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Introduction to "Causes and consequences of organic carbon burial through time"

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Thomas Wagner


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The concept for this special issue emerged from two very successful topical sessions at the 32nd International Geological Congress held in Florence, Italy, between 20 and 28 August 2004. The two well attended and closely related sessions addressed recentresearch advances in 'Black Shales and Sapropels' and 'Organic-Carbon Burial and Rapid Climate Change', and they included a large number of excellent oral and poster presentations. The standing room-only attendance in both sessions attests to the wide interest of the scientific community in these topics. Many of the contributors expressed a strong interest in showcasing their latest achievements in a collected volume. This special issue presents state-ofthe- art papers that provide a compilation of multidisciplinary research covering the production and burial of organic carbon in Mesozoic black shales and Mediterranean sapropels. Building on numerous valuable approaches from the past, this special issue emphasises recent efforts to improve our understanding of complex linkages and feedbacks that operate in and between the atmosphere and the ocean at different climate modes. To address these fundamental and highly variable relationships, all contributions assess and combine various key parameters such as insolation, the hydrologic cycle, nutrient flow, marine chemistry and ecosystems, and finally processes related to land–ocean interactions. The spectrum of subjects use a broad range of techniques that include computer simulations to make this issue a collection of truly cross-disciplinary approaches that also shows perspectives as to where research on marine organic carbon burial and climate extremes is heading. As such, some contributions are intended to be provocative while others provide the broader picture through extensive review.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Negri A, Wagner T, Meyers PA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Year: 2006

Volume: 235

Issue: 1-3

Pages: 1-7

ISSN (print): 0031-0182

ISSN (electronic): 1872-616X

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2005.09.020


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