EGU2020-9556, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Cyclo and chemostratigraphic characteristics of the Middle Silurian in Gotland, Sweden

Michiel Arts1, Bradley Cramer2, Mikael Calner3, Christian Rasmussen4,5, Alyssa Bancroft6, Stephan Oborny2, Emma Hartke2, Ellie Biebesheimer2, and Anne-Christine Da Silva1
Michiel Arts et al.
  • 1Geology, Universite de Liege, Liege, Belgium (
  • 2Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S.A
  • 3Department of Geology, Lund University, Lund Sweden
  • 4Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 5GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 6Indiana Geological Survey, University of Indiana, Bloomington, U.S.A

The cumulative work of geoscientists over the past decades has shown that the Silurian Period which was once thought as warm and climatically stable time interval is in fact punctuated by numerous paleoenvironmental perturbations or events. These Silurian events follow a similar pattern where a minor extinction event precedes a substantial carbon isotope excursion. Many theories have been brought forward to explain these events ranging from glaciations, to changes in precipitations patterns, ocean currents and ocean anoxia. Constraints on the duration and timing of these extinction events and subsequent positive carbon isotope excursions are weak, which hampers a full understanding of the processes at play.

The data from the Altajme core from Gotland, Sweden provides us with a unique opportunity to look at two of these climatic perturbations during the Silurian. The Altajme core spans both the Sheinwoodian Ireviken event and the Homerian Mulde event. The Altajme core dataset includes a litholog, high-resolution δ13C data, correlated bentonites with U-Pb dates and a high-resolution XRF core scan: important data required for and integrated stratigraphic study. The U-Pb-dated bentonites give us age constraints. The δ13C data in combination with the high resolution XRF scan gives us insights into the changes in the ocean before during and after the events, while the XRF is also used to build cyclostratigraphic age constraints for the events and for the whole core. This stratigraphic study will provide us with a palaeoclimatological insights to explain these two events and provide us with a cyclostratigraphy based age model for the Middle Silurian.

How to cite: Arts, M., Cramer, B., Calner, M., Rasmussen, C., Bancroft, A., Oborny, S., Hartke, E., Biebesheimer, E., and Da Silva, A.-C.: Cyclo and chemostratigraphic characteristics of the Middle Silurian in Gotland, Sweden, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9556,, 2020


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