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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Patric Jacobs,

Deputy President: Ian Jarvis,

The Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology Division (SSP) focuses its activities on all aspects of the sedimentary record. About 70 % of the Earth surface is covered by sedimentary deposits, which are eroded and deposited right at the contact between the solid lithosphere and the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. Sedimentary rocks record the history of our planet since almost 4 billion of years and play a pivotal role for our understanding of the evolution of life. This deep-time archive of Earth history is studied with a wide range of analytical techniques providing ever stunning details on the evolution of our planet. Sedimentary basins host important natural resources like coal, gas, oil, ore deposits and groundwater and therefore a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes controlling the formation and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks is of utmost importance for our society.

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SSP Division Meeting 2014 & Lamarck Medal Lecture

The slides from the 2014 SSP division meeting can be found in the reports section of this page. The lecture "The long way of planktonic Foraminifera from Biostratigraphy to Paleoceanography" given by the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal awardee Isabella Premoli Silva (Università degli Studi di Milano) is available as a Icon PDF file (6.9 MB) .

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