Estimating Duration and Intensity of Neoproterozoic Snowball Glaciations from Ir Anomalies

  title={Estimating Duration and Intensity of Neoproterozoic Snowball Glaciations from Ir Anomalies},
  author={Bernd Bodiselitsch and Christian Koeberl and Sharad Master and Wolf Uwe Reimold},
  pages={239 - 242}
The Neoproterozoic glaciations supposedly ended in a supergreenhouse environment, which led to rapid melting of the ice cover and precipitation of the so-called cap carbonates. If Earth was covered with ice, then extraterrestrial material would have accumulated on and within the ice and precipitated during rapid melting at the end of the glaciation. We found iridium (Ir) anomalies at the base of cap carbonates in three drill cores from the Eastern Congo craton. Our data confirm the presence of… 

A Review of the Neoproterozoic Global Glaciations and a Biotic Cause of Them

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  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Earth Systems and Environment
  • 2021
In the Neoproterozoic Era, the Earth experienced two broad intervals of global glaciation, commonly known as Snowball Earth. There was also a rapid diversification of life, with the evolution of most

Neoproterozoic loess and limits to snowball Earth

  • G. Retallack
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Journal of the Geological Society
  • 2011
Abstract: Neoproterozoic tillites overlain by limestones and dolostones (cap carbonates) have been interpreted as evidence of abrupt climate change from glaciers to tropical seas on the assumption

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Neoproterozoic loess and limits to snowball Earth service Email alerting

Neoproterozoic tillites overlain by limestones and dolostones (cap carbonates) have been interpreted as evidence of abrupt climate change from glaciers to tropical seas on the assumption that cap

Toward the snowball earth deglaciation…

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CO2 levels required for deglaciation of a “near‐snowball” Earth

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Osmium isotope and iridium analyses of whole-rock limestone indicate a coeval enhancement of one order of magnitude in the influx rate of cosmic dust.

Late Precambrian Dolomites, Vendian Glaciation, and Synchroneity of Vendian Glaciations

  • J. Roberts
  • Geology, Environmental Science
    The Journal of Geology
  • 1976
The late Precambrian Vendian Glaciation may have been triggered by a worldwide fall of temperature following the locking up of carbon dioxide in Upper Riphean Dolomites. In this "anti-greenhouse"

Biostratigraphic and Geochronologic Constraints on Early Animal Evolution

Two distinct evolutionary pulses, represented by the Vendian Ediacaran fauna and Cambrian small shelly faunas, are generally thought to characterize the emergence of macroscopic animals at the end of

A 100-kyr periodicity in the flux of extraterrestrial 3He to the sea floor

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