Geochemical characteristics of the Silurian shales from the central Taurides, southern Turkey: Organic matter accumulation, preservation and depositional environment modeling

Zeynep Doner*, Mustafa Kumral, Ismail Hakki Demirel, Qinhong Hu

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The Silurian-age organic-rich and organic-lean shales, located within Aydıncık, Gülnar and Silifke districts of Mersin province in central Taurides, southern Turkey, is considered as an unconventional resources. These organic-rich and -lean shales are controlled by the similar geological, tectonic and sedimentary processes, as the passive margin basin has acted as the provenance region throughout the deposition of these shales. Geochemical data of major and trace elements obtained for a total of 39 outcrop samples were interpreted to determine the depositional model, water column productivity, amount of organic matter and preservation conditions. Total organic carbon (TOC) values of these organic-rich and -lean shales range from 0.56 to 4.06 wt. % and 0.01 to 0.38 wt. %. Several redox indicators, such as V systematics (V/Sc, V/Ni) as well as ratios of Ni/Co, Th/U and Mo/Mn, showed that the organic-rich shales were deposited in suboxic to anoxic environments, as opposed to oxic-dysoxic conditions for organic-lean ones. However, organic matter enrichment is not restrained by water column productivity, as indicated by a lack of correlation between TOC and productivity indexes (P/Ti and Ba/Al), but rather probably controlled by dysoxic-anoxic water column environment. In addition, a detrital material input cannot be ignored for its influence on organic matter enrichment in the shale deposition. The increase in the clastic fluxes probably resulted from the deposition in the extended shelf with coastal upwelling. A lack of correlation between K2O, Al2O3, SiO2 and TOC contents among these shales imply that clay minerals may not influence organic matter preservation. According to w(La)N/w(Yb)N and ΣREE values, a high sedimentation rate is determined during the shale deposition, which would result in a dilution of organic matter. Furthermore, slight marine influences with sulphur limitation and low salinity, semi-arid/warm to humid-warm climatic conditions are widespread, according to total sulphur (TS), Sr/Ba, Sr/Cu, chemical index of alteration (CIA), C-value and related discrimination diagrams. In the end, a depositional model of the central Taurides shales is established to display an excellent preservation condition as the major controlling factor for organic matter enrichment in the Silurian shales.

Orijinal dilİngilizce
Sayfa (başlangıç-bitiş)155-175
Sayfa sayısı21
DergiMarine and Petroleum Geology
Yayın durumuYayınlandı - Nis 2019

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This work was supported by the Abroad Doctoral Research Scholarship Program ( 2214A ) from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and the Scientific Research Projects (No. 39184 ) of Istanbul Technical University . Authors thank the team members of Geochemistry Research Laboratories of Istanbul Technical University (ITU/JAL) for their helps with geochemical analyses, as well as two reviewers and Associate Editor Daniel Alessi for their constructive comments.

FinansörlerFinansör numarası
Abroad Doctoral Research Scholarship Program
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu2214A
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi39184

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