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International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 100, Issue 8, pp 1875–1893

First Online: 04 January 2011Received: 28 May 2010Accepted: 20 November 2010

Abstract

Modern aragonite needles are present all along the modern leeward margin of Great Bahama Bank ODP Leg 166, while Middle Miocene sediments contain needles only in more distal areas Sites 1006 and 1007. In contrast to the rimmed, flat-topped platform topography during the Plio-Pleistocene, the Miocene Great Bahama Bank morphology is a carbonate ramp profile. This might imply a different location and precipitation type for Miocene aragonite needles. In this study, aragonite needles in Miocene sediments were isolated using a granulometric separation method. Furthermore, the isolation of the various carbonate components enables the identification of primary versus diagenetic components. The Miocene aragonite needles are concentrated in the finest granulometric sediment fractions <12 μm. The fraction-specific geochemical analyses δC, δO and Sr elemental abundance represent useful tools to assess the possible sources of the aragonite mud. The geochemical variation of the fractions, rich in pristine aragonite needles, and the characteristics of the needle morphology point to whiting phenomena as the main sediment source and algal fragmentation as a minor component. Both components indicate shallow-water environments as the main sediment source area. Ramp-top-related fine-grained particles now present at distal sites were likely exported as suspended material similar to present-day transport mechanisms. The scarcity of needles at proximal sites is probably linked to hydrodynamic processes but dissolution and recrystallization processes cannot be excluded. The granulometric separation approach applied here enables a better characterization of the finest carbonate particles representing an important step towards the discrimination between primary and diagenetic fine-grained components.

KeywordsAragonite needles Whiting Export process Granulometric separation Stable isotopes Bahamas  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Mélanie Turpin - Laurent Emmanuel - John J. G. Reijmer - Maurice Renard

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