An integrated carbon isotope record of an end-Permian crater lake above a phreatomagmatic pipe of the Siberian Traps

Fristad, Kirsten E., Pedentchouk, Nikolai ORCID:, Roscher, Marco, Polozov, Alexander and Svensen, Henrik (2015) An integrated carbon isotope record of an end-Permian crater lake above a phreatomagmatic pipe of the Siberian Traps. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 428. pp. 39-49. ISSN 0031-0182

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The largest mass extinction in Earth history occurred at the end-Permian (~252millionyears ago) and is marked by a global negative carbon isotope excursion and the onset of Siberian Trap volcanism, prompting diverse hypotheses on the link between flood basalt volcanism, carbon cycle perturbations, and mass extinction. Phreatomagmatic pipes associated with Siberian Trap volcanism have been proposed as conduits for the release of <sup>12</sup>C-enriched carbon gases from thermogenic and/or magmatic sources to the end-Permian atmosphere. Some of the pipes have preserved crater-lake sediments of volcaniclastic origin. This study examined the preserved evidence for <sup>12</sup>C-enriched carbon release into the Western Oktyabrsk crater in east Siberia from the underlying volcanic basin. We find that the <sup>13</sup>C/<sup>12</sup>C ratio of the carbonate cement, organic matter, and long-chain n-alkanes in the lacustrine crater sediments support the hypothesis that <sup>12</sup>C-enriched carbon infiltrated the basal crater sediments and lake water immediately after crater formation. The values and trends of δ<sup>13</sup>C<inf>Carb</inf>, δ<sup>13</sup>C<inf>TOC</inf>, and δ<sup>13</sup>C<inf>n-alkanes</inf> in the crater sediments are consistent with <sup>12</sup>C-enriched carbon with isotopic values similar to that of carbon sourced from thermogenic and/or <sup>12</sup>C-enriched magmatic sources. This implies that carbon release through the pipes in the Tunguska Basin may explain the source of the global negative carbon isotope perturbations, and their coincidence with Siberian Trap volcanism, at the end-Permian.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breccia pipe,carbon isotope excursion,end-permian mass extinction,hydrothermal system,siberian traps,volcanic crater lake
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Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Geosciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Geosciences and Natural Hazards (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance (former - to 2018)
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Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 12:01
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:02
DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.03.010

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