Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 47, Issue 13, pp 1138–1144 | Cite as

Late Devonian red tide and mass extinction



Molecular stratigraphical, carbonate carbon isotopic, stratigraphical and paleontological data show that algal booming, eutrophication, anoxia, hypersalinity, positive δ13C excursion and biomass decreasing occurred in the offshore carbonate environments of the Frasnian-Famennian (F-F) transition, which hints that red tide might frequently take place in the F-F transition of Guangxi, South China. We suggest that the mass extinction of the reef ecosystems and the shallow-water marine organisms in the F-F transition of the lower-middle latitudes may be related to the frequent occurrence of red tide in that time.


red tide eutrophication mass extinction Devonian South China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Earth ScienceChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Marine GeologyTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceSouth-Central University for NationalitiesWuhanChina
  4. 4.Guangxi Institute of GeologyNanningChina

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