Carbon isotope fluctuations in Cretaceous pelagic limestones: potential stratigraphic and petroleum exploration tool.

P. A. Scholle, M. A. Arthur

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Abstract

At least 7 major del 13C excursions can be correlated from widely distributed onshore sections in the Circum-Atlantic - W Tethyan region. The association of 'events' with stage boundaries and the consistent correlation of 'events' between stratigraphic sections provides a significant new tool for time-rock correlation independent of standard biostratigraphic techniques. The association of C isotope variations with anoxic events is potentially useful for evaluation of the precise timing and the magnitude of preservation of organic matter in deep-sea and continental-margin sediments and may aid in estimating potential hydrocarbon resources. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-87
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
Volume64
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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