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Orbital tuning of Cenomanian marly chalk successions: towards a Milankovitch time-scale for the Late Cretaceous

Orbital tuning of Cenomanian marly chalk successions: towards a Milankovitch time-scale for the Late Cretaceous

Gale, A.S., Young, J.R., Shackleton, N.J., Crowhurst, S.J. and Wray, D.S. ORCID: 0000-0002-0799-2730 (1999) Orbital tuning of Cenomanian marly chalk successions: towards a Milankovitch time-scale for the Late Cretaceous. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 357 (1757). pp. 1815-1829. ISSN 364-503X (Print), 1471-2962 (Online) (doi:10.1098/rsta.1999.0402)

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Abstract

Outcrops of Cenomanian marry chalks in the Crimea (Ukraine) and SE England (UK), 2600 km apart, display conspicuous decimetre-scale rhythmicity and can be correlated by using 12 biostratigraphical events. Closely spaced samples from the two sections were used to generate long time-series of digitally captured grey-scale reflectance data. Spectral analysis of these data demonstrates that if the rhythmicity is assumed to be driven by precession (bedding cycles; mode at 20 ka), it is seen to be modulated by the short eccentricity cycle (100 ka bundles). The latter signal is expressed in the sediments by the occurrence of dark marls art precession minima occurring at eccentricity maxima. Although identified in the spectra, tilt (38 ka) and the long eccentricity cycle (400 ka) are not strongly expressed. Comparison of age-modelled, unfiltered grey-scale data between the two sections reveals strikingly similar patterns, and enables the identification of an 80 ka hiatus in the UK chalks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cenomanian, marry, chalk, Milankovitch, Europe, time-scale
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Science
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4248

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