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Find Your Science at GSA
8 April 2010
GSA Release No. 10-15
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
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New Ozarks Field Guide Digs Deep into the Past

Boulder, CO, USA –The geologic wonders of the Ozarks are documented by a long history of exploration and analysis. But there is still much to be learned. The region continues to spark new studies elucidating the complex interconnections between basement, extensive carbonate platforms, structural overprinting, mineralization, karstification, and hydrology. This guidebook highlights many of these aspects as well as the connection to culture, history, and economic development of the Ozarks region.

Developed in conjunction with the 2010 GSA North-Central/South-Central Section Meeting in Branson, Missouri, USA, this new volume from The Geological Society of America includes six field trips that convey discovery and insight into the long-studied geology of the Ozark region. This book is a valuable tool not just for the meeting attendee, but to all students of geoscience interested in following in the footsteps of the book’s authors.

Trips will examine world-class lead and zinc mineral accumulations in the tri-state mining district of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma; the Precambrian and Cambrian geology of Proffit Mountain as exposed by the catastrophic reservoir-collapse and flood scour that occurred along the East Fork of the Black River in December 2005; the geologic history of Riverbluff Cave in Springfield, Missouri; the rock resources of southwestern Missouri and the impact of geology on two Civil War battlefields there; and a comprehensive geologic mapping project centered along the Ozark Scenic National Riverways.

Individual copies of the volume 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, .

From Precambrian Rift Volcanoes to the Mississippian Shelf Margin:
Geological Field Excursions in the Ozark Mountains

Kevin R. Evans and James S. Aber (editors)
Geological Society of America Field Guide 17, 158 p.
ISBN 978-0-8137-0017-5
$40.00, member price $28.00