EGU24-11056, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Investigating the effect of cation substitution and mineralogy on the dual clumped isotope composition of carbonates

Miguel Bernecker1, Magali Bonifacie2, Philip Staudigel1, Daniel Petrash3, Eiken Haussühl1, Martin Dietzel4, Amelia Davies1, Mattia Tagliavento1, Julien Siebert2, Nicolas Wehr2, and Jens Fiebig1
Miguel Bernecker et al.
  • 1Institut für Geowissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Altenhöferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 2Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cite ́, Universite ́ Paris Diderot, UMR 7154 CNRS, F-75005 Paris, France
  • 3Czech Geological Survey, 152 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic
  • 4Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften, Technische Universität Graz, Rechbauerstraße 15, 8010 Graz, Austria

Dual-clumped isotope thermometry relies on the joint measurement of ∆47 and ∆48 in CO2 evolved from phosphoric acid digestion of carbonates (Fiebig et al., 2019). The benefit over ∆47-only measurements is its capability to identify if ∆47was affected by rate-limiting kinetics in addition to temperature, and to reconstruct accurate carbonate formation temperatures devoid of this kinetic bias (Bajnai et al., 2020).

Direct measurements of ∆63 and ∆64 in carbonates are technically not feasible. During acid digestion of carbonates, fractionations of clumped isotopes (∆63 → ∆47 and ∆64 → ∆48) occur, but the exact magnitudes of acid fractionation factors (AFFs) are not consistently established and vary across different published sources.

Theoretical models by Guo et al. (2009) indicate cation-dependent differences in AFFs for different carbonate mineralogies. Follow-up empirical studies yielded somewhat inconsistent results for ∆47 – some did not observe any differences in AFFs (e.g., Defliese et al., 2015 for calcite, aragonite, and dolomite; Bonifacie et al., 2017 for calcite and dolomite), whereas others did report differences (e.g., Murray et al., 2016 for calcite and dolomite; Müller et al., 2017 for calcite, aragonite, dolomite, and magnesite).

Advancements in gas source mass spectrometry have led to significant improvements in the long-term external repeatability of clumped isotope measurements, e.g., from > 20 ppm to 7-9 ppm for ∆47 (Bernecker et al., 2023). With this improved analytical set-up, we analyzed an assorted collection of scrambled aragonite, calcite, dolomite, siderite and witherite samples for their ∆47 and ∆48 values. We show that cation substitution and mineralogy have no effect on AFFsfor aragonite , calcite, dolomite and witherite. Moreover, the dual clumped isotope compositions of additionally investigated low-temperature aragonite and dolomite samples plot indistinguishable from the calcite equilibrium line. Altogether these findings strongly imply that the ∆47-∆48 -T framework established for calcite (Fiebig et al., 2021) is extendable to aragonite and dolomite.



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How to cite: Bernecker, M., Bonifacie, M., Staudigel, P., Petrash, D., Haussühl, E., Dietzel, M., Davies, A., Tagliavento, M., Siebert, J., Wehr, N., and Fiebig, J.: Investigating the effect of cation substitution and mineralogy on the dual clumped isotope composition of carbonates, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-11056,, 2024.