CPCP: Workshop 2007 - Results
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CPCP Group Photo

The CPCP workshop participants at the contact between the ?Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Group (CG) and overlying base of the Dinosaur Canyon Member of the Moenave Formation (DCM). Participants are as follows (on right): 1, Sidney Ash; 2, Roland Mundil; 3, Walter Snyder; 4, Ronald Blakey; 5, Andrew Milner; 6, Randy Irmis; 7, Sigrid Missoni; 8, Bruce Cornet; 9, Sharon Cornet; 10, Jill Weinberger; 11, Heinz Kozur; 12, Greg Ludvigson; 13, Robert Locklair; 14, Tim Demko; 15, Nancy Riggs; 16, Joe Smoot; 17, Gehard Bachmann; 18, Davide Loope; 19, Emi Ito; 20, Brenda, Beitler-Bowen; 21, Wolfram Kürschner; 22, Lynn Soreghan; 23, Roberto Molina-Garza; 24, Grant Willis; 25, Dennis Kent; 26, Kirsten Lehnert; 27, Jim Kirkland; 28, Maureen Steiner; 29, Bill Parker; 30, Jahan Ramezani; 31, Sarah Spears; 32, Bill Dickinson; 33, Jackie Dickinson; 34, Marjorie Chan; 35, Michael Szurlies; 36, Sterling Nesbitt; 37, Sarah Brownlee; 38, Russ Dubiel; 39, Paul Olsen; 40, Mohammed Et-Touhami; 41, John Marzolf. Absent from the photo are Linda Donohoo-Hurley, John Geissman, Nancy Riggs, and Kate Zeigler.
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EOS: Workshop
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.
CPCP Results

Why Triassic-Jurassic and the Colorado Plateau?

Conceptual Colorado Plateau Section

Why Core Here?

Overall Science Concepts

Workshop Conclusions

Coring Plan

Field Trip

Convener Information: Paul E. Olsen, Dennis V. Kent, John W. Geissman