GSA Connection GSA Connection
GSA Connection is a monthly
e-publication of The Geological Society of America, containing news and items of interest to the geoscience community.
This publication may contain advertising for science-related goods and services.

In This Issue:

New Division Proposed
Especially for Students
Hot Off The Press
Council Corner
Annual Meeting
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Poll of the Month

View Archive

Hot Off The Press

Special Paper 379,
Sulfur Biogeochemistry — Past and Present

presents recent advances in the biogeochemistry of sulfur, loosely grouped into four thematic areas: (1) microbial contributions to sulfur biogeochemistry, (2) sulfide oxidation in the environment, (3) formation, distribution, recycling, and burial of sulfur species in sedimentary systems, and (4) sulfur records of biogeochemical conditions in the ancient ocean.
[ view contents ]

Memoir 197,
Proterozoic tectonic evolution of the Grenville orogen in North America

includes 39 papers offering a system-wide perspective on rocks and processes of the Mesoproterozoic Grenville orogen and Appalachian inliers. The volume includes many multidisciplinary studies presenting results from integrated petrologic, geochemical, and geochronologic investigations.
[ view contents ]

Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Porifera (Revised), Vol. 3 (2004)

includes systematic descriptions for the classes Demospongea, Hexactinellida, Heteractinida, and Calcarea, followed by a stratigraphic range chart to the subgenus level.
[ view contents ]

Colorful Rock Chart Poster

classifies igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and expands on formation processes with photos depicting the textural characteristics of each type. The poster also illustrates a dramatic occurrence of each rock type in nature with panoramic views of Beerenberg Volcano on Jan Mayen, the Grand Canyon, and the rocky James Bay shoreline in Quebec. Only $9.95.
[ view poster ]

Science for the 21st Century

See What's New in GeoMartSee what's new in GeoMart.

Check the Classified Ads...and check the classifieds if you need a job (or have an opening).

NSF Announcement

Stay Informed!

Sign up for GSA E-NewsWith GSA E-News you can sign up specifically for the information that you want.

Calendar Closeups

Fractured Rock Conference: State of the Science and Measuring Success in Remediation — 2004 NGWA/U.S. EPA host conference in Portland, Maine, Sept. 13-15.
[ Program brochure - PDF ]

[ View Entire Calendar ]

Poll of the Month

Results tallied instantly.
Final results reported in August.

The Geosciences:
Profession or Discipline?

Read Christopher Keane's viewpoint, courtesy of Geotimes, and express yours!

Do you think that in the future geology will be primarily a:

1. profession?

2. discipline?

3. combination of profession and discipline?

Your Support Needed for New GSA Geomedicine Division

Growing concern about health problems linked to burgeoning effects of geofactors justifies the creation of a GSA Geomedicine Division. Your expression of support is needed to make this new division a reality.
[ learn more ]

Especially for Students

HEADS UP on the Student Research Grants Program!

  • GSA's first research proposal writing workshop to be held at the Denver Annual Meeting.
    [ learn more ]
  • Online submission of grant applications is in the works for 2005.
    [ more details ]

AAPG Rocky Mountain Rendezvous of Geoscience Students and Employers set for Sept. 26-27, 2004 at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.
[ more info ]

Council Corner

Read the candidate biographies for GSA Officers and Councilors and make your choices for the future of GSA! Online voting opens August 11 and runs through September 10.
[ read bios - members only ]

GSA is Seeking Representatives to AAAS Committees
GSA appoints representatives for: (1) Geology & Geography; (2) Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences; (3) Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.
[ more details ]

2004 Annual Meeting

Beer & Geology
Learn about the impact of geology on brewing processes and sample various beers from local Colorado breweries.
[ more details ]

Resources logoAn innovative new Web site,, bridging the earth and life sciences, provides a single resource for all things related to biogeoscience. The site was developed by GSA and is supported by a grant from the Biogeosciences program of NSF.
[ view site ]

Geotechnical, Rock, and Water Resources Library (GROW) offers hundreds of education links, including numerous K-12 lab exercises.
[ view site ]

Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. In what process was a California Pump used?
  2. How many spectral bands are measured by the Landsat TM satellite?
  3. Check your answers"The girls can fight and order queens to sacrifice diamonds" is a mnemonic for what scale?

Communicating the Value of Geoscience

Government Affairs

A proposed GSA Position Statement on the "Evaluation of Scientific Information" is now posted on the Web. The panel requests your comments by mid-August.
[ view statement ]

Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition
Earthscope logoGSA, AGU, and AGI jointly hosted a booth showcasing EarthScope, a program designed to explore the structure and evolution of the North American Continent, at last month's CNSF exhibition in Washington, D.C.
[ learn more ]

GSA In The News

Research by Stephan Husen, et al., relating how the Denali fault earthquake in Alaska changed eruptive behavior of geysers in Yellowstone National Park (GEOLOGY, June 2004) received extensive coverage. Articles were written by the Associated Press, Reuters, Science News, and others. Broadcast coverage included the CBS Evening News and CNN. The story was also covered by the BBC.
[ AP article | article | GEOLOGY abstract ]

The science article by D. J. White, et al., on the International Energy Agency Weyburn pilot project article (GSA TODAY, July 2004) generated interest in the subject of greenhouse gas sequestration in abandoned oil reservoirs.
[ SCIENCE DAILY article | GSA TODAY article ]

A study by Christine Metzger, et al., linking paleosol formation to rare earth element signatures in fossil bone (GEOLOGY, June 2004) was reported by Science News.
[ GEOLOGY abstract ]

Press Releases Issued by GSA

Selected Press Releases Received by GSA

Results of June Poll

Which of these is a back-arc basin?

Answer: Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea, south of Greece, is spreading behind the Cretan Trench where the African plate is subducting. The Persian Gulf is a downwarp where the Arabian plate meets Eurasia, the Red Sea is a slow-spreading basin where Arabia has broken off from Africa, and the Mediterranean is a complex convergent zone between the European and African plates. It contains two back-arc basins, the Aegean and Tyrrhenian seas. Source:

GSA Connection respondents said:
41% The Aegean Sea
11% The Mediterranean Sea
8% The Persian Gulf
40% The Red Sea

Feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues! Visit the GSA Connection archive on the Web anytime.

© 2004, Geological Society of America, 3300 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301. All rights reserved.

Click here to manage your GSA e-News subscriptions.

GSA Connection is a monthly e-publication of The Geological Society of America, containing news and items of interest to the geoscience community. This publication may contain links to sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties. GSA is not responsible for the content of any such third-party site. GSA Connection may also contain advertising for science-related goods and services.

Go to the GSA Home Page