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  Information - SSP22 Understanding the linkages of geosphere and biosphere evolution during Cenozoic and Mesozoic times (co-sponsored by IAS)

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Understanding the relative roles of Cenozoic and Mesozoic plate
tectonics, mountain buildings, and oceanographic changes, in
controlling uplift, erosion, ocean chemistry, climate change and
biological evolution has become a major field of geo- and biosphere
research over the last decades. These fundamental roles and linkages,
although important, remain poorly understood, partly because of the
difficulties associated with reconstructing and timing tectonic
events, paleotopography, ocean chemistry, and the evolution of the
biotic system.

The aim is to bring together palaeontologists, sedimentologists,
stratigraphers, (bio-)geochemists, palaeoceanographers, and modelers
to better understand the evolution and linkages of the geosphere and
biosphere systems, in particular to model major shifts and
perturbations in the marine and terrestrial records of the Earth
System, including oceanic anoxic events, extinction events, and
climate change of Cenozoic and Mesozoic times.

We encourage contributions from an array of subdisciplines that aim
to better understand how opening and closing of oceanic gateways
affect climate, how orogenesis, erosional history and climate are
linked, and how changes in oceanography and ocean chemistry affect
biological evolution. We welcome micro- and macropaleontological
studies, reconstructions of climate- tectonics linkages, elevation
and erosion records in evolving orogenic systems, and investigations
of changing ocean chemistry.

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