Magnetic Susceptibility Variations of the Ediacaran Cap Carbonates in the Yangtze Platform and Their Implications for Paleoclimate


吳懷春(Huai-Chun Wu);張世紅(Shi-Hong Zhang);蔣干清(Gan-Qing Jiang);李海燕(Hai-Yan Li)

Key Words

Yangtze platform ; Doushantuo Formation ; cap carbonates ; magnetic susceptibility MS ; paleoclimate


Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

23卷3期(2005 / 08 / 01)

Page #

291 - 298

Content Language


English Abstract

Magnetic susceptibility (MS) data were obtained from 11 sections of the Doushantuo (Ediacaran) cap carbonate that directly overlies the Nantuo glacial diamictite in the southeastern margin of the Yangtze platform. The MS data revealed two regionally correlatable peaks at the bottom and top of the cap carbonate, separated by an interval of low values. The lower MS peak coincides with high percentage of insoluble siliciclastic residues that are compositionally identical to the matrix of the underlying diamictite, suggesting its origin controlled mainly by detrital components during the first phase of cap carbonate deposition at the end of the glaciation. The upper MS peak is associated with high clay content and iron sulfides, and can be interpreted as either derived from enhanced greenhouse weathering that could have brought more terrigenous components into the ocean, or the result of ocean anoxia at the late stage of cap carbonate deposition that could led to formation of abundant iron sulfides. The regionally consistent MS curves from the cap carbonates provided the first geophysical record for the rapid climate change from icehouse to greenhouse conditions in the aftermath of the Neoproterozoic ”snowball Earth” event.

Topic Category 基礎與應用科學 > 海洋科學