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      Palaeocene–Eocene thermal maximum; carbon isotope excursion; NE India; marine carbonate; Sylhet Limestone

    • Abstract


      The exact magnitude of the carbon isotopic excursion (CIE) for the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) is essential for our understanding of the carbon cycle perturbation. Global compilation of the PETM CIE magnitudes indicates that the shallow-marine inorganic carbonate could be a potential candidate to decipher the actual CIE magnitude. The present study, therefore, made an attempt to explore the thick Palaeogene shallow-marine carbonate sequence of the Sylhet Limestone exposed in the Jaintia Hills of northeast (NE) India, in terms of the preservation and magnitude of the PETM CIE. Exploratory sampling carried out across the Sylhet Limestone suggests that this sequence was deposited during the Late Palaeocene and Early Eocene, as evident from the age-diagnostic foraminifera. The observed ${\sim }$3.4 per thousand CIE at the top of the Lakadong Limestone, resting above the Miscellanea miscella and Ranikothalia nuttalli foraminifera-bearing horizon, can, therefore, be correlated with the PETM CIE. Although the magnitude of the CIE from our limited data set agrees well with the global compilation, the absence of a stepped profile questions the preservation of the CIE reported elsewhere from the Tethyan sequence. Further work is needed for a better understanding of the PETM interval in NE India.

    • Author Affiliations


      Sruthi P Sreenivasan1 Melinda Kumar Bera1 Arpita Samanta2 Ravikant Vadlamani1

      1. Department of Geology and Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, India.
      2. Department of Geology, Asutosh College, Kolkata 700 026, India.
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