Effects of Bioturbation through the Late Eocene Impactoclastic Layer near Massignano, Italy

  • Heinz Huber
  • Christian Koeberl
  • David T. KingJr.
  • Lucille W. Petruny
  • Alessandro Montanari
Part of the Impact Studies book series (IMPACTSTUD)


The purpose of this study was to investigate the variations in trace element composition resulting from bioturbation of a Late Eocene impactoclastic layer at Massignano, Italy. This layer has an age of 35.7 ± 0.4 Ma and is, therefore, coeval with both the North American tektite event (related to the Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA) and the Popigai impact event (Siberia, Russia). The layer shows a distinct iridium anomaly of up to about 270 ppt. The stratigraphic leakage within Planolites and Zoophycos burrows was studied by using iridium coincidence spectrometry and conventional neutron activation analysis, on samples obtained by a micro drilling procedure. The iridium contents of the burrow fillings vary from 50 ppt about 20 cm below the impactoclastic layer to 280 ppt within the layer, depending upon the stratigraphic level where burrowing began. The stratigraphic distribution of Ir is the result of both bioturbation and chemical diffusion.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Late Eocene Chemical Diffusion Calcareous Nannofossil Marly Limestone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Huber
    • 1
  • Christian Koeberl
    • 1
    • 2
  • David T. KingJr.
    • 3
  • Lucille W. Petruny
    • 3
  • Alessandro Montanari
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of GeochemistryUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of GeologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  3. 3.Osservatorio Geologico di ColdigiocoFrontale di Apiro (MC)Italy

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