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Research article 09 May 2019

Research article | 09 May 2019

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Anoxia and salinity changes: a new Permian catastrophe record

Marlise C. Cassel1, Ernesto L. C. Lavina1, Joice Cagliari1, René Rodrigues2, and Egberto Pereira2 Marlise C. Cassel et al.
  • 1Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geologia, Av. Unisinos, 950, Cristo Rei, São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, CEP 92022-000, Brazil
  • 2Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Estratigrafia e Paleontologia, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract. Bituminous shales are associated to worldwide geological events, such as mass extinction, anoxia and climatic changes, mainly when preserved in carbonate ramps, and constitute reliable records of this dynamics. However, a minority of data still exist that measure the Permian, especially in the Southern Hemisphere associated to Panthalassic Ocean as compared to numerous studies of Oceanic Anoxic Events in the Cretaceous or associated to Tethys. The Late Permian extinction was the most severe extinction of the past 500 million years, which wiped out over 90 % of marine species. Before the Permian-Triassic boundary (e.g. Early-Middle Permian successions) geochemical and geological anomalous aspects has received more attention due the information about the Late Paleozoic icehouse-greenhous transitions, which is one of the triggers for the catastrophic ectinction. Therefore the Irati Formation, Permian interval of Paraná Basin in southern Brazil, is suitable for the study of these intricate processes due to the presence of Permian bituminous shales and carbonates. Based on core descriptions, spectral gamma ray data and organic geochemistry, a stratigraphic scheme is here proposed to support paleoenvironmental inferences. We identified three depositional sequences formed internally by T-R cycles of highest frequency. The sedimentary facies analysis indicates a carbonate ramp subdivided into outer, middle and inner. Climatic and sea level changes are defined, and also oscillations in the salinity, oxygenation and organic matter source. Bituminous shales record normal salinity, with anoxia levels and even euxinia, associated to the increase in bioproductivity. Carbonate facies register periods of hypersalinity under oxic environment and semi-arid conditions. The accumulation of Mesosaurus skeletal remains results from the action of reworking fluxes, creating an endemic facies in this region. Climatic versus eustatic influence were differentiated, and also the controlling hierarchies. These results are evidence for the environmental dynamics from the Permian, that generated extreme global events, mainly in Gondwana.

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This manuscript proposes a new occurrence of anoxic events deposits (e.g. anomalous black shale) and other climatic extremes (e.g. hypersalinity) as the record of one of the triggers studied for the Permian-Triassic extinction. Although there are models that explain the extinction of P-T boundary, their triggers need more detailing. This study is also innovative due to the importance of oceanic anoxic events beyond of Crataceous and due to deposits in a intracratonic restricted basin.
This manuscript proposes a new occurrence of anoxic events deposits (e.g. anomalous black shale)...