Journal article

ACRAMAN IMPACT EJECTA AND HOST SHALES - EVIDENCE FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE MOBILIZATION OF IRIDIUM AND OTHER PLATINOIDS

MW WALLACE, VA GOSTIN, RR KEAYS

GEOLOGY | GEOLOGICAL SOC AMERICA | Published : 1990

Abstract

Geochemical investigations of a widely dispersed Late Proterozoic impact ejecta horizon and its host shales (Bunyeroo Formation, Australia) have provided strong evidence for low-temperature mobilization of the platinum group elements (PGE), including Ir. PGE anomalies are associated with both the ejecta horizon (Ir up to 2.0 ppb, Pt up to 270 ppb) and the green shales that envelop it. Several PGE anomalies (0.073-0.45 ppb Ir, 3.11-314 ppb Pt) also occur in thin green shale beds at other stratigraphic levels within a predominantly red shale sequence (average red shale background of 0.019 ppb Ir and 0.89 ppb Pt). All green shale horizons analyzed, regardless of their stratigraphic position, ha..

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