environments and facies

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    De Boer, P.L.; Van Gelder, A.; Nio, S.D.

    1988-01-01

    This volume contains examples of recent as well as fossil tide-influenced sedimentary facies. Studies of recent tidal processes and sediments provide an insight into the way in which tidal facies and sequences develop, and into the processes which are active. The studies performed on fossil rocks give information on one-to-one scale model experiments that have been executed by nature both relatively recently and in the distant past. In this work, the parallel presentation of papers on recent and fossil examples of tide-influenced sedimentary facies and environments follows the philosophy of comparative sedimentology, aiming at an understanding of both the past and the present, with the aim also, of forecasting future developments.

  11. Petroleum potential of the Libyan sedimentary basins

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    Hammuda, O.S.; Sbeta, A.M.

    1988-08-01

    Contrary to prevailing opinion, all Libyan sedimentary basins and the Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar platform contain prolific petroleum accumulations with very high prospectivity. A systematic review of the types of traps and pays in this central part of the southern Mediterranean province reveals great variability in reservoir and source rock characteristics. The reservoir rocks are of almost all geologic ages. The thick source rock sequences also vary in nature and organic content. The organic-rich facies have accumulated in intracratonic and passive margin basins or in marginal seas. Most of the oil discovered thus far in these basins is found in large structural traps. Future discoveries of stratigraphic traps or small structural traps will require intensified efforts and detailed studies using up-to-date multidisciplinary techniques in sedimentary tectonics, biostratigraphic facies analysis, and geochemical prospecting in order to develop a better understanding of these basins, thus improving their prospectivity.

  12. Neoproterozoic Orogeny-Related Magmatic Event in the Northwestern Yangtze Block and Its Implications for the Unification of South China

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    Wafa, B.

    2014-12-01

    Neoproterozoic tectonic history of South China has long been an issue of debate, including its connection with the cycle of Rodinia. The South China block has been traditionally thought to have formed by Neoproterozoic welding between the Yangtze and Cathysian blocks along the Jiangnan Orogen. However, increasing evidence suggests that the Neoproterozoic unification of South China comprises a set of collision events. Here we report a newly recognized syn-collisional intrusive suite at the northwestern Yangtze block. The igneous suite is located at the Wangcang area, NE Sichuan province. It consists of tholeiitic- and alkali mafic rocks, and adakitic to calc-alkali felsic intrusions. They are dated at 8554Ma to 8675 Ma by U-Pb zircon, and show arc-related geochemical affinities with highly variable whole rock ɛNd (up to +7.78) and zircon ɛHf(t) values. The Wangcang suite is featured by high deformation and metamorphism of upper greenschist to amphibolitic facieses, which is contrast to the low grade ~820-750 Ma igneous suites in the same region. It suggests that the northwestern Yangtze block experienced an arc-continental orogenic event occurred during ~860-820 Ma. Our recent work has revealed that the Shennongjia terrain and the Yangtze continental nucleus was welded between ~1100-950Ma. These findings suggest that the unification of South China comprises a set of collision events. This work provides a new clue for our understanding of the connection between the Neoproterozoic evolution of South China and Rodinia cycle. This study was supported by the NSFC (Grants 41173048 and 41373037).

  13. Biological Feedbacks as Cause and Demise of Neoproterozoic Icehouse: Astrobiological Prospects for Faster Evolution and Importance of Cold Conditions

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    Janhunen, Pekka; Kaartokallio, Hermanni; Oksanen, Ilona; Lehto, Kirsi; Lehto, Harry

    2007-01-01

    Several severe glaciations occurred during the Neoproterozoic eon, and especially near its end in the Cryogenian period (630–850 Ma). While the glacial periods themselves were probably related to the continental positions being appropriate for glaciation, the general coldness of the Neoproterozoic and Cryogenian as a whole lacks specific explanation. The Cryogenian was immediately followed by the Ediacaran biota and Cambrian Metazoan, thus understanding the climate-biosphere interactions around the Cryogenian period is central to understanding the development of complex multicellular life in general. Here we present a feedback mechanism between growth of eukaryotic algal phytoplankton and climate which explains how the Earth system gradually entered the Cryogenian icehouse from the warm Mesoproterozoic greenhouse. The more abrupt termination of the Cryogenian is explained by the increase in gaseous carbon release caused by the more complex planktonic and benthic foodwebs and enhanced by a diversification of metazoan zooplankton and benthic animals. The increased ecosystem complexity caused a decrease in organic carbon burial rate, breaking the algal-climatic feedback loop of the earlier Neoproterozoic eon. Prior to the Neoproterozoic eon, eukaryotic evolution took place in a slow timescale regulated by interior cooling of the Earth and solar brightening. Evolution could have proceeded faster had these geophysical processes been faster. Thus, complex life could theoretically also be found around stars that are more massive than the Sun and have main sequence life shorter than 10 Ga. We also suggest that snow and glaciers are, in a statistical sense, important markers for conditions that may possibly promote the development of complex life on extrasolar planets. PMID:17299594

  14. Evaluating key parameters for the initiation of a Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth with a single Earth System Model of intermediate complexity

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    Spiegl, T. C.; Paeth, H.; Frimmel, H. E.

    2015-04-01

    Even after more than two decades of intense research the main drivers for a potential Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth continue to be discussed controversially. In this study we present results from 37 sensitivity experiments that were performed with the Planet Simulator (PlaSim), an Earth System Model of intermediate complexity. In contrast to previous studies, in which only a limited number of potential climate-controlling parameters were assessed with different climate models, we tested our presumed key parameters within one single model. This approach makes it easier to compare the influence of the various parameters on extreme climate change as postulated for the Neoproterozoic Era. Furthermore we compare the results obtained to most recent high complexity state-of-the-art approaches. This comparison helps to estimate, which internal model interactions and physics are crucial for a Snowball Earth simulation and hence should be included into a model that is capable of realistically simulating a Neoproterozoic climate. To this effect we carried out simulations that involved reduced solar irradiation, land-sea distributions, atmospheric CO2 concentrations, relief of the land surface and length of day. In addition, we focus on different land surface albedo values, which were most likely exceptionally low and similar to the Martian albedo, and obliquity changes between 23.5° and 80°. Our findings suggest that changes in land surface albedo are a strong climate driver that can compensate a much lower Neoproterozoic total solar irradiance if it is combined with shifts in obliquity or atmospheric CO2 levels. We also obtained a critical threshold for increased obliquities beyond which a Snowball Earth situation turns into an extreme greenhouse climate with almost absent cryosphere, and furthermore, obliquity values that lead to a tropical ice age with sea ice spreading from the equator to high latitudes.

  15. Biological feedbacks as cause and demise of the Neoproterozoic icehouse: astrobiological prospects for faster evolution and importance of cold conditions.

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    Janhunen, Pekka; Kaartokallio, Hermanni; Oksanen, Ilona; Lehto, Kirsi; Lehto, Harry

    2007-01-01

    Several severe glaciations occurred during the Neoproterozoic eon, and especially near its end in the Cryogenian period (630-850 Ma). While the glacial periods themselves were probably related to the continental positions being appropriate for glaciation, the general coldness of the Neoproterozoic and Cryogenian as a whole lacks specific explanation. The Cryogenian was immediately followed by the Ediacaran biota and Cambrian Metazoan, thus understanding the climate-biosphere interactions around the Cryogenian period is central to understanding the development of complex multicellular life in general. Here we present a feedback mechanism between growth of eukaryotic algal phytoplankton and climate which explains how the Earth system gradually entered the Cryogenian icehouse from the warm Mesoproterozoic greenhouse. The more abrupt termination of the Cryogenian is explained by the increase in gaseous carbon release caused by the more complex planktonic and benthic foodwebs and enhanced by a diversification of metazoan zooplankton and benthic animals. The increased ecosystem complexity caused a decrease in organic carbon burial rate, breaking the algal-climatic feedback loop of the earlier Neoproterozoic eon. Prior to the Neoproterozoic eon, eukaryotic evolution took place in a slow timescale regulated by interior cooling of the Earth and solar brightening. Evolution could have proceeded faster had these geophysical processes been faster. Thus, complex life could theoretically also be found around stars that are more massive than the Sun and have main sequence life shorter than 10 Ga. We also suggest that snow and glaciers are, in a statistical sense, important markers for conditions that may possibly promote the development of complex life on extrasolar planets. PMID:17299594

  16. Sedimentary Facies Analysis Using AVIRIS Data: A Geophysical Inverse Problem

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    Boardmann, Joe W.; Goetz, Alexander F. H.

    1990-01-01

    AVIRIS data can be used to quantitatively analyze and map sedimentary lithofacies. The observed radiance spectra can be reduced to 'apparent reflectance' spectra by topographic and reflectance characterization of several field sites within the image. These apparent reflectance spectra correspond to the true reflectance at each pixel, multiplied by an unknown illumination factor (ranging in value from zero to one). The spatial abundance patterns of spectrally defined lithofacies and the unknown illumination factors can be simultaneously derived using constrained linear spectral unmixing methods. Estimates of the minimum uncertainty in the final results (due to noise, instrument resolutions, degree of illumination and mixing systematics) can be made by forward and inverse modeling. Specific facies studies in the Rattlesnake Hills region of Wyoming illustrate the successful application of these methods.

  17. Rapid lithification masks the Venus sedimentary cycle

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    Ghail, R.

    2015-10-01

    Venera lander data are usually assumed to indicate basaltic lavas but a significant fraction of the rock material must be volatiles, such as sulphur, implying at least strongly weathered basalts. The lander images most closely resemble sedimentary material, with layered strata (which may be pyroclastic in origin)that are sometimes broken into cobbles and fine grained sediment. The Magellan SAR was relatively insensitive to loose fine-grained material under Venus surface conditions but the reprocessed data reveal a range of weathering processes, particularly at higher elevations, and mass wasting of steep slopes. Mean wind speeds are strongly altitude dependent and are able to erode and transport material throughout the highland regions. In some areas, this material is deposited on adjacent plains where, under the extreme Venus surface conditions, lithification is an apparently rapid process. Thus the largely featureless plains may not be igneous at all but sedimentary in origin. The settling out and lithification of sedimentary material is consistent with observed crater degradation, in which low-lying crater floors are infilled first.

  18. The Guarguaraz Complex and the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian evolution of southwestern Gondwana: Geochemical signatures and geochronological constraints

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    López de Azarevich, Vanina L.; Escayola, Mónica; Azarevich, Miguel B.; Pimentel, Márcio M.; Tassinari, Colombo

    2009-12-01

    The Guarguaraz Complex, in western Argentina, comprises a metasedimentary assemblage, associated with mafic sills and ultramafic bodies intruded by basaltic dikes, which are interpreted as Ordovician dismembered ophiolites. Two kinds of dikes are recognized, a group associated with the metasediments and the other ophiolite-related. Both have N-MORB signatures, with ɛNd between +3.5 and +8.2, indicating a depleted source, and Grenville model ages between 0.99 and 1.62 Ga. A whole-rock Sm-Nd isochron yielded an age of 655 ± 76 Ma for these mafic rocks, which is compatible with cianobacteria and acritarchae recognized in the clastic metasedimentary platform sequences, that indicate a Neoproterozoic (Vendian)-Cambrian age of deposition. The Guarguaraz metasedimentary-ophiolitic complex represents, therefore, a remnant of an oceanic basin developed to the west of the Grenville-aged Cuyania terrane during the Neoproterozoic. The southernmost extension of these metasedimentary sequences in Cordón del Portillo might represent part of this platform and not fragments of the Chilenia terrane. An extensional event related to the fragmentation of Rodinia is represented by the mafic and ultramafic rocks. The Devonian docking of Chilenia emplaced remnants of ocean floor and slices of the Cuyania terrane (Las Yaretas Gneisses) in tectonic contact with the Neoproterozoic metasediments, marking the Devonian western border of Gondwana.

  19. The Jormungand Global Climate State and Implications for the Neoproterozoic Snowball Paradox (Invited)

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    Abbot, D. S.; Voigt, A.; Koll, D.; Pierrehumbert, R. T.

    2010-12-01

    We present a previously undescribed global climate state, the Jormungand state, that is nearly ice-covered with a narrow (~10-15 degrees of latitude) strip of open ocean near the equator. This state is sustained by internal dynamics of the hydrological cycle and the cryosphere. There is a new bifurcation in global climate climate associated with the Jormungand state that leads to significant hysteresis. We investigate the Jormungand state in a coupled ocean-atmosphere GCM, in multiple atmospheric GCMs coupled to a mixed layer ocean run in an idealized configuration, and we make a simple modification to the Budyko-Sellers model so that it produces Jormungand states. We suggest that the Jormungand state may be a better model for the Neoproterozoic glaciations (~635 Ma and ~715 Ma) than either the hard Snowball or the Slushball models. A Jormungand state would have a large enough region of open ocean near the equator to explain the micropaleontological and molecular clock evidence that photosynthetic eukaryotes thrived both before and immediately after the Neoproterozoic episodes. Additionally, since there is significant hysteresis associated with the Jormungand state, it can explain the cap carbonate sequences, the oxygen isotopic evidence that suggests high CO2 values, and the various evidence that suggests lifetimes for the glaciations of 1 Myrs or more. Since there is not significant hysteresis associated with the Slushball model, the Slushball model cannot explain these observations. Finally, we note that although the Slushball and Jormungand models share the characteristic of open ocean in the tropics, the Jormungand state is produced by entirely different physics, is entered through a new bifurcation in global climate, and is associated with significant hysteresis. Bifurcation diagram of global climate in the CAM global climate model, run with no continents, a 50 m mixed layer with no ocean heat transport, an eccentricity of zero, and annually and diurnally

  20. Neoproterozoic/Lower Palaeozoic geodynamic evolution of Dronning Maud Land: integrating geology and geophysics

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    Jacobs, Joachim; Andreas, Läufer; Clark, Chris; Kleinhanns, Ilka; Elburg, Marlina; Ruppel, Antonia; Estrada, Solveig; Damaske, Detlef; Jokat, Wilfried; Riedel, Sven; Lucka, Nicole

    2013-04-01

    East Antarctica probably formed by amalgamation of a number of cratons along distinct Ediacaran mobile belts, including the ca. 600-500 Ma East African-Antarctic Orogen (EAAO) that dissects Dronning Maud Land (DML). New field-work during the international expeditions Geodynamic Evolution of East Antarctica (GEA) I + II in the austral summers 2010/11 and 2011/12, and first geochronological results from eastern DML reveal a complex tectonic architecture across the belt. In western DML, the EAAO reworks older Mesoproterozoic crust of the Maud Belt; the westernmost boundary of the mobile belt is characterized by a major dextral transpressional shear zone. In central DML, a major magnetic anomaly, the Forster anomaly, was interpreted as a cryptic suture of the EAAO (Riedel et al. 2012). The area where the Forster anomaly crosses the DML mountains is poorly investigated so far, but appears to coincide with a major strike slip shear zone in the southern Kurze Mts. and the occurrence of major Ediacaran granulite bodies. East of the Forster anomaly, the magnetic anomaly pattern changes significantly and typical Maud type crust is not present any longer. GEA II targeted a range of nunataks between Sør Rondane and central DML that had never been visited previously (from Blåklettane and Bergekongen in the E to Urna and Sørsteinen in the W). These nunataks are dominated by medium- to high-grade metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks of possibly Neoproterozoic age, including abundant marble and graphite schists. Sør Rondane in eastern DML, is dominated by two distinct blocks separated by the dextral Main Shear Zone. The northwestern block is still part of the eastern EAAO, where new SHRIMP zircon data from metamorphic rims provide ages of ca. 560 Ma. The southeastern block is made up of a TTG terrane, which provides four new SHRIMP zircon dates between 990-980 Ma, interpreted as igneous crystallization ages (oceanic arc). The TTG terrane shows limited tectonic overprint and

  1. Microanalyzes of remarkable microfossils of the Late Mesoproterozoic-Early Neoproterozoic

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    Cornet, Yohan; Beghin, Jérémie; Baludikay, Blaise; François, Camille; Storme, Jean-Yves; Compère, Philippe; Javaux, Emanuelle

    2016-04-01

    The Late Mesoproterozoic-Early Neoproterozoic is an important period to investigate the diversification of early eukaryotes [1]. Following the first appearance of red algae in the Late Mesoproterozoic, other (morphological or molecular) fossils of crown groups are recorded during the Early Neoproterozoic, including green algae, sponges, amoebozoa and possibly fungi. Other microfossils also includes unambiguous eukaryotes, including several distinctive forms for that time period, such as the acritarchs Cerebrosphaera buickii (˜820-720 Ma), Trachyhystrichosphaera aimika and T . botula (1100-720 Ma), and the multicellular eukaryotic problematicum taxon Jacutianema solubila (1100-?720 Ma). To further characterize the taxonomy of these microfossils and to test hypotheses about their possible relationships to crown groups, we combine analyzes of their morphology, wall ultrastructure and microchemistry, using optical microscopy, Scanning and Transmission Electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), as well as Raman and FTIR microspectroscopy respectively. Cerebrosphaera populations from the Svanbergfjellet formation, Spitsbergen, and from the Kanpa Formation, Officer Basin, Australia, include organic vesicles with dark and robust walls ornamented by cerebroid folds [2]. Our study shows the occurrence of complex tri- or bi-layered wall ultrastructures and a highly aromatic composition [3]. The genus Trachyhystrichosphaera includes various species characterized by the presence of a variable number of hollow heteromorphic processes [2]. Preliminary infrared microspectroscopy analyzes performed on two species, T. aimika and T. botula, from the 1.1 Ga Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania, and from the ˜1.1 - 0.8 Ga Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, RDC, indicate a strong aliphatic and carbonyl composition of the wall biopolymer, with some differences linked to thermal maturity between the two locations. TEM is also performed to characterize the wall ultrastructure of these two species. Various morphotypes

  2. Dronning Maud Lands (East Antarctica) significance for Late Mesoproterozoic/Early Neoproterozoic supercontinent reconstructions

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    Jacobs, Joachim; Elburg, Marlina; Laeufer, Andreas; Kleinhanns, Ilka C.; Henjes-Kunst, Friedhelm; Estrada, Solveig; Ruppel, Antonia; Damaske, Detlef; Montero, Pilar; Bea, Fernando

    2015-04-01

    The recent study of a so far white spot on the geological map of Dronning Maud Land (DML) during the international GEA expeditions sheds new light on the significance of major tectono-metamorphic provinces of Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The western part of eastern DML allows the characterization and ground-truthing of a large and mostly ice-covered area, that is geophysically distinct and which was previously interpreted as a potentially older cratonic block south of a Late Neoproterozoic/EarlyPaleozoic mobile belt, which is exposed in the Sør Rondane Mts. (SRM). SHRIMP/SIMS zircon analyses of 20 samples together with new geochemistry indicate that the exposed basement consists of a ca. 1000-900 Ma juvenile terrane that is very similar to the juvenile rocks of the SW-Terrane of the SRM, a characteristic gabbro-trondhjemite-tonalite-granite suite. However, in contrast to the southern part of the SW-Terrane, our study area shows intense crustal reworking at medium to high-grade conditions between ca. 630-520 Ma, associated with significant felsic melt production, including A-type granitoid magmatism. Therefore, the study area, and thereby the aeromagnetically distinct SE DML province does neither represent the foreland of a Late Neoproterozoic/EarlyPaleozoic mobile belt, nor a craton, as has previously been speculated. It more likely represents the westward continuation of Rayner-age crust (1000-900 Ma) that has undergone additional protracted LN/EP overprinting. We interpret the southern part of the only weakly overprinted SW-Terrane as a mega-boudin within a broad, rheologically weaker, NW-SE trending LN/EP mobile belt. Rayner-type crust likely continues further west, where it abuts along the SW-trending Forster Magnetic Anomaly. The latter is interpreted as a suture, which separates typical Grenville-age crust of the Maud Belt to the W from Rayner-age crust to the E. The study area has therefore clearly Indian affinities. Its juvenile character with a

  3. Intra-platform tectono-sedimentary response to geodynamic transition along the margin of the Tarim Basin, NW China

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    Gao, Zhiqian; Fan, Tailiang

    2014-12-01

    The Tarim Basin has experienced three tectonic evolutionary phases from the Cambrian to Ordovician: (1) Regional extension from the late Neoproterozoic to Mid-Early Cambrian, (2) Relatively weak regional compression from the Late Cambrian to Mid-Early Ordovician, and (3) Regional compression during the Late Ordovician. Intra-platform tectonic and sedimentary characteristics indicate a clear linkage to the tectonic evolution of the basin margin during early Paleozoic time. During the Cambrian, small intra-platform rift-related depressions formed during an extensional setting. During the Mid-Early Ordovician, a transition from extension to compression caused formation of the Tazhong and Tabei paleo-uplifts and major unconformities T74 (base of the Late Ordovician). The evolving paleo-geomorphology led to differentiation of sedimentary facies, and numerous intra-platform shoals formed during deposition of the Early Ordovician Yingshan Formation. During the Late Ordovician, regional compression began, which changed the platform margin slopes into four slopes that surrounded the three isolated island uplifts of Tabei, Tazhong, and Tangnan in the Late Ordovician. Simultaneously, the basin margin dynamic conditions also changed the relative sea level and filling pattern of the basin. In the Early and Middle Cambrian, the Tarim Basin mainly developed a progradational ramp-type platform due to relative sea level fall. From the Late Cambrian to Early Ordovician the relative sea level began to rise, resulting in an aggradational-retrograding rimmed margins-type platform. In the Late Ordovician, along with a further rise in relative sea level, the basin mainly developed isolated platform.

  4. Detrital zircon record of the early Paleozoic meta-sedimentary rocks in Russian Altai: Implications on their provenance and the tectonic nature of the Altai-Mongolian terrane

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    Chen, Ming; Sun, Min; Cai, Keda; Buslov, Mikhail M.; Zhao, Guochun; Rubanova, Elena S.; Voytishek, Elena E.

    2015-09-01

    An integrated U-Pb and Hf-isotope study on detrital zircons from the early Paleozoic meta-sedimentary rocks along the Charysh-Terekta-Ulagan-Sayan suture zone in Russian Altai was conducted in order to trace their provenance and tectonic setting. Most of the zircons possess oscillatory zoning and high Th/U ratios (> 0.1), indicating their magmatic origin. The investigated samples yield similar zircon populations, i.e., dominant groups with late Neoproterozoic to early Paleozoic ages, followed by those from Mesoproterozoic to late Neoproterozoic and minor ones from Archean to middle Mesoproterozoic, indicating multiple tectono-thermal events in the source area. Comparison with surrounding tectonic units shows that the Tuva-Mongolian terrane and its adjacent island arcs possibly provided substantial materials to the sedimentary basin. These rocks show detrital zircon age patterns and Hf-isotope compositions similar to their counterparts in the Chinese Altai and Tseel terrane in western Mongolia, but different from those in the Gorny Altai terrane. Therefore, the investigated meta-sedimentary units possibly represented the northernmost segment of the Altai-Mongolian terrane. With combination of previous studies in the Chinese Altai and Tseel terrane, our data suggest that the Altai-Mongolian terrane possibly represents a coherent continental arc-accretionary prism system built upon the active margin of the western Mongolia during the Cambrian to Ordovician and thus does not support the micro-continent model with a passive margin. A compilation of U-Pb and Hf-isotope data of detrital zircons from the whole Altai-Mongolian terrane shows that the source area (i.e., the western Mongolia) underwent two most extensive magmatic activities at ca. 1.02-0.67 Ga and 0.67-0.43 Ga. These zircons possess both positive and negative εHf(t) values, suggesting significant crustal growth and reworking during the magmatic activities. Our study underlines a crucial role of Precambrian

  5. The carbon-isotopic composition of Proterozoic carbonates: Riphean successions from northwestern Siberia (Anabar Massif, Turukhansk Uplift)

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    Knoll, A. H.; Kaufman, A. J.; Semikhatov, M. A.

    1995-01-01

    Thick carbonate-dominated successions in northwestern Siberia document secular variations in the C-isotopic composition of seawater through Mesoproterozoic and early Neoproterozoic (Early to early Late Riphean) time. Mesoproterozoic dolomites of the Billyakh Group, Anabar Massif, have delta 13C values that fall between 0 and -1.9 permil versus PDB, with values in the upper part of the succession (Yusmastakh Formation) consistently higher than those of the lower (Ust'-Il'ya and Kotuikan formations). Consistent with available biostratigraphic and radiometric data, delta 13C values for Billyakh carbonates compare closely with those characterizing early Mesoproterozoic carbonates (about 1600-1200 Ma) worldwide. In contrast, late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic limestones and dolomites in the Turukhansk Uplift exhibit moderate levels of secular variation. Only the lowermost carbonates in the Turukhansk succession (Linok Formation) have delta 13C values that approximate Billyakh values. Higher in the Turukhansk succession, delta 13C values vary from -2.7 to +4.6 permil (with outliers as low as -5.0 permil interpreted as diagentically altered). Again, consistent with paleontological and radiometric data, these values compare well with isotopic values from 1200 to 850 Ma successions elsewhere. Five sections measured in different parts of the Turukhansk basin show nearly identical patterns of variation, confirming that carbonate delta 13C correlates primarily with time and not facies. The Siberian sections illustrate the potential of integrated biostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic data in the intra- and interbasinal correlation of Mesoproterozoic and early Neoproterozoic rocks.

  6. Sedimentary architecture of the Shaler outcrop, Gale Crater, Mars: paleoenvironmental and sediment transport implications

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    Gupta, S.; Edgar, L. A.; Rubin, D. M.; Lewis, K. W.; Kocurek, G.; Anderson, R. B.; Bell, J. F.; Dromart, G.; Edgett, K. S.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Hardgrove, C. J.; Kah, L. C.; Leveille, R. J.; Malin, M.; Mangold, N.; Milliken, R.; Minitti, M. E.; Muller, J.; Rice, M. S.; Rowland, S. K.; Schieber, J.; Stack, K.; Sumner, D. Y.; Team, M.

    2013-12-01

    Sedimentary rocks are archives of ancient depositional processes and environments on planetary surfaces. Reconstructing such processes and environments requires observations of sedimentary structures and architecture (the large-scale geometry and organisation of sedimentary bedsets). We report the analysis of the distinct Shaler outcrop, a prominent stratified unit located between the Bathurst Inlet outcrop and the floor of Yellowknife bay. The Shaler outcrop is an ~1 m thick stratal unit that spans approximately 30 m outcrop in length, and was examined by Curiosity on sols 120-121 and more recently on sols 309-324. Detailed stereo observations of the outcrop across most of its entire lateral extent were made using Navigation and Mast Cameras. These data permit detailed analysis of stratal geometries, distribution of sedimentary structures, and broad grain size trends. Overall the Shaler outcrop comprises a heterogeneous assemblage of interstratified platy sandstones separated by recessive, likely finer-grained beds. Coarser-grained beds are characterised by decimeter-scale trough cross-bedding. The north-eastern section of the outcrop shows greater abundance of interstratified sandstones and finer-grained beds. The southwestern section is characterised by darker bedsets that are likely coarser grained interstratified with finer-grained sandstones. The darker bedsets appear to comprise stacked trough-cross stratified bedsets. Finer-grained recessive intervals are not apparent in this section. The presence and scale of trough cross-stratification indicates that sediment was transported by the migration of sinuous crested dunes. Bedding geometries indicate sub-critical angles of climb. We examine the large-scale bedset architecture to evaluate the original depositional geometry of the Shaler sedimentary system, and consider its plausible depositional processes and paleoenvironmental setting. Finally, we consider its relationship to the sedimentary succession exposed

  7. Technical Note: n-Alkane lipid biomarkers in loess: post-sedimentary or syn-sedimentary?

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    Zech, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Goslar, T.; Meszner, S.; Krause, T.; Faust, D.; Fuchs, M.

    2012-07-01

    There is an ongoing discussion whether n-alkane biomarkers - and organic matter (OM) from loess in general - reflect a syn-sedimentary paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate signal or whether they are significantly a post-sedimentary feature contaminated by root-derived OM. We present first radiocarbon data for the n-alkane fraction of lipid extracts and for the first time luminescence ages for the Middle to Late Weichselian loess-paleosol sequence of Gleina in Saxony, Germany. Comparison of these biomarker ages with sedimentation ages as assessed by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating shows that one n-alkane sample features a syn-sedimentary age (14C: 29.2 ± 1.4 kyr cal BP versus OSL: 27.3 ± 3.0 kyr). By contrast, the 14C ages derived from the other n-alkane samples are clearly younger (20.3 ± 0.7 kyr cal BP, 22.1 ± 0.7 kyr cal BP and 29.8 ± 1.4 kyr cal BP) than the corresponding OSL ages (26.6 ± 3.1 kyr, 32.0 ± 3.5 kyr and 45.6 ± 5.3 kyr). This finding suggests that a post-sedimentary n-alkane contamination presumably by roots has occurred. In order to estimate the post-sedimentary n-alkane contamination more quantitatively, we applied a 14C mass balance calculation based on the measured pMC (percent modern carbon) values, the calculated syn-sedimentary pMC values and pMC values suspected to reflect likely time points of post-sedimentary contamination (current, modern, 3 kyr, 6 kyr and 9 kyr). Accordingly, current and modern root-contamination would account for up to 7%, a 3 kyr old root-contamination for up to 10%, and an Early and Middle Holocene root-contamination for up to 20% of the total sedimentary n-alkane pool. We acknowledge and encourage that these first radiocarbon results need further confirmation both from other loess-paleosol sequences and for different biomarkers, e.g. carboxylic acids or alcohols as further lipid biomarkers.

  8. Geochemistry of the Neoproterozoic metabasic rocks from the Negele area, southern Ethiopia: Tectonomagmatic implications

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    Yihunie, Tadesse; Adachi, Mamoru; Yamamoto, Koshi

    2006-03-01

    Neoproterozoic metabasic rocks along with metasediments and ultramafic rocks constitute the Kenticha and Bulbul lithotectonic domains in the Negele area. They occur as amphibolite and amphibole schist in the Kenticha, and amphibole schist and metabasalt in the Bulbul domains. These rocks are dominantly basaltic in composition and exhibit low-K tholeiitic characteristics. They are slightly enriched in large ion lithophile (LIL) and light rare earth (LRE) elements and depleted in high field strength (HFS) and heavy rare earth (HRE) elements. They exhibit chemical characteristics similar to back-arc basin and island-arc basalts, but include a few samples with slightly higher Y, Zr and Nb contents. Initial Sr isotopic ratios and ɛNd values for the Kenticha metabasic rocks range from 0.7048 to 0.7051 and from 4.7 to 9.6 whereas for the Bulbul metabasic rocks they range from 0.7032 to 0.7055 and from -0.1 to 5.5, respectively. The trace elements and Sr-Nd isotope compositions of samples from the Kenticha and Bulbul domains suggest similar, but isotopically heterogeneous magma sources. The magma is inferred to have derived from depleted source with a contribution from an enriched mantle source component.

  9. Concordant paleolatitudes for Neoproterozoic ophiolitic rocks of the Trinity Complex, Klamath Mountains, California

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    Mankinen, E.A.; Lindsley-Griffin, N.; Griffin, J.R.

    2002-01-01

    New paleomagnetic results from the eastern Klamath Mountains of northern California show that Neoproterozoic rocks of the Trinity ophiolitic complex and overlying Middle Devonian volcanic rocks are latitudinally concordant with cratonal North America. Combining paleomagnetic data with regional geologic and faunal evidence suggests that the Trinity Complex and related terranes of the eastern Klamath plate were linked in some fashion to the North American craton throughout that time, but that distance between them may have varied considerably. A possible model that is consistent with our paleomagnetic results and the geologic evidence is that the Trinity Complex formed and migrated parallel to paleolatitude in the basin between Laurasia and Australia-East Antarctica as the Rodinian supercontinent began to break up. It then continued to move parallel to paleolatitude at least through Middle Devonian time. Although the eastern Klamath plate served as a nucleus against which more western components of the Klamath Mountains province amalgamated, the Klamath superterrane was not accreted to North America until Early Cretaceous time.

  10. Possible organisms similar to Ediacaran forms from the Bhander Group, Vindhyan Supergroup, Late Neoproterozoic of India

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    De, Chirananda

    2003-01-01

    Fossil Medusoid genera resembling Ediacaria ( Sprigg 1947) and Hiemalora ( Fedonkin 1982) and having distinctive Ediacaran affinity have been discovered in a shale horizon occurring at the base of the Bhander Group, the uppermost unit of the Vindhyan Supergroup of central India. This is the first record of unequivocal occurrence of Ediacara-like fossils in a Proterozoic basin of the Peninsular India. This finding substantially extends the previously known biogeographic range of the Ediacaran elements to Peninsular India and further enhances their biostratigraphpic potential for correlation of the upper Vindhyans with some Ediacaran horizons of Canada, Australia, South Africa and Russian Platforms. With this extension, the representatives of the genus Ediacaria can be regarded as having a global distribution in places now occupying both lower and higher latitudes. The genus Hiemalora, which appeared to be endemic to the Russian block, also has wide biogeographic coverage. These fossils assign an Ediacaran (550-543 Ma) age for the host Lakheri Limestone and suggest that the Lakheri unit was deposited within 6 million years of the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary. They also support and refine the traditional view of the Late Neoproterozoic age for the lower Bhander Group. These fossils provide positive stratigraphic clues for locating the Precambiran-Cambrian boundary strata in the overlying Lakheri-Sirbu segment of the Vindhyan sequence. They also indicate a depositional environment typical of a muddy shallow shelf setting above storm wave-base.