A Unified Clumped Isotope Thermometer Calibration (0.5–1,100°C) Using Carbonate-Based Standardization

N. T. Anderson, J. R. Kelson, S. Kele, M. Daëron, M. Bonifacie, J. Horita, T. J. Mackey, C. M. John, T. Kluge, P. Petschnig, A. B. Jost, K. W. Huntington, S. M. Bernasconi, K. D. Bergmann

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The potential for carbonate clumped isotope thermometry to independently constrain both the formation temperature of carbonate minerals and fluid oxygen isotope composition allows insight into long-standing questions in the Earth sciences, but remaining discrepancies between calibration schemes hamper interpretation of temperature measurements. To address discrepancies between calibrations, we designed and analyzed a sample suite (41 total samples) with broad applicability across the geosciences, with an exceptionally wide range of formation temperatures, precipitation methods, and mineralogies. We see no statistically significant offset between sample types, although the comparison of calcite and dolomite remains inconclusive. When data are reduced identically, the regression defined by this study is nearly identical to that defined by four previous calibration studies that used carbonate-based standardization; we combine these data to present a composite carbonate-standardized regression equation. Agreement across a wide range of temperature and sample types demonstrates a unified, broadly applicable clumped isotope thermometer calibration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020GL092069
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 16 2021


  • calcium carbonate
  • calibration
  • carbonate geochemistry
  • clumped calibration, dolomite, Paleothermometer


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