Prevailing oxic environments in the Pacific Ocean during the mid-Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2

Reishi Takashima, Hiroshi Nishi, Toshiro Yamanaka, Takashige Tomosugi, Allan G. Fernando, Kazushige Tanabe, Kazuyoshi Moriya, Fumihisa Kawabe, Keiichi Hayashi

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Abstract

The occurrence of Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (OAE2) 94 million years ago is considered to be one of the largest carbon cycle perturbations in the Earth's history. The marked increase in the spatial extent of the anoxic conditions in the world's oceans associated with OAE2 resulted in the mass accumulation of organic-rich sediments. Although extensive oceanographic studies of OAE2 have been undertaken in the Atlantic Ocean, the Tethys Sea, and the epicontinental seas of Europe and America, little is known about OAE2 in the Pacific Ocean. Here, we present high-resolution carbon-isotope and degree of pyritization (DOP) data from marine sequences that formed along the continental margins of North America and Asia below the northeastern and northwestern Pacific Ocean. The predominance of low DOP values in these areas revealed that the continental margins of the Pacific Ocean were oxic for most of the OAE2 interval.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234
JournalNature communications
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 15

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Takashima, R., Nishi, H., Yamanaka, T., Tomosugi, T., Fernando, A. G., Tanabe, K., Moriya, K., Kawabe, F., & Hayashi, K. (2011). Prevailing oxic environments in the Pacific Ocean during the mid-Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2. Nature communications, 2(1), [234]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms1233