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"Summit 2000"
GSA Annual Meeting • November 9–18, 2000
Reno/Sparks Convention Center • Reno, Nevada


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Pardee Keynote Symposium:
A New Age of Planetary Exploration: Sample Returns, In Situ Geological Analysis, and Human Missions to Other Worlds (K4)

RSCC Hall B, Mon., Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Michael E. Zolensky, NASA Johnson Space Center, Recovery of asteroidal material by the Muses-C mission.
Donald S. Burnett, California Institute of Technology, Genesis: Return of solar matter to Earth.
M. E. Taylor, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, New geological instrumentation in development at the Microdevices Laboratory.
Carol Stoker, NASA Ames Research Center, Rovers as geological helpers for planetary surface exploration.
Harrison H. Schmitt, Univ. of Wisconsin Madison, Rationales for human return to the Moon and human exploration of Mars.
Note: The session will conclude with rover and instrument demonstrations.

Structure and Tectonics of Planets and Satellites (T4)
RSCC Ballroom B, Mon., Nov. 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speakers include:
Thomas R. Watters, Smithsonian Institution, Tectonism on Mercury.
M. P. Golombek, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tectonics of Mars.
Peter C. Thomas, Cornell Univ., Structure and tectonics of Asteroids and small satellites.
Robert T. Pappalardo, Brown University, Tectonics of the Galilean satellites.
William B. McKinnon, Washington Univ., Tectonics of the satellites of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Simon A. Kattenhorn, Univ. of Idaho, Evidence for two complete nonsynchronous rotations of Europa's outer crust.
Louise M. Prockter, Applied Physics Laboratory, Folds on Europa: Insights into crustal cycling.

Frontiers in Gas Hydrate Research I and II (T2)
Sponsored by the Geochemical Society. RSCC Room B5, Mon., Nov. 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Jeffrey S. Kargel, U.S. Geological Survey, Gas Hydrates - Abundant and widespread building blocks of the solar system.
Miriam Kastner, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Methane gas hydrate formation and dissociation in the Eel River Basin, offshore northern California.
W. P. Dillon, U.S. Geological Survey, Structure of a major blowout vent on the Blake Ridge, resulting from inferred gas hydrate processes.
Charles K. Paull, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Piston cores from the Blake Ridge collapse structure.
W. Steven Holbrook, Univ. of Wyoming, Seismic studies of the Blake Ridge: Implications for gas dynamics, hydrate distribution, and methane expulsion.
Ivano Aiello, Univ. of California Santa Cruz, Anatomy and origin of carbonate structures in a Miocene cold seep field.
Wenyue Xu, Georgia Institute of Technology, Global climate change and methane emission from the seafloor.

Superplume Events in Earth History: Causes and Effects (T12)
Atlantis Hotel Ballroom B, Wed., Nov. 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30p.m.-4:00p.m.
Speakers include:
Lee R. Kump, Penn State Univ., Plume activity and the rise of atmospheric oxygen
David J. DesMarais, NASA Ames Research Center, The Precambrian biogeochemical carbon isotopic record: Contributions of thermal versus biological processes
Yoshiyuki Tatsumi, Kyoto Univ., Geochemical evidence for activation of Pacific superplume during mid-Cretaceous and carboniferous
Anthony Hallam, Univ. of Birmingham (UK), The end Triassic mass extinction in relation to a superplume event.
Donna M. Jurdy, Northwestern Univ., Superplume events and polar wander

Integrated Studies of Active Western North American Tectonics (T8)
Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union.
Atlantis Hotel Ballroom B, Tues., Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Speakers include:
James A. Spotila, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Virginia, Assessing the behavior and seismic hazard of complex thrust and strike-slip faulting along the northern front of the San Bernardino Mountains, southern California.
T. H. Dixon, Univ. of Miami, Present-day slip rates for the Aqua Blanca and San Miguel-Vallecitos faults in northern Baja California, Mexico
M. Meghan Miller, Central Washington Univ., Along-strike variation in Cascadia margin kinematics: Implications for relative plate motion, subduction zone coupling and permanent deformation.
Marc-Andre Gutscher, Univ. Bretagne Occidentale, Crustal structure and rheology of the Cascadia subduction zone offshore Washington and implications for natural hazards.
Lucy M. Flesch, SUNY Stony Brook, Understanding the dynamics of the western United States using seismic, geologic, topographic, and geodetic data.

Paleoclimatology and Climatology of South America (T152)
RSCC Room B1, Tues., Nov. 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. RSCC Rooms A2/A6, Tues., Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Wallace S. Broecker, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, recipient of the Don J. Easterbrook Distinguished Scientist Award, The big climate amplifier: Ocean circulation-sea ice extent-storminess-dustiness-cloud albedo
Geoffrey O. Seltzer, Syracuse Univ., Tropical Andean climate change since the last glacial maximum from lacustrine carbonates.

Application of Hydrologic and Geologic Studies to the Performance of a Potential Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada (T79)
Sponsored by the United States Dept. of Energy. RSCC Room B2, Thurs., Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Philip S. Justus, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Risk-informed and performance-based evaluation of seismotectonic processes at the candidate high-level nuclear waste repository, Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Charles Haukwa, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Seepage and drainage of condensate water in the potential geological repository of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Zell E. Peterman, U.S. Geological Survey, Saturate zone flowpaths based on hydrochemical and isotopic data from ground water in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada.
Stephanie P. Kuzio, Sandia National Laboratory, Parameter sensitivity in the saturated zone site-scale model for performance assessment at Yucca Mountain.
John S. Stuckless, U.S. Geological Survey, Archaeological analogues for the performance of a mined geological repository.


Pardee Keynote Symposium:
Nuclear Waste Disposal — Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy (K7)

RSCC Hall B, Tues., Nov. 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Developing Paleontology: The Emerging Developmental Biology/Paleobiology Synthesis (T117)
Sponsored by the Paleontological Society.
RSCC Rooms B8/9, Mon., Nov. 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Speakers include:
Rudy A. Raff, Indiana Univ., Evolution, development, and the exploration of the history of life.
Eric Davidson, California Institute of Technology, Bilaterian evolution: The regulatory view.
Robert L. Carroll, McGill Univ., Developmental biology and the evolution of vertebrates.
David K. Jacobs, UCLA, Developmental genes, evolution and degeneration in the base of the Metazoan tree.

Big Storms of the Past: Evidence And Importance of Paleostorms in the Geologic Record (T54)
RSCC Room B8/9, Thurs., Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Jeffrey P. Donnelly, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sedimentary evidence of prehistoric hurricane strikes in southern New England.
Lisa Greer, Univ. of Miami, A multi-proxy reconstruction of Holocene storm activity from tropical reef biota, Dominican Republic.
Blair R. Tormey, Univ. of Wisconsin, Storminess of the last interglacial: Geologic evidence of intensity from coastal calcarenites of Eleuthera Island, Bahamas.

Science and Policy Issues about Dam Removals — Geology and Public Policy Committee Forum
Atlantis Hotel Tradewinds Conference Center, Wed., Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Speakers include:
Mary Doyle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science
Lee Emery, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Gordon Grant, U.S. Forest Service William Graf, Arizona State Univ.
Martin Doyle, Purdue Univ.
John Shuman, St. John's Water Management District, Florida


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