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IGCP 648 2018 Field Symposium

From Rodinia to Pangea: Geodynamics, Life and Climate


 1-9 November, 2018 | Yichang, Three Gorges region in South China

IGCP 648 2018 Field Symposium

The IGCP 648 2018 field symposium will be held in south China because it holds some key information for understanding the evolution of the supercontinent Rodinia, the onset and termination of the Cryogenian Snowball Earth event, the birth of complex life during the Ediacaran time, and the tectonic affinity change of the South China Block from Rodinia to Pangea. These geological records are relatively well preserved and exposed in the three gorges region, between Yichang and Shengnongjia, northwestern Hubei province in south China.


Scientific Program

The symposium will  include two days of indoor meetings and six days of field trip. The provisional program is:

Nov. 1, 2018 (Thursday), Arrival, Reception.

Nov. 2, 2018 (Friday), Oral and poster presentation.

Nov. 3, 2018 (Saturday), Oral and presentation.

Nov. 4, 2018 (Sunday) – Nov. 9, 2018(Friday), Field trip around Yichang and Shennongjia.

The symposium will be officially closed at 8:00 pm, Nov. 9, 2018, in Yichang.

Nov.10, 2018 (Saturday), Departure.


Field Trip

During the field trip, we will visit the following geological sites:

  1. the Kongling complex, Archean and Paleoproterozoic metamorphic rocks exposed between Yichang and Shennongjia region which are considered as the old basement of the Yangtze platform;
  2. the newly reported Miaowan ophiolite complex which may be related to the Grenville-aged Sibao orogeny and thus to the assembly of Rodinia;
  3. the ~820 Ma bimodal dykes, sills and granitoids near the Three Gorges Dam which are under intensive debate as to whether they were related to a high-paleolatitudinal superplume or to a peri-Rodinia subduction zone;
  4. the Nahua rift basin which preserved the records of the Chang’an/Sturtian and Nantuo/Marinoan glaciations;
  5. the Ediacaran – Paleozoic carbonate-shale sequence that preserves the oldest multicellular animal fossils and many other well-studied fossil assemblages, some bearing very important biogeographic implications.


Short course

After the symposium, a smaller research group will be organized to visit regions in Hunan, Guizhou and Guangxin provinces. The principle aim of this short course is to train the young or foreign geologists who have additional interest in the Neoproterozoic strata in south China.

Spaces are limited between six to ten (6-10) attendees due to vehicle limitations. Participants of the symposium who want to join the southern province short course may contact Prof. Shihong Zhang.

Cost and other details about the short course will be released after the 1st circular.



Please be advised that all costs listed below are estimates only and may vary (depending on the number of the participants of the symposium). The final registration fees and methods of payment will be posted in the 2nd circular.

The registration fee for the indoor meeting: $250-300 (covers icebreaker, conference dinner, coffee breaks, programme and abstract volume, & daily meals).

Accommodation in Yichang: $60-80 per double-room per day (including breakfast). We recommend living at the meeting hotel and can help the conference delegates to reserve the rooms.

The registration fee for the fieldtrip: $1000 (covers the field guide, accommodation, meals, transportation, and tickets to geoparks and historical sites between Nov. 4 and Nov. 9, 2018).

Register Online for the IGCP 648 2018 Field Symposium