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Examination of Early Eocene Hyperthermals in India – Ross H. Williams

Examination of Early Eocene Hyperthermals in India

During the early Eocene, Earth experiences a series of rapid, intense warming termed hyperthermals. Of these, the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was the initial and most intense. It has garnered significant study since its discovery as it has been demonstrated to be the closest analog available to modern day climatic projections. While a number of studies have been undertaken at oceanic sites in mid to high latitudes, the number of low latitude terrestrially influenced examples remains sparse. The Cambay Basin of India has recently shown potential to provide this glimpse of Earth’s hot history. I examine both core and outcrop material to attempt to locate the hyperthermal events and characterize how life changed in response in the equatorial realm.