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  • Scientific Drilling — October, 2013
    Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP): a continental perspective on early Paleogene hyperthermals
    William C. Clyde, Scott L. Wing, Philip D. Gingerich
  • American Geophysical Union - EOS — January, 2012
    Coring Project in Bighorn Basin: Drilling Phase Complete
    William C. Clyde, Scott L. Wing, Philip D. Gingerich

  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences — May 2011
    The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: A Perturbation of Carbon Cycle, Climate, and Biosphere with Implications for the Future
    Vol. 39: 489-516 (Volume publication date May 2011)
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-040610-133431
    Francesca A. McInerney, and Scott L. Wing

    During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 56 Mya, thousands of petagrams of carbon were released into the ocean-atmosphere system with attendant changes in the carbon cycle, climate, ocean chemistry, and marine and continental ecosystems. The period of carbon release is thought to have lasted <20 ka, the duration of the whole event was 200 ka, and the global temperature increase was 5–8°C. Terrestrial and marine organisms experienced large shifts in geographic ranges, rapid evolution, and changes in trophic ecology, but few groups suffered major extinctions with the exception of benthic foraminifera. The PETM provides valuable insights into the carbon cycle, climate system, and biotic responses to environmental change that are relevant to long-term future global changes.

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