Tanzania Onshore Paleogene Integrated Coring (TOPIC)

Eocene paleoclimate stratigraphy

The aim is to investigate tropical climatic and biotic change through the Eocene epoch by coring a 1200 m stratigraphic and paleoclimatic reference section in the hemipelagic marine mudstones (Kilwa Group) of southern coastal Tanzania. The drilling targets include critical intervals of extreme climate and major climate change including the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum, the Early and Middle Eocene Climatic Optima, the Middle/Late Eocene biotic turnover, and the Eocene / Oligocene Transition. Therefore the cores will provide a world-class reference section for Eocene integrated stratigraphy and geochronology.

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