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GSA Bulletin starts 2013 with 13 new papers published online ahead of print
Date:2/6/2013

recipitation, all of which contributed to a shift in local ecosystems (primarily vegetation). The rapidity of this peak event indicates that previously assumed longer timescale causes like volcanism and weathering were not the driver of these atmospheric changes, and instead suggests that these transient regional to global patterns of climate change resulted from short-term drivers such as increased continental lake or oceanic carbon ventilation.


Timing of late Holocene paleoearthquakes on the Hurunui segment of the Hope fault: Implications for plate boundary strain release through South Island, New Zealand
Robert M. Langridge et al., Dept. of Active Landscapes, GNS Science, P.O. Box 30-368, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Posted online 29 Jan. 2013; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B30674.1.

The Hope fault is a major strike-slip fault in the northern South Island of New Zealand. Paleoseismic studies along the remote western part of the fault (Hurunui segment) have led to the estimation of timing for the two most recent, but prehistoric large earthquakes on the fault there. The characterization of these event ages, which occurred at about AD 1655� and AD 1425-1625, was achieved using radiocarbon dates, soil, and tree ages in the upper Hurunui river valley. The occurrence of two large earthquake ruptures on the Hurunui segment during the last 600 years is consistent with previous slip rate-derived estimates of earthquake recurrence. The Hope fault is a well-segmented system. When the paleoseismic records from other pieces of the fault system are considered, e.g., Conway, Hope River, Hurunui segments and the Hanmer fault, the results show that each had ruptured during the last 120-360 years (AD 1650-1888) and that each had ruptured 2-3 times during the last 700-900 years. These results have significant implications for considering: (i) the role of stress triggering and fault inter
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