Insight from stable S and O isotopes into biogeochemical processes and genesis of Lower Cambrian barite-pyrite concretions of south China
Goldberg, Tatiana, Mazumdar, Aninda, Strauss, Harald, and Shields, Graham (2006) Insight from stable S and O isotopes into biogeochemical processes and genesis of Lower Cambrian barite-pyrite concretions of south China. Organic Geochemistry, 37 (10). pp. 1278-1288.
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Pyrite bearing barite concretions are abundant in black shales of the Early Cambrian Niutitang Formation in China. Barite in these concretions exhibits greatly elevated δ34S and δ18O values, averaging 68 ± 5‰ and 20 ± 1‰, respectively. Such high values indicate precipitation of barite during diagenesis at an advanced stage of bacterial sulphate reduction forming at the “barite front”. Pyrite sulphur has a relatively constant isotopic composition of ~10‰ in both concretions and host rock and likely formed prior to barite. Fluctuating methane flux into the zone of anaerobic methane oxidation led to the consumption of sulphate and release of barium into higher sediment layers. During radial concretion growth Ba2+ interacted with View the MathML source bearing fluids of various concentrations and isotopic compositions over a prolonged period, resulting in a lack of any systematic correlation between sulphate δ34S and δ18O values throughout the concretion.
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