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Three special sessions extend and enhance opportunities for diverse learning and presentation modes within the technical program. Each four-hour session will be structured by the individual organizers to best fit their purpose.

GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division Special Session

Sunday, 31 Oct., 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 203

In this session, GSA's new Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGPV) Division will present its first Distinguished Geologic Career Award to GSA Fellow Peter W. Lipman, with a citation by Olivier Bachman. Lipman will present a 45-minute keynote talk, "Southern Rocky Mountain cookbook for the making of large ignimbrite eruptions." Next, an international roster of speakers will present 30-minute geologic overviews of some of Earth's major volcanic belts, including the Chilean Andes, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Basin and Range, the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Columbia River Basalt Group.
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Structural Geology and Tectonics 30th Anniversary Symposium

Tues., 2 Nov., 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 704/706

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of GSA's Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (SG&T). This special symposium is designed to honor the Division, which is one of GSA's largest. Gary Axen of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and Kate Huntington of the University of Washington will deliver SG&T keynote lectures on their research. SG&T Outstanding Student Research Award recipients from the past five years will be encouraged to display posters of their current research, and the recipient of the inaugural Stephen E. Laubach Research in Structural Diagenesis Award will be announced. Merchandise bearing the one-off 30th anniversary SG&T logo will be available for sale; all proceeds will go directly to the newly established SG&T Division Student Fund, which will provide assistance to students to participate in meetings, short courses, and field trips. Following the symposium, SG&T will hold its annual business meeting, and recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Student Research Awards, Career Contribution Award, and Outstanding Publication Award will be honored.
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Cutting-Edge Geoscience Exploration: The Best of AAPG

Tues., 2 Nov., 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 103/105

Three-dimensional seismic visuals, innovative structural geological applications, amazing application of the newest stratigraphic thinking—these concepts and more have captured presentation awards from a cadre of peers at the annual meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). This session is designed to expose GSA attendees to the latest in applied geoscience for the advancement of resource development.
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