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Pardee Keynote Symposia

All sessions will take place at the Oregon Convention Center,
777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd., Portland.

The Pardee Keynote Symposia are special events of broad interest to the geoscience community. The sessions are interdisciplinary, representing issues on the leading edge of a scientific discipline or area of public policy and addressing broad, fundamental issues. All speakers are invited. The Pardee Keynote Symposia are made possible by a grant from the Joseph T. Pardee Memorial Fund.

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Symposia Sessions
P1. Crisis in the Cryosphere: Impacts of Planetary Meltdown
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT); GSA Geology and Society Division
George T. Stone, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wis.; Andrew M. Buddington, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Wash.; Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn.
Wed., 21 Oct, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Portland Ballroom 252
All components of the cryosphere are in decline: ice sheets and outlet glaciers, ice caps and valley glaciers, ice shelves and sea ice, permafrost. This worldwide meltdown presages catastrophic impacts on water supplies, sea level, and coastlines.
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P2. Crustal Tectonic Deformation as Revealed by Seismic Anisotropy
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
David Okaya, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.; Kevin Mahan, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.; Mark T. Brandon, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; Nikolas I. Christensen, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Mon., 19 Oct, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Portland Ballroom 252
Observations of seismic anisotropy indicate the presence of wave-altering structure or internal material properties. This session examines the role of deformation-related rock fabrics to produce crustal seismic anisotropy and new approaches to probe at all crustal levels.
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P3. Earth et al.—Our Planets from the Hadean to Today
GSA International Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM); Paleontological Society; American Geological Institute; NASA Astrobiology Institute; Mineralogical Society of America; Geochemical Society of America
Nora Noffke, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.; Kurt Konhauser, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Tues., 20 Oct, 8 a.m.–noon, Portland Ballroom 252
The evolution of life and its paleoenvironmental context from the Hadean to the modern: Earth and beyond.
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P4. First Global View of the Geology of Mercury: Dynamic Landscapes on the Innermost Planet
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Louise Prockter, Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Md.; Sean C. Solomon, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
Tues., 20 Oct, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Portland Ballroom 252
Description: MESSENGER’s two flybys of Mercury in 2008 provided the first detailed views of the planet in three decades and revealed a rich geological history marked by widespread volcanism, prolonged contractional tectonics, and pervasive impact cratering.
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P5. Geodynamics from the Cascadia Margin to the High Lava Plains
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Anita L. Grunder, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore; G. Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; K; Rick W. Carlson, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, D.C.; Michael Brudzinski, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio; Bernie Housen, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.; Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Wed., 21 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon, Portland Ballroom 252
A session dedicated to understanding the geodynamic evolution of the Cascadia margin and High Lava Plains, from the Miocene (18 Ma) until the present. The session will synthesize geological, geophysical, and geochemical research that addresses modification of the lithosphere through tectonism and magmatism.
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P6. Google Earth to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in the Geosciences
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Google, Inc.; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
P. Kyle House, University of Nevada, Reno, Nev.; John Bailey, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska; Ronald C. Schott, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kans.; Mano Marks, Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.; Glenn A. Richard, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.; Peter A. Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma, Wash.
Sun., 18 Oct., 1:30–5 p.m., Portland Ballroom 251/258
Digital technologies such as Web 2.0 services, virtual globes, and new applications of digital photography can enhance understanding of geology at all levels and across all disciplines. This session will highlight particularly novel and innovative applications of these technologies.
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P7. Hazards and Health: Preventing Disaster and Building Resilience on the Ring of Fire
Engineering Geology; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA International Division; GSA Geology & Public Policy Committee; Geological Society of New Zealand; International Association of Emergency Managers; International Medical Geology Association; International Union of Geological Sciences; International Union for Quaternary Research; U.S. Geological Survey
Monica E. Gowan, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; David Applegate, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.; Scott F. Burns, Portland State University, Portland, Ore.; John J. Clague, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia; David Johnston, GNS Science/Massey University, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Mon., 19 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon, Portland Ballroom 252
Uniting the efforts of natural and social scientists is vital to the well-being of disaster-prone communities. This session highlights new interdisciplinary directions for managing risk at the emerging crossroads of hazards, health, and emergency management.
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P8. The Evolution of Basaltic Landscapes: Time and the River and Lava Flowing
Gordon E. Grant, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, Ore.; Katharine Cashman, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.; Oliver A. Chadwick, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sun., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon, Portland Ballroom 252
This session will focus on the life and death of basaltic landscapes around the world, from lava-flow emplacement and dynamics to soil and hydrologic development, biological colonization, and channel incision and landscape evolution.
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