Gradual and Abrupt Shifts in Ocean Chemistry During Phanerozoic Time

  • W. T. Holser
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports Physical, Chemical, and Earth Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 5)


The clearest records of changes in chemistry of the exogenic cycle are found in mineral inventories (NaCl, CaSO4, Ccarb, Corg, P), isotope ratios (δ34Ssft, δ13Ccarb, 87Sr/86Srcarb,87Sr/86Srapt), 87Sr/86Srapt), and trace elements (Ce/Laaptand heavy metals in black shales) vs. age. While these variations can be simplistically modelled in the long-term to confine all variations to the larger sedimentary reservoirs, there are several reasons to assert that some of the variability is internal to the smaller oceanic (and atmospheric) reservoirs, especially for short-term events. These are controlled by complex feedback loops, perhaps ultimately forced by plate-tectonic activity cycles. Many links are only speculative.


Black Shale Strontium Isotope Abrupt Shift Anoxic Event Ocean Chemistry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. T. Holser
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  1. 1.Dept. of GeologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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