EGU22-3797, updated on 14 Jun 2023
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Can glendonites be used as palaeothermometers?

Madeleine L. Vickers1, Stefano M. Bernasconi2, Bo Pagh Schultz3, Mikhail Rogov4, Victoria Ershova4, Clemens V. Ullmann5, Allan R. Chivas6, Florian W. Dux6, and Morgan Jones1
Madeleine L. Vickers et al.
  • 1University of Oslo, Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, Department of Geosciences, Oslo, Norway (
  • 2ETH Zurich, Geologisches Institut, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • 3Museum Salling, Fur Museum, Nederby 28, 7884 Fur, Denmark
  • 4Geological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Pyzhevskiy Pereulok, 7с1, Moscow, Russia, 119017
  • 5Cambourne School of Mines, University of Exeter, Tremough Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ, U.K.
  • 6School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences (SEALS), University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia


Glendonites are pseudomorphs after the mineral ikaite found throughout the geological record since the Palaeoproterozoic, often during cooling or glaciation episodes. This, and the apparent temperature dependency of ikaite on low temperatures to nucleate and grow, led to glendonites being considered low-temperature proxies. However, subsequent laboratory work has shown that ikaites, and therefore fossil glendonites, may not require near-freezing temperatures to nucleate and grow. The occurrence of glendonites in sediments deposited during Greenhouse times, and the lack of glendonites during some icehouse periods of Earth’s climate history appears to support a theory that glendonites are more dependent on local chemical conditions than temperature. We present a database of clumped isotope paleothermometry temperatures from glendonites aged Permian to Recent, and discuss the implications of these reconstructed temperatures in the context of glendonites as a palaeothermometer, and the complication of diagenetic overprinting in ancient glendonites.

How to cite: Vickers, M. L., Bernasconi, S. M., Schultz, B. P., Rogov, M., Ershova, V., Ullmann, C. V., Chivas, A. R., Dux, F. W., and Jones, M.: Can glendonites be used as palaeothermometers?, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-3797,, 2022.


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