The Carnian Pluvial Episode: from discovery, through obscurity, to acceptance

Michael J. Simms*, Alastair H. Ruffell

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The discovery of the Carnian Pluvial Episode arose through a chance conversation bringing together two seemingly unrelated strands of research: the extinction of some Triassic crinoids and the stratigraphy of the non-marine Mercia Mudstone Group. Investigations revealed a hitherto unrecognized period of climate change seemingly linked to a largely overlooked episode of biotic turnover. Ignored for more than a decade, an upsurge of interest in recent years has validated our original findings and answered some of the key questions concerning its extent and ultimate cause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-992
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
Issue number6
Early online date16 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding The research discussed in this paper was funded by NERC postdoctoral grants from 1987–88 and 1990–92.

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Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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