Late Permian–Middle Triassic magnetostratigraphy in North China and its implications for terrestrial-marine correlations

Guo, Wenwei and Tong, Jinnan and he, Qi and Hounslow, Mark W and Song, Huyue and Dal Vorso, Jacopo and Wignall, Paul and Ramezani, Jahandar and Chu, Daoling (2022) Late Permian–Middle Triassic magnetostratigraphy in North China and its implications for terrestrial-marine correlations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 585. ISSN 0012-821X

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Abstract

A detailed magnetostratigraphic study, linked to a new latest Permian U–Pb ID-TIMS age, was undertaken on the continental Shichuanhe section (SCH) in North China in order to provide a magnetic polarity scale for the Late Permian–early Middle Triassic interval. Tilt-corrected mean directions of the characteristic remanent magnetization pass the reversal test and correspond to a site paleolatitude of 18.1◦N during the Early Triassic, consistent with previous results from the North China Block. The magnetostratigraphy shows close similarity with previous studies, allowing interregional correlations with both marine and non-marine records. Normal magnetozone SCH3n, constrained by an absolute age of 252.21 ±0.15Ma from an ash bed 3.5m below its base, is unambiguously correlated to the earliest Triassic normal magnetochron LT1n. Our newly established magnetostratigraphic framework and published carbon-isotope chemostratigraphy, indicate that the Permian–Triassic Boundary is ca. 8m above the base of SCH3n (within the middle part of the Sunjiagou Formation) at SCH. The overlying reverse polarity dominated interval (SCH3r–SCH5r) ranges to the middle Liujiagou Formation, and straddles an interval from the mid-Griesbachian to mid-Smithian. The base of the Olenekian is provisionally located in the lower part of the Liujiagou Formation, near the base of magnetozone SCH5n. The succeeding thick normal magnetozone SCH6n persists into the upper Heshanggou Formation, with the inferred Smithian–Spathian boundary located in the upper part of the Liujiagou Formation. The transition from reverse magnetozone SCH6r to the overlying normal magnetozone SCH7n, coincides with a clear erosional contact with the base of the Ermaying Formation. Consequently, magnetozone SCH7n is matched to the Early Anisian magnetochron MT3n, with the Olenekian–Anisian boundary interval missing. Our new timescale provides additional magnetostratigraphic constraints on the timing of the terrestrial ecological crisis in North China, which is found to lie within reverse magnetozone SCH2r (equivalent with reverse magnetochron LP3r), a level some 270 ±150kyrs before the main marine extinction, that falls in the overlying normal magnetochron LT1n.

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Earth and Planetary Science Letters
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 585, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2022.117519
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14 Apr 2022 16:00
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