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Memoir 207 - Origin and Evolution of Precambrian High-Grade Gneiss Terranes, with Special Emphasis on the Limpopo Complex of Southern Africa


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.


1. Microstructures of melt-bearing regional metamorphic rocks
2. Petrological and experimental application of REE- and actinide-bearing accessory minerals to the study of Precambrian high-grade gneiss terranes
3. Fluids in granulites
4. Fluid-absent melting versus CO2 streaming during the formation of pelitic granulites: A review of insights from the cordierite fluid monitor
5. Local mineral equilibria and P-T paths: Fundamental principles and applications to high-grade metamorphic terranes
6. The geochronology of the Limpopo Complex: A controversy solved
7. High-pressure and ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism of Precambrian high-grade terranes: Case study of the Limpopo Complex
8. Granite emplacement and the retrograde P-T-fluid evolution of Neoarchean granulites from the Central Zone of the Limpopo Complex
9. Intracrustal radioactivity as an important heat source for Neoarchean metamorphism in the Central Zone of the Limpopo Complex
10. A review of Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotope studies in the Limpopo Complex and adjoining cratonic areas, and their bearing on models of crustal evolution and tectonism
11. Thrust exhumation of the Neoarchean ultrahigh-temperature Southern Marginal Zone, Limpopo Complex: Convergence of decompression-cooling paths in the hanging wall and prograde P-T paths in the footwall
12. Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic evolution of the polymetamorphic Central Zone of the Limpopo Complex
13. Archean magmatic granulites, diapirism, and Proterozoic reworking in the Northern Marginal Zone of the Limpopo Belt
14. Heterogeneous strain and polymetamorphism in high-grade terranes: Insight into crustal processes from the Athabasca Granulite Terrane, western Canada, and the Limpopo Complex, southern Africa
15. Formation and evolution of Precambrian granulite terranes: A gravitational redistribution model
16. Tectonic models proposed for the Limpopo Complex: Mutual compatibilities and constraints

Memoir 211 - Peninsular Ranges Batholith, Baja and Southern California

The Peninsular Ranges batholith is the southern part of the Cretaceous magmatic arc that extends over 1500 km from northern California to the tip of Baja California. The emphasis of this volume is on the more completely exposed northern 600 km of the Peninsular Ranges batholith. Petrology, geochronology, and regional aspects of individual plutons, as well as evolution of part of the overall batholith are discussed in the 24 chapters. A number of chapters deal with geophysical, chemical, and isotopic interpretations of the genesis and evolution of the batholith. A CD-ROM containing detailed color maps and a wealth of chemical, isotopic, mineralogic, and physical properties data is included.


1. Geophysical framework of the Peninsular Ranges batholith—Implications for tectonic evolution and neotectonics
2. Age and isotopic systematics of Cretaceous borehole and surface samples from the greater Los Angeles Basin region: Implications for the types of crust that might underlie Los Angeles and their distribution along late Cenozoic fault systems
3. Framework and petrogenesis of the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California
4. U-Pb zircon geochronology of plutonism in the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California: Implications for the Late Cretaceous tectonic evolution of southern California
5. Potassium-argon cooling ages in the northern part of the Peninsular Ranges batholith and offsets on the Elsinore and San Jacinto fault zones
6. Thermochronology of Cretaceous batholithic rocks in the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California: Implications for the Late Cretaceous tectonic evolution of southern California
7. Pb-Sr-Nd-O isotopic characterization of Mesozoic rocks throughout the northern end of the Peninsular Ranges batholith: Isotopic evidence for the magmatic evolution of oceanic arc–continental margin accretion during the Late Cretaceous of southern California
8. Low-initial-Sr felsic plutons of the northwestern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California, and the role of mafic-felsic magma mixing in continental crust formation
9. Santiago Peak volcanics: Early Cretaceous arc volcanism of the western Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California
10. Petrology and chemistry of the Green Acres gabbro complex near Winchester, Riverside County, California
11. Lakeview Mountains pluton: A dynamically emplaced pluton, northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California
12. A study of sampling requirements to determine modal variability within the Lakeview Mountains pluton, northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California
13. Subduction transitioning from beneath oceanic crust to beneath continental crust, northern Peninsular Ranges batholith: Structural and thermal imprint on prebatholithic rocks
14. SHRIMP-RG U-Pb ages of provenance and metamorphism from detrital zircon populations and Pb-Sr-Nd signatures of prebatholithic metasedimentary rocks at Searl Ridge, northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California: Implications for their age, origin, and tectonic setting
15. A west-to-east geologic transect across the Peninsular Ranges batholith, San Diego County, California: Zircon evidence for the mixing of crustal- and mantle-derived magmas, and comparisons with the Sierra Nevada batholith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16. Mineralogy and physical properties of plutonic and metamorphic rocks of the Peninsular Ranges batholith, San Diego County, California
17. The zoned Ramona plutonic complex: An Early Cretaceous mid- to upper-crustal intrusive sequence, Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California
18. The Rattlesnake Valley and Oriflamme Canyon plutons: Key temporal markers in the Jurassic and Cretaceous development of the transition zone of the Peninsular Ranges batholith
19. Upper Jurassic Peñasquitos Formation—Forearc basin western wall rock of the Peninsular Ranges batholith
20. Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the southern Peninsular Ranges batholith, Baja California, Mexico: Long-lived history of a collisional segment in the Mesozoic Cordilleran arc
21. Tectonic implications of postcontractional magmatism of the Alisitos arc segment of the Peninsular Ranges, Baja California, Mexico
22. Structural evidence for mid-Cretaceous suturing of the Alisitos arc to North America from the Sierra Calamajue, Baja California, Mexico
23. A paleomagnetic transect of the mid-Cretaceous Peninsular Ranges batholith, Baja California, Mexico
24. The Sierra San Pedro Mártir zoned pluton, Baja California, Mexico 

Memoir 213 - Linkages and Feedbacks in Orogenic Systems


Dedicated to Bob Hatcher, this Memoir explores linkages between tectonic processes through a series of field-, numerical- and laboratory-based studies, concentrating on feedback mechanisms within ancient and evolving orogens by which individual or linked tectonic processes may influence or predetermine the operation of other processes in space and time. Case studies cover a wide range of ancient to modern orogens: the Svecofennian of southern Finland, the Gyeonggi Massif of Korea, the Caledonides of northern Scotland, the Variscan of the East European craton, the Appalachians of the eastern United States, the European Alps and Dinarides, north Cascades of the northwestern United States, and the Himalaya. Emphasis is placed on integration between data sets developed from a wide range of analytical approaches, including: field mapping, seismic reflection profiling, strain analyses, petrology, isotopic dating, and numerical modeling-based studies of thermal evolution associated with tectonic processes such as thrust-related burial and exhumation.

1. Evaluating kinematic displacement rate effects on transient thermal processes in thrust belts using coupled thermomechanical finite-element models
2. Techniques for understanding fold-and-thrust belt kinematics and thermal evolution
3. Basement-cover tectonics, structural inheritance, and deformation migration in the outer parts of orogenic belts: A view from the western Alps
4. Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the western Blue Ridge, southern Appalachians: A critical examination of long-standing conflicts in a polydeformed system
5. Strain gradients in the Day Mountain thrust sheet, Massachusetts, USA: Implications for deformation during thrusting and strain localization
6. Synconvergence extension and midcrustal exhumation in the Internal Dinarides
7. How (not) to recognize a midcrustal channel from outcrop patterns
8. Quartz inclusions in garnet: Time capsules of early mountain building
9. Paleoproterozoic to Triassic crustal evolution of the Gyeonggi Massif, Korea: Tectonic correlation with the North China craton  

SP 498 Understanding Open-Vent Volcanism and Related Hazards


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.


1. A 50 yr eruption of a basaltic composite cone: Pacaya, Guatemala
2. Crater lake evolution at Santa Ana Volcano (El Salvador) following the 2005 eruption
3. Continuous subsidence associated with the long-lasting eruption of Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica) observed by dry-tilt stations
4. A pilot GPS study of Santa Ana Volcano (Ilamatepec) and Coatepeque caldera, El Salvador
5. Gravity and geodesy of Concepción Volcano, Nicaragua
6. An analysis of the seismic activity of Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico, associated with the eruptive period of December 2002 to February 2003: Looking for precursors
7. Temporal changes in eruptive behavior identified with coda wave interferometry and seismo-acoustic observations at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
8. Insights into explosion dynamics and the production of ash at Stromboli from samples collected in real-time, October 2009
9. Large-volume Barriles and Caisán debris avalanche deposits from Volcán Barú, Panama
10. Hazards related to lava tubes and caves in the Sierra Chichinautzin monogenetic volcanic field (México) 11. Estimation of tephra-fall and lahar hazards at Hudson Volcano, southern Chile: Insights from numerical models
12. Explosive volcanic history and hazard zonation maps of Boquerón Volcano (San Salvador volcanic complex, El Salvador)

Review of Enginnering Geology 17 -  Understanding and Responding to Hazardous Substances at Mine Sites in the Western United States


This volume documents interesting approaches, techniques, and practical scientific considerations associated with mine site remediation. It also highlights how various federal, state, and local agencies and organizations are trying to bring the best science possible to bear on this serious problem. Some chapters focus on specific methods for characterization, particular contaminant issues, and impacts from the release of hazardous substances from mine and mill sites. Others describe successful response actions, technologies, or practical approaches for addressing contaminant releases to the environment.


1. Addressing the toxic legacy of abandoned mines on public land in the western United States
2. Characterizing infiltration through a mine-waste dump using electrical geophysical and tracer-injection methods, Clear Creek County, Colorado
3. Strategies to predict metal mobility in surficial mining environments
4. The effects of acidic mine drainage from historical mines in the Animas River watershed, San Juan County, Colorado — What is being done and what can be done to improve water quality?
5. Mining-impacted sources of metal loading to an alpine stream based on a tracer-injection study, Clear Creek County, Colorado
6. On-site repository construction and restoration of the abandoned Silver Crescent lead and zinc mill site, Shoshone County, Idaho
7. Approaches to contamination at mercury mill sites: Examples from California and Idaho
8. Approaches to site characterization, reclamation of uranium mine overburden, and neutralization of a mine pond at the White King–Lucky Lass mines site near Lakeview, Oregon
9. Passive treatment of acid rock drainage from a subsurface mine
10. Management of mine process effluents in arid environments
11. Sampling and monitoring for closure
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