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flower in mudbedManaging Drought and Water Scarcity in Vulnerable Environments: Creating a Roadmap for Change in the United States

18-20 September 2006, Longmont, Colorado
Abstract Deadline: 26 June 2006
[ view program | submit an abstract ]

The Pursuit of Science: 2006 GSA Annual Meeting
Building on a Foundation
of Discovery
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GSA Annual Meeting

decoration 2006 Annual Meeting

22–25 October
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2006 annual meeting will be an exciting and historic event that corresponds with the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation's most celebrated scientists and a visionary leader in the integration of science, public policy, and the open exchange of information. Many of North America's first geologists traveled regularly to Philadelphia to exchange information and share recent discoveries. Our 2006 annual meeting will carry on that tradition through field trips, sessions, special symposia, and the public forum.

Abstracts Deadline is 11 July
[ view sessions | submit abstract ]
Planning an Event in Philly?
Request space by Sunday, 25 June.
[ more details ]
Online registration is open. Book your hotel, too. Early registration deadline: 18 September.
[ register | lodging info ]
Guest Program: Philadelphia has some amazing sites! Check out the tours planned for this year.
[ more details ]
Student Travel Fund: Last year, more than $10,000 was awarded, helping 101 students with travel assistance for the Annual Meeting. The need is great—there were over 300 applicants for these funds! Donate on your registration form.
[ more info ]

GSA Foundation

Check out the GSA Foundation’s new Web site at Learn more about the Foundation, make a donation, and meet our Trustees.

Foundation Trustee, Farouk El-Baz, was recently elected to the Moroccan Royal Academy of Sciences and Technology. El-Baz is a Boston University research professor and director of the university's Center for Remote Sensing.
[ learn more ]

Especially for Students

Travel Grants for 2006 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
The GSA Minorities and Women in the Geosciences Committee and the GSA Foundation announce the availability of student travel grant funds for one or more eligible minority students or students with disabilities. Additional grants are sponsored by GSA Sections and by GSA headquarters. Eligibility requirements vary.
[ more details ]

Joshua Tree National Park Competitive Research Grant
This grant supports field research in the physical, biological, ecological, and cultural sciences. Research proposals should focus on significant natural and/or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and the peoples who have lived in the Joshua Tree region.
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GSA congratulates winners of the GSA Special Award at the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Thank you to Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch and Dennis Hubbard for serving as GSA judges.
[ see who won ]


NASA’s Ozone Hole Watch posts daily satellite measurements of ozone levels over the South Pole between July and December.

View the dramatic descent of the 2005 Huygens probe landing on Titan—the most distant touchdown ever made by a spacecraft.

Fast-forward geologic processes with a collection of free geo-educational animations from UC Santa Barbara.

Communicating the Value of Geoscience


Research by Pedoja et al. suggesting that most of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula rests not on the North American plate but on a small, previously unknown one (Geology, May 2006) received coverage in Nature and New Scientist, as well as on Science Daily and
[ abstract | Science Daily article]

Evidence presented by Dutkiewicz et al. that living cells and bacteria survived "Snowball Earth" (Geology, June 2006) was reported by the Financial Times.
[ abstract ]

The June issue of Geotimes contained coverage of three Geology articles:

  • Sarnthein et al. on pre-Clovis immigration to America (March 2006)
    [ abstract ]
  • Dziak et al. on a large shear zone and reorganization of the Pacific-Juan de Fuca-North American triple junction (March 2006)
    [ abstract ]
  • Coxall et al. on plankton ecosystems recovery following the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction (April 2006)
    [ abstract ]
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