Ordovician and Silurian sea-water chemistry, sea level, and climate: A synopsis

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Munnecke A, Calner M, Harper DA, Servais T
Journal: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 296
Pages range: 389-413
ISSN: 0031-0182
Language: English


Following the Cambrian Explosion and the appearance in the fossil record of most animal phyla associated with a range of new body plans, the Ordovician and Silurian periods witnessed three subsequent major biotic events: the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, the end-Ordovician extinction (the first animal extinction and second largest of the five mass extinctions of the Phanerozoic), and the Early Silurian post-extinction recovery. There are currently no simple explanations for these three major events. Combined extrinsic (geological) and intrinsic (biological) factors probably drove the biodiversifications and radiations, and the appearance and disappearance of marine habitats have to be analysed in the frame of changing palaeogeography, palaeoclimate and sea-water chemistry. The present paper reviews the relationships of the three biotic events to chemical and physical processes occurring in the ocean and atmosphere during the Ordovician and Silurian, including sea-level changes, geochemical proxies (δC, δO, Sr/Sr) of the ocean waters, and the evolution of the atmosphere (oxygen and carbon dioxide content). © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Munnecke, Axel Prof. Dr.
Professur für Paläontologie (Schwerpunkt Faziesanalyse)

External institutions with authors

Durham University
LILLE 1 University - Science and Technology
Lund University / Lunds universitet

Research Fields

Climate and Resources
Research focus area of a faculty: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

How to cite

Munnecke, A., Calner, M., Harper, D.A., & Servais, T. (2010). Ordovician and Silurian sea-water chemistry, sea level, and climate: A synopsis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 296, 389-413. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.08.001

Munnecke, Axel, et al. "Ordovician and Silurian sea-water chemistry, sea level, and climate: A synopsis." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 296 (2010): 389-413.


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