Colorado Plateau Coring Project, Phase I (CPCP-I): a continuously cored, globally exportable chronology of Triassic continental environmental change from western North America
AuthorOlsen, Paul E.
Geissman, John W.
Kent, Dennis V.
Gehrels, George E.
Irmis, Randall B.
Parker, William G.
Kürschner, Wolfram M.
Schaller, Morgan F.
Whiteside, Jessica H.
Brady Shannon, Kristina
Colbert, Matthew W.
Kinney, Sean T.
Bachman, Gerhard H.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Geosci
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PublisherCOPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
CitationOlsen, P. E., Geissman, J. W., Kent, D. V., Gehrels, G. E., Mundil, R., Irmis, R. B., Lepre, C., Rasmussen, C., Giesler, D., Parker, W. G., Zakharova, N., Kürschner, W. M., Miller, C., Baranyi, V., Schaller, M. F., Whiteside, J. H., Schnurrenberger, D., Noren, A., Brady Shannon, K., O'Grady, R., Colbert, M. W., Maisano, J., Edey, D., Kinney, S. T., Molina-Garza, R., Bachman, G. H., Sha, J., and the CPCD team: Colorado Plateau Coring Project, Phase I (CPCP-I): a continuously cored, globally exportable chronology of Triassic continental environmental change from western North America, Sci. Dril., 24, 15-40, https://doi.org/10.5194/sd-24-15-2018, 2018.
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AbstractPhase 1 of the Colorado Plateau Coring Project (CPCP-I) recovered a total of over 850m of stratigraphically overlapping core from three coreholes at two sites in the Early to Middle and Late Triassic age largely fluvial Moenkopi and Chinle formations in Petrified Forest National Park (PFNP), northeastern Arizona, USA. Coring took place during November and December of 2013 and the project is now in its post-drilling science phase. The CPCP cores have abundant detrital zircon-producing layers (with survey LA-ICP-MS dates selectively resampled for CA-ID-TIMS U-Pb ages ranging in age from at least 210 to 241 Ma), which together with their magnetic polarity stratigraphy demonstrate that a globally exportable timescale can be produced from these continental sequences and in the process show that a prominent gap in the calibrated Phanerozoic record can be filled. The portion of core CPCP-PFNP13-1A for which the polarity stratigraphy has been completed thus far spans similar to 215 to 209Ma of the Late Triassic age, and strongly validates the longer Newark-Hartford Astrochronostratigraphic-calibrated magnetic Polarity Time-Scale (APTS) based on cores recovered in the 1990s during the Newark Basin Coring Project (NBCP). Core recovery was similar to 100% in all holes (Table 1). The coreholes were inclined similar to 60-75 degrees approximately to the south to ensure azimuthal orientation in the nearly flat-lying bedding, critical to the interpretation of paleomagentic polarity stratigraphy. The two longest of the cores (CPCP-PFNP13-1A and 2B) were CT-scanned in their entirety at the University of Texas High Resolution X-ray CT Facility in Austin, TX, and subsequently along with 2A, all cores were split and processed at the CSDCO/LacCore Facility, in Minneapolis, MN, where they were scanned for physical property logs and imaging. While remaining the property of the Federal Government, the archive half of each core is curated at the NSF-sponsored LacCore Core Repository and the working half is stored at the Rutgers University Core Repository in Piscataway, NJ, where the initial sampling party was held in 2015 with several additional sampling events following. Additional planned study will recover the rest of the polarity stratigraphy of the cores as additional zircon ages, sedimentary structure and paleosol facies analysis, stable isotope geochemistry, and calibrated XRF core scanning are accomplished. Together with strategic outcrop studies in Petrified Forest National Park and environs, these cores will allow the vast amount of surface paleontological and paleoenvironmental information recorded in the continental Triassic of western North America to be confidently placed in a secure context along with important events such as the giant Manicouagan impact at similar to 215.5 Ma (Ramezani et al., 2005) and long wavelength astronomical cycles pacing global environmental change and trends in atmospheric gas composition during the dawn of the dinosaurs.
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SponsorsNSF [EAR 0958976, 0958859, 0959107, 0958723, 958915]; ICDP (International Scientific Continental Drilling Program) [05-2010]; FRINATEK [213985, 244926/BG]; Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo (Norway); Lamont-Climate Center; National Natural Science Foundation of China ; Special Basic Program of Ministry of Science and Technology of China [2015FY310100]; Bureau of Geological Survey of China; National Committee of Stratigraphy of China [DD20160120-04]; [EAR 1649254]; [EAR 1462297]; [EAR 0949962]; [EAR 1338322]; [EAR 1258878]