Close-up of the end-Permian mass extinction horizon recorded in the Meishan section, South China: Sedimentary, elemental, and biotic characterization and a negative shift of sulfate sulfur isotope ratio

Kunio Kaiho, Zhong Qiang Chen, Hodaka Kawahata, Yoshimichi Kajiwara, Hisao Sato

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The Permian/Triassic (P/Tr) boundary beds of the Meishan section, South China, have been re-studied in detail based on complete samples across the P/Tr transition. Under the microscope, the end-Permian mass extinction horizon is calibrated to a 12-mm stratal interval, the top being 19 mm below the top of Bed 24e of the Changhsing Formation. This abrupt disappearance of skeletal fragments of major benthos characterizes the end-Permian extinction event, suggesting a catastrophic event. An abrupt decrease in the 34S/32S ratios of seawater sulfate is confirmed to coincide with the end-Permian event horizon. The sulfur isotope event is thought to have been caused by an overturn of a stratified ocean dominated by H2S, implying coincidence of the oceanic mixing and the mass extinction. Coincident Siberian flood volcanism may have triggered a long-term (> 103 years) cooling leading an ocean mixing. A presumed comet impact to the ocean could have directly caused ocean mixing and the mass extinction.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)396-405
ページ数10
ジャーナルPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
239
3-4
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2006 9月 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 海洋学
  • 生態、進化、行動および分類学
  • 地表過程
  • 古生物学

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