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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.


Journal of geochemical explorationGeoinformatics in applied geochemistry

Journal of geochemical exploration vol.164 Pages 1-186 (May 2016)
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This special issue comprises a collection of two review papers and 12 research papers which document current progress and examples of the applications of geoinformatics to geochemical exploration and environmental studies.


Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecologyEcosystem evolution in deep time: evidence from the rich Palaeozoic fossil records of China

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology vol.448 Pages 1-382 (15 April 2016)
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The 25 papers in this special issue are derived from an ongoing major research program supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), entitled “Major biological events during the Paleozoic”. The program aims to transcend traditional disciplinary and geological time boundaries, bringing together different research groups to investigate the patterns and processes of major Paleozoic–Early Mesozoic mass extinctions, recoveries, radiations, and their possibly coupled palaeoenvironmental changes based on a series of unique and well preserved geological sections and updated paleontological data in China.

Earth-science reviewsSource-to-sink systems: sediment & solute transfer on the Earth surface

Earth-science reviews vol.153 Pages 1-334 (February 2016)
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This volume brings together diverse yet related work on the way strata develops and functions in different sediment dispersal systems. The overall objective is to showcase and synthesize S2S science and to explore the complex and varied behaviour of individual siliciclastic sedimentary systems as well as cross-cutting concepts such as signal propagation.


Quaternary science reviewsMediterranean Holocene climate, environment and human societies

Quaternary science reviews vol.136 Pages 1-252 (15 March 2016)
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This special issue emerged as a result of a workshop at Costa Navarino and the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), Greece in April 2014, addressing Mediterranean Holocene climate and human societies. The intention was to reach beyond simple explanations of potential climate-society relationships and advance understanding on how to improve research methods and theories in the field. The thirteen papers in this issue address these questions in three different ways, by (i) conceptual/methodological approaches; (ii) review papers; and (iii) case studies.

Engineering geologyProbabilistic and soft computing methods for engineering geology

Engineering geology vol.203 Pages 1-204 (25 March 2016)
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This special issue aims to provide an overview of current probabilistic and soft computing methods in engineering geology. It contains 16 papers in four categories: (1) slope stability and landslide hazard assessment; (2) development of empirical models for engineering geology applications; (3) site characterization considering uncertainties; and (4) calibration of geotechnical and geological models.


Global and planetary changeClimate change and archaeology in Mesoamerica: a mirror for the Anthropocene

Global and planetary change vol.138 Pages 1-102 (March 2016)
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The papers in this special issue provide diverse insights into the complexities of Mesoamerican climate, its proxies, and its coincidences with historical trends. They also provide a range of specific proxy lake studies from the Maya Lowlands and just outside the Maya Lowlands, a palaeohydrology study from a key lake for the history of Maya palaeoclimate studies, and an important new speleothem study from Yucatán indicating a severe Late Preclassic drought. Another paper links the vagaries of Maya cities, especially the great Yucatán city of Chichén Itzá, with this growing drought record, showing coincidences that require further studies from the growing arsenal of proxies outlined in these pages.

Quaternary internationalThe first peopling of Europe and technological change during the Lower-Middle Pleistocene transition

Quaternary international vol.393 Pages 1-184 (30 January 2016)
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This volume is derived from the 17th UISPP World Congress “The First Humans in Europe” Commission, which was divided into two Sessions. The first Session, entitled “The first peopling of Europe”, dealt with the growing body of evidence for core and flake producing hominin occupations in Europe dating to the late Early Pleistocene. The second Session, entitled “Technological change during the Lower-Middle Pleistocene transition in Europe”, encompassed data from sites representative of the European Acheulian.

Quaternary internationalPaleoenvironmental studies in the Korean Peninsula and adjacent geographic areas IV

Quaternary international vol.392 Pages 1-348 (21 January 2016)
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A total of 24 papers are contained in this volume, and the data for each originated in and around the Korean Peninsula and adjacent geographic areas. Listed in order, the research topics are: terrestrial paleoenvironments, Paleolithic/prehistoric life, and paleoceanography. In addition, this volume contains 16 papers covering Quaternary research in areas throughout eastern, southeastern, and western Asia.


Geological magazineMass extinctions

Geological magazine vol.153 no.2 Pages 193-354 (March 2016)
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This thematic volume includes papers from sessions held at the annual meeting of the GSA in 2013 together with other solicited contributions. These provide a wide range of temporal coverage and also reflect the broad spectrum of earth scientists currently involved in studying these ancient crises, ranging from palaeontologists to volcanologists to earth system modellers.


GéotechniqueModern trends in landslide mechanics

Géotechnique vol.66 no.3 Pages 173-273 (March 2016)
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This themed issue contains six invited papers focused on the latest developments in geotechnical engineering and the earth sciences related to landslide mechanics. These cover a wide range of problems and approaches – from slow creeping to rapid catastrophic landslides, from unsaturated subaerial to fully saturated submarine slopes, from shear-band-propagation mechanisms of landslide-failure initiation to mass-transport dynamics of the post-failure phase.

Newsletters on stratigraphyStratigraphic guide to the Cromer Knoll, Shetland and Chalk Groups, North Sea and Norwegian Sea

Newsletters on stratigraphy vol.49 no.1 Supplement Pages 71-280 (January 2016)
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This guide provides a major revision and update of the stratigraphy of the Cromer Knoll, Shetland and Chalk Groups for the UK and Norwegian sectors in the North Sea, and of the Cromer Knoll and Shetland Groups in the Norwegian Sea. NORLEX (Norwegian Interactive Offshore Stratigraphic Lexicon) and the CD of this publication provide core archives for the lithostratigraphic units.


Review of palaeobotany & palynologyThe terrestrialization process : a palaeobotanical and palynological perspective - volume 1

Review of palaeobotany & palynology vol.224 pt.1 Pages 1-108 (January 2016)
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This special issue contains papers devoted to the terrestrialization of plants. These papers are devoted to the following: (i) describing new taxa or completing information on previously known taxa by providing new data on their morphology, growth strategy, and functional biology; (ii) increasing data on the taxonomic composition and palaeogeographical distribution of early land plant assemblages; and (iii) discussing the impact of this terrestrialization on marine biotas.

Annales Societatis Geologorum PoloniaeBone–bearing Upper Triassic of Upper Silesia, southern Poland: integrated stratigraphy, facies and events

Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae vol.85 no.4 Pages 553-701 (2015)
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This thematic issue presents the results of the project “The evolution of terrestrial environments of the Upper Silesian Keuper as the biotopes of vertebrates”. The project focused on the comprehensive study of the bone-rich higher slice of the Keuper succession (middle and upper Keuper in a traditional sense), in terms of stratigraphy, sedimentology, mineralogy and geochemistry.