Reading the Archive of Earth’s Oxygenation

Volume 2: The Core Archive of the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project

  • Victor A. Melezhik
  • Anthony R. Prave
  • Eero J. Hanski
  • Anthony E. Fallick
  • Aivo Lepland
  • Lee R. Kump
  • Harald Strauss

Part of the Frontiers in Earth Sciences book series (FRONTIERS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. FAR-DEEP Core Archive and Database

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Aivo Lepland, Melanie Mesli, Ronald Conze, Karl Fabian, Anthony E. Fallick, L. R. Kump
      Pages 493-502
  3. FAR-DEEP Core Descriptions and Rock Atlas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-503
    2. Victor A. Melezhik, Anthony R. Prave, Aivo Lepland, Eero J. Hanski, Alexander E. Romashkin, Dmitry V. Rychanchik et al.
      Pages 505-590
    3. Victor A. Melezhik, Anthony R. Prave, Eero J. Hanski, Aivo Lepland, Paula E. Salminen, Alexander E. Romashkin et al.
      Pages 591-768
    4. Victor A. Melezhik, Alenka E. Črne, Anthony R. Prave, Aivo Lepland, Alexander E. Romashkin, Dmitry V. Rychanchik et al.
      Pages 769-1046

About this book



Earth’s present-day environments are the outcome of a 4.5 billion year period of evolution reflecting the interaction of global-scale geological and biological processes punctuated by several extraordinary events and episodes that perturbed the entire Earth system. One of the earliest and arguably greatest of these events was a substantial increase (orders of magnitude) in the atmospheric oxygen abundance, sometimes referred to as the Great Oxidation Event.
Volume 2: The Core Archive of the Fennoscandian Arctic Russia - Drilling Early Earth Project provides a description of the newly generated archive hosting ICDP's FAR-DEEP drill cores through key geological formations in Russian Fennoscandia. The book contains several hundred high-quality, representative photographs illustrating 3650 m of fresh, uncontaminated core documenting a series of global palaeoenvironmental upheavals linked to the Great Oxidation Event. The core exhibits sedimentary and volcanic formations that record a transition from anoxic to oxic Earth surface environments, the first global glaciation (the Huronian glaciation), an unprecedented perturbation of the global carbon cycle (the Lomagundi-Jatulian Event), a radical increase in the size of the seawater sulphate reservoir, an apparent upper mantle oxidising event, the Earth's earliest documented sedimentary phosphates, one of the greatest accumulations of organic matter (the Shunga Event) and generation of the Earth's earliest supergiant petroleum deposit. The volume highlights the potential of the FAR-DEEP core archive for future research of the Great Oxidation Event and the biogeochemical cycles operating during that time. Welcome to the illustrative journey through one of the most exciting periods of planet Earth!

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor A. Melezhik
    • 1
  • Anthony R. Prave
    • 2
  • Eero J. Hanski
    • 3
  • Anthony E. Fallick
    • 4
  • Aivo Lepland
    • 5
  • Lee R. Kump
    • 6
  • Harald Strauss
    • 7
  1. 1.Geological Survey of Norway, Centre of Excellence in GeobiologyUniversity of BergenTrondheimNorway
  2. 2., Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of St AndrewsFifeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Department of GeosciencesUniversity of OuluOuluFinland
  4. 4., Environmental Research CentreScottish UniversitiesEast KilbrideUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Geological Survey of NorwayTrondheimNorway
  6. 6., Department of GeosciencesPennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA
  7. 7., Institut für GeologieWestfälische Wilhelms-Univ. MünsterMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-29658-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-29659-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-4621
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