Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Clim. Past, 15, 217–236, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-217-2019
Clim. Past, 15, 217–236, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-217-2019
Research article
06 Feb 2019
Research article | 06 Feb 2019

Mercury anomalies across the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum

Morgan T. Jones et al.

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Mercury anomalies in sedimentary rocks are used to assess whether there were periods of elevated volcanism in the geological record. We focus on five sites that cover the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, an extreme global warming event that occurred 55.8 million years ago. We find that sites close to the eruptions from the North Atlantic Igneous Province display significant mercury anomalies across this time interval, suggesting that magmatism played a role in the global warming event.