Origin of upper Cretaceous multicolored claystones of the western Atlantic.

M. A. Arthur

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Cores show that U.Cretaceous sediments directly overlying the black shale facies are generally 'red' or 'multicolored' clay. These non-calcareous U.Cenomanian to L.Maestrichtian (?) claystones, which contain no fossils, probably represent slow deposition under well-oxygenated-conditions and a high CCD. It is not necessary to assume a volcanogenic source for the metals and minerals assemblages within these multi-colored claystones. Diagenertic mobilisation of redox-sensitive metals within anoxic pore waters of the L.Cretaceous black shales and upward diffusion-advection into the oxidised claystones can account for the varible Fe-MN enrichment observed. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-420
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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