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Find Your Science at GSA
26 July 2010
GSA Release No. 10-40
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
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Image courtesy volume editors Oscar López-Gamundí and Luis A. Buatois, GSA Special Paper 468, Late Paleozoic Glacial Events and Postglacial Transgressions in Gondwana.

Super Glaciers Leave Their Mark on the Gondwanan Supercontinent

Boulder, CO, USA – This new Special Paper from The Geological Society of America comprises a wide range of topics related to one of the most extreme paleoclimatic episodes in Earth’s history, the Late Paleozoic Ice Age (LPIA). With over 100 illustrations, chapters paint a broad swath across Gondwana while focusing on specific topics related to the effects of LPIA glaciation and deglaciation-triggered sea-level rise on the supercontinent.

The book’s objective, say editors Oscar R. López-Gamundí of Hess Corporation and Luis A. Buatois of the University of Saskatchewan, is “not to give a state-of-the-art review of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age,” which has been done with competency elsewhere, but, rather, to turn the reader’s attention toward facets of the LPIA that require further study.

Topics include the sedimentologic, paleoenvironmental, and paleoclimatic aspects of the glacial event; the influence of postglacial transgressions on the salinity of coastlines; the nature of glacial and glacially influenced ecosystems, with a look at the faunas (including the Levipustula Fauna) and floras of the time; analysis and illustration of trace fossil assemblies; and discussion of relatively less well-known glacial deposits in some Gondwanan regions. One chapter even challenges the popular interpretation that there was a single massive ice sheet over much of Gondwana during the late Paleozoic glaciation.

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,

Late Paleozoic Glacial Events and Postglacial Transgressions in Gondwana
Oscar López-Gamundí and Luis A. Buatois (editors)
Geological Society of America Special Paper 468
SPE468, 207 p., $80.00, GSA Member price $56.00
ISBN 978-0-8137-2467-3