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Authigenic Mg-calcite at a cold methane seep site in the Laptev Sea


Authigenic minerals were studied in Holocene shelf sediments of the Laptev Sea (cold methane seep site, water depth 71 m). The study presents the first finds of large hard carbonate concretions with Mg-calcite cement in recent sediments of the Arctic shelf seas. These concretions differ from previously reported glendonites and concretions from bottom sediments of the White Sea, Kara Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, etc. A study of the morphology, microstructure, and composition of these newly reported concretions revealed the multistage formation of carbonates (structural varieties of Mg-calcite and aragonite). It was shown that organic matter played an important role in the formation of authigenic carbonates, i.e., in the formation of sedimentary–diagenetic Mg-calcite. The role of methane as a possible source for authigenic carbonate formation was estimated. It was found that methane-derived Mg-calcite accounts for 17–35% of concretion materials. Mg-calcite had δ13С-Сcarb values between–24 and–23‰ and δ13С-Сorg values between–44.5 and–88.5‰.

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Original Russian Text © M.D. Kravchishina, A.Yu. Lein, A.S. Savvichev, L.E. Reykhard, O.M. Dara, M.V. Flint, 2017, published in Okeanologiya, 2017, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 194–213.

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Kravchishina, M.D., Lein, A.Y., Savvichev, A.S. et al. Authigenic Mg-calcite at a cold methane seep site in the Laptev Sea. Oceanology 57, 174–191 (2017).

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