Geochemical Signatures of Early Paleogene Source Rocks in the Sanshui Basin, South China

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Liu Chunlian , Fürsich F, Chen Liang , Che Xiaoguang , Wu Jie
Journal: Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 84
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 145-154
ISSN: 1000-9515
Language: English


The Honggang member of the early Paleogene Buxin Formation is the main source rock in the Sanshui Basin, characterized by organic-rich black shales with the cyclic recurrence of organic-poor sediments. The geochemical characteristics of the Honggang member have been documented to determine the organic matter types and depositional environments in this paper. The organic matter of the black shales mainly consists of a mixture of land plant-derived and phytoplankton-derived organic matter. Total organic carbon content (TOC)-sulfur-iron (Fe) relationships suggest that the organic-rich black shales were deposited under dysoxic-to-euxinic water conditions. The time that iron minerals remained in contact with H(2)S in anoxic waters possibly influenced the formation of syngenetic pyrite, and organic carbon controlled the formation of diagenetic pyrite. Organic-poor intervals usually show pyrite sulfur enrichment and higher degree of pyritization values relative to low organic carbon contents. This resulted from HS(-) diffusing downward from overlying organic-rich sediments and formed Fe sulfides through reactions with sufficient Fe. Trace elements generally exhibit low concentrations and little TOC dependence, suggesting some degree of depletion in these elements in the early Paleogene sediments of the Sanshui Basin. This probably resulted from cyclic recurrences of oxic benthic conditions, which promoted the remobilization of trace elements and caused the low concentration of trace elements.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Fürsich, Franz Prof. Dr.
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

External institutions with authors

Sun Yat-Sen University

How to cite

Liu Chunlian, ., Fürsich, F., Chen Liang, ., Che Xiaoguang, ., & Wu Jie, . (2010). Geochemical Signatures of Early Paleogene Source Rocks in the Sanshui Basin, South China. Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition, 84(1), 145-154.

Liu Chunlian, , et al. "Geochemical Signatures of Early Paleogene Source Rocks in the Sanshui Basin, South China." Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition 84.1 (2010): 145-154.


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