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MAY 2009


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Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA.

International Year of Planet Earth

2009 Annual Meeting & Exposition

From Volcanoes to Vineyards: Living with Dynamic Landscapes

18–21 October, Portland, Oregon, USA

This year's meeting includes 40 field trips:

  • Four viticulture terroir trips;
  • 15 trips highlighting cataclysmic floods, lava flows, landslides, and hazards;
  • 12 trips highlighting volcanism; and
  • Many more great trips that engage Pacific Northwest adventure at its finest.

Abstracts submission is now open. Help shape the meeting and get your abstract in today! Still have field work to do? You now have until Tuesday, 11 August, to prepare and submit abstracts. Please note: All speakers must register for the meeting.
[ submit abstract ]

Registration opens the first week of June; the early registration deadline is 14 Sept.
By registering early, you'll…

  • Save $$ by taking advantage of early registration discount rates;
  • Save time by avoiding on-site registration lines;
  • Ensure your participation in workshops, field trips, and other events;
  • Reserve housing before hotels begin to fill up; and
  • Receive a coupon for $10 off at the onsite GSA Bookstore
    if you register before 31 July!

Space Requests: If you are planning an alumni party, reception, banquet, business meeting, or other social event to take place at the annual meeting, please reserve space for that event by 23 June.
[ reserve now ]

Salmon River, Idaho

The Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, USA.

Photo by K.E. Asmus.


GSA GeoVentures

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

29 Aug.–4 Sept.

Explore the geomorphology and hydrology of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River on a fully outfitted rafting expedition through the Impassable Canyon. Seats are filling up quickly, so reserve your spot in the boat today!
[ learn more ]

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2010 GSA Section Meetings: Plan now to save these dates!

13–16 March: Northeastern–Southeastern Sections Joint Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Abstracts deadline: 8 Dec. 2009.

11–13 April: North-Central–South-Central Sections Joint Meeting, Branson, Missouri, USA. Abstracts deadline: 19 Jan. 2010.

21–23 April: Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. Abstracts deadline: 26 Jan. 2010.

27–29 May: Cordilleran Section Meeting, Anaheim, California, USA. Abstracts deadline: 9 Mar. 2010.




NEW in the GSA Bookstore

Special Paper 451
Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts
edited by L. Allan James, Sara L. Rathburn, and G. Richard Whittecar
Papers in this volume bridge classic late-twentieth-century fluvial geomorphology with modern concepts of river management and restoration.

Special Paper 453
Preservation of Random Megascale Events on Mars and Earth:
Influence on Geologic History

edited by Mary G. Chapman and Laszlo P. Keszthelyi
This volume expands our geoscience horizons by examining various short-duration random geologic processes that have been recognized on both Earth and Mars.

Special Paper 454
Earth Science in the Urban Ocean: The Southern California Continental Borderland
edited by Homa J. Lee and William R. Normark
This volume summarizes recent efforts to understand fundamental natural processes in the distinctive environments of the Southern California Continental Borderland and associated Western Transverse Ranges.


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Government Affairs

PolicyComNet - GSA's geology and public policy wiki

You are invited to join GSA's PolicyComNet wiki, a new online geoscience-based networking tool for GSA members. This Web site will help you plan communications with public policy officials on pending regional, state, and local decisions.


Calendar Close-ups

Geoscience Calendar

Highlighting upcoming activities of GSA's Associated Societies

2-5 October, NGWA Theis Conference: Ground Water and Climate Change, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Participation submissions due 10 June.




Earth Portal

The Earth Portal Web site provides a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment and incorporates three components: The Encyclopaedia of Earth, The Earth Forum, and The Earth News (a weekly newsletter).

Supported by the Environmental Information Coalition and the National Council for Science and the Environment.

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Communicating the Value of Geoscience

Trilobite from Portugal
Giant trilobite from Portugal (see Gutiérrez-Marco
et al., Geology,
May 2009).


Work by Juan Gutiérrez-Marco et al. (Geology, May 2009) on giant trilobites found in a rock quarry in northern Portugal received extensive attention in the U.S. and European press.
[ abstract | Discovery Channel article ]

A paper by Jeff Dingler et al. (GSA Bulletin, posted 24 April 2009 online ahead of print) detailing findings of a high-resolution seismic imaging technique (known as CHIRP) used to supply a comprehensive view of faulting beneath the Lake Tahoe Basin received local coverage in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the Sierra Sun, the Reno Gazette-Journal, and other news outlets.
[ abstract | Sierra Sun article ]

Research by Richard Fiske et al. (GSA Bulletin, May-June 2009) cites new evidence of a violent past for Hawaii's gentle Kilauea volcano.
[ abstract | National Geographic News article ]

A new study by Ari Matmon et al. (GSA Bulletin, May-June 2009) describes the oldest known expanse of Earth's surface as preserved and protected by desert pavement armor in Israel. The story was reported by Live Science, and appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, Yahoo News, and elsewhere.
[ abstract | NY Daily News article ]

Research by Birger Rasmussen et al. (Geology, May 2009) detailing traces of primitive cave bacteria and strengthening a hypothesis that similar bacteria could exist on Mars appeared on MSNBC and
[ abstract | Discovery Channel article ]

Work by Robert Larter et al. (Geology, May 2009) was reported on Huliq News, Red Orbit, Environmental News Network, e! Science News, Science Daily, and other sites. The study uses onboard ship sonar technology in the Antarctic to find new clues about possible sea-level rise.
[ abstract | e! Science News article ]

GSA's EarthCache™ program received coverage on in an article titled "Sport weds technology, nature."
[ Earthcache Web page | article ]


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Fun with Geoscience Trivia


  1. What term is used, especially in the western USA, for a small ravine or shallow canyon with steep sides?
  2. What is the name given to the group of silicate minerals made up of a single continuous chain of silicon tetrahedrons?
  3. What is created during oleogenesis?

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