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Membership Matters
Meeting News
Publications News

Especially for Students
Communicating the Value of Geoscience

International Year of Planet Earth
Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  Membership Matters
Arches National Park

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  Meeting News

Submit your abstract, register, and be a part of the action!

Florida beach

Florida beach; courtesy Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

SOUTHEASTERN — St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
12–13 March 2009
Dubbed "Florida's Beach," the St. Petersburg area of Florida features human-influenced as well as pristine coastlines, sinkholes, covered karst, natural springs, and fresh- and salt-water wetlands.

Abstracts due: 9 Dec. 2008
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, USA;
courtesy Dallas Convention
and Visitors Bureau.

SOUTH-CENTRAL — Dallas, Texas, USA
16–17 March 2009
You'll find several universities and high-tech businesses in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, and it's a central location for examining many geologic treasures, including the Woodbine Formation at Lake Grapevine; Mineral Wells, Texas, and the North Texas Hill Country; and Big Bend National Park to the south.

Abstracts due: 9 Dec. 2008
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Casco Bay

Casco Bay, Maine; courtesy
Convention and Visitors
Bureau of Greater Portland.

NORTHEASTERN — Portland, Maine, USA
22–24 March 2009
Portland, Maine's largest city, is located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, along the Atlantic Ocean. The Portland area offers a variety of natural attractions, including the Fore River Sanctuary and Jewell Falls, the Baxter Woods Reserve, and extended lowlands where salt- and freshwater marsh meet.

Abstracts due: 16 Dec. 2008
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois;
courtesy Rockford Area
Convention & Visitors

NORTH-CENTRAL — Rockford, Illinois, USA
2–3 April 2009
Rockford is so named because of its location at a rock outcrop popular for fording the Rock River, which runs through the city. Rockford is the home of juvenile T. rex, Jane, on display at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, and just to the northeast of town is Rock Cut State Park.

Abstracts due: 30 Dec. 2008
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Kelowna, B.C.

Kelowna, British Columbia,
and Okanagan Lake; image

CORDILLERAN — Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
7–9 May 2009
With mountains, beaches, orchards, and vineyards, the Okanagan Valley, which is the northernmost extension of the Sonora Desert, is beautiful country for a geoscience meeting. Kelowna, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, is an ideal location for study of the Canadian diamond industry, the Channeled Scablands, and the Burgess Shales.

Abstracts due: 3 Feb. 2009
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park
at sunset; 2007 photo
by B. Kowallis.

11–13 May 2009
About 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, Orem, Utah, is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake in the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. Nearby are the Wasatch Mountains and Uinta National Forest, and to the south are several national parks and recreation areas, including Capitol Reef National Park.

Abstracts due: 10 Feb. 2009
[ Web site | submit abstract ]


Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA.

2009 GSA ANNUAL MEETING in Portland, Oregon, USA

Time to begin planning next year's meeting!

We are now accepting proposals for the following:

red prompt 2009 Field TripsDue by 2 Dec. 2008
red prompt 2009 Short CoursesDue by 2 Dec. 2008
red prompt 2009 Technical Sessions — Due by 6 Jan. 2009

"Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth"

2008 Meeting Testimonial:

"Picture a convention center three blocks long and three stories high, housing hundreds of information booths and hundreds of poster sites, with the posters changing daily. Ten thousand registered scientists running around trying to find where 1,000 talks are being presented, all in 4 ½ days. Add a concurrent global money meltdown and clean-up from Hurricane Ike, and you have a unique scientific meeting, Texas style! Great job GSA, in a tough situation!"

— Virginia Steen-McIntyre, Idaho Springs, Colo., USA 


Meeting Webcasts Available

Several key meeting sessions and events were recorded for online reference and replay.

[ go to Webcasts ]

2008 Awardees and Fellows Recognized

Written versions of the citations and responses for the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting awards are now available online.

[ view citations and responses ]

2009 GSA Award and Fellow Nominations

Now is the time to recognize your colleagues for their excellence and service! The 2009 GSA award and Fellow nominations are due by 1 February 2009. Follow the links below to learn how to nominate.

[ Awards | Fellows ]

  Publications News

Hot off The Press

Special Paper 444
Investigations into the Tectonics of the Tibetan Plateau

Hot Reference Books

Order your copies of The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets and the Glossary of Geology through GSA's bookstore today!

Call for Science Editors

GSA is currently soliciting co-editor applications and nominations for the following:
Geosphere — four-year term beginning July 2009
Geology — four-year term beginning January 2010
GSA Today — four-year term beginning June 2010

[ learn more ]


Treatise Evolves

Effective 30 November 2008, publication of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology series will transfer from The Geological Society of America to The Paleontological Institute of the University of Kansas.

[ learn more ]

  Especially for Students

2009 Research Grant Applications

Get ready to submit your research grant applications! The process opens later this month, and all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (MST) on 1 February 2009.
[ learn more ]

If you're involved in desert studies, apply for the Farouk El-Baz Student Research Award, also due 1 Feb. 2009.


• USGS Great ShakeOut science resources: View video interviews, see earthquake animations, download high-res images, and more!

• Encyclopedia of Earth: Winner of the 2008 Geoscience Information Society Best Website Award.

  Communicating the Value of Geoscience

Mars photo PIA11377,
courtesy NASA/JPL-
Caltech/Univ. of Arizona.


Findings by R.E. Milliken et al. (GEOLOGY, November 2008) from a NASA space probe provide new evidence of opal on Mars, suggesting that liquid water played a crucial role in shaping the Martian landscape. The discovery was reported by the BBC News and United Press International, and appeared on numerous Web sites, including and
[ abstract | BBC News article ]

An explanation of the survival of the Burgess Shale fossil site in British Columbia, by Alex Page et al. (GEOLOGY, November 2008) was reported on Canwest’s as well as in the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Calgary Herald.
[ abstract | article ]

Research by Steven T. Goldsmith et al. (GEOLOGY, June 2008) suggesting that large storms help bury carbon at the bottom of the ocean was featured in a recent article on LiveScience and appeared on Yahoo!News, MSNBC, U.S. News & World Report online, and
[ abstract | LiveScience article ]



  International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)
International Year of Planet Earth

Events & Activities Highlighted in New IYPE Newsletter

Read about the latest IYPE events and activities in the NEW  IYPE newsletter.
Opt in to receive future IYPE newsletters so you can keep up-to-date on events around the globe.

Learn more about the U.S. IYPE Lecture Series and add your voice to help raise global awareness of the geosciences.

  Fun with Geoscience Trivia

  1. What three-letter word is used for a cavity often containing crystals or a mineral lining of different composition to the surrounding rock?

  2. Perthite is a variety of what common rock forming mineral?

  3. What calcium silicate mineral is commonly found in contact with metamorphosed limestone and can display fibrous crystal forms?