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

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Carbon Isotopes
Calcium Carbonate
Petroleum
Hydrocarbons
Limestone
Isotopes
Biological materials
carbon isotope
Sediments
Crude oil
Rocks
petroleum
limestone
Cretaceous
hydrocarbon resource
Carbon
deep sea
continental margin
isotope
organic matter

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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In: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Vol. 64, No. 1, 01.01.1980, p. 67-87.

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