The first continuous δ13C record across the Late Silurian Lau Event on Gotland, Sweden

Hani Younes, Mikael Calner, Oliver Lehnert

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The positive δ13C excursion associated with the Late Silurian Lau Event is recognized globally and is the most prominent carbon isotope excursion of the Phanerozoic. We present new δ13C data (195 samples) and the first continuous carbon isotope stratigraphy across the stratigraphic range of this bioevent based on two drill cores from Gotland, the informal type area for the Lau Event. The positive δ13C anomaly reaches a peak value of 9.01‰ in an interval correlated to the Icriodontid conodont Zone in the upper Eke Formation, an interval with generally impoverished fauna and strongly dominated by one single conodont species, Panderodus equicostatus, and a mass-occurrence of oncoids. The distinct morphology of this Late Ludfordian Carbon Isotope Excursion, including a well-defined rising limb, a plateau and a falling limb can be used for intercontinental correlation of the strata.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Issue number1
Early online date2016 Sept 15
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Geology

Free keywords

  • Carbon isotope geochemistry
  • extinction
  • Gotland
  • Late Ludfordian Carbon Isotope Excursion
  • Lau Event
  • Silurian


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