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Meeting News
Government Affairs

Publications News
Membership Matters

Communicating the Value of Geoscience
Fun with Geoscience Trivia

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New Video Highlights the Importance of Geoscience Careers

GSA has recently been featured in a National Environmental Report video targeting the environment industry and consumers in order to highlight issues that impact the environment and how organizations like GSA are playing a key role in finding solutions.

[ watch it on YouTube  |  learn more ]

  Education & Outreach




Professional Geologists:

Looking for a way to influence the future of geoscience?

Mentors are invited to take part in both the Roy J. Shlemon Mentors in Applied Geology and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology programs for each of the upcoming GSA Section Meetings. Past mentors have given us glowing feedback about the program, both as they have benefited personally and for the opportunity to positively impact the next generation of geoscientists.

[ see Section Meeting schedule ]


Salmon River

The Salmon River near
where this "River of
No Return" originates as a bubbling spring in the Sawtooth Mountains.
Photo by K.E. Asmus.

GSA GeoVentures

Geology of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho, USA

29 Aug.–4 Sept. 2009

Cost: GSA members and spouses: US$2,350 each; nonmembers: US$2,450 each.

This seven-day GeoVenture, which is open to everyone, is a fully outfitted expedition on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, traveling through the Impassable Canyon in the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. The Middle Fork is considered a class IV river and offers adventurers a great opportunity to experience the thrill of river rafting while learning about the geology of this secluded region.

[ learn more  |  check for more GeoVentures destinations ]


Bighorn Basin

GSA-ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award

A FREE professional development opportunity.

GSA and ExxonMobil are excited to announce a new field seminar in the Bighorn Basin on 17–23 May 2009. Students and faculty are encouraged to apply for this scholarship award.

Application deadline extended to 13 March.

[ learn more ]


Intel 2008 winners

2008 science fair
awardees and GSA rep.

Science Fair Judges Needed

13–15 May 2009

Help GSA reward young scientists by volunteering your expertise at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nevada, USA. Contact Chris McLelland, GSA's earth-science educator, at +1-303-357-1082, to learn more. Read about last year's winners in the August 2008 GSA Today.

  Meeting News


09 Sections Map


GSA Section Meetings Begin Next Month

GSA's Southeastern Section kicks off the Section Meeting season on 12–13 March in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. On 16–17 March, GSA's South-Central Section meets in Dallas, Texas, USA, and the Northeastern Section rounds out the March meetings in Portland, Maine, USA, on 22–24 March.

You can still make the early registration deadlines for GSA's North-Central (Rockford, Illinois, USA), Cordilleran (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada), and Rocky Mountain (Orem, Utah, USA) meetings, which take place in April and May.

[ learn more ]



"Biscoitos" — layers of basalt from volcanic eruptions forming pools on Terceira, the Azores.

More GSA Events Just around the Corner…

Penrose Conference:
Plumes and Their Role in Whole Mantle Convection and Recycling

11–15 May 2009 — Pico, the Azores
Applications accepted through 4 March 2009.

[ learn more ]


Field Forum: Structure and Neotectonic Evolution of Northern Owens Valley and the Volcanic Tableland, California

13–19 Sept. 2009 — Bishop, California, USA
Applications accepted through 20 March 2009.

[ learn more ]

  Government Affairs


U.S. Capitol


Fourteenth Annual Science-Engineering-Technology
Congressional Visits Day

28–29 April 2009

More than 400 scientists are expected to participate in this event, which will feature meetings with House and Senate offices, receptions, and workshops to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. If you are interested in participating, please contact GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, Craig Schiffries.

[ learn more ]


Economic Stimulus Bill Contains $15 Billion for Scientific Research

GSA actively supported science funding in the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama on 17 Feb. 2009. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) estimates that the bill includes more than $15 billion for scientific research, including about $3 billion for the NSF, $1 billion for NASA, $840 million for NOAA, and $140 million for the USGS.

  Publications News




Premier Issue of Lithosphere Coming Soon!

Lithosphere is set to mail and be posted online by the end of this month.

[ subscribe  |  learn more ]


New Web Addresses for GSA Journals

Please make note of the new Web addresses for the following GSA journals:

GSA Bulletin:

If you are an online subscriber, you'll need to activate your account at the new site in order to maintain access. If you receive new issue e-alerts, please re-register at

  Membership Matters
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For GSA Members

2009 GSA Elections Sneak Preview!

Voting for GSA's future Officers and Councilors begins 13 March.

GSA Members only:
[ See who's running & read their biographies ]

Last day to vote: 12 April



starting 13 March


GSA Membership 

    is one of the best ways to keep current with advances in the geosciences, stay connected with geoscientists in your region and around the world (a network of more than 22,000 GSA members), and remain informed about the critical issues that affect our science.

Haven't renewed for 2009?

[ renew now ]



GSA's 2008 membership year closed with 22,065 members, a modest gain of 2% over the previous year. The most notable changes were an increase in professional members (+384) and student members (269) moving into the recent graduate category.

[ learn more about GSA's members ]

GSA's Subaru

GSA's Subaru VIP Program Delivers Savings

Save up to US$3,300 on a new Subaru just by being a GSA member!

[ learn more ]

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Call for Nominations:

2010 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Nominations due: 30 April 2009

"Earth Systems" is the theme for the Franklin Institute's 2010 award to acknowledge and reward an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to understanding interrelationships among earth systems, leading to increased predictability of natural or human-induced changes in the planet. Please submit a notice of intent to nominate by 28 February.

[ learn more ]



Photo by K.E. Asmus.

Call for Entries:

International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge

Submissions due: 15 September 2009

The 2009 National Science Foundation–American Association for the Advancement of Science Visualization Challenge awards excellence in scientific imaging across five categories: photographs/pictures, illustrations/drawings, informational/explanatory graphics, interactive media, and non-interactive media.

[ learn more ]

  Communicating the Value of Geoscience




Research by Amos Frumkin (GSA Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2009) on a 20-meter-high salt pillar in Mount Sedom, Israel, has been highlighted on The pillar, located in the Dead Sea area, is believed to be the result of cave collapse during a catastrophic earthquake less than 3,000 years ago.

[ abstract | article ]


Research by Shuhab Khan et al. (GSA Bulletin, March 2009) describing how a collision between the continental crusts of India and Asia lifted islands from the seafloor to the top of the Himalayas was featured in USA Today.

[ abstract | USA Today article ]


Research by Deborah Vandermark et al. (Geology, Feb 2009) on the discovery in the high Canadian Arctic of a previously unknown tropical Asian turtle (Aurorachelys gaffneyi¬†or "aurora turtle"), which lived in ice-free polar latitudes some 92–86 million years ago, was picked up by United Press International and reported around the world.

[ abstract | article ]


A paper by Rob Govers (Geology, Feb 2009) theorizing that isostasy sealed off the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean five million years ago, causing the sea to dry up, received press coverage in multiple venues, including and Science Daily.

[ abstract | article ]


The Discovery Channel News Web site ran an article about Patrick J. McGovern and Julia K. Morgan's paper (Geology, Feb 2009) on how the odd shape of Mars' biggest volcano, Olympus Mons, may suggest the existence of conditions capable of sheltering life.

[ abstract | Discovery Channel article ]


Nature's 19 February "Research Highlights" section (in print and online) includes mention of numerical modeling work by Andrew D. Ashton et al. (Geology, Feb 2009) showing the first quantitative demonstration of how an elongate water body with sandy coastlines could self-organize and segment itself into equally sized rounded lakes.

[ abstract ]





  Fun with Geoscience Trivia


  1. What name is given to the human-made rock made up of aggregate and cement and water?

  2. What term is given to a map that shows only the position and type of outcropping rocks in an area?

  3. Whose rule states "warm-blooded animals generally have shorter legs, tails, and ears in cold than in warm regions"?

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