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Asian paleoenvironments, paleogeography and paleobiodiversity interactions during the Greenhouse-Icehouse transition

Abstract : The ongoing surge of international research on Asian Climate and Tectonics enables to better assess interactions between forcing mechanisms (global climate, India-Asia collision, Tibetan Plateau growth) and paleoenvironmental changes (monsoons, aridification), land-sea distribution, surface processes, paleobiogeographic evolution and the global carbon cycle. We review here the progress of the ERC MAGIC project (Monsoons in Asia caused Greenhouse to Icehouse Change?) integrating regional geodynamic constraints, well-dated environmental / biodiversity records and climate modeling. MAGIC focuses on the Paleogene period that includes the global Greenhouse to Icehouse cooling, the early collision and plateau growth and associated regional development of monsoons and westerlies over the Proto-Paratethys sea. Our work focuses on three areas constraining Asian paleoenvironments. (1) In Myanmar, paleomagnetic results, new dating of magmatic rocks and sediments along with additional detrital geochronology and basin analysis of the Burmese subduction margin and implications for the history of India-Asia convergence. (2) Along the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau margin, the combination of multiple proxies (leaf wax stable isotope, pollen, grain size, etc…) applied to an extended lacustrine Paleogene record enables to identify precisely Asian climate changes and their consequences on ecosystems. (3) In westernmost China and Tajikistan, the proto-Paratethys sea fluctuations and the sedimentary records of Pamir tectonic evolution are now precisely dated enabling to constrain driving mechanisms and paleoenvironmental consequences. Together these results are used to constrain climate modeling experiments which permit validation of hypotheses on interactions between paleogeography, paleoenvironments and paleobiodiversity at Asian and global scales in response to long-term and short-term events.
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Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Niels Meijer, Mustafa Kaya, Jan Westerweel, Delphine Tardif, et al.. Asian paleoenvironments, paleogeography and paleobiodiversity interactions during the Greenhouse-Icehouse transition. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Apr 2020, online, Austria. pp.EGU2020-18291. ⟨insu-02539600⟩

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