DOI: 10.1029/2023pa004680 ISSN: 2572-4517

Milankovitch Record From Middle Jurassic Platform Supports Moderate Coolhouse Glaciation

A. Husinec, J. F. Read
  • Paleontology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Oceanography


There are few documentations of far‐field effects of coolhouse glaciation and its signature preserved within Middle Jurassic carbonate platforms. Through outcrop logging and time series analysis we document the cyclostratigraphy of the upper Bajocian‐Bathonian interval of the Adriatic Platform, Croatia. The 200 m thick, ∼3.3 Myr duration cyclic platform record consists of peritidal carbonate parasequences (n = 109) with high‐energy grainstone‐rudstone bases fining up into micritic carbonate caps. There is little evidence of long‐term exposure near purported sequence boundaries, indicating the succession is conformable above the parasequence scale. Time series were constructed using Dunham rank and stratigraphic position, and parasequence thickness and stratigraphic position. A statistical estimation of accumulation rates using average spectral misfit (ASM) and correlation coefficient (COCO) methods that compare spectral peaks with an astronomical model at various sedimentation rates suggests that these rates ranged from 4.5 to 6 cm/kyr, which is compatible with long‐term rates based on thickness divided by duration. The time series analysis of rank series and cycle thickness series indicates long‐term obliquity modulation (∼1 Myr), short obliquity modulation (173 kyr), strong obliquity, and weak precession. The 173 kyr cycle is particularly evident in the cycle thickness series. The similarity of the spectra to the obliquity‐dominated Cenozoic coolhouse supports moderate southern hemisphere glaciation driving glacioeustatic sea level changes during the Middle Jurassic.

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