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News Release April 5, 2001
GSA Release No. 01-08
Contact: Christa Stratton
+1-303-357-1093

Geologists Will Explore New Earthquake Findings April 9–11

I. Introduction
II. Presentation Highlights
III. Complimentary Media Registration and Other Information

(I) Introduction

About 900 U.S. and international geoscientists will discuss updates and unanswered questions about the Northridge quake as well as new earthquake possibilities in southern California at a joint meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). In addition, geoscientists will report on a range of topics from the future of the Salton Sea to the role of Asia as the youngest continent in earth evolution. Scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will share new findings on the polar ice caps of Mars and new images of Mercury's south pole.

The meeting takes place April 9-11, 2001, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, California. Geologists from the Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Northridge, and the San Joaquin Geological Society in Bakersfield will host the meeting.

Two special presentations of general interest will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10, from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. in Studio I/II of the Sheraton Universal. On Monday, Tanya Atwater of UC Santa Barbara, a world-renowned expert in the field of plate tectonics, will discuss "Sliding and Spinning — How our Plates Have Moved Over the Past 30 Million Years." Tuesday evening, Kate Hutton of CalTech will discuss "Rockin' and Rollin' in Southern California — What's Shaking and How we Measure It."

Registration is complimentary for media representatives who wish to attend these or other sessions. If you are interested but unable to attend, you are encouraged to conduct advance interviews with scientists on an embargoed basis, with release dates coinciding with their presentation dates.

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