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The cyclic carbonates of the Latemar Massif: Evidence for the orbital forcing of a carbonate platform during the Middle TriassicThe Latemar Massif is an exhumed carbonate platform in the Dolomites of Northern Italy that was deposited during the Ladinian stage of the Middle Triassic. The platform interior is comprised of hundreds of vertically stacked, meter scale, subtidal limestone/vadose cap carbonate cycles ('Latemar couplets') arranged into upward thinning bundles of 5. The individual couplets are interpreted as the products of sea level oscillations occurring with an approximately 20,000 year periodicity; the 5:1 bundling is indicative of a lower order approximately 100,000 year modulating component. This combination of cycling is interpreted as a platform response to precession forcing with the 5:1 bundling an expression of modulation by the eccentricity. Spectral analysis confirms the significance of the 5:1 bundling, and identifies other significant bundling components related to other components of the eccentricity. The results show that the Latemar bundling spectrum is complex, with a splitting of components around the 1 percent bundling frequency, suggestive of the multiple component eccentricity in the 100,000 year range. On the other hand, there is no direct evidence for the major 400,000 year eccentricity component, although there is a dominant approximately 700,000 year cycling in the buildup (a 35:1 bundling period). Other higher frequency bundling components may be related to obliquity forcing. Simple models are presented to argue for and against an astronomical origin of these cyclic platform carbonates.
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Conference Paper
Hinnov, Linda
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1992
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Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, Orbital, Rotational and Climatic Interactions
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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