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The Geology of Middle Earth — A GeoTrip Through New Zealand

1-14 May 2005. Departs from Auckland, New Zealand
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Hot Off The Press
2005 Section Meetings
Especially for Students
Join the GSA Campus Reps
Membership Matters
View Archive
GSA GeoVentures
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Classified Ads & GeoMart
Fun with Geoscience Trivia

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AWG’s Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for female graduate students in the geosciences whose education has been interrupted for financial or personal reasons. Application Deadline: March 15.
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Upcoming job fair sponsored by GSA Associated and Allied Societies: 2005 AAPG/SEG Spring Student Expo. 10-12 March, Norman, Oklahoma.
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Jules Verne Voyager: An interactive map tool for virtual exploration of Earth and other worlds. Custom map creation with fully interactive pan and zoom plus extensive image selection. Developed at the UNAVCO Boulder (Colorado, USA) Facility.
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PaleoArt: Highlights some of the Smithsonian Institution's most interesting historical paleo art. Provides information about taking proper care of illustrations and discusses techniques for creating paleontological and other scientific illustrations.
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Communicating the Value of Geoscience


A study by Karen Gran and David Montgomery (University of Washington) of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption and its hydrologic aftermath (GSA Bulletin, January-February 2005) received coverage from a diverse group of media outlets including Science Daily, Business World (Manila, Philippines), and the US Department of State’s International Information Programs online.
[ GSA BULLETIN abstract | State Department article ]

Research by Jay Quade (University of Arizona) et al. on paleoenvironments of the earliest stone toolmakers in Ethiopia (GSA Bulletin, November 2004) was reported by Science and Science Daily.
[ GSA BULLETIN abstract | SCIENCE DAILY article ]

A study by Leslie McFadden (University of New Mexico) et al. on solar heating, physical weathering in arid landscapes, and creation of “natural compasses” (GSA Bulletin, January-February 2005) was reported by MSNBC Online.
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Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. What mineral is often referred to as 'dog-tooth spar' because of the shape of its crystals?
  2. What term is given to the slow lowering of the Earth’s surface through the gravity driven processes of erosion?
  3. Check your answersWhat color is pyrite in thin section under cross polarized light?

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