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4 June 2007
GSA Release No. 07-20

Contact: Christa Stratton

New Volume on Convergent Margin Processes Honors W.G. (Gary) Ernst

Boulder, Colorado, USA - A new compilation of 13 data-rich syntheses from world experts sheds light on the geologic record created where tectonic plates come together. Areas analyzed range from California to New Caledonia and from the depths of Death Valley to the planet Venus.

Convergent Margin Terranes and Associated Regions: A Tribute to W.G. Ernst, published by the Geological Society of America, is a collection focusing on processes at many scales of observation. Most of the papers concern linkages among sedimentary, metamorphic, magmatic, and deformational processes that occur in and near subduction zones. Collectively they focus on how plate tectonic processes are petrologically and geochronologically recorded.

Most of the papers were presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in a theme session about petrology and plate tectonics in honor of Professor W. Gary Ernst. Ernst taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (1960-1989), and at Stanford University (1989-2004). He received the Geological Society of America Penrose Medal in 2004.

"The papers in this volume, like the session that inspired it, reflect the diverse interests and prodigious publications of Gary Ernst," said co-editor Mark Cloos of the University of Texas at Austin. "They are a fitting tribute to an outstanding scientist who has enriched the lives of thousands of students."

Individual copies may be purchased through the Geological Society of America online store or by contacting GSA Sales and Service, .

Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting Jeanette Hammann at .

Convergent Margin Terranes and Associated Regions: A Tribute to W.G. Ernst
M. Cloos, W.D. Carlson, M.C. Gilbert, J.G. Liou, and S.S. Sorensen (Eds.)
Geological Society of America Special Paper 419
2007, 273 pages, US$70.00, GSA member price US$49.00
ISBN-13 978-0-8137-2419-5

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