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Turchyn, Alexandra V; Schrag, Daniel P (2006): Stable oxygen isotope ratios of marine barite from Cenozoic sediments. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Turchyn, AV; Schrag, DP (2006): Cenozoic evolution of the sulfur cycle: Insight from oxygen isotopes in marine sulfate. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 241(3-4), 763-779,

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We report new data on oxygen isotopes in marine sulfate (delta18O[SO4]), measured in marine barite (BaSO4), over the Cenozoic. The delta18O[SO4] varies by 6x over the Cenozoic, with major peaks 3, 15, 30 and 55 Ma. The delta18O[SO4] does not co-vary with the delta18O[SO4], emphasizing that different processes control the oxygen and sulfur isotopic composition of sulfate. This indicates that temporal changes in the delta18O[SO4] over the Cenozoic must reflect changes in the isotopic fractionation associated with the sulfide reoxidation pathway. This suggests that variations in the aerial extent of different types of organic-rich sediments may have a significant impact on the biogeochemical sulfur cycle and emphasizes that the sulfur cycle is less sensitive to net organic carbon burial than to changes in the conditions of that organic carbon burial. The delta18O[SO4] also does not co-vary with the d18O measured in benthic foraminifera, emphasizing that oxygen isotopes in water and sulfate remain out of equilibrium over the lifetime of sulfate in the ocean. A simple box model was used to explore dynamics of the marine sulfur cycle with respect to both oxygen and sulfur isotopes over the Cenozoic. We interpret variability in the delta18O[SO4] to reflect changes in the aerial distribution of conditions within organic-rich sediments, from periods with more localized, organic-rich sediments, to periods with more diffuse organic carbon burial. While these changes may not impact the net organic carbon burial, they will greatly affect the way that sulfur is processed within organic-rich sediments, impacting the sulfide reoxidation pathway and thus the delta18O[SO4]. Our qualitative interpretation of the record suggests that sulfate concentrations were probably lower earlier in the Cenozoic.
Median Latitude: 0.905819 * Median Longitude: -173.702020 * South-bound Latitude: -64.517000 * West-bound Longitude: 3.099900 * North-bound Latitude: 32.441800 * East-bound Longitude: -113.842000
Date/Time Start: 1982-03-22T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2001-11-14T00:00:00
113-689B * Latitude: -64.517000 * Longitude: 3.099900 * Date/Time Start: 1987-01-16T08:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1987-01-18T06:45:00 * Elevation: -2091.0 m * Penetration: 297.3 m * Recovery: 229.45 m * Location: South Atlantic Ocean * Campaign: Leg113 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 33 cores; 297.3 m cored; 0 m drilled; 77.2 % recovery
143-865B * Latitude: 18.440300 * Longitude: -179.555000 * Date/Time Start: 1992-04-03T02:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1992-04-04T01:30:00 * Elevation: -1527.0 m * Penetration: 165.5 m * Recovery: 123.66 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg143 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 19 cores; 165.5 m cored; 0 m drilled; 74.7 % recovery
199-1218A * Latitude: 8.889450 * Longitude: -135.366660 * Date/Time: 2001-11-14T00:00:00 * Elevation: -4826.3 m * Penetration: 276.8 m * Recovery: 266.42 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg199 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 30 cores; 276.8 m cored; 0 m drilled; 96.3 % recovery
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