Palaeotemperature curve for the Late Cretaceous of the northwestern circum-Pacific

Yuri D. Zakharov, Nataliya G. Boriskina, Alexander V. Ignatyev, Kazushige Tanabe, Yasunari Shigeta, Alexander M. Popov, Tamara B. Afanasyeva, Haruyoshi Maeda

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In the northwestern circum-Pacific, two main trends in Late Cretaceous temperatures can be recognized. (1) In general, a recurrent warming trend is thought to have begun in the Turonian-Campanian, reaching temperature maxima in the early Late Santonian and early Late Campanian, and temperature minima in the earliest Santonian and perhaps early Campanian. (2) During the Maastrichtian, temperatures dropped sharply, with only a slight warming in the early Late Masstrichtian. The existence of a thermal maximum at the Coniacian-Santonian transition has previously been expected, but is not confirmed by new isotopic results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-697
Number of pages13
JournalCretaceous Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Palaeontology

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Zakharov, Y. D., Boriskina, N. G., Ignatyev, A. V., Tanabe, K., Shigeta, Y., Popov, A. M., ... Maeda, H. (1999). Palaeotemperature curve for the Late Cretaceous of the northwestern circum-Pacific. Cretaceous Research, 20(6), 685-697.