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Zircons reveal ancient perturbations

A link between CO2 outgassing from carbonatite volcanoes during the Ediacaran and one of the most prominent carbon cycle perturbations in Earth’s history is suggested by an analysis of the trace-element composition of detrital zircons.

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Fig. 1: Carbon isotope excursions.


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McKenzie, N.R. Zircons reveal ancient perturbations. Nature Geosci 10, 884–886 (2017).

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