Global continental weathering trends across the Early Permian glacial to postglacial transition: Correlating high-and lowpaleolatitude sedimentary records

Jianghai Yang, Peter A. Cawood, Yuansheng Du, Bin Feng, Jiaxin Yan

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Time-equivalent Early Permian sedimentary successions from high-latitude Gondwana basins and from equatorial accumulations in North China, covering the glacial to postglacial transition, display correlatable trends in continental weathering intensity based on chemical index of alteration (CIA) values. The successions display a pattern of CIA values that varies with latitude, similar to modern estuarine suspended sediments. Based on the modern-day CIA-temperature correlation, the glacial Early Permian low-to high-latitude land surface temperature gradient is estimated as ~20°C, slightly higher than the calculated values for the contemporaneous sea-surface temperature gradient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-838
Number of pages4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Provenance
  • CIA values
  • Tectonic setting

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