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[BPT05-21] Osmium isotope excursion in the central Panthalassa during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event: Relationships between Karoo-Ferrar volcanism and climatic-biologic changes
Keywords:Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event , central Panthalassa, bedded chert, osmium isotope, organic carbon isotope, Karoo-Ferrar volcanism
The rock powder was spiked with 190Os and 185Re prior to acid decomposition. The sample was digested by a mixture of CrO3 and H2SO4 in a sealed Carius tube at 240 ºC for more than 48 h. Subsequently, Os was separated by solvent extraction using CCl4 and back-extracted from CCl4 into HBr, followed by the final purification using the micro-distillation method. The Os isotopes were determined by N-TIMS at Tokyo Tech. The solution remaining after the CCl4 extraction was transferred to a Teflon vessel, in which Cr6+ was completely reduced to Cr3+ by ethanol to avoid the disturbance of Re separation with ion exchange chromatography. Subsequently, Re was purified by passing the sample solution through an anion exchange resin. The Re isotopes was determined using a quadrupole-type ICP-MS at Tokyo Tech. The Os and Re concentrations were determined by the isotope dilution method.
The Re and Os abundances in 27 chert samples across T-OAE intervals varied from 0.006 to 213.1 ng/g, and from 2.0 to 2078 pg/g, respectively. The initial 187Os/188Os ratios in the samples decreased from the Plinsbachian to the Toarcian, and reached the minimum value of 0.11 at the onset of T-OAE1. Afterward, the seawater 187Os/188Os values increased to 0.56 towards the end of T-OAE1, and decrease down to 0.24 at the interval between T-OAE1 and T-OAE2. During the T-OAE2, the seawater 187Os/188Os values abruptly increased up to 1.22. Our seawater 187Os/188Os values varied preceding the variation of organic carbon isotopes, most likely reflecting the difference of residence time between Os (20 kyr) and organic carbon (75-100 kyr). From these observations, we propose the following scenario for the perturbation in the T-OAE intervals. The Karoo-Ferrar volcanic activities induced an anoxic condition, which resulted in unradiogenic 187Os/188Os in seawater followed by negative δ13Corg ratios before the T-OAE intervals. The Karoo-Ferrar volcanism released significant amount of CO2, which triggered the global warming and enhanced the magnitude of continental weathering during both T-OAE intervals. Subsequent gradual increases of Os isotopes likely reflect their aftermaths. To conclude, the Karro-Ferrar volcanism played an important role for induing anoxic condition and global warming during Toarcian in the central Panthalassa.