Manganese in the sedimentary record has been interpreted by many as a powerful redox proxy for paleoenvironments, and yet very little work has been done to ensure that the manganese-rich minerals in the rock record are actually recording primary signals. In the accompanying manuscript, we present an in-depth characterization of the manganese mineralogy from two correlated regions recording the Transvaal Supergroup in South Africa with markedly different alteration histories to investigate if there can be post-depositional emplacement of manganese-rich minerals. The data uploaded here are X-ray absorption spectra of (1) manganese standard minerals that were useful in our analyses and (2) minerals from an important well-characterized sample that may be useful as comparative standards in future studies.
J.E. Johnson, S.M. Webb, C.B. Condit, N.J. Beukes, W.W. Fischer; Effects of metamorphism and metasomatism on manganese mineralogy: Examples from the Transvaal Supergroup. South African Journal of Geology doi: https://doi.org/10.25131/sajg.122.0034