Evolution and diagenetic implications of framboids in the methane-related carbonates of the northern Okinawa Trough

Kehong Yang Zhimin Zhu Yanhui Dong Fengyou Chu Weiyan Zhang

Kehong Yang, Zhimin Zhu, Yanhui Dong, Fengyou Chu, Weiyan Zhang. Evolution and diagenetic implications of framboids in the methane-related carbonates of the northern Okinawa Trough[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica. doi: 10.1007/s13131-021-1869-0
Citation: Kehong Yang, Zhimin Zhu, Yanhui Dong, Fengyou Chu, Weiyan Zhang. Evolution and diagenetic implications of framboids in the methane-related carbonates of the northern Okinawa Trough[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica. doi: 10.1007/s13131-021-1869-0

doi: 10.1007/s13131-021-1869-0

Evolution and diagenetic implications of framboids in the methane-related carbonates of the northern Okinawa Trough

Funds: the National Natural Science Foundation of China under contract Nos 41476050, 41106047, and 41506073.
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  • Figure  1.  Authigenic carbonate sampling locations. ETOPO1 data have been considered, which is a topography dataset available in resolutions of up to 1 min (https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov).

    Figure  2.  Authigenic carbonate sample from site GT-D30 investigated in this study (blue points and labels indicate the sampling locations for the C and O isotope analyses, and the biogenic marks are common).

    Figure  3.  Petrological characteristics of the authigenic carbonates from the Okinawa Trough. a. Plane-polarized light, b. reflected light. Q: quartz; Fsp: feldspar; Cc: calcite; and Py: pyrite. The numbers labeled in b are the same as in Fig. 4 which were analyzed using an electronic microprobe.

    Figure  4.  Framboidal minerals analyzed using an electronic microprobe (labeled as numbers).

    Figure  5.  Distribution histogram of the diameters of framboidal pyrites.

    Figure  6.  Mineral composition of the carbonate sample according to XRD analysis (Q, quartz; Chl, chlorite; Mc, mica; Ab, albite; Or, orthoclase; HMC, high Mg calcite; Dol, dolomite).

    Figure  7.  δ13C and δ18O values of cold seep carbonates in the northern Okinawa Trough.

    Table  1.   δ13C and δ18O compositions of the methane-related carbonates from site GT-D30 in the Okinawa Trough

    SampleLocationδ13C(‰, V-PDB)δ18O(‰, V-PDB)
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    Table  2.   Compositions of the samples measured using an electron microprobe and goethite

    Note: α-FeO(OH) and pyrite (FeS2) contents are calculated according to the atomic ratios of framboidal minerals. S/Fe represents the molar ratio, and the values in the other columns excluding those in the column titled No. represent percentage values for mass.
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    Table  3.   Sizes and characteristics of pyrites in cold seeps worldwide

    Monterey Bay, California5–20 µminside the chamber of foraminifera shellsStakes et al. (1999)
    Nyegga pockmark, Norwegian Sea20–40 µmin authigenic carbonates, throughout the micritic aragoniteMazzini et al. (2006), Feng et al. (2015)
    Black sea20–30 µm, formed of smaller globules of approximately 3–4 µm in diameter or smaller lesspyrite crusts in sedimentsPeckmann et al. (2001)
    Black Seain the authigenic carbonatesMazzini et al. (2004),
    Gulf of Cadiz (SW Iberian Peninsula)5.5–59.1 µm, framboids with an average diameter of 21.3 µmin the carbonatesMerinero et al. (2008)
    Continental slope of the NE South China Sea5–20 µmauthigenic pyrites in sedimentsZhang et al. (2014)
    Shenhu area, South China Seafrom 2.3 µm to 132 µm with an varied average in different layerspyrite aggregates in sedimentsLin et al. (2016a, b)
    Okinawa Through4–17 µmin authigenic carbonatesthis study
    Note: − means no data.
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    Table  4.   Correlations between FeS2 and major elements

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