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Charles Groat to Retire

Secretary Gale Norton Praises Leadership of USGS Director

Groat will resume his distinguished academic career, accepting appointments at the University of Texas at Austin.
[ read press release ]

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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

GSA Winners Announced.

GSA awarded 3 prizes for high school student geoscience projects demonstrating a high level of understanding of earth science concepts, how the Earth is a system, and the use of innovative methods to explain concepts.
[ read about it ]


“Adapting the Science Laboratory Experiences for Students with Disabilities” is a free program to be held at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus, on 7-8 July 2005.
[ more information ]


Fun with Geoscience Trivia
1. What term is given to the enrichment of an ore body by normal weathering processes?
2. What term is given to the upper surface of a layer of ground water?
3. In what type of rock (sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic) would you find porphyroblastic structures?
Check your answers
In This Issue:
Hot Off The Press
Meeting News
GeoCorps Congratulations
Stimulate Growth & Change
Groat To Retire
View Archive
Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Classified Ads & GeoMart
Intel Science Fair Winners
Summer Institute
Fun with Geoscience Trivia
Stay Informed

Meeting News

Earth System Processes 2

ESP2The technical program abstracts and schedule are online now! Register by 27 June 2005! Late fees go into effect on 28 June. Field Trip registration deadline is 30 June.
[ abstracts | field trips ]

… and be sure to check out the Education Workshop. You’ll discover successful models for teaching students about systems, integrating interdisciplinary research in your teaching, and building bridges with the K-12 science community.
[ workshop details ]

SLC 2005 - GSA Annual MeetingSLC 2005
Science • Learning • Colleagues
16-19 October, Salt Lake City, UT

"The Annual Meeting is one of the best venues for sharing our Science, continuing our Learning, and interacting with our Colleagues. As you make plans for October, I would like to issue this challenge: encourage at least one other student or colleague to attend the meeting and share in our growing community. See you in Salt Lake City!"

— Adolph Yonkee, 2005 General Chair
Follow these convenient shortcuts to meeting info:
Abstract Deadline is 12 July.
[ Pardee Symposia & Topical Sessions | submit an abstract ]
Online registration is open. Book your hotel, too.
Standard registration deadline: 12 September.
[ register today | lodging info ]
Planning an event in SLC?
Space needs to be requested before 1 July.
[ more details ]
Home page
Student Travel Fund: In its inaugural year (2004), more than $8,500 was donated, helping 120 students with travel assistance for the Annual Meeting. The need is great — there were 400 applicants for these funds!
Donate on your registration form.
[ more info | Students: how to apply ]
Guest Program: Salt Lake City has some amazing sites! Check out the tours planned for this year.
[ more details ]
Invite a Colleague. GSA makes it easy. Download a draft e-mail message with live links, written for people unfamiliar with GSA and its annual meeting, and tailor it for your use.
[ invite a colleague ]

GeoCorps America™

Congratulations to the 2005 participants!

Thirty-eight honored members will fill positions in some of the most beautiful places in the US on America’s public lands.
[ read more ]

Membership Matters

Serve on a GSA Committee

Stimulate Growth & Change

GSA seeks candidates to serve on Society committees and as GSA representatives to other organizations. Deadline for nominations is 1 August.
[ nomination form | [ current vacancies (pdf) ]


NOAA Great Lakes Ice Atlas presents a 30-winter (1973-2002) set of digitized composite ice charts, and a complete multi-winter statistical analysis of the climatology of the ice cover concentration.

New online map from USGS, updated hourly, forecasts California earthquake hazards. Using an historical baseline level of risk, the program estimates the probability of damaging aftershocks throughout the state in the ensuing 24 hours.

Communicating the Value of Geoscience


At its May 2005 meeting, GSA Council approved two new official position statements:
Visas for Foreign Scientists and Students
Open Access to Data
These statements were developed by the Geology & Public Policy Committee, and are posted with GSA’s other position statements. You can use these statements when you work with local citizens or contact your member of Congress about earth science and environmental issues of concern.
[ view position statements ]


ScienceNow Online reports about a Rasmussen paper (GEOLOGY, June 2005) noting the oldest evidence for in situ petroleum generation and expulsion (by more than one billion years) from ~3.2 and 2.63 billion-year old shales from the Pilbara Craton in Australia.
[ abstract | ScienceNOW article ]

A study by Wilkinson demonstrating that human activity (agricultural and construction) now erodes rock, soil, and sediment at about 15 times the rate of natural processes (GEOLOGY, March 2005) was reported by Natural History magazine.
[ abstract ]

Reseach by Heermance on two small northern California glaciers holding their own relative to global warming was presented at the Cordilleran Section meeting and reported by NASA's Earth Observatory and Science Daily.
[ abstract | NASA Earth Observatory article ]

Research by Kukihara et al. on a newly discovered cluster of dinosaur tracks at southeastern Colorado's John Martin Reservoir was presented at the Rocky Mountain Section meeting and reported by the Rocky Mountain News. The article was subsequently picked up by Scripps Howard News Service outlets all across the U.S.
[ abstract ]

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