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Earth's Early Atmosphere and Surface Environment

Editor: George H. Shaw
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The range of conditions and compositions that have been proposed for Earth's early surface and atmosphere is considerable, from highly reducing and rich in organic compounds to essentially as oxidizing as the present. This volume explores that range with a collection of papers presented at a Pardee Symposium at the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting. Primary chapters are accompanied by a commentary and followed by a transcript of the ensuing discussion at the meeting. An interpretive chapter discusses the material presented at the symposium and summarizes at least one perspective of the current status of the field.
Product Code:
SPE504P
Published:
May 30, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2540-8
Pages:
132
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Rethinking the Fabric of Geology

125th Anniversary Volumes: Special Papers 500, 501, and 502

Editor: Victor R. Baker
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The 50 years since the publication of the book Fabric of Geology, edited by Claude C. Albritton Jr., have seen immense changes in both geology and philosophy of science. Philosophy of science is a far more nuanced subject than it was in 1963, but, with a few notable exceptions, little philosophical attention has been paid to geology. Rethinking the Fabric of Geology explores a number of philosophical issues in geology, ranging from its nature as a historical science to implications for geological education. The ten essays in this collection also include discussions of geological mapping, modeling prediction, and quantitative modeling. This volume invites students and professionals alike to think deeply about our science.
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SPE502P
Published:
October 08, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813725024
Pages:
182
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The Challenges of Dam Removal and River Restoration

Editors: Jerome V. De Graff and James E. Evans
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Reviews in Engineering Geology, volume 21

River restoration is a societal goal in the United States. This collection of 14 research papers focuses on our current understanding of the impacts of removing dams and the role of dam removal in the larger context of river restoration. The chapters are grouped by topic: (1) assessment of existing dams, strategies to determine impounded legacy sediments, and evaluating whether or not to remove the dams; (2) case studies of the hydrologic, sediment, and ecosystem impacts of recent dam removals; (3) assessment of river restoration by modifying flows or removing dams; and (4) the concept of river restoration in the context of historic changes in river systems.
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REG021P
Published:
February 25, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813741215
Pages:
203
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Tectonics of the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau...

Full Title: Tectonics of the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau and Its Adjacent Foreland
Authors: B. Clark Burchfiel and Chen Zhiliang
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This volume provides a summary of the geology of eastern and southeastern Tibet and its foreland. It covers an area of approximately 1.5 million km2 in 15 chapters on tectonic units that the authors recognized during 25 years of both field and laboratory study. Each chapter discusses the authors' understanding of the geology and offers interpretations of special geological relations, both local and regional, as well as currently unresolved problems of which there are many in this vast and poorly known region. The final chapter provides a summary and interpretation of the preceding chapters. Memoir 210 is accompanied by a DVD containing four plates: two tectonostratigraphic maps, a map of unconformities and a plate of cross sections, in both Illustrator and ArcGIS formats. All of the plates are digitized and fully layered, so the reader can manipulate them as desired.

Dr. Burchfiel received the 2013 GSA International Section Distinguished Career Award.

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MWR210P
Published:
January 10, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813712109
Pages:
231 plus DVD
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Hydrology and Geochemistry of Yucca

Full Title: Hydrology and Geochemistry of Yucca Mountain and Vicinity, Southern Nevada and California
Editor: John S. Stuckless
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This book summarizes nearly 30 years of intense research at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and vicinity. Much of this work represents innovative approaches addressing the geochemistry and hydrology of the site, as well as the paleohydrology and transport of radionuclides under ambient and thermally altered conditions. This book is a companion to GSA Memoir 199, and together, the volumes present a comprehensive approach to characterizing a potential site for the disposal of radioactive waste. Memoir 209 includes state-of-the-art modeling of water flow in both the saturated and unsaturated zones, and through detailed isotope, geochemical, and paleoclimate studies, projects water flow back tens of thousands of years. These data, together with the previously reported climate models, make it possible to provide predictions of future performance of a repository for nuclear waste. Although the studies focused on Yucca Mountain, the methods and interpretations should be useful to any similar effort.
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MWR209P
Published:
September 13, 2012
ISBN Number:
9780813712093
Pages:
393
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Origin and Evolution of Precambrian High-Grade Gneiss...

Full Title: Origin and Evolution of Precambrian High-Grade Gneiss Terranes, with Special Emphasis on the Limpopo Complex of Southern Africa
Editors: Dirk D. van Reenen, Jan D. Kramers, Stephen McCourt, and Leonid L. Perchuk
Description:
Many early Precambrian high-grade metamorphic provinces differ subtly from more recent ones, with higher temperatures at shallower depth in the crust. This may in part be attributed to higher crustal heat production. The question of what else might have been different presents a challenge, as the control "everything else being equal" is removed from the experiment. The first section of Memoir 207 deals with mineralogic and petrologic aspects of high-grade metamorphism, including melting and the nature of fluids. Chapters 6 to 13 focus on the Limpopo Complex of southern Africa, with case studies and reviews of its geochronology and crustal evolution, and of the regional structural and burial-exhumation history. Problems of unraveling the effects of successive tectonometamorphic events in a polymetamorphic province are addressed from the geochronologic and the petrologic perspectives. The last two chapters include numerical simulations of lower crustal diapirism in high-grade metamorphism, and a review of tectonic models for the Limpopo Complex. This well-rounded book is relevant to the big question of uniformitarianism in plate tectonics and its effects.
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MWR207P
Published:
February 14, 2011
ISBN Number:
9780813712079
Pages:
3224
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From Rodinia to Pangea: The Lithotectonic Record of the...

Full Title: From Rodinia to Pangea: The Lithotectonic Record of the Appalachian Region
Editors: Richard P. Tollo, Mervin J. Bartholomew, James P. Hibbard, and Paul M. Karabinos
Description:
The Appalachians constitute one of Earth's major tectonic features and have served as a springboard for innovative geologic thought for more than 170 years. This volume contains 36 original papers reporting the results of research performed throughout nearly the entire length and breadth of the Appalachian region, including all major provinces and geographical areas. Memoir 206 was designed to commemorate the (near-)fortieth anniversary of the publication of the classic Studies of Appalachian Geology volumes that appeared just prior to the application of plate tectonic concepts to the region. Contributions concerning structural evolution, sedimentation, stratigraphy, magmatic processes, metamorphism, tectonics, and terrane accretion illustrate the wide range of ongoing research in the area and collectively serve to mark the considerable progress in scientific thought that has occurred during the past four decades.
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MWR206P
Published:
October 26, 2010
ISBN Number:
9780813712062
Pages:
972
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Geological Field Excursions in the Ozark Mountains

Full Title: From Precambrian Rift Volcanoes to the Mississippian Shelf Margin: Geological Field Excursions in the Ozark Mountains
Editors: Kevin R. Evans and James S. Aber

Description:
Despite a long history of geologic investigations in the Ozarks, new studies and analyses continue to elucidate our understanding of the complex interconnection between the basement, extensive carbonate platforms, structural overprinting, mineralization, karstification, and hydrology. This guidebook volume highlights a few of these aspects as well as the connection to culture, history, and economic development of the Ozarks region.
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FLD017P
Published:
April 02, 2010
ISBN Number:
9780813700175
Pages:
158
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Jamaican Rock Stars, 1823–1971: The Geologists Who...

Full Title: Jamaican Rock Stars, 1823–1971: The Geologists Who Explored Jamaica
Editor: Stephen K. Donovan
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With contributions by Lawrence J. Chubb and John B. Williams

Jamaica is an Antillean island with a complicated geology and a colorful history of geological exploration. The study of the island's geology during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries relied upon rare visits by peripatetic specialists. They included the stellar, such as Sir Henry De la Beche and Wendell P. Woodring; the tragic, notably Lucas Barrett, who was only 25 when he died of the bends while studying Jamaican reefs; and the eccentric like Charles T. Trechmann, formulator of the Forbidden Theory of Mountain Uplift, and Charles A. Matley, who considered the Antilles a foundered continent. The theory and practice of geology had moved on with every visitor, so knowledge of the island's geological history improved by major, albeit well-separated increments. Following the Second World War, the foundation of the modern Geological Survey Department based in Kingston consolidated geological research under the dynamic leadership of the Latvian Verners A. Zans.

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MWR205P
Published:
April 01, 2010
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-1205-5
Pages:
108
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The Mid-Atlantic Shore to the Appalachian Highlands

Full Title: The Mid-Atlantic Shore to the Appalachian Highlands: Field Trip Guidebook for the 2010 Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern GSA Sections
Editors: Gary M. Fleeger and Steven J. Whitmeyer

Description:
This guidebook features field trips offered during the joint meeting of GSA’s Northeastern and Southeastern Sections held in Baltimore, Maryland, in March 2010. Chapters in this guide reflect the meeting’s theme (“Linking North and South: Exploring the Connections between Continent and Sea”) in that they span the lowlands of eastern Pennsylvania to the highlands of northeastern West Virginia. Four physiographic provinces are covered: Piedmont (Piedmont Upland and Gettysburg-Newark Lowland Sections), Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. The geologic foci are likewise variable, ranging from Precambrian basement rocks to Pleistocene sediments.
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FLD016P
Published:
February 25, 2010
ISBN Number:
9780813700168
Pages:
125
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