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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Helmut Weissert, ssp@egu.eu
Deputy President: Ian Jarvis, i.jarvis@kingston.ac.uk

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 2015 & Lamarck Medal Lecture

The slides from the 2015 SSP division meeting can be found in the reports section of this page. The lecture "Scale-invariance of sediment patterns - the fingerprint of fundamental drivers" given by the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal awardee Wolfgang Schlager (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) is available as PDF file (2.2 MB).

2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert

IMG_8655.JPG At the SSP division meeting Outgoing SSP President Patric Jacobs (left) and Incoming SSP President Helmut Weissert (right) have handed over the Certificate of 2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert (Graz University, Austria) for his contributions to understanding palaeobiologic, stratigraphic, geochemical and palaeoceanographic aspects of the Early Miocene. Patrick is the first YS awardee of the SSP division. Congratulations!

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In early and mid-September, strong earthquakes hit Mexico causing widespread damage and casualties. On the EGU blog, GeoLog, we rounded up the available scientific information on the earthquakes, including commentary by EGU seismologists. Meanwhile, in Bali, Indonesia, authorities have evacuated areas around Agung Volcano, leading to the displacement of over 75,000 people. On the new Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology blog, GMPV Division President Mike Burton writes about the ongoing threat of an eruption at Agung.

This week, with the deadline for session proposals now closed, the EGU Programme Committee is meeting to finalise the session programme for the EGU 2018 General Assembly. Very soon, you’ll be able to start submitting abstracts to the meeting. If you’d like to apply for funding to attend the General Assembly, beware that you’ll have to submit your abstract by 1 December. If you know a school teacher interested in learning more about Earth sciences directly from researchers, make sure to let them know about the next Geosciences Information For Teachers workshop, taking place at the EGU 2018 General Assembly.

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