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Geology's Significant Sites and their Contributions to Geoheritage

Product Code: SP543
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R. M. Clary, E.J. Pyle and W.M. Andrews
Publication Date: 18 July 2024 (not yet published)
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Special Publication 543

The contributions in this book explore several geologically significant sites and, in doing so, acknowledge and explore not just the geological exposures themselves, but also the people and issues that are fundamentally intertwined with the history of our science and its impact on our society. Through selective examples of outcrops and locales integral to the history of geology, we explore the evolution of modern geology, as well as the geodiversity and geoheritage of our planet. While the volume is far from comprehensive, the chapters contained herein detail a range for geoheritage value, scale of geoheritage sites and potential for geoheritage opportunities that will promote a broader, richer understanding of the complexity of the geoheritage of Earth. Importantly, many chapters offer a cautionary tale of sites almost lost to posterity and submit their take-away lessons for community mobilization towards geoheritage site protection.

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Published online on the Lyell Collection 13 July 2024

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786206008
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 480
Weight: kg



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North America

Salgado-Jauregui, E., Ellins, K., Martindale, R. C., Henry, D. and Gordon-Smith, D.-A. Incorporating diverse voices in geoconservation in Portland, Jamaica

González, J. L., Hinthorne, J. R., Skowroneck, R. K., Bacha-Garza, R., Miller, C. L. and Hardage, S. M. Social legacy and geoheritage significance of the largely overlooked Catahoula Volcanic Ash of South Texas

Garcia, Jr, Á. A. and Shank, A. Using the geoheritage framework to explore the intersection of diverse legacies at Grand Caverns, Virginia, USA

Pyle, E. J. and Fichter, L. S. The Great Valley of Virginia as place and time in American geoheritage

Brandt, D. S. and Velbel, M. A. The ‘Coal Measures’ of Grand Ledge, Michigan, USA

Anderson, T. B., James, M. J. and McNeil, P. The Burgess Shale lagerstätte at the Walcott Quarry, Yoho National Park, Canada

Bourgeois, J. Trackways in the New Red Sandstone of the Connecticut River Valley, USA, the cradle of ichnology

Clary, R. M. and Dockery, D. T. III The Town Creek locale of Jackson, Mississippi, USA: Charles Lyell (1797–1875), exemplary fossils and a subsurface volcano

Contessi, M., Fiorillo, A. R. and Fanti, F. Three of North America’s geoheritage sites and the lost 1863 exploration of Giovanni Capellini

Gass, K. C. The Milwaukee Formation (Givetian, Wisconsin): gone but not forgotten

Mikulic, D. G. and Kluessendorf, J. Geoheritage and geoconservation in the American Midwest: Silurian reefs of the Milwaukee–Chicago region

Thomas, R. D. K. and Driscoll, E. L. Chickies Rock, a striking promontory on the Susquehanna River: the early Cambrian type locality of the trace fossil Skolithos and a model site for structural analysis

Goldstein, M. A. and Bulinski, K. V. The Falls of the Ohio River: America’s First Fossil Bed

Coorough Burke, P. J., Mayer, P. S. and McCoy, V. E. Mazon Creek fossils brought to you by coal, concretions and collectors

Clary, R. M. Mississippi, USA’s local landscapes: geoheritage value and educational benefits within college palaeontology classrooms

South America

Stone, P. and Rushton, A. W. A. Charles Darwin’s discovery of Devonian fossils in the Falkland Islands, 1833, and its controversial consequences

Chancellor, G. R. Signal Post Hill and Agua de la Zorra: two geological sites studied by Charles Darwin on the Beagle voyage and their contributions to geoheritage

Lucas, S. G., Espinoza, E. and Alvarado, G. E. Acahualinca, Nicaragua, a scientifically significant site of ancient human footprints in the New World

OConnell, S. Geoheritage in the making: the discovery and vulnerability of deep-sea hydrothermal vents


Sharpe, T. The Early Jurassic sequence of Lyme Regis, Dorset, England and its place in the history of geology and palaeontology

Dominici, S. The Volterra cliff in the mind of philosophers, savants and geologists (1282–1830)

Jagt, J. W. M., Claessens, L. P. A. M., Fraaije, R. H. B., Jagt-Yazykova, E. A., Mulder, E. W. A., Schulp, A. S. and Wallaard, J. J. W. The Maastrichtian type area (Netherlands–Belgium): a synthesis of 250+ years of collecting and ongoing progress in Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy and palaeontology

Hestmark, G. A tale of two moraines and the discovery of Ice Ages

Barale, L. The ‘gigantic boulders’ of the Torino Hill (NW Italy): geohistorical significance and geoheritage value

Vtorov, I. P. Bogdo–Baskunchak Nature Reserve as a geoheritage site

Flynn, L. J., Raza, S. M., Morgan, M. E., Barry, J. C. and Pilbeam, D. The Potwar Siwaliks: an impressive Neogene record of terrestrial rocks and fossils

Sun, C. Zhoukoudian: the birthplace of palaeoanthropology and the stimulus for Paleolithic archaeology in China


Benoit, J., Penn-Clarke, C. R., Rust, R., Groenewald, D. P., Vickers-Rich, P. and Helm, C. W. Indigenous knowledge of palaeontology in Africa

Mugumbate, F. The value of the Belingwe Greenstone Belt, Zimbabwe, as a national geoheritage site

Chindebvu, E. G., Jacobs, L. L., Juwayeyi, Y. M., Perez, M. L., Polcyn, M. J., Simfukwe, H. H., Vineyard, D. P. and Winkler, D. A. The Mwesia Beds of northern Malawi in relation to the Tanganyika Problem

Jacobs, L. L., Schröder, S., de Sousa, N., Dixon, R., Fiordalisi, E., Marechal, A., Mateus, O., Nsungani, P. C., Polcyn, M. J., Pereira, G. do C. R., Rochelle-Bates, N., Schulp, A. S., Scotese, C. R., Sharp, I., Silvano, C. G., Swart, R. and Vineyard, D. P. The Atlantic Jigsaw Puzzle and the geoheritage of Angola

Bailie, R. H., Mhlanga, M. and Reinhardt, J. The Sea Point contact, Cape Town, South Africa: a geological site made famous by Charles Darwin’s visit

Gingerich, P. D. Wadi Al-Hitan or ‘Valley of Whales’ – an Eocene World Heritage Site in the Western Desert of Egypt

Bordy, E. M., Smith, R. M. H., Choiniere, J. N. and Rubidge, B. S. Selected Karoo geoheritage sites of palaeontological significance in South Africa and Lesotho

McHenry, L. J., Stanistreet, I. G., Njau, J. K. and Mwankunda, J. The geoheritage of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: providing geological answers to human origin questions




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