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These volumes are currently in production. Contact April Leo at aleo@geosociety.org if you would like more information about them. GSA Special Paper and Memoir chapters now appear online as soon as they are ready for publication, providing readers with the earliest access to content. Subscribe to Special Paper and Memoir Online First e-mail alerts.


Special Paper 505: Volcanism, Impacts, and Mass Extinctions: Causes and Effects

Edited by Gerta Keller and Andrew C. Kerr

24 chapters, ISBN 978-0-8137-2505-5

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Field Guide 38: Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone: Field Trips in and around Vancouver, Canada

Edited by Shahin Dashtgard and Brent Ward

9 chapters, ISBN 978-0-8137-0038-0

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Special Paper 509: The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America

Edited by J. Wright Horton Jr., Martin C. Chapman, and Russell A. Green

23 chapters, ISBN 978-0-8137-2509-3

The magnitude ~5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of 2011 was the largest to occur in the Appalachian region in more than 100 years. It was felt over much of the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada, caused significant damage from central Virginia to the National Capital Region, and was responsible for the automatic safe shutdown of a nuclear power station. It invigorated interest in earthquake processes, hazards, and preparedness along the Eastern Seaboard, and responses of the science and engineering communities to this rare event serve as models for responding to future events. The earthquake provided important new seismologic, engineering, geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical data that contribute to the understanding of earthquakes in eastern North America, and to better assessment and mitigation of seismic hazards. This collection of 23 chapters makes these results available for geoscientists, engineers, and decision-makers interested in understanding earthquakes and seismic hazards in eastern North America and other intraplate settings.

Memoir 212: Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile

Edited by Peter G. DeCelles, Mihai N. Ducea, Barbara Carrapa, and Paul A. Kapp

22 chapters, ISBN 978-0-8137-1212-3

Product Code:
SPE509
Published:
October 30, 2014
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Volcanism, Impacts, and Mass Extinctions: Causes & Effects

Editors: Gerta Keller and Andrew C. Kerr
Description:
This volume comprises articles stemming from the international, multi-disciplinary conference that took place in March 2013 at London's Natural History Museum (NHM). This conference brought together researchers across geological, geophysical, and biological disciplines to assess the state of research into the causes of mass extinction events and, in particular, to evaluate the respective roles of volcanism, bolide impacts, and associated climate and environmental changes. Key results of this seminal conference are presented in papers spanning a wide range of disciplines. Participants concluded that large igneous province volcanism along with associated climate and environmental changes played significant roles in four of the five major mass extinctions in Earth history. There was overwhelming agreement that a single large asteroid or comet impact (Chicxulub) could not have been the sole cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, but rather was a contributing factor along with volcanism.
Product Code:
SPE505
Published:
September 30, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2505-5
Pages:
455
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Uplift Mechanisms and the History of the Tibetan Plateau

Full Title: Toward an Improved Understanding of Uplift Mechanisms and the Elevation History of the Tibetan Plateau
Editors: Junsheng Nie, Brian K. Horton, and Gregory D. Hoke
Description:
Defining the mechanisms responsible for topographic growth of the Tibetan Plateau has challenged geoscientists for decades. Deformation histories, sediment accumulation records, and thermochronology results suggest that plateau construction is likely the result of a protracted history of deformation that initiated before and continued throughout the Cenozoic India-Asia collision. However, key questions remain. What was the relative importance and magnitudes of pre-Cenozoic, Paleogene, and Neogene shortening? Has elevation gain in Tibet been punctuated or continuous? Did the Tibetan Plateau experience a shift in deformation kinematics during the Cenozoic and, if so, what were the driving mechanisms? How have tectonics and climate interacted during construction of the Tibetan Plateau? Advances in our understanding of these issues can be found in this volume.
Product Code:
SPE507
Published:
August 26, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2507-9
Pages:
153
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Coastline and Dune Evolution along the Great Lakes

Editors: Timothy G. Fisher and Edward C. Hansen
Description:
The 17,500 km of Great Lakes' shoreline is North America's "third coast." This coast has been the setting for a number of classic studies in coastal geomorphology and Quaternary geology, especially on the subjects of coastal dunes and the effects of deglaciation and isostatic rebound on lakes and coasts. In the past decade and a half, there has been a revival of interest in these processes along the Great Lakes. This volume includes an interdisciplinary mix of papers spanning a variety of temporal scales and offering a substantive overview of this recent research. The majority of the papers investigate the relationship between dune activity, lake levels, and climate. In addition to offering insights into coastal processes in general, the data presented in this paper could help inform decisions on how to manage and mitigate the human impact on this fragile natural environment.
Product Code:
SPE508
Published:
August 06, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2508-6
Pages:
228
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Late Proterozoic to Devonian Continental Sequence, Alaska

Full Title: Reconstruction of a Late Proterozoic to Devonian Continental Margin Sequence, Northern Alaska, Its Paleogeographic Significance, and Contained Base-Metal Sulfide Deposits
Editors: Julie A. Dumoulin and Alison B. Till
Description:
The tectonic evolution of the Arctic remains a subject of considerable uncertainty. The unknown Paleozoic and Mesozoic movements of a large block of continental crust, the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka microplate, contribute significantly to that uncertainty. This volume presents research fundamental to understanding the origin, character, and movements of the microplate from the Late Proterozoic to the Devonian, and includes the first compelling evidence for a rift event that may have detached the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka microplate from the Timanide margin of Baltica. The integrated geologic, geochronologic, geochemical, isotopic, and paleontologic results presented in eight chapters were obtained from a penetratively deformed and metamorphosed blueschist terrane. This study demonstrates the power of modern research tools to penetrate the effects of orogenesis and reconstruct pre-deformational tectonic and paleogeographic histories.
Product Code:
SPE506
Published:
August 06, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2506-2
Pages:
258
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Earth's Early Atmosphere and Surface Environment

Editor: George H. Shaw
Description:
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:
SPE504
Published:
May 30, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2504-8
Pages:
132
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Through the End of the Cretaceous in the Hell Creek Fm.

Full Title: Through the End of the Cretaceous in the Type Locality of the Hell Creek Formation in Montana and Adjacent Areas
Editors: Gregory P. Wilson, William A. Clemens, John R. Horner, and Joseph H. Hartman
Description:
For over a century, the Hell Creek and Fort Union formations and their constituent fossil biotas have captivated geologists and paleontologists alike. In Montana and adjacent areas, these rocks have become renowned as the type locality for Tyrannosaurus rex and the epicenter for debate surrounding the mass extinction of dinosaurs at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The chapters in this volume represent a surge of field and laboratory research activity that illustrates the impacts of new and refined methods and tools. In tandem, the research questions have evolved to take advantage of the increased precision, quality, and quantity of the data, from determinations of paleoecologies to assessment of ontogenetic sequences, patterns of sedimentation, and basin-level intraformational correlations. Together, the chapters in this volume are a major step forward in the quest to mine the rich lode of geologic and biologic history preserved in the strata bounding the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary.
Product Code:
SPE503
Published:
January 30, 2014
ISBN Number:
978-0-8137-2503-1
Pages:
392 (8.5" x 11")
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Understanding Open-Vent Volcanism and Related Hazards

Editors: William I. Rose, Jose Luis Palma, Hugo Delgado Granados, and Nick Varley
Description:
Volcanic hazards work in developing countries is evolving and is increasingly done by scientists and engineers in home countries. At the same time, scientists in the developed world, where volcanic hazards may not be as immediate, are eager to participate in collaborative efforts, especially to highlight new tools. The lure of working at sites where there is diverse volcanic activity is strong, and collaborative science provides support for infrastructure development in home countries. Experience participating in international collaborative work during real volcanic crises is especially valuable to young scientists engaged in graduate and postdoctoral studies. This volume is the third GSA Special Paper this decade to focus on Central American volcanic hazards, and these chapters demonstrate continued maturation of international hazards work.
Product Code:
SPE498
Published:
December 03, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813724980
Pages:
230 (8.5" x 11")
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Neogene Deformation between Central Utah

Full Title: Neogene Deformation between Central Utah and the Mojave Desert
Editor: R. Ernest Anderson
Description:
This book is a must-read for researchers interested in extensional tectonics in general and the Neogene tectonics of the Basin and Range in particular, because it challenges, on the basis of more than 50 years of field studies, the existing paradigm of province-wide uniformly large extension and replaces it with a model integrating extension with extension-normal shortening-both as primary strains. The first chapter takes the reader on two journeys southwestward from central Utah through the Lake Mead area: the first to emphasize the lack of uniformly distributed or integrated extension and the second to highlight left-lateral shear at 13 localities along the east margin of the Basin and Range that is kinematically compatible with right-lateral shear along the west margin. The compatibility provides a basis for understanding the extreme Neogene tectonics of the Lake Mead area. The second chapter summarizes multifaceted field evidence from the well-studied eastern Lake Mead area as a focused example of the need for a complete revision of the extensional paradigm.
Product Code:
SPE499
Published:
October 31, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813724997
Pages:
94 p.
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The Volcanic Geology of the Mid-Arc Island of Dominica

Full Title: The Volcanic Geology of the Mid-Arc Island of Dominica, Lesser Antilles—The Surface Expression of an Island-Arc Batholith
Authors: A.L. Smith, M.J. Roobol, G.S. Mattioli, J.E. Fryxell, G.E. Daly, and L.A. Fernandez
Description:
Dominica shows unique characteristics not seen on other islands in the Lesser Antilles island arc or on many island arcs worldwide. These unique features include the eruption of rocks, since the upper Pleistocene, of a very restricted compositional range from multiple centers throughout the island, as well as the occurrence of present-day island-wide seismic and geothermal activity. This volume presents the results of geological mapping, detailed stratigraphy, petrography/mineral chemistry, and geochemistry that have allowed the authors to develop a model to explain these features. The model, which traces the development of the island since the upper Miocene, suggests that during the Pleistocene, partial melting of the island-arc crust eventually generated a single magma body of batholithic proportions beneath the island. The distinctive phenomena from Dominica are therefore thought to reflect the volcanic and related responses associated with the formation and development of this unexposed batholith.

Note: Dominica was one of the filming locations for Pirates of the Caribbean II and III.
Product Code:
SPE496
Published:
October 11, 2013
ISBN Number:
9780813724966
Pages:
249
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