22-24 May, 2018, Wuhan, China
1. Pre-Symposium field excursion to Chaohu area, Anhui Province (3 days;May 19–21, 2018): The Chaohu area records the complete Carboniferous to Middle Triassic succession and is also the ideal place to see the consolidation between the South China and North China Blocks during the Middle-Late Triassic. This 3-day field trip aims to examine (1) marine uppermost Permian to topmost Lower Triassic successions, (2) the P-Tr, I-O and S-S boundary successions, and (3) exceptionally preserved Chaohu (Spathian) marine vertebrate Fossil lagerstätten.
Leaders: Lei Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org), CUG; Jiandong Huang: Anhui Geological Museum.
Field Excursion Schedule:
May 19:morning, Wuhan via Hefei to Chaohu by coach bus; afternoon, visiting the West Pingdingshan section (Changhsingian to lower Spathian), stay overnight at Chaohu city;
May 20:morning, visiting western Majiashan section (continuous P-Tr boundary), then, rest of day, moving to the classic Majiashan section, investigating the complete the Griesbachian to Anisian successions with emphasis on marine vertebrate fossil horizons; optionally, seeing some frontier deposits of the North China block; stay overnight at Chaohu District;
May 21:morning, visiting the Anhui Geological Museum in Hefei City; afternoon, going back to Wuhan by coach.
Note Participants need to arrive in Wuhan on May 18, 2018. The registration fee (200 USD) for this excursion covers transportation between Wuhan and Chaohu and meals and accommodations for May 19-21 (excluding accommodation for 21st of May). This excursion does not provide accommodations for 18th and 21st of May in Wuhan. This excursion provides shared rooms for participants. If you hope have single room, please contact field excursion leader and pay the extra fee (60 USD, per night).
2. Pre-Symposium field excursion to Xi’an City and adjacent Tongchuan areas in Shaanxi Province (4 days; May 18–21, 2018): Sightseeing in Xi’an City, one of the most well-known Chinese ancient capitals, and moving to Tongchuan area, investigating (1) terrestrial uppermost Permian to Upper Triassic successions, (2) collapse and re-building of terrestrial ecosystems over the P-Tr transition, and (3) extreme climate changes (indicated by well-preserved paleosols).
Leader: Daoliang Chu (CUG) (email@example.com)
Field Excursion Schedule:
May 18:morning, assembling in Xi’an city, then moving to Tongchuan area by coach; afternoon, visiting the Qishuihe section to examine the P-Tr boundary succession, stay overnight at Tongchuan city;
May 19:whole day, visiting the Triassic succession in the Qishuihe section; stay overnight at Tongchuan city;
May 20:morning, moving to Xi’an City, visiting some famous sightseeing spots within the city; participants may travel around the city by themselves, but need to stay overnight at the same hotel; stay overnight at Xi’an City;
May 21:morning, visiting the Northwest University Museum to inspect exceptionally preserved collections of the Chengjiang Fauna (early Cambrian); afternoon: going back to Wuhan by high-speed train (about 4-5 hours), stay overnight in Wuhan.
Note Participants need to arrive in Xian City on May 17, 2018. Please make your own travel plan. The registration fee (500 USD) for this excursion includes all meals and accommodations from 18th of May to 20th of May, and meals and ticket for high-speed train from Xi’an to Wuhan on 21st of May; This excursion does not provide accommodations for 17th and 21st of May in Xi’an City and Wuhan City, respectively. This excursion offers the shared rooms for participants during the trip. If you hope have single room, please contact field excursion leader and pay the extra fee (60 USD, per night) for single room.
The city of Xi'an (Capital of Shaanxi province) was the first Chinese city to open up its doors to the Ancient world during the Tang dynasty. As one of the most important cities in Chinese history, Xi'an was the capital for eleven dynasties. This city was a world leader in culture and trade and played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west during the Tang Dynasty. Xi'an is also renowned for being the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and for the location of the Terracotta Army of Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,000 years of history. It was called Chang'an in ancient times. Aside from being a major tourist destination and historical city, today Xi'an has become an important cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, with facilities for research and development and China's space exploration program. Xi'an is situated in the center of the Guanzhong Plains, surrounded by Mountains in the south and the Wei River in the north. More information are available in the following link:
The Qishuihe section is situated near the Tongchuan City, 100 km from Xi’an City (35.209°N, 109.056°E). An almost continuous outcrop records the Late Permian to Middle Triassic strata in the Qishuihe section. The P-Tr redbed succession is composed of the Sunjiagou, Liujiagou and Heshanggou formations. The Sunjiagou Formation consists of fine-grained sandstones, reddish siltstones and mudstones, containing Paleozoic-type plants and pareiasaurs. In addition, the Sunjiagou Formation contains marine bivalves and brachiopods in the Baoji and Tongchuan areas, which might indicate the occurrence of a transgression. Current researches suggest that the upper part of Sunjiagou Formation corresponds to the P-Tr transitional interval. The overlying Liujiagou Formation comprises reddish and brown-reddish fine-grained sandstones interbeded with siltstones and conglomerates. The Heshanggou Formation is composed mainly of purple siltstones and mudstones with diverse trace fossils.
3. Post-Symposium field excursion to Three Gorge area (5 days; May 25–29, 2018): Sedimentary succession from Ediacaran to Triassic with emphasis on the Permian/Triassic boundary up to Spathian successions in Three Gorge area, western Hubei, aiming to examine the Ediacaran Snowball Earth event, Precambrian-Cambrian event, O/S mass extinction, G/L mass extinction, P/Tr mass extinction, and Triassic recovery.
Leader: Genming Luo: firstname.lastname@example.org, (CUG):
Field Excursion Schedule:
25:early morning, departing Wuhan to Yichang city by bullet train, then moving to Zigui county by coach bus; afternoon, visiting the Neoproterozoic succession there, stay overnight at CUG field geologic camp at Zigui County town.
26:whole day, examining Lower Palaeozoic successions from Cambrian to Silurian, including the GSSP sections for the base of the Hirnantian in Wangjiawan and the base of the Dapingian in Huanghuaxiang; stay overnight at Zigui county town.
May 27:morning, investigating the Upper Paleozoic successions: Carboniferous, Permian succession; afternoon: touring in the Three-Gorge area (sightseeing at the Great Yangtze River Dam, optional); stay overnight at Zigui county town;
May 28:whole day, investigating the Upper Permian-Middle Triassic successions including the G/L boundary section and Daxiakou deep-sea facies PTB section, stay overnight at Zigui county town;
May 29:morning, moving to Yichang City High-speed Train Station by coach, then, moving back to Wuhan by bullet train.
Fig. 1 Traffic map showing locations of the Yichang area and visiting sections. 1: Precambrian to Lower Cambrian sequence in the Zigui area; 2. Lower Palaeozoic sequence, from Cambrian to Silurian, in Huanghuaxiang area; 3. Upper Permian to Middle Triassic sequence in Xiakou Town.
Figure 2. Selected field photos showing the late Neoproterozoic successions in the Three Gorge area. A, Drop stone in the Nantuo tillite at the Huajipo section. B, The Nantuo tillite and Doushantuo Cap Carbonate at the Huajipo section. C, The Dengying and Yanjiahe Formations at the Yanjiahe section. D, GSSP section for the base of the Dapingian. E, GSSP section for the base of the Hirnantian. F, Deep-sea P-Tr boundary beds at the Daxiakou section. The red line represents the P-Tr boundary.
Note The registration fee (500 USD) for this excursion includes all meals and accommodations from 25th of May to 29th of May (excluding accommodation for 29th of May) as well as transportations between Wuhan and Yichang/Zigui. This excursion does not provide accommodation for 29th of May in Wuhan City. This excursion provides gate ticket for sightseeing at Great Dam of Three Gorge area, and also offers the shared rooms for participants during the trip. If you hope have single room, please contact field excursion leader and pay the extra fee (60 USD, per night). Please make your own travel plan after arriving in Wuhan on 29th of May (estimating to arrive in Wuhan before 13:00 pm on 29th of May).