Jordanian and Egyptian Basement Evolution (JEBEL)

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 1200000 SEK


Some of the most important, rapid, and enigmatic changes in the history of our Earth’s environment and biota occurred during the Neoproterozoic Era (1000-545 million years ago), including the appearance of hard-bodied organisms, dramatic extremes between hot and cold climate including major episodes of continental glaciation that may have covered the entire planet, marked increases in the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and extreme variations in the isotopic composition of C and Sr in the Earth’s oceans. Tectonic changes significantly influenced these biological and climatic variations. Understanding the causes of, and relationships between, these biological, climatic and tectonic changes in the Neoproterozoic requires a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach. Consequently, tectonic, structural, geochronological, and geochemical investigations of the Neoproterozoic lithosphere are crucial for providing fresh insight into this period of Earth history. JEBEL – the Arabic word for mountain - focuses on the Neoproterozoic basement evolution of Jordan and Egypt, in order to better understand this critical period in Earth history.

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