Dolomite formation within the methanogenic zone induced by tectonically driven fluids in the Peru accretionary prism.

Meister, P., Gutjahr, Marcus , Frank, Martin , Bernasconi, S. M., Vasconcelos, C. and McKenzie, J. A. (2011) Dolomite formation within the methanogenic zone induced by tectonically driven fluids in the Peru accretionary prism. Geology, 39 (6). pp. 563-566. DOI 10.1130/G31810.1.

[img] Text
Meister.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (682Kb) | Contact

Supplementary data:

Abstract

Early diagenetic dolomite formation in methanogenic marine
sediments is enigmatic because acidifi cation by CO2, a by-product of methanogenesis, should lead to carbonate dissolution and not precipitation.
However, petrographic relationships indicate that dolomite
breccia layers with δ13C values of ~+15‰, recovered from the lower slope of the Peru continental margin (Ocean Drilling Program Site 1230), formed deep in the methanogenic zone during tectonic activity of a décollement. Based on radiogenic Sr isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr > 0.711) and positive δ18O values (+6‰), we present evidence that the dolomite breccias mainly formed from fl uids originating from deep sedimentary units within the accretionary prism, where they interacted with continental crust and/or siliciclastic rocks of continental
affi nity. Due to silicate alteration and dehydration, such fl uids are likely alkaline and thus have the potential to neutralize the acidifi cation imposed by the high dissolved CO2 concentrations. This scenario provides a potential mechanism by which dolomite formation can be induced deep in a highly active methanogenic zone.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Geology; Geochemistry; dolomitization; Peru accretionary prism; tectonic fluids; methanogenic zone; strontium isotopes
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1130/G31810.1
ISSN: 0091-7613
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 10:27
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 08:43
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/12585

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...