High-resolution records of the late Paleocene thermal maximum and circum-Caribbean volcanism: Is there a causal link?

T. J. Bralower, D. J. Thomas, J. C. Zachos, M. M. Hirschmann, U. Röhl, H. Sigurdsson, E. Thomas, D. L. Whitney

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Abstract

Two recently drilled Caribbean sites contain expanded sedimentary records of the late Paleocene thermal maximum, a dramatic global warming event that occurred at ca. 55 Ma. The records document significant environmental changes, including deep-water oxygen deficiency and a mass extinction of deep-sea fauna, intertwined with evidence for a major episode of explosive volcanism. We postulate that this volcanism initiated a reordering of ocean circulation that resulted in rapid global warming and dramatic changes in the Earth's environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-966
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology

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