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Iron Formations as Palaeoenvironmental Archives

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Part of Elements in Geochemical Tracers in Earth System Science

  • Date Published: January 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108995290

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  • Ancient iron formations - iron and silica-rich chemical sedimentary rocks that formed throughout the Precambrian eons - provide a significant part of the evidence for the modern scientific understanding of palaeoenvironmental conditions in Archaean (4.0–2.5 billion years ago) and Proterozoic (2.5–0.539 billion years ago) times. Despite controversies regarding their formation mechanisms, iron formations are a testament to the influence of the Precambrian biosphere on early ocean chemistry. As many iron formations are pure chemical sediments that reflect the composition of the waters from which they precipitated, they can also serve as nuanced geochemical archives for the study of ancient marine temperatures, redox states, and elemental cycling, if proper care is taken to understand their sedimentological context.

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    • Date Published: January 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108995290
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 3 mm
    • weight: 0.073kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Iron Formations as Geochemical Proxies
    3. Palaeotemperature
    4. Nutrient Availability
    5. Palaeoredox
    6. Bulk vs. In-situ Analysis
    7. Comparison of IF, Shale, and Carbonate Mo Records: A Case Study
    8. Outlook.

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    Iron Formations as Palaeoenvironmental Archives

    Kaarel Mänd, Leslie J. Robbins, Noah J. Planavsky, Andrey Bekker, Kurt O. Konhauser

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    Kaarel Mänd, University of Alberta and University of Tartu

    Leslie J. Robbins, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Noah J. Planavsky, Yale University, Connecticut

    Andrey Bekker, University of California, Riverside and University of Johannesburg

    Kurt O. Konhauser, University of Alberta

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