The early Toarcian sedimentary record is frequently characterized by the occurrence of marls, shales, and organic rich facies comprising the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event (T-OAE), which are broadly synchronous to the emplacement of the Karoo-Ferrar large igneous province (LIP) with a main pulse at ~181.7 Ma. Here we describe the chronology and rock magnetic properties of the early Toarcian Marne del Serrone Formation (Serrone Marls) from the Monte Serrone section in the Northern Apennines of Italy, and interpret them as reflecting the local environmental response to the transient CO2 rise and accelerated hydrological cycle most likely induced by the emplacement of the Karoo-Ferrar LIP. The studied 62 m-thick section is characterized by a succession of micritic limestones and marls, interrupted by a few slumps, and contains a record of the T-OAE represented by posidonia beds and a ~40 cm-thick black shale interval. The age of the section has been constrained using magnetostratigraphy and ammonite biostratigraphy to the Spinatum to Variabilis zones. Rock-magnetic properties have been used to characterize fluctuations in the magnetite and hematite input throughout the section. Spectral analysis of continuous IRM2.5T and IRM0.1T/IRM2.5T records indicates a duration of the studied marly interval of ca. 3.5 Myr, regarded as a first-order estimate of the duration of the response of the environmental system (hydrological cycle) to the transient climate perturbation triggered by the emplacement of the Karoo-Ferrar LIP, and a duration of the Bifrons zone of ca. 3.4 Myr.
|Titolo:||The Lower Toarcian Serrone Marls (Northern Apennines, Italy) : a 3.5 Myr record of marl deposition in the aftermath of the T-OAE|
|Parole Chiave:||Anoxic event; Bifrons zone; Biostratigraphy; Magnetostratigraphy; Magnetic mineralogy; Spectral analysis|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore GEO/02 - Geologia Stratigrafica e Sedimentologica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.07.011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|