Dera, Guillaume13; Prunier, Jonathan13; Smith, Paul L.3; Haggart, James W.14; Popov, Evgeny15; Guzhov, Alexander6; Rogov, Mikhail7; Delsate, Dominique8; Thies, Detlev16; Cuny, Gilles Guy Roger17; Pucéat, Emmanuelle18; Charbonnier, Guillaume19; Bayon, Germain20
1 Natural History Museum of Denmark, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Universite Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier3 Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.4 Geological Survey of Canada5 Saratov State University6 Russian Academy of Sciences7 Geological Institute RAS8 Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle9 Universitat Hannover10 Universite de Bourgogne11 Universite Paris-Sud12 IFREMER13 Universite Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier14 Geological Survey of Canada15 Saratov State University16 Universitat Hannover17 Natural History Museum of Denmark, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet18 Universite de Bourgogne19 Universite Paris-Sud20 IFREMER
The breakup of Pangea and onset of growth of the Pacific plate led to several paleoenvironmental feedbacks, which radically affected paleoclimate and ocean chemistry during the Jurassic. Overall, this period was characterized by intense volcanic degassing from large igneous provinces and circum-Panthalassan arcs, new oceanic circulation patterns, and changes in heat and humidity transports affecting continental weathering. Few studies, however, have attempted to unravel the global interactions linking these processes over the long-term. In this paper, we address this question by documenting the global changes in continental drainage and surface oceanic circulation for the whole Jurassic period. For this purpose, we present 53 new neodymium isotope values (εNd(t)) measured on well-dated fossil fish teeth, ichthyosaur bones, phosphatized nodules, phosphatized ooids, and clastic sediments from Europe, western Russia, and North America. Combined with an extensive compilation of published εNd(t) data, our results show that the continental sources of Nd were very heterogeneous across the world. Volcanic inputs from a Jurassic equivalent of the modern Pacific Ring of Fire contributed to radiogenic εNd(t) values (-4ε-units) in the Panthalassa Ocean. For the Tethyan Ocean, the average surface seawater signal was less radiogenic in the equatorial region (-6.3), and gradually lower toward the epicontinental peri-Tethyan (-7.4), western Russian (-7.4) and Euro-Boreal seas (-8.6). Different Nd sources contributed to this disparity, with radiogenic Nd influxes from westward Panthalassan currents or juvenile volcanic arcs in open oceanic domains, and substantial unradiogenic inputs from old Laurasian and Gondwanan shields for the NW Tethyan platforms. Overall, the εNd(t) values of Euro-Boreal, peri-Tethyan, and western Russian waters varied quite similarly through time, in response to regional changes in oceanic circulation, paleoclimate, continental drainage, and volcanism. Three positive shifts in εNd(t) values occurred successively in these epicontinental seas during the Pliensbachian, in the Aalenian-Bathonian interval, and in the mid-Oxfordian. The first and third events are interpreted as regional incursions of warm surface radiogenic currents from low latitudes. The Aalenian-Bathonian shift seems linked to volcanic outbursts in the NW Tethys and/or circulation of deep currents resulting from extensional events in the Hispanic Corridor and reduced influences of boreal currents crossing the Viking Corridor. In contrast, the εNd(t) signals decreased and remained very low (Nd(t) excursion recorded in parallel with regional drops in seawater temperature suggests that southward circulation of cold unradiogenic Arctic waters occurred in the NW Tethys in the Callovian-Early Oxfordian. All these results show that changes in surface oceanic circulation resulting from the Pangean breakup could have regionally impacted the evolution of seawater temperatures in the NW Tethys.
Gondwana Research, 2015, Vol 27, Issue 4, p. 1599-1615