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August 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 8

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Meetings
Publications
Associated Societies
Especially for Students
Education & Outreach

Geology & Public Policy
Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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MEETINGS
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2012 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition:
Geosciences: Investing in the Future

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA • 4–7 November 2012

GSA has received 3,465 abstracts for the technical program in Charlotte. GSA will be notifying folks at the end of this month regarding the status of their abstract submittals. Thanks to each of you for being an indispensable part of this meeting!

Election day (6 Nov.) occurs during the GSA meeting this year. We encourage all attendees to vote early or request an absentee ballot.

The Annual Meeting location in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, has a lot to offer! Be sure to check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame, take a local tour, or even explore your artistic side!

Speaking of artistic: GSA's Annual Photo Exhibit is still accepting submissions (deadline 15 Sept.) under four categories: (1) Regional geology; (2) abstract images; (3) geologic processes past and present; and (4) iconic landscapes. [ learn more ]
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
Special Paper 485
On the Strata of the Earth: A Translation of О Слояхъ Земныхъ
By Mikhail Vasil'evich Lomonosov; translated by Stephen M. Rowland and Slava Korolev
This English translation of Mikhail Lomonsov's most important work has provocative similarities to and insightful differences from Hutton's Theory of the Earth.

FOR THE CLASSROOM
GSA Map & Chart Series: Chart MCH092REV
Earth Scientist's Periodic Table of Elements and Their Ions
By L. Bruce Railsback
Revised last year, this oversized chart is an endlessly fascinating teaching tool.

GSA Map & Chart Series: Chart MCH059REV
Geology of Plate Tectonics
By Gregory Wessel
This chart organizes the types of plate boundaries and displays them in a useful graphic form.
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ASSOCIATED SOCIETIES
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ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS
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Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Rides Again!
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (RMR) of Geoscience Students and Employers Job Fair
This annual AAPG event runs 21–24 Sept. 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, adjacent to the University of Wyoming–Laramie campus. Students: Check the RMR website to find out more about the job fair, see which companies are participating, and register online.
[ learn more ]
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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Communicating Science
Alan  Leshner, CEO of AAAS, editorializes on the growing need for effective science communication in the 17 August issue of Science Magazine (read the summary). Recognizing this important skill set, GSA is offering "Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists" as a hands-on short course this year at the Annual Meeting in Charlotte.
[ learn more | sign up for this course when you register for the meeting ]

Mega-EarthCache Event!
The 1st International EarthCache Event, coming up in Maine, USA, on 2 Sept. 2012. More than 700 people will attend this event, which features educational workshops, networking opportunities, a "Flash Mob" at the DeLorme map store, a "Cache-In-Trash-Out" clean-up event, and a short field trip.
[ learn more ]
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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"Fire, Food, and Water: 40 Years of Landsat Satellites" Congressional Briefing
For forty years, Landsat has protected and enhanced our quality of life by tracking changes on the Earth’s surface over time. GSA joined other scientific societies to host a panel of experts who discussed how Landsat helps us track wildfires, assess agricultural challenges, and mitigate water management issues at a 23 July briefing held on Capitol Hill.
[ watch the YouTube video of the briefing ]
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OF NOTE
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Geoscience Currents #62: 2011 Median Salaries for Geoscience-related Occupations
According to the 7 August AGI Geoscience Currents report, "Median salaries for non-technician, geoscience-related occupations outpaced broad occupational category salaries in 2011." Also, "Geoscience-related scientific disciplines outpaced salaries for all Life, Physical, and Social Science salaries by 6% (Environmental Scientists) to 51% (Atmospheric and Space Scientists)."
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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The August Lithosphere article by An Yin, "Structural analysis of the Valles Marineris fault zone: Possible evidence for large-scale strike-slip faulting on Mars," received some good coverage on the tails of the Mars rover landing. The article was picked up by the online version of the Daily Mail (10 Aug.), Mashable (12 Aug.), Space.com/LiveScience/Yahoo!News and The Daily Galaxy (14 Aug.), CBS News (16 Aug.), and the Examiner.com and Universe Today (17 Aug).
[ An Yin abstract | Live Science | Universe Today ]

The Geology article by David Petley, "Global patterns of loss of life from landslides," posted online ahead of print (1 Aug.), has also received a good deal of media coverage, with articles in BBC Science News (15 Aug.), The Jakarta Globe (16 Aug.), Reuters News24 (16 Aug.), and Yahoo!News/LiveScience (16 Aug.) Petley even blogged about his paper in a 16 Aug. "The Landslide Blog" post.
[ Petley abstract | Jakarta Globe | Reuters News24 | Landslide blog ]

"New on-fault evidence for a great earthquake in A.D. 1717, central Alpine fault, New Zealand," by G.P. De Pascale and R.M. Langridge, first published in Geology online ahead of print (29 June), was discussed in a 15 Aug. New Zealand Herald article.
[ De Pascale and Langridge abstract | New Zealand Herald ]

Work by B.D. Cozzens and G.A. Spinelli, "A wider seismogenic zone at Cascadia due to fluid circulation in subducting oceanic crust," which was posted online in Geology ahead of print (1 Aug.), was covered by the Vancouver Sun and other Canadian news outlets on 4 Aug.
[ Cozzens and Spinelli abstract | Vancouver Sun ]

The Geology article by I. Schimmelpfennig et al., "Holocene glacier culminations in the Western Alps and their hemispheric relevance," published online ahead of print (1 Aug.), is the subject of a 3 Aug. "State of the Planet" blog post.
[ I. Schimmelpfennig et al. abstract | State of the Planet post ]

Research by C.T. Perry et al., "Evidence of very rapid reef accretion and reef growth under high turbidity and terrigenous sedimentation," published in the August 2012 Geology, was covered by ZeeNews India (1 Aug.) and The Cambodia Herald (3 Aug.).
[ C.T. Perry et al. abstract | Cambodia Herald | ZeeNews]

Research by H. Yamano et al., "Coral reefs at 34°N, Japan: Exploring the end of environmental gradients," which was posted online in Geology ahead of print (12 July), was covered by Yahoo!News/LiveScience (31 July) and Discovery.com (1 Aug.).
[ Yamano et al. abstract | Yahoo!News | Discovery.com ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. As a geological term, what are "blueberries"?
  2. What is the name of the first Mars rover?
  3. On what part of Mars did the rover Curiosity land?

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