Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 4/2008

Il Paleogene inferiore in facies pelagica nel Veneto nord-orientale

Claudia Agnini (*), Edoardo Dallanave (*), Eliana Fornaciari (*), Luca Giusberti (*), Paolo Grandesso (*), Domenico Rio (*,**), Jan Backman (***), Luca Capraro (*), Luca Lanci (°,°°), Valeria Luciani (°°°), Giovanni Muttoni (°°,^), Heiko Pälike (^^), David Spofforth (^^) & Fabio Tateo (**)
(*) Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy. E-mail: (**) Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, CNR, Padova, Italy. (***) Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden. (°) Istituto di Dinamica Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Urbino, Italy. (°°) Alpine Laboratory of Paleomagnetism, Peveragno (CN), Italy. (°°°) Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy. (^) Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. (^^) School of Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK.

Volume: 4/2008
Pages: 5-12


The Early Paleogene was the time when the Earth experienced a pronounced warming trend that peaked with the Early EoceneClimatic Optimum (EECO; 52 to 50 Ma). This long-term climate trend is punctuated by short-lived warming events such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), the ELMO event (Eocene Layer of Mysterious Origin), and additional events. The available paleoclimatic records suggest that the Earth climate system, after the EECO, underwent a cooling trend eventually crossing a major threshold at the base of the Oligocene, when the modern icehouse world became definitively established. Here, we present integrated stratigraphic data from several sections located in the Venetian Southern Alps (Italy), spanning from the K-T boundary to Late Eocene. These results improve our knowledge on the Paleogene pelagic sediments cropping out in the Veneto region and could help in shading light on the Paleogene paleoclimate.


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