Application of redox sensitive proxies and carbonate clumped isotopes to Mesozoic and Palaeozoic radiaxial fibrous calcite cements

Ancient marine radiaxial calcite cements are commonly exploited as archives of marine porewater properties based on the argument that they lack metabolic effects often assigned to biogenic carbonates. Here we critically test the significance of conventional versus (with respect to these fabrics) less-conventional proxy data from Pennsylvanian, Triassic, and Cretaceous case examples. Conventional proxies include: cathodoluminescence, carbon and oxygen isotope ratios, main and trace elemental concentrations. Less conventionally applied proxies are: clumped isotope “Δ47”, redox-sensitive, and rare earth elements sampled across a succession of Triassic radiaxial fibrous calcites. Radiaxial calcites are subdivided in three groups based on their luminescence characteristics: non-luminescent, patchy luminescent, and bright luminescent. Luminescence patterns are in fair agreement with isotope ratios, in …

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