In the past 16 years, there have been tremendous advances in understanding of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary on the basis of the study of the GSSP fixed at Green Point, Newfoundland in 2001. New discoveries and knowledge of fossils (conodonts, graptolites, trilobites etc.), radiometric dates and chemo-stratigraphic data have been published at an unprecedented pace. In the meantime, because each research group has been working more or less independently, there have been numerous discrepancies and inconsistencies with regard to important biomarkers of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary and its relation to chemostratigraphic excursions, and sequence stratigraphic surfaces. This workshop is motivated by the need to resolve these discrepancies and to discuss the feasibility of re-defining a set of criteria for subdivision and correlation of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary, in China and beyond.
The workshop, supported by NSFC and Ministry of Science and Technology of China (NCSC), will be organized by National Commission on Stratigraphy of China (NCSC), Jilin Provincial Bureau of Land and Resources (JPBLR) and Wuhan Center for Geological Survey (WCGS) (Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources (WIGMR) and hosted by the Research Center of Paleontology and Stratigraphy (RCPS) of Jilin University together with Baishan City Bureau (BCBLR) and Jiangyuan District Bureau of Land and Resources (JDBLR). It will be held from 20-25 September, 2017 at Jilin University, Changchun, NE China. A full two-day in-door meeting will cover all aspects of research on the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary, and the following field excursion of three days will travel to Jiangyuan area of Baishan City to examine the Dayangcha section (potential GSSP for the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary) and another relevant sections nearby, where participants can discuss and identify critical problems that need to be resolved and evaluate possible criteria for subdivision and correlation of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary. It is hoped that our efforts will better coordinate the development of tools and criteria for study of global Cambrian-Ordovician boundary sections.
Organizing and Scientific Committee
- Professor Stanley C. Finney, Department of Geological Sciences California State University – Long Beach, USA
- Professor David A.T. Harper, Department of Earth Sciences and Principal, Van Mildert College, Durham University, Durham UK
- Professor Shanchi Peng, Nanjing Institute for Geology and Palaeontology，Nanjing, China
- Professor Zejiu Wang, NCSC, Beijing, China
- Professor Gabriella Bagnoli, University of Pisa, Italy
- Professor Huazhou Yao, WCGS, Wuhan, China
- Professor Chunlin Sun, RCPS, Jilin University, Changchun, China