Carbon is one of the most important elements on Earth. It is the basis of all life on the planet, is stored and mobilized throughout the Earth from core to crust and is the basis of the energy sources that are so important to human civilization. This special issue of Elements explores the origins of carbon on Earth, the long-term carbon cycle, catastrophic and large-scale perturbations to Earth’s carbon cycle such as large igneous provinces and bolide impacts, carbon’s role in mass extinctions, and icehouse-greenhouse climate transitions in deep-time.
This thematic collection comes at an important time in which carbon fluxes on Earth are changing rapidly. It is crucial that society understands the way in which the deep carbon cycle on Earth works, to secure a sustainable future.
How to cite this special issue:
Edmonds M, Jones A, Suarez C, eds. (2019) Catastrophic Perturbations to Earth's Carbon Cycle. Special issue, Elements