Report (.pdf download)
Scientific Drilling: Workshop Report (.pdf download)
Workshop Field Trip Guidebook (.pdf dowload)
Forty-five researchers from six countries attended the inaugural Colorado Plateau Coring Project (CPCP) planning workshop held 13–16 November 2007, in St. George, Utah. The main goal was to develop a community consensus science plan for the CPCP. The participants represented disciplines ranging from geochronology and physical stratigraphy through vertebrate paleontology and paleobotany. A plenary session with speakers highlighting the major science issues, precedents, and geoinformatics priorities was followed by thematic breakout groups. These included Stratigraphy, Geochronology and Magnetostratigraphy, Climate and Environments, Paleontology and Biotic Change, and Geoinformatics and Core-log Outcrop Integration. A half-day field trip was made to the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm and Warner Valley outcrops of Triassic-Jurassic strata, and was followed by a plenary synthesis session. As developed by consensus at the workshop, the goal of the CPCP is to transform our understanding of the interplay between major biotic transitions, global climate change, plate position, and tectonics over 100 Ma of Earth history.This interval included the break-up of Pangea, the aridification of western North America culminating in the formation of the largest ergs on Earth and the first appearance of dinosaurs and mammals.
Why Triassic-Jurassic and the Colorado Plateau?
Conceptual Colorado Plateau Section
Why Core Here?
Overall Science Concepts