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Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives

Product Code: USPE439
Series: GSA Special Papers
Author/Editor: Edited by Marith C. Reheis, Robert Hershler, and David M. Miller
Publication Date: 01 July 2008
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GSA Special Paper 439.

The late Cenozoic history of surface waters in the arid deserts of the southwestern Great Basin and lower Colorado River region has fascinated scientists for more than two centuries. A wide diversity of closed basins with ancient lake beds and partially integrated drainage systems tantalizes scientists with the potential for studies of fundamental geologic and biologic processes, including landscape evolution, climate history, and tectonics; the distribution of regional aquatic biota; and the history of isolation and speciation. Early models of regional drainage history have been revised during the past decade, along with biogeographic inquiries of diverse aquatic organisms. The papers in this volume summarize and integrate geologic and biotic perspectives to provide a current synthesis of the aquatic history of this fascinating western North American region, and to develop broader perspectives on the types of research addressing issues of regional drainage history.


Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780813724393
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Weight: 1.25 kg




  • Reconstructing late Pliocene to middle Pleistocene Death Valley lakes and river systems as a test of pupfish (Cyprinodontidae) dispersal hypotheses, Jeffrey R. Knott, Michael N. Machette, Ralph E. Klinger, Andrei M. Sarna-Wojcicki, Joseph C. Liddicoat, John C. Tinsley III, Brian T. David, and Veva M. Ebbs
  • The western North American pupfish clade (Cyprinodontidae: Cyprinodon): Mitochondrial DNA divergence and drainage history, Anthony A. Echelle
  • Multistage late Cenozoic evolution of the Amargosa River drainage, southwestern Nevada and eastern California, Christopher M. Menges
  • Ancient vicariance and recent dispersal of springsnails (Hydrobiidae: Pyrgulopsis) in the Death Valley system, California-Nevada, Robert Hershler and Hsiu-Ping Liu
  • Genetic zoogeography of the Hyalella azteca species complex in the Great Basin: Rapid rates of molecular diversification in desert springs, Jonathan D.S. Witt, Doug L. Threloff, and Paul D.N. Hebert
  • Geological and hydrological history of the paleo–Owens River drainage since the late Miocene, Fred M. Phillips
  • Late Pleistocene lakes and wetlands, Panamint Valley, Inyo County, California, A.S. Jayko, R.M. Forester, D.S. Kaufman, F.M. Phillips, J.C. Yount, J. McGeehin, and S.A. Mahan
  • Late Quaternary, MIS 6–8 shoreline features of pluvial Owens Lake, Owens Valley, eastern California, A.S. Jayko and S.N. Bacon
  • Late Pleistocene shorelines of Owens Lake, California, and their hydroclimatic and tectonic implications, Antony R. Orme and Amalie Jo Orme
  • Lake Manix shorelines and Afton Canyon terraces: Implications for incision of Afton Canyon, Marith C. Reheis and Joanna L. Redwine
  • Lake Thompson, Mojave Desert, California: The late Pleistocene lake system and its Holocene desiccation, Antony R. Orme


  • Middle to late Cenozoic geology, hydrography, and fish evolution in the American Southwest, Jon E. Spencer, Gerald R. Smith, and Thomas E. Dowling
  • Correlating hydrographic events and divergence times of speckled dace (Rhinichthys: Teleostei: Cyprinidae) in the Colorado River drainage, Gerald R. Smith and Thomas E. Dowling
  • Pre–Colorado River drainage in western Grand Canyon: Potential influence on Miocene stratigraphy in Grand Wash Trough, Richard A. Young
  • Stratigraphic evidence for the role of lake spillover in the inception of the lower Colorado River in southern Nevada and western Arizona, P. Kyle House, Philip A. Pearthree, and Michael E. Perkins
  • Late Neogene marine incursions and the ancestral Gulf of California, Kristin McDougall
  • An evaluation of the evolution of the latest Miocene to earliest Pliocene Bouse lake system in the lower Colorado River valley, southwestern USA, Jon E. Spencer, Philip A. Pearthree, and P. Kyle House
  • Age, distribution, and formation of late Cenozoic paleovalleys of the lower Colorado River and their relation to river aggradation and degradation, Keith A. Howard, Scott C. Lundstrom, Daniel V. Malmon, and Simon J. Hook
  • Late Pleistocene aggradation and degradation of the lower Colorado River: Perspectives from the Cottonwood area and other reconnaissance below Boulder Canyon, Scott C. Lundstrom, Shannon A. Mahan, James B. Paces, Mark R. Hudson, P. Kyle House, Daniel V. Malmon, J. Luke Blair, and Keith A. Howard


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