Two Paleoproterozoic glacio-eustatic cycles in the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia

Martin J. Van Kranendonk, Rajat Mazumder

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Widespread glaciations in the period 2.42-2.22 Ga have led to the suggestion of a Paleoproterozoic "snowball Earth," yet this hypothesis has been difficult to substantiate. Here, we report the discovery of two Paleoproterozoic glacio-eustatic cycles from a predominantly marine succession in Western Australia, where previously only one had been recorded. Sedimentary facies characteristics reveal that each cycle sharply commenced with a falling stage systems tract and terminated with a transgressive systems tract, consistent with drawdown and subsequent release of large volumes of seawater from, and into, waxing and waning ice sheets, respectively. This discovery provides support for the widespread nature of Paleoproterozoic glaciations and a major climatic change accompanying the rise in atmospheric oxygen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-607
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the Geological Society of America
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 22 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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