Fluctuations of stable carbon isotopes around the permian-triassic boundary in Huaying of Sichuan, South China: Its characteristics and biogeochemical origin

Ying Cui, Jianbo Liu, Yoichi Ezaki

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Detailed researches on the stable carbon isotopes at the Loufangwan Section, Huaying, Sichuan Province show the stable carbon isotopes has the similarities with many other Permian-Triassic records around the world. A larger mean value of ΔB in an that in latest Permian indicates increasing concentration of phosphate and bloom of primary producers in the ocean. Large volcanic eruption and enhanced weathering that began in the end of Permian were possible triggers for a slow decrease in δ13Ccarb. Synchronously, quick decreases in δ13Ccarb and δ13Corg in the earliest Triassic, indicating a global carbon cycle change, might be due to the main episode of the mass extinction and upwelling of anoxic deep-water masses during sea level rise. Therefore, the carbon isotopes profile around the Permian-Triassic boundary may reflect combined results of volcanic activity, sea level change, mass extinction of marine and land biomass decrease and anoxic water upwelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-471
Number of pages11
JournalBeijing Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)/Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2009



  • Biogeochemical cycle
  • Huaying, Sichuan Province
  • Mass extinction
  • Permian-Triassic boundary
  • Stable carbon isotope

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