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Bridging records of tectonic and climatic forcings on the evolution of Central Asia: from Palaeozoic origins to Cenozoic aridification

Central Asia has witnessed profound changes in tectonic and climatic environments over its geologic past: Palaeozoic to Mesozoic closures of deep oceans and the amalgamation of major tectonic blocks laying the groundwork for Cenozoic fault reactivations since the India/Asia collision. The Cenozoic rise of intracontinental mountain ranges such as the Tianshan was accompanied by the retreat of Paratethys and the onset of intracontinental aridification. Major efforts bridging tectonic, geomorphic and climatic records are underway to understand (i) the tectonic origins of Central Asia and how these control its present-day landscape, (ii) individual responses to climatic and tectonic forcings, and their contribution to erosion and sediment deposition patterns, (iii) long-term interactions between climatic change and tectonic activity, (iv) and the role of topographic barriers, inland seas and global climate change in shaping regional climate and the aridification of the continental interior.

The primary goals of this session are two-fold. First, to provide a broad multidisciplinary spectrum of up-to-date studies in Central Asia that are concerned with the tectonic, climatic and geomorphic evolution of the region since the Palaeozoic. Second, to encourage future collaborations that not only overcome spatial and temporal scales but also bridge observations across disciplines leading to a more holistic view of intracontinental landscape evolution from an integrative tectonic, climatic and geomorphic perspective.
We welcome a wide variety of contributions ranging from, but not restricted to, geo(thermo-)chronological and geochemical analyses in the hinterland and sedimentary basins, structural and tectonic reconstructions, to geomorphologic, source-to-sink, neotectonics and regional climate studies including numerical approaches covering all time periods since the Palaeozoic across the whole of Central Asia.

Co-organized by
Convener: Paul EizenhöferECSECS | Co-conveners: Yigui Han, Qian LiuECSECS, Chaohui Liu, Guochun Zhao