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Thematic special issues from e-journals which the Library provides offsite access to for Fellows using 'Athens' logins are listed below. Open Access special issues which require no passwords are also listed.


Proceedings of the ICE: geotechnical engineeringInnovation in deep foundation design and construction

Proceedings of the ICE: geotechnical engineering vol.169 no.2 Pages 95-223 (April 2016)
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This issue contains 11 papers covering a wide variety of innovative and topical subjects from research and numerical modelling to laboratory models and field study. Many of these papers concern pile foundations, but of a wide variety and in several different situations with case studies and models represented. There are also papers that challenge current practice in respect of the specification of concrete and adhesion factors in London Clay, papers on the long-term behaviour of structures using a unique opportunity during a break in construction, and a paper on suction caissons, important for the renewable sector and the proliferation of structures near shore.

International journal of coal geologyOrganic petrology, organic geochemistry and mineralogy in basin research and applied geosciences

International journal of coal geology vol.157 Pages 1-100 (1 March 2016)
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This volume contains a set of six papers related to the symposium “Organic petrology, organic geochemistry and mineralogy in basic research and applied geosciences” held in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2014.

Geoscience frontiersExhuming Asia

Geoscience frontiers vol.7 issue 2 Pages 153-298 (March 2016)
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This special issue aims to unravel the Meso–Cenozoic exhumation history of Asian mountain chains to the north and east of the Himalayas using low-temperature thermochronology. It provides insights into the timing and extent of punctuated reactivation events within the Asian interior and of recent mountain building at the eastern Asian margin. These results aim to enhance understanding of the Asian (palaeo-)landscape and have profound implications for e.g. the coupling between mountain building and the Asian climate, earthquake forecasting and economic geology (e.g. hydrocarbon generation).

”PrecambrianCraton to regional-scale analysis of the Birimian of West Africa

Precambrian research vol.274 Pages 1-180 (March 2016)
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This special issue provides results from a series of craton-scale and more local studies that further constrain future geodynamic interpretations. The articles in this special issue cover the following topics: geophysical representations of the West African Craton in terms of its large-scale tectonic architecture, including seismic tomography, gravity, magnetics and derived datasets including the Moho and base-of-lithosphere surfaces; analyses of 1000 zircons representing eight different sub-basins in southern Mali; a study of 441 ore deposits from across West Africa; new litho-structural and metamorphic maps of the Paleoproterozoic (2.25–2.00 Ga) West African Craton in northern Ghana; new U–Pb zircon ages and geochemistry from the eastern Kédougou-Kéniéba Inlier; geochronology and lithostratigraphic characterization of the Siguiri district in the Palaeoproterozoic Birimian terrane of West Africa; and the evolution of high-strain zones and relief under compressional and simple shear boundary conditions as tool for better understanding the high-grade tectono-metamorphic terranes in the North-Western parts of Ghana.

Quaternary internationalMultidisciplinary research at the Middle Pleistocene Qesem Cave, Israel, 2015

Quaternary international vol.398 Pages 1-258 (4 April 2016)
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Twenty papers presenting new studies on the Qesem Cave derived from the 17th world UISPP Congress. These cover Paleolithic caves and hillslope processes, chronology, lithics, and human and faunal remains.

Mineralogical magazineCritical metal mineralogy

Mineralogical magazine vol.80 no.1 Pages 1-205 (February 2016)
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Most of the papers included here were first presented in 2014, either at the European Rare Earth Resources conference in Greece, or at the 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association in Johannesburg. Several papers in this volume address the potential for alternative sources of the REE across the world, especially in Greenland.

GeobiosPalaeontology of the upper Miocene vertebrate localities of Nikiti (Chalkidiki Peninsula, Macedonia, Greece)

Geobios vol.49 nos.1-2 Pages 1-154 (January-April 2016)
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This special issue contains 13 papers presenting the results of fieldwork carried out from 2004–2009 together with a revision of material from earlier excavations. The first paper gives the history of the fossil localities as well as the stratigraphic settings of the area and fossiliferous sites. The second provides a revision of the Nikiti 1 (NKT) fauna with the description of some new material, mainly rhinocerotids. The next nine articles include the systematic description and comparison of the various vertebrate groups found in Nikiti 2 (NIK): reptiles (turtles), birds, proboscideans, primates, carnivores, rhinos, chalicotheres, equids, and artiodactyles. The dental microwear of the herbivorous mammals, as well as the phytolith content of the Nikiti matrix are studied in the twelfth article, providing palaeoenvironmental information. The last article is a synthesis of all faunal and analytical data discussing the age of the localities, their palaeoecological profile and palaeobiogeographic relationships.

Quaternary internationalJapanese Quaternary studies

Quaternary international vol.397 Pages 1-588 (18 March 2016)
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This volume contains 48 papers covering a wide range of Quaternary research. It includes papers on the Brunhes–Matuyama boundary, stratigraphy, tephrochronology, tectonics, sea-level change, coastal evolution and morphodynamics, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimate, floras, mammal faunas, paleosoils and dunes, geohazards, new research methodologies, human settlement, human behaviours, palaeodemography, agriculture, pottery, and food processing and consumption and covers areas in not only the Japanese Islands, but also around the world.

Quaternary internationalLate Pleistocene Eastern Levant: landscape strategies in open spaces

Quaternary international vol.396 Pages 1-150 (3 March 2016)
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The majority of the papers in this special issue were originally presented at a symposium at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in Austin, TX, in 2014. That venue was an opportunity to feature current research on the Early and Middle Epipalaeolithic in the eastern Levant and to explore analyses that furthered understanding of the adaptations of hunter-gatherer-forager groups in a landscape that differed in substantial ways from those of the western Levant.

Quaternary internationalEnvironments and societies in the Southern Caucasus during the Holocene

Quaternary international vol.395 Pages 1-242 (22 February 2016)
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This volume brings together 16 contributions presented at a conference entitled Environments and Societies in the Southern Caucasus during the Holocene, held in 2013. It is divided into 5 topics: Vegetation and climate; Tectonics, volcanism, eustatism; Settlement patterns and socio-economic aspects; Societies and environment during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods; and Societies and environment during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages.

Quaternary internationalVolcanic activity and human society

Quaternary international vol.394 Pages 1-194 (11 February 2016)
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This volume contains a series of papers on the effects of volcanic activity on human societies based on archaeological and historical sources. These sources can be used to consider post-eruption impacts and find correlations between these effects and vulnerability parameters recorded before and after the volcanic events. They can also be used to consider the types of long-term developments of both vulnerability and impacts on human societies.