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The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations Online Photo Atlas


The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project #512 held its inaurgural meeting on August 27, 2005 in Aberystwyth, Wales, during the IAS conference on Glacial Processes and Products. The broad purpose of this project was to bring together scientists from many countries and subdisciplines in the Earth sciences with the common objective of making a global synthesis of the Neoproterozoic (1000 to 541 million years ago) glaciations. This project served as a vehicle for organizing field workshops and meetings, stimulating collaborative research, and publishing a new book on the Neoproterozoic glacials, with overviews on key stratigraphic successions from around the world, all written in a consistent and concise format.

This collection is meant to provide a companion photo atlas to the book, which was published as a Geological Society of London Memoir in fall 2011 - Arnaud, E., Halverson, G. P. and Shields-Zhou, G. (eds), 2011. The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations . Geological Society of London, Memoirs 36. 735 pp.

The Memoir includes a series of overview articles related to various aspects of Neoproterozoic geology, followed by reviews of key Neoproterozoic successions from around the world ( The first chapter which provides an overview of the book can be viewed at The photos provide a visual record of these successions highlighting, where possible, the quality and extent of outcrop exposure, the common sedimentary facies encountered and any unusual features. These are subdivided by geographic location, following the chapter structure of the Memoir. This collection was first posted online at It is archived here to ensure long term access and preservation.

Banner image: Neoproterozoic glaciogenic Wilsonbreen Formation and overlying Dracoisen Formation (Polarisbreen Group), Ditlovtoppen Nunatak, Svalbard, Norway (Photo credit: Ian Fairchild).

The copyright of the photos in this collection rests with the authors of the chapters or, where stated, the person who took the photo. The images in this collection are available for non-commercial academic and research purposes only. Attribution required. No derivatives.

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