Original paper

Cyclochronology of the Early Eocene carbon isotope record from a composite Contessa Road-Bottaccione section (Gubbio, central Italy)

Galeotti, Simone; Moretti, Matteo; Sabatino, Nadia; Sprovieri, Mario; Ceccatelli, Mattia; Francescone, Federica; Lanci, Luca; Lauretano, Vittoria; Monechi, Simonetta

Newsletters on Stratigraphy Volume 50 Number 3 (2017), p. 231 - 244

published: May 1, 2017

DOI: 10.1127/nos/2017/0347

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High-resolution geochemical time series from the composite Contessa Road-Bottaccione (CRBTT) section (central Italy) allows testing the global significance of Early Eocene short- and long-term carbon isotope trends by comparison with available records from oceanic successions. Spectral analysis reveals Milankovitch frequency band fluctuations in the concentration of CaCO3. Extraction of the short- and longeccentricity orbital periodicities from the wt.% CaCO3 record provides a relative cyclochronology for the interval spanning ~ 49.5 Ma to ~ 52.5 Ma corresponding to magnetochron C22r to the top of C24n thus extending the cyclochronology already available from the same section in the interval between ~ 52.0 to ~ 56 Ma, spanning the lower C24r to upper C23r. Recognition of orbitally forced sedimentary cycles, corresponding to the long (405 kyr) and short (100 kyr) eccentricity, allows to test the chemostratigraphic alignment with ODP Site 1258 and ODP Site 1263 records and to obtain a correlation of hyperthermal events to an unambiguous magnetostratigraphic record across the interval corresponding to the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum and to refine the astrochronological interpretation of the Ypresian Stage.


carbon isotopeeocenegubbio sectionsastrochronology