Strontium isotope dating of ODP Leg 133 sediments

The strontium-isotope dating method, based on the strontium-isotope seawater curve, was used to date stratigraphic events recognized in carbonate sediments drilled during Leg 133 on the Queensland and Marion plateaus. The strontium isotope ages of these events are used to correlate paleoceanographic changes, delineated from oxygen isotope signals, and paleoenvironmental or facies changes recorded in the lithostratigraphy. Results indicate that a strong connection exists between prevailing paleoenvironmental conditions and the developmental style of a carbonate platform. Also, the strontium-isotope ages of discrete dolomite intervals within the sequences were determined, indicating that multiple dolomitization events took place and that a hydrodynamically driven process may be currently active within the modern carbonate platform.



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