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Radiogenic isotope records of Quaternary glaciations: Changes in the erosional source and weathering processes

Reynolds, Ben C.; Sherlock, Sarah C.; Kelley, Simon P. and Burton, Kevin W. (2004). Radiogenic isotope records of Quaternary glaciations: Changes in the erosional source and weathering processes. Geology, 32(10) pp. 861–864.

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Variations of global and regional silicate weathering rates and paleo-ocean circulation patterns are estimated by using radiogenic isotope records, but the effects of changes in provenance are generally ignored. Here. sediment provenance has been constrained through the use of Ar-Ar ages for individual detrital minerals from the Labrador Sea, which can be compared directly to the radiogenic isotope compositions from the same core material. Dramatic changes in the radiogenic isotope composition of North Atlantic Deep Water through the Quaternary Period are shown to reflect discrete changes in both sources and weathering processes accompanying Northern Hemisphere glaciation. Changes in the different radiogenic isotope systems reflect the influence of source, physical weathering, and chemical weathering, and not simply changes in the underlying weathering rate or ocean circulation patterns that are typically inferred.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 Geological Society of America
ISSN: 0091-7613
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Keywords: Atlantic deep-water; Fe-Mn Crusts; North-Atlantic; Ar-40/Ar-39 ages; Ferromanganese Crusts; PB Isotopes; ocean circulation; Heinrich Layers; ND; Pleistocene; weathering; isotope geochemistry; radiogenic isotopes; glacial erosion; argon-argon
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 2100
Depositing User: Simon Kelley
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 15:46
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