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A positive C-isotope excursion induced by sea-level fall in the middle Capitanian of South China
Changqun Cao (曹长群)1; Can Cui (崔璨)1; Jun Chen (陈军)2; Roger E. Summons3; Shuzhong Shen (沈树忠)1; Hua Zhang (张华)1
Source PublicationPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

A new carbon isotope excursion was recovered from the Capitanian marine carbonates at the Rencunping (RCP) section of South China. Significantly, a pronounced excursion with elevated delta C-13(carb) values over +5 parts per thousand was coeval with the conodont Jinogondolella prexuanhanensis Zone and resembles the Kamura event recorded in Tethys. The excursions in delta C-13(carb), constrained by conodont biostratigraphy, however, present inconsistent carbon cycle behaviors, especially between the separated basins in South China, and evidently reflect regional litho-facies controls. In addition, a transitional environment in association with a fall in sea level, was recovered from deposits of anoxic cherty carbonates subsequent to shallow-water carbonates around the positive excursion in delta C-13(carb). Accordingly, instead of this being a signal of global-scale climatic cooling, we suggest that the positive excursion in delta C-13(carb) can be attributed to eutrophication effects regionally along a continental shelf. In this scenario, the increasing dissolved O-2 level in the mixing zone that induced by the initial sea-level fall will efficiently impede denitrification and increase the bio-available N in N:P ratio to satisfy the demands of primary producers in surface waters. Subsequently, deposits of shallow-water carbonates comprising calcareous algae and massively-bedded lime muds accumulated widely around South China. These deposits appear to represent an unusual environment and ecosystem fertilized, perhaps, by the weathering products from the earliest stages of volcanism prior to the main Emeishan flood basalt eruptions at the Guadalupian-Lopingian boundary (GLB).

KeywordCarbon Isotope Capitanian Kamura Event Eutrophication Effects
Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology ; Paleontology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary ; Paleontology
WOS IDWOS:000438477700026
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Corresponding AuthorChangqun Cao (曹长群)
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, State Key Lab Paleobiol & Stratig, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China; 中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Guangzhou Inst Geochem, State Key Lab Isotope Geochem, Guangzhou 510640, Guangdong, Peoples R China;
3.MIT, Dept Earth Atmospher & Planetary Sci, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
First Author Affilication中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding Author Affilication中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
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Changqun Cao ,Can Cui ,Jun Chen ,et al. A positive C-isotope excursion induced by sea-level fall in the middle Capitanian of South China[J]. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology,2018,505:305-316.
APA Changqun Cao ,Can Cui ,Jun Chen ,Roger E. Summons,Shuzhong Shen ,&Hua Zhang .(2018).A positive C-isotope excursion induced by sea-level fall in the middle Capitanian of South China.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology,505,305-316.
MLA Changqun Cao ,et al."A positive C-isotope excursion induced by sea-level fall in the middle Capitanian of South China".Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 505(2018):305-316.
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