Abstract Deadline: 3 December 2013


Oral Presentations

All presenters are required to plan your oral presentation carefully to adhere to the allotted time. Otherwise, we request that session chairs maintain the scheduling set in the program as a courtesy to all. Presenters can plan on 17 minutes of presentation and three minutes for questions and answers. All oral sessions use one LCD projector and Microsoft PowerPoint software running on a Windows PC platform. There is a speaker ready room located in the Pinnacle Room where you can view your presentation. Please be prepared with a USB memory device containing your presentation that can be uploaded by the session chair prior to your session beginning (7:30–8 a.m.) and (12:30–1 p.m.) daily.

Poster Presentations

Each poster board is 48" X 72" with approximately 44" X 68" available for the actual poster (landscape). Posters can be hung with stickpins. We will have a limited quantity of these on each poster board. Posters are all located in the White River Room with the vendors, exhibitors, and the break area. Posters are hung by 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. and remain up for the entire half-day period. Presenters are expected to be by their posters during the break. Please be sure that posters are taken down at the end of the period so others may hang their posters for the next session.



Symposia Sessions

S1. Midcontinent Mississippian Surface and Subsurface Studies.
Christopher L. Liner, University of Arkansas.
Mississippian exploration and production in northern Oklahoma and Kansas is a rapidly growing and unconventional resource play that has seen more than a billion dollars invested in 2012 alone. The “Miss Lime” is a complex carbonate reservoir studied in outcrop, near surface, and at exploration depths. This session will focus on geological and geophysical characterization of this evolving world-class reservoir. Presentations on outcrop studies, subsurface studies, or studies linking outcrop to subsurface are welcome.
S2. Recent Induced/Triggered Seismicity in the Central and Eastern United States.
Scott Ausbrooks, Arkansas Geological Survey; Austin A. Holland, Oklahoma Geological Survey.
The causes of induced/triggered earthquakes and how such earthquakes may be controlled, including seismicity from hydraulic fracturing and the injection of its waste fluid, have become important research topics. In this session, oral presentations from papers on induced/triggered seismicity associated with waste-water–injection, geothermal exploration, hydraulic fracturing, mining, and reservoirs will be presented.
S3. Late Cretaceous Tectonics, Magmatism, and Sedimentation of the South-Central Region.
Bob Stern, The University of Texas at Dallas; Peter D. Clift, Louisiana State University; Asish Basu, The University of Texas at Arlington.
For the first 17 million years of the Late Cretaceous epoch (Cenomanian, Turonian, and Coniacian, and Santonian; 100–83.5 Ma) the south-central region of what is now the United States was affected by igneous activity. We invite geoscientists with different perspectives on the tectonics, igneous activity, and sedimentation of this enigmatic time period to share their insights and explore what might have been responsible for this regional unrest. Presentations that explore manifestations of unrest during this time interval both in the region and elsewhere around the globe are welcome.

Theme Sessions

T1. Investigating Urban Karst Systems.
Douglas Gouzie, Missouri State University; Marcus Gary, Edwards Aquifer Authority.
Karst regions cover a significant portion of the world, including the United States, and play a notable role in many areas of the within the region covered by GSA’s South-Central Section. This session seeks papers describing karst studies in or near urban areas. We especially seek presentations of newer methods or projects complicated by existing urbanization. Methods from LiDAR to geophysics to more traditional dye tracing and mapping studies are all welcome.
T2. Karst Hydrology and Geomorphology.
Kathy Knierim, University of Arkansas; Matthew Covington, University of Arkansas.
Karst landscapes are shaped by water and the transport of solutes and sediment. We invite contributions that explore the interaction of water with any components of the karst system, from the surface, through the epikarst, into the vadose and phreatic zones. We particularly encourage submissions that employ new approaches to characterize groundwater flow paths, transport of dissolved and particulate matter, and the morphology of karst features, with a particular focus on the interaction of hydrogeology and geomorphology.
T3. Geothermal Energy and Its Significance as a Renewable Energy Resource.
Lea Nondorf, Arkansas Geological Survey; Bill Prior, Arkansas Geological Survey.
This session focuses on all aspects of research related to geothermal energy and the development of geothermal energy sources. We invite papers addressing regional heat flow, geothermal gradient anomalies in the South-Central Section region (especially), on topics related to sustainable development of geothermal resources and geothermal resources as alternative energy sources.
T4. Innovative Methodologies and Techniques in Geoscience Education.
René A. Shroat-Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Sandra Chandler, Arkansas Geological Survey.
This session welcomes geoscientists who can share innovative techniques and methodologies that promote geoscience education in the classroom and in the field. Of special interest are topics that include inquiry-based activities that can be modified for various academic levels in the K–16 educational community and hands-on approaches to engage students inside and outside the classroom setting.
T5. GIS and Geologic Mapping.
Jason Tipton, Arkansas Geological Survey; Brian Kehner, Arkansas Geological Survey.
This session will focus on using GIS applications and techniques for geologic mapping. Advances in geoinformatics, digital data processing, LiDAR applications, and other manifestations of geospatial technologies as they pertain to geologic mapping are invited.
T7. Groundwater Quality in Gas Production Areas.
Timothy M. Kresse, USGS; Phillip D. Hays, University of Arkansas.
The session will incorporate studies of groundwater quality impacts, and lack of impacts, in gas production areas, principally where hydraulic fracturing is employed. Contributors/presenters from academia, industry, governmental, environmental, and general public perspectives are invited. Submissions will be selected to represent potentially contrary viewpoints.
T8. Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology.
Amanda Keen-Zebert, Desert Research Institute; Stephanie L. Shepherd, Bloomsburg University.
We welcome presentations on topics in Quaternary geology and geomorphology including (but not limited to) fluvial geomorphology, floodplain stratigraphy, soils, karst geomorphology, landscape evolution, critical zone processes, hazards, and human impacts. Presentations focused on geomorphology in the Ozarks are especially welcome.

Themed Poster Sessions

T6. Undergraduate Research.
Cosponsored by Council for Undergraduate Research.
Diane Smith, Trinity University.
This session seeks poster submissions from undergraduates engaged in research in all fields within the geosciences.
T9. Geological Maps.
Angela Chandler, Arkansas Geological Survey; Daniel Rains, Arkansas Geological Survey.
This poster session will highlight geologic maps and mapping programs, particularly among GSA South-Central Section states. Geologic maps produced through the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, STATEMAP, EDMAP, and Geologic Resources Inventory in our National Parks are especially encouraged.


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