Southern hemisphere early cretaceous (Valanginian-Early barremian) carbon and oxygen isotope curves from the neuquen basin, Argentina

Maria B. Aguirre-Urreta, Gregory D. Price, Alastair H. Ruffell, Dario G. Lazo, Robert M. Kalin, Neil Ogle, Peter F. Rawson

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The first carbon and oxygen isotope curves for the Valanginian to Early Barremian (Early Cretaceous) interval obtained from outcrops in the Southern Hemisphere are presented. They were obtained from well-dated (by ammonites) sediments from the Neuquén Basin, Argentina. Measurements were acquired by the innovative method of analysing fossil oyster laminae. The occurrence of the well-established mid-Valanginian positive carbon isotope excursion is documented, while less well-marked positive events may also correlate with peaks identified in the well-known successions of SE France. The mid-Valanginian positive carbon isotope event in the Neuquén Basin is possibly associated with organic-rich sediments. A similar relationship is seen in the European Alps and in oceanic cores in some areas of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalCretaceous Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • carbon isotope
  • oxygen isotopes
  • early cretaceous
  • argentina

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