Distribution of rare earth elements in some North Atlantic Kimmeridgian black shales

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RARE earth element (REE) patterns of Upper Jurassic, Kimmeridgian, shales from various localities are shown here to have only minor variation in spite of deriving from very different source rocks. The formation of such uniform patterns indicate that these sediments are mature, well mixed and formed in similar depositional environments. An extension of the North Sea Kimmeridgian petroleum source rocks is indicated. Minor differences in REE patterns can be related to variations in the sand/silt content.

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DYPVIK, H., BRUNFELT, A. Distribution of rare earth elements in some North Atlantic Kimmeridgian black shales. Nature 278, 339–341 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1038/278339a0

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