Use of strontium isotopes to constrain the timing and mode of dolomitization of Upper Cenozoic sediments in a core from San Salvador, Bahamas.

P. K. Swart, J. Ruiz, C. W. Holmes

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The 87 Sr/ 86 Sr ratios and the activity ratios of 234 U/ 238 U and 230 Th/ 238 U have been measured on dolomites from a 168 m deep core taken on the island of San Salvador, Bahamas. These data suggest 2 periods of dolomitization. The first episode dolomitized Miocene age sediments during the latest Miocene, and the second dolomitized the Pliocene portion of the core and was still active as recently as 150 Ka. The late timing of the second episode argues against penecontemporaneous models of dolomitization for the Pliocene sediments. Instead, dolomitization is favoured either as a result of mixing-zone development during the large Pleistocene sea-level changes or by movement of seawater through the platform.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-265
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes


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