Special Issue

Early Earth Systems

About this Special Issue

The Earth has experienced significant transformation since its formation c. 4.5 billion years ago, with evidence for both punctuated and gradual changes present within different parts of the geological record. Understanding the inter-relationships between different planetary-scale systems and the mechanisms that drive their changes through time is key to reaching a more holistic understanding of the Earth as a system.

Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) is soliciting submissions for a Special Issue on ‘Early Earth Systems’ to highlight the results of cutting-edge scientific research that focuses on the Precambrian evolution of our home planet. For this Special Issue, we are most interested in changes that occurred in Earth systems prior to the Cambrian explosion and development of complex life. Studies that transcend the boundaries of traditional research fields are particularly welcome, as are submissions from early career researchers and under-represented groups in the geoscience community.

Contributions to this Special Issue may comprise original research, timely reviews, or perspective pieces. Topics of interest include - but are not limited to - the following:

• Tectonics and geodynamic evolution of the Earth’s early continents
• Emergence and evolution of early life
• Composition of the early oceans and atmosphere
• Differentiation of the Earth
• Secular change in crust and mantle composition
• Whole-system and/or multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the early Earth

Authors are invited to submit papers for consideration via the Special Issue Webpage.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2022.

For more information about the Journal scope, article types, and article processing charges, see here.


Keywords: early earth, Precambrian, tectonics, geodynamic evolution, crustal composition, mantle composition, earth science, geoscience, open access


The Earth has experienced significant transformation since its formation c. 4.5 billion years ago, with evidence for both punctuated and gradual changes present within different parts of the geological record. Understanding the inter-relationships between different planetary-scale systems and the mechanisms that drive their changes through time is key to reaching a more holistic understanding of the Earth as a system.

Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) is soliciting submissions for a Special Issue on ‘Early Earth Systems’ to highlight the results of cutting-edge scientific research that focuses on the Precambrian evolution of our home planet. For this Special Issue, we are most interested in changes that occurred in Earth systems prior to the Cambrian explosion and development of complex life. Studies that transcend the boundaries of traditional research fields are particularly welcome, as are submissions from early career researchers and under-represented groups in the geoscience community.

Contributions to this Special Issue may comprise original research, timely reviews, or perspective pieces. Topics of interest include - but are not limited to - the following:

• Tectonics and geodynamic evolution of the Earth’s early continents
• Emergence and evolution of early life
• Composition of the early oceans and atmosphere
• Differentiation of the Earth
• Secular change in crust and mantle composition
• Whole-system and/or multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the early Earth

Authors are invited to submit papers for consideration via the Special Issue Webpage.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2022.

For more information about the Journal scope, article types, and article processing charges, see here.


Keywords: early earth, Precambrian, tectonics, geodynamic evolution, crustal composition, mantle composition, earth science, geoscience, open access


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