Songliao Basin Drilling Project

Continuous High-resolution Terrestrial Archives and Greenhouse Climate Change

Knowledge of Cretaceous terrestrial climatic change is often at best fragmentary. The plan is to conduct scientific drilling in the Cretaceous Songliao Basin, China, to recover a nearly complete Cretaceous terrestrial sedimentary record, as determined from basin-filling history. A study of the core will provide unique opportunities for the geosciences community to understand the response of terrestrial environment to geological events related to the carbon cycle and greenhouse climate change during Cretaceous, which would be of help to inform our understanding of modern global warming. 

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