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T1. Oceanic and Juvenile Continental Crust Formation in the Precambrian
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA International Section; Precambrian [At Large]; Geochemical Society; Mineralogical Society of America
Yildirim Dilek, Harald Furnes, A. Polat
This session is aimed at examining the Precambrian rock record to better constrain the timing, mode and nature of geological, geochemical and geodynamic processes involved in oceanic and juvenile continental crust evolution during the Precambrian.
Precambrian Geology; Geochemistry; Tectonics
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T2. The Ediacaran Period: Tectonic, Climatic, and Biological Enigmas
Precambrian [At Large]
Mercedes Belica
The Ediacaran period is the most recent addition to the geological time scale. This session seeks multidisciplinary contributions describing tectonic, climatic, biologic and oceanic changes during this enigmatic period in Earth history.
Precambrian Geology; Stratigraphy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
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T3. The Archean of North America: The Core of a Continent
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Mineralogical Society of America; Geological Association of Canada
M.E. Bickford, Paul A. Mueller, Joseph L. Wooden
We will address the 4.0 billion to 2.5 billion year old rocks that make up the core of the North American continent. Younger parts of the continent were built upon this core through tectonic processes.
Precambrian Geology; Geochemistry; Petrology, Igneous
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T4. Advancement in the Exploration Practices used to Characterize Geothermal Resources
GSA Geophysics Division
Michael B. Hillesheim
The application of exploration technologies and their results for finding and delineating geothermal resources in various geologic settings.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Structural Geology; Geochemistry
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T6. Combining Geology and Geophysics
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Kevin Mickus, Audrey Huerta
Contributions of combining geophysics to solve geological problems are encouraged. All fields of geophysics that can be used to solve large scale tectonic to small scale environmental/archaeological problems are encouraged.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T7. Exploring Subsurface Terranes and Buried Basins of Eastern and Central North America — Geology, Geophysics, and Geochronology
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; EarthScope; U.S. Geological Survey
J. Wright Horton, Marion E. Bickford, Paul A. Mueller
Investigations of critical buried terranes, structures, and basins from the coastal plains to the midcontinent provide insights into lithospheric evolution, orogenic cycles, continental accretion and dispersal, structural inheritance, and resources (e.g., energy, minerals, water, CO2).
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Precambrian Geology
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T8. Tectonic Evolution of Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Basil Tikoff, Richard M. Gaschnig, Todd LaMaskin, Clyde J. Northrup
Eastern Oregon and western Idaho exposes a remarkable example of the abrupt juxtaposition of accreted oceanic terranes to the Precambrian North American continent. This interdisciplinary session will investigate the evolution of this continental margin.
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Sediments, Clastic
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T9. Tectonic Development of the Northern North American Cordillera
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Jeffrey M. Trop, Brian A. Hampton, John I. Garver
This cross-disciplinary session will explore tectonic processes that have shaped the northern Cordillera using detrital geochronology, thermochronology, geomorphology, geophysics, modeling, petrology, stratigraphy/sedimentology, and structural geology. Studies from Alaska, western Canada, and Pacific Northwest are encouraged.
Tectonics; Neotectonics/Paleoseismology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T10. Toward a Better Understanding of the Uplift History and Mechanisms of the Tibetan Plateau
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Junsheng Nie, Gregory D. Hoke
This session seeks papers presenting paleoaltimetry, thermochronology, sedimentation accumulation rate, and paleoclimate data from the Tibetan Plateau and its neighboring area. The goal is to clarify formation history and geodynamic mechanisms of the Tibetan Plateau.
Tectonics; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Sediments, Clastic
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T12. From Nuna to Rodinia: Proterozoic Growth and Evolution of Laurentia
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Geological Association of Canada; Mineralogical Society of America
David Corrigan, Daniel K. Holm, Sally Pehrsson, Val W. Chandler, Marion E. Bickford, Kevin L. Mickus
This session will highlight recent advances in the understanding of the assembly, growth, stabilization, and modification of Laurentia during the Proterozoic, including tectonic and magmatic accretion, development of orogenic belts, and continental stabilization.
Tectonics; Precambrian Geology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T15. Sedimentary Provenance and Evolution of the Continental Crust: Precambrian to Present
Todd LaMaskin
We seek talks on sedimentary provenance with relevance to crustal evolution, the provenance record of magmatic and arc accretionary processes, and orogenic and cratonal sediment-dispersal pathways.
Tectonics; Stratigraphy; Geochemistry
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T16. Linking Modern and Ancient Orogens
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Clinton I. Barineau, Christopher S. Holm-Denoma
This session welcomes presentations that explore development of ancient orogens through modern parallels and vice versa. Topics might include the geochemical, metamorphic, sedimentary, structural, and/or tectonic development of orogenic belts and their lithotectonic domains.
Tectonics; Structural Geology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T18. Proterozoic to Modern Rifts: Sedimentary and Volcanic Processes and the Role of Inherited Structures
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Melissa A. Lamb, Thomas Hickson, Paul J. Umhoefer
Continental rifting is an important tectonic process with many implications for society. The inherited state of the lithosphere greatly controls extensional processes, including sedimentary and volcanic responses to extension. We encourage papers on these topics.
Tectonics; Structural Geology; Stratigraphy
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T20. Beyond Balanced Sections: New Horizons In Structural and Mechanical Modeling
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Gary G. Gray, Julia K. Morgan
This session is focused on numerical modeling techniques that simulate rock structures at many scales. This could include studies of regional structural evolution, fault and fold geometries, fracture development, and gouge properties.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Engineering Geology
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T21. Constraints on Strain Rates, Stresses, and Deformation Processes During Shear Zone Localization at Different Lithospheric Levels
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Julie Newman, David Kohlstedt, Basil Tikoff, Seth C. Kruckenberg
This session will provide a venue for new data (field-based, experimental, geophysical, microstructural, etc.) that constrain rock rheology during shear zone localization at different structural levels within the lithosphere.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T22. Deformation of the Lithosphere: Field Observations, Experimental Investigations, and Numerical Studies
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Patrice Rey, Eric Goergen, Seth C. Kruckenberg
Experimental deformation and computational tectonics complement field-based investigation by exploring stress, strain, and strain rate through space and time, and the formation and evolution of complex structures at multiple scales and levels in the lithosphere.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T23. Multidisciplinary Studies of Fault System Deformation
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Eric Horsman, Sarah Titus
This session will feature multidisciplinary studies of fault systems over all spatial and temporal scales. We encourage submissions from authors utilizing geology, geophysics, geodesy, geomorphology, modeling, etc. to study the deformation behavior in these systems.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T24. Structural Geology and Tectonics of Foreland Basins
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Ibrahim Çemen, Jack Pashin, Yucel Yilmaz
Many researchers have been studying foreland basins in different orogenic belts. This session will bring these researchers together to provide a formal discussion on important issues related to this topic.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
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T25. Recent Advances in Studies of Large-Volume Silicic Volcanism: Stratigraphy, Architecture, Evolution
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Graham D.M. Andrews, Matthew E. Brueseke, Ben Ellis
Voluminous silicic volcanism is a fundamental type of magmatic activity, though its causes remain enigmatic. This session highlights all aspects of large-volume silicic volcanism, emphasizing studies of volcanic field architecture, eruptive styles, and spatial-temporal evolution.
Volcanology; Tectonics; Stratigraphy
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T28. Basic and Applied Aspects of Clays and Clay Minerals in Continental Settings
GSA Limnogeology Division; Clay Minerals Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Daniel Deocampo, W. Crawford Elliott
This session seeks contributions to all aspects of mineralogy, crystallography, and geochemistry of clays and clay minerals in continental settings. This includes weathering, provenance, paleoenvironments, diagenesis, adsorption, surface phenomena, contaminant fate/transport, and engineering geology.
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry
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T29. Microbial Mediation of Authigenic Minerals: From Precipitation to Dissolution
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Jake V. Bailey
This interdisciplinary session examines the role of microbes in mediating the precipitation, dissolution, or alteration of authigenic minerals, such as carbonates, phosphorites, iron deposits, sulfides, and more.
Geomicrobiology; Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry
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T30. Earth's Deep Interior: In Honor of Motohiko Murakami, 2011 MSA Awardee
Mineralogical Society of America; GSA Geophysics Division
Jay D. Bass
This session aims to bring together studies of the mineralogy, petrology, dynamics, geochemistry, and seismology of Earth's mantle, core, and the core-mantle boundary region
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Petrology, Experimental
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T31. Monazite: The Ultimate Geologic Record
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Gregory Dumond, Callum J. Hetherington
Monazite geochronology has enabled diverse insights ranging from identification of Pleistocene melt-enhanced exhumation in the Himalayas to advances in nuclear waste storage. All field, analytical, experimental, and modeling aspects of monazite science are solicited.
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Petrology, Metamorphic; Tectonics
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T32. Ophiolites, Ultrahigh Pressure Minerals, and the Origin of Podiform Chromitites: Implications for Mantle Heterogeneity
Mineralogical Society of America; GSA International Section
Jingsui Yang, Paul T. Robinson
This session will explore the occurrence of UHP and crustal minerals in ophiolitic rocks and their significance for mantle conditions and processes.
Petrology, Igneous; Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry
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T33. Reconstructing Supercontinents and the Global Large Igneous Province (LIP) Record
David A.D. Evans, Kevin R. Chamberlain, Richard E. Ernst, Wouter Bleeker
Quantitative reconstruction of ancient supercontinents requires precise geochronological and paleomagnetic data, which we encourage for presentation. We will also feature results from a five-year global project to produce "magmatic barcodes" for all major continental blocks.
Petrology, Igneous; Tectonics; Precambrian Geology
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T34. Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism: Observations from Nano through Outcrop to Plate-Tectonic Scales: In Honor of J.G. Liou, 2011 MSA Roebling Medalis
Mineralogical Society of America
W.G. Ernst
Newly formed ultrahigh-pressure minerals and nano-phases document the P-T-time paths of profoundly subducted but now resurrected allochthons, revealing the architectures, kinetics, and tectonic evolutions of many collisional orogens in this rapidly growing field of petrotectonics.
Petrology, Metamorphic; Mineralogy/Crystallography; Tectonics
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T35. Turning up the Heat: Metamorphic Perspectives on Mineral Equilibria, Heat Transport, Tectonics, and Thermochronology
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Emily M. Peterman, Matthew J. Kohn
Many advances in metamorphic petrology integrate thermal and metamorphic histories. This session encourages contributions that link these topics to kinetic, reaction, tectonic, and other physico-chemical processes.
Petrology, Metamorphic; Tectonics; Geochemistry
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T36. Comprehensive Data Sets for the Reconstruction of Geological Histories: Combining Double and Triple Dating with Geochemical Fingerprinting
Andreas Möller, Daniel F. Stockli
This session is aimed at studies combining different thermo- and geochronometers and/or geochemical fingerprinting to provide more comprehensive insights into geological, stratigraphic, tectonic, and petrological processes. Methodological and case studies and conceptual models are welcome.
Petrology, Metamorphic; Tectonics; Petrology, Igneous
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T37. New Frontiers in Sedimentary Geology: SGD/SEPM Students (Posters)
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Richard P. Langford
This is an annual session sponsored by the GSA Sedimentary Geology Division (SGD) and SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) to promote research and presentations by young sedimentary scientists.
Sediments, Carbonates; Sediments, Clastic; Stratigraphy
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T38. Provenance Analysis in Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Systems
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Christopher M. Fedo, Michael C. Pope
This session will provide a forum for discussing recent advances in determining provenance in siliciclastic sediments and sedimentary rocks from weathering processes to compositional changes from transport and diagenesis to detrital zircon studies.
Sediments, Clastic; Geochemistry
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T39. Integrated Sedimentary Systems: Applying Source-to-Sink Concepts across Geologic Time
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Andrea Fildani, Jacob A. Covault
This session aims to integrate the earth-science disciplines of stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, tectonics, basin analysis, and isotope geology to reconstruct holistic sedimentary systems in modern and ancient contexts.
Sediments, Clastic; Geomorphology; Stratigraphy
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T40. Thresholds and Pathways of River Avulsion
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Elizabeth Hajek, Douglas Edmonds
Despite recent advances in our understanding of channel avulsion, it remains difficult to predict and model when, where, and how channels will avulse. This session brings together stratigraphers, geomorphologists, experimentalists, and modelers studying avulsion dynamics.
Sediments, Clastic; Geomorphology; Stratigraphy
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T41. Paying Attention to Mudstones: Priceless!
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Neil Fishman, Sven Egenhoff
Much remains unknown about mudstones though they contain vast natural resources, provide critical clues to paleoenvironmental/paleoecological conditions surrounding their deposition, and record post-depositional alterations they endured. New, exciting mudstone research will be the focus of this session.
Sediments, Clastic; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Limnogeology
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T42. Sediment Transport in Modern and Ancient Environments
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Brandon McElroy, Wonsuck Kim
This session seeks to showcase current state-of-the-art in-process sedimentology and to facilitate the next step in understanding sediment transport across the entire range of modern environments and their relationships to ancient successions.
Sediments, Clastic; Sediments, Carbonates; Geomorphology
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T45. Formation, Development, and Preservation of Bed Morphologies
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); International Association of Sedimentologists
Mauricio M. Perillo, Paul M. Myrow
This session encourages geoscientists working on bedforms from a wide range of disciplines to submit abstracts. Understanding their formation and development as well as their preservation is crucial for building more comprehensive depositional models.
Sediments, Clastic; Stratigraphy
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T47. Coalbed Natural Gas: Characterization of Source, Reservoir Performance, and Environmental Impacts
GSA Coal Geology Division
Mark A. Engle, Jack C. Pashin
This session examines advances in the study of coalbed natural gas. Topics include controls on gas generation and sorption, quality and impact of co-produced waters, and the implications of CO2 sequestration in coal.
Coal Geology; Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology
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T50. Applications of Bio-, Chemo-, and Lithostratigraphy to Sequence Stratigraphy
Paleontological Society; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Alicia C.M. Kahn, Douglas McCarty, Miriam E. Katz
We encourage papers applying biostratigraphic, chemostratigraphic, quantitative mineralogic, and inorganic elemental optimization techniques to sequence stratigraphy (MFS/SB). Integrative studies contextualize outcrop and well data to global cyclicity encompassing Milankovitch and global sea-level cycles.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Geochemistry; Stratigraphy
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T52. Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record
Paleontological Society; Society of Vertebrate Paleontology; Cushman Foundation; Paleontological Research Institution
Warren D. Allmon, Margaret M. Yacobucci
This session will bring together specialists across taxa and geological ages to explore the meaning and role of species in paleontology. Can paleontologists contribute to understanding of speciation? If so, how and under what circumstances?
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
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T53. The Triassic: Turning Point for Phanerozoic Life
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
David J. Bottjer
This session will integrate paleoecological, evolutionary, and environmental studies toward generating a new interdisciplinary framework for understanding the Triassic Earth system and why it was a turning point for Phanerozoic life.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Geochemistry
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T54. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Studying the Causes and Consequences of Mass Extinction: Geochemistry, Paleoecology, and Paleoenvironments
Paleontological Society
Marc Laflamme, Simon A.F. Darroch
This session aims to integrate paleontological, geochemical, and sedimentological studies spanning intervals of mass extinction in order to showcase new and multidisciplinary approaches to determining cause and effect during these critical intervals.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
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T55. New Horizons in Precambrian Palynology and Paleobiology
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; AASP - The Palynological Society; Paleontological Society
Paul K. Strother
We explore new findings in Precambrian palynology and their bearing on such questions as deep branching in the phylogeny of eukaryote lineages, trophic reconstruction of Precambrian ecosystems, and comparison of carbonate and siliciclastic microbial assemblages.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Precambrian Geology
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T57. Hard Substrate (Sclerobiont) Community Ecology and Evolution through Mass Extinctions
Paleontological Society
Paul D. Taylor, Mark Wilson
Investigating the magnitude and nature of changes affecting encrusting, boring, and grazing organisms on shells, reefs, and other hard surfaces through mass extinctions, at scales ranging from short-term and local to long-term and global.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
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T58. Whole Organism Paleoecology: Exploring Ecology through Time
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Amelinda E. Webb, William Ausich
While modern systems provide analogues for past systems, ancient ecosystems offer a temporal perspective well suited to studying changes through time, interpreting modern phenomena, and creating predictive models for the future.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
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T59. New Ideas on Studying Exceptionally Preserved Fossils: What to Do Next?
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Chinese Academy of Sciences; State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy; Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology
Jih-Pai Lin, Alison Olcott Marshall, Craig P. Marshall
Many classic deposits of exceptional preservation have been studied and restudied for decades. As young investigators, what can we do to bring a new level of paleontological, ecological, and taphonomical meanings about these exquisite fossils?
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
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T60. Lessons from the Living: Paleontological Investigations Using Modern Analogs
Paleontological Society
Daniel I. Hembree, Jon J. Smith, Brian F. Platt
This session will cover a broad range of experimental research involving modern organisms and its application to paleontological problems. Topics include paleoecology, organism-substrate interactions, microbial activity, taphonomy, morphology, behavior, physiology, functional morphology, biomechanics, and kinematics.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Geomicrobiology
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T61. Phylogenetic Approaches to Paleobiology: Diversity, Rates, and Trends
Paleontological Society
David W. Bapst, Emily A. King
This session will focus on research that uses phylogenies of fossil taxa as the basic data with which to test evolutionary hypotheses and reconstruct historical patterns of change.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
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T62. Frontiers in Foraminiferal Research: Implications for Interpreting the Past, Understanding the Present, and Predicting the Future
Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); SEPM - North American Micropaleontology Section; Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Pamela Hallock, Susan T. Goldstein
Foraminiferal research is taking quantum leaps in diverse directions, including shell chemistry and structure, dispersal mechanisms, and eukaryotic physiology and evolution. We seek participation by investigators developing new techniques and pursuing implications of recent breakthroughs.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Marine/Coastal Science
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T63. Permian-Triassic Changes and Extinction Event: New Insights from Sedimentary, Geochemical, and Paleobiological Records and Modeling Approaches
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Arne M.E. Winguth, Thomas J. Algeo
Presentations of marine and land sedimentary, geochemical, paleobiological, and paleogeographical records examining causes of the largest mass extinction event of the Phanerozoic Eon are welcome. Approaches of interest include new data, modeling, and/or synthesis.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Geochemistry; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
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T64. Soils as Archives of Past Climates
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Christoph Geiss, Edward Nater
We seek contributions from all fields of the earth sciences that investigate the links between soil properties and climate or use soils to reconstruct past climates.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Quaternary Geology
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T65. Paleoclimate, Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Human Evolution in Africa from the Pleistocene to the Present
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Daniel J. Peppe, David L. Fox, Christian Tryon
This session examines linkages among Pleistocene to present paleoclimate, terrestrial ecosystems, and human evolution across Africa using marine, lacustrine, and terrestrial records. This includes approaches involving modern processes, diverse geological disciplines, archeology, paleoanthropology, and paleobiology.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Archaeological Geology
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T66. Advances in Terrestrial Paleoclimatology and Paleoecology: Geochemical Techniques and Examples Using Inorganic and Organic Molecules in Fossil Soils, Plants, Invertebrates, and Vertebrates
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Paleontological Society; Geochemical Society; GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Celina Suarez, Samuel Matson, Aisha Al-Suwaidi, Patrick Wheatley
A growing number of elemental, isotope, and molecular proxies are being used to understand terrestrial paleoecology and paleoclimatology. We encourage submissions that employ these tools for understanding ancient terrestrial ecosystems throughout earth's history.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Geochemistry
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T67. Landslides and Debris Flows: Understanding Past, Present, and Future Events
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Dennis M. Staley, William H. Schulz
This session will explore our understanding of past and present landslides and debris flows and our predictive capability for future events. We encourage contributions addressing problems associated with any type of landslide or debris flow.
Geomorphology; Engineering Geology; Quaternary Geology
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T68. Water and Sediment Dynamics in Agricultural Landscapes: Toward Prediction of Watershed Sediment Yield (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; Soil Science Society of America
Patrick Belmont, Karen B. Gran, Carrie E. Jennings
This session brings together a diverse group of geographers, geomorphologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, and agricultural scientists to evaluate approaches for predicting water and sediment yield in agricultural landscapes.
Geomorphology; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology
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T69. Fluvial Biogeomorphology: The Interconnection of Biological and Geomorphological Processes in Rivers
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Joshua C. Galster, Dirk Vanderklein
This session will bring together interdisciplinary researchers who focus on the interaction between biological and geomorphological processes in rivers, including invasive and endangered species, water quality and quantity issues, and other biogeomorphological research.
Geomorphology; Geomicrobiology; Environmental Geoscience
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T70. Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Physical Properties of Atmospheric Mineral Dust: Influences on the Atmosphere, the Cryosphere, Ecosystems, and Humans
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; The Mineralogical Society; Mineralogical Society of America
Richard L. Reynolds, Joshua Feinberg, Suzette A. Morman
This session emphasizes the mineralogy, geochemistry, and physical properties of contemporary dust to understand the influences of atmospheric particulate matter on climate, weather, snow- and ice-melt, human health, landscape fertility, and ocean fertilization
Geomorphology; Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geology and Health
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T72. Defining Rates of Landscape Evolution in Drylands Using Numerical Dating Methods
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Edward J. Rhodes, Lewis Owen
We encourage submissions dealing with chronological methods applied to dryland geomorphology — both the novel application of existing methods and techniques specifically developed to address particular problems, including the relationship with the role of tectonics.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology; Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
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T73. Quaternary Landscape Dynamics Beyond the Ice Margin in the Upper Mississippi Valley: A Tribute to the Career of James C. Knox
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Joseph A. Mason, Douglas J. Faulkner, Peter M. Jacobs
This session will focus on Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change and geomorphic system response in the Upper Mississippi basin outside the limits of late Wisconsin glaciation
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
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T74. Processes of Subglacial Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Deposition
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Neal Iverson, Scott Lundstrom, Thomas Hooyer, Kelly MacGregor
This session will highlight processes of subglacial erosion, sediment transport, and deposition through research on modern glaciers and glacial landforms and sediments, as well as through experimental and theoretical studies.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
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T76. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Dynamics of Sinuous Channel Evolution in Different Environments
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Center of Earth Surface Dynamics; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Anjali M. Fernandes, Virginia B. Smith
This session welcomes contributions focusing on numerical modeling, physical experimentation, field-based studies, and analysis of remotely sensed data to solve problems related to modern and ancient sinuous channel systems on Earth and other planets.
Geomorphology; Sediments, Clastic; Stratigraphy
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T79. Analytic Modeling of Groundwater Flow: Advances and Applications
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Minnesota Ground Water Association; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Randal Barnes, Henk Haitjema, Daniel Bruce Abrams
We seek presentations about the use of analytic solutions to groundwater flow or subsurface contaminant transport, including advances or applications in the analytic element method (AEM) or LT-AEM and other analytic solutions to flow or transport problems.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology
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T80. Environmental Problems in Karst Terranes/Terrains and Their Solutions: In Honor of James F. Quinlan
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Edwards Aquifer Authority; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Karst Waters Institute; Minnesota Ground Water Association
E. Calvin Alexander, Geary M. Schindel
This session on applied karst hydrology and geology is held in honor of the late Dr. James Quinlan, one of the founders of modern karst research in the United States.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology
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T81. Springs as Sites of Dynamic Physical, Geochemical, and Ecological Processes
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Sue Swanson, Abe Springer
Springs can be used to study many geological and ecological problems and processes. We encourage submissions highlighting the use of springs to better understand aquifer properties, geochemical processes, landscape or ecosystem evolution, and/or climate change.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry
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T82. Impact of Winter De-Icing Chemicals on the Environment
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Rudolph Hon, Walton R. Kelly, Samuel V. Panno
Winter de-icing chemicals on their return path from road surfaces create many environmental problems including deterioration of public water supplies, interference with aquatic life environments, and infrastructure corrosion.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geology and Health
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T83. Pathogens and Fecal Indicators in Soil, Groundwater, and Surface Water
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Larry D. McKay, Mark Borchardt
This session examines fecal contamination from a variety of perspectives, including detection, transport, survival, modeling, regulation, and management. We are especially interested in field-scale studies and cross-disciplinary research.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geology and Health
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T84. Recent Advances in Studies of Dissolved Arsenic and Other Metals in Global Hydrologic Systems
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA International Section; International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development
Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee, D. Kirk Nordstrom, Holly A. Michael, Jochen Bundschuh
The session will focus on studies of hydrological, chemical, and biogeochemical processes controlling the fate of dissolved arsenic and other toxic metals. Effects on public health and water management are also of interest.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geology and Health
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T85. Dynamic Gradients in Karst Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Karst Waters Institute; Minnesota Ground Water Association
Daniel H. Doctor, E. Calvin Alexander
This session highlights approaches for understanding karst aquifer function in the face of dynamic gradients in head, chemistry, and temperature. Studies that provide a geologic context within which dynamic gradients may be interpreted are sought.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geomorphology
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T86. Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction: Relating Understanding That Spans the Water-Rich Midwest to the Scarcity of the Outback
GSA Hydrogeology Division; American Water Resources Association - Wisconsin Section; Minnesota Ground Water Association; Australian National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Philip Brunner, Peter G. Cook, Randall Hunt
This session highlights the understanding of groundwater–surface water interaction transferable across temporal and spatial scales, as well as end-members of climate forcing. The focus is on broad concepts transferable to settings critical for decision making.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Limnogeology
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T88. Identification and Quantification of Groundwater Flow Using Heat as a Tracer
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Christopher Lowry, Christine Hatch, Laura Lautz
The use of heat as a groundwater tracer is currently experiencing a renaissance. We solicit abstracts discussing theoretical, modeling, and field investigations relating to the identification and quantification of groundwater using heat as a tracer.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
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T89. Innovative Field Investigations to Assess Natural Attenuation and Engineered Remediation of Subsurface Contamination
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Minnesota Ground Water Association; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Isabelle M. Cozzarelli, Melinda L. Erickson, Jennifer T. McGuire, Jennifer R. McKelvie
This session will cover innovative chemical, physical, and microbiologic in situ methods developed to elucidate the fate of contaminants in a variety of hydrogeologic environments and focus on the elucidation and quantification of natural attenuation and remediation reaction progress.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry, Organic; Geomicrobiology
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T90. Gas Bubbles and Dissolved Gases in Groundwater
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
James W. Roy, M.C. Ryan, Kevin G. Mumford
This session encourages contributions related to understanding, monitoring, and simulating the behavior of gases (dissolved or bubbles) in groundwater, with implications for topics ranging from global element cycling to tracing groundwater flow to contaminant remediation.
Hydrogeology; Geomicrobiology; Geochemistry
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T92. Buried Valley Aquifers: What Do We Know and How Do We Move Forward for Sustained Groundwater Management?
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Sharpe, Robert Shaver, Bruce D. Smith
This session will profile emerging knowledge and concepts of buried-valley aquifer geometry, character, hydrochemistry, hydraulics, geophysical investigative techniques, and the importance of this setting for water supply and shallow energy resources.
Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology
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T94. Advances in Characterization of Groundwater Flow Processes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Remke L. Van Dam, Vitaly A. Zlotnik
This session will serve as a forum to discuss recent advances in the study of flow and transport in groundwater using approaches from aquifer hydraulics, geophysics, tracers, and novel drilling techniques.
Hydrogeology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Environmental Geoscience
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T95. Visualizations in Geology: Advancing the Science Using Digital Tools (Digital Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Todd Halihan, Daniel A. Lao Davila, Priyank Jaiswal
Geologic science using complicated visualization or modeling approaches is difficult to present using standard poster formats. This session allows geologic research to be communicated in a digital poster session format.
Hydrogeology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Structural Geology
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T96. Carbon and Water Dynamics in Peatlands and Their Relationship to Climatic Change
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Paul Glaser, Donald I. Siegel, Andrew S. Reeve
This session will focus on carbon and water fluxes in peatlands with respect to their role as important sources or sinks for greenhouse gases in a changing environment.
Hydrogeology; Limnogeology; Environmental Geoscience
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T97. Advances in Understanding at the Groundwater–Surface Water Interface and Challenges for the Future: A Reflection on Tom Winter's Legacy
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; Minnesota Ground Water Association; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Donald O. Rosenberry, Walter E. Dean, Melinda L. Erickson
This session will commemorate Tom Winter's contributions to the study of groundwater–surface-water exchange, discuss how they affect lake and wetland paleolimnology and hydrology, and suggest challenges and directions for future research and water-resource management.
Hydrogeology; Limnogeology
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T98. Advancements in Subseafloor Hydrogeology: Observations, Monitoring, and Modeling
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Brandon Dugan, Alicia Wilson
Subseafloor technologies are expanding our understanding of fluid, heat, and chemical fluxes within the subseafloor. These technologies provide data for integrated models to constrain transients and driving forces of nearshore and offshore subseafloor flow systems.
Hydrogeology; Marine/Coastal Science; Geochemistry
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T99. Hydrogeology of Glaciated Terrain: Linking Glacial Geology, Quaternary History, and Groundwater Research
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Ground Water Association; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
William W. Simpkins, Richard Gerber
Aquifers and aquitards of glacial origin present a unique challenge for hydrogeologists. Papers that link glacial geology and Quaternary history with studies of groundwater recharge, hydraulics, age dating, hydrogeochemistry, fracture flow, and modeling are encouraged.
Hydrogeology; Quaternary Geology; Environmental Geoscience
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T100. Exploration of Karst Aquifer Systems Using New and Innovative Techniques and Methods (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Eric W. Peterson, Toby Dogwiler
This session will explore new and innovative techniques and methods used to identify karst aquifer geometries, to delineate flow paths in karst aquifers, and to discern contaminant storage and transport pathways within karst aquifers.
Hydrogeology; Quaternary Geology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
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T102. Shallow Lakes and Wetlands: Sedimentary Records and Modern Dynamics of Small Systems That Pack a Big Punch in the Carbon Cycle
GSA Limnogeology Division
Kevin M. Theissen, Will Hobbs, Joy M. Ramstack
Small, shallow lakes and wetlands are surprisingly efficient at sequestering carbon. This session will explore carbon burial and the sediment geochemistry of shallow lakes through modern observations and paleolimnological reconstructions of these systems.
Limnogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry
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T103. Processes within Extreme Lake Systems
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Devin N. Castendyk, Laurie S. Balistrieri
This session explores the aqueous geochemistry, physical limnology, and extremophile ecology of extreme lake systems and their interaction with groundwater, including saline lakes, acidic/basic mine pit lakes, volcanic crater lakes, hot springs, and polar lakes.
Limnogeology; Geochemistry; Hydrogeology
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T104. Urban and Suburban Lakes: Paleorecords of Human Impacts and Opportunities for Geoscience Education
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Amy Myrbo, Kate S. Pound
Interdisciplinary research and/or pedagogical approaches using lake sediment cores covering the historical period. Includes student projects on records of development, pollution, remediation, watershed manipulation, and aspects of geochemistry, sedimentology, ecology, hydrogeology, history, public policy, etc.
Limnogeology; Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience
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T106. The Mono Lake Basin: A Gathering of Disciplines
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Susan Herrgesell Zimmerman, Sidney Hemming
At Mono Lake, biogeochemical, volcanologic, paleoclimatic, hydrologic, geomorphologic, tectonic, and limnologic processes are often intertwined. Presentations may focus on the modern processes, glacial-era changes, geologic history or regional context of the Mono Lake basin.
Limnogeology; Quaternary Geology; Tectonics
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T107. Lacustrine Carbonates
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, Walter E. Dean
Carbonates in lake deposits are important in assessing the watershed landscape and hydrology of a basin and in establishing paleoclimatic signals on a regional scale.
Limnogeology; Sediments, Carbonates
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T109. Limnogeology: Interdisciplinary Studies of Lakes and Paleolakes (Posters)
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Daniel Deocampo, Amy Myrbo
Posters are encouraged that present basic and applied research on all aspects of modern or ancient lakes. Topics may complement ongoing oral sessions and are requested from all areas of limnogeology and related fields.
Limnogeology
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T110. Techniques for Measuring Shoreline Change (Digital Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Chester W. Jackson
This session will explore the state of the science of shoreline change measurement and where we should be heading in terms of equipment, data gathering techniques, and methods of analysis.
Marine/Coastal Science; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Environmental Geoscience
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T112. Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Midcontinent Rift
Society of Economic Geologists; UMD-Precambrian Research Center; Institute on Lake Superior Geology; GSA Geophysics Division
James D. Miller, Suzanne Nicholson, R. Michael Easton, Joshua Feinberg
This session highlights the renewed interest in the tectonomagmatic evolution and metallogenesis of the Midcontinent Rift generated by recent geochronologic, geochemical, and geophysical studies and new discoveries of Cu-Ni-PGE deposits associated with the 1.1 Ga Midcontinent Rift.
Economic Geology; Petrology, Igneous; Precambrian Geology
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T113. Tectonics and Metallogeny
Society of Economic Geologists; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
David Schneider, John Jamieson
This session draws attention to the links between tectonics and metallogeny from primary genesis (magmatism, metamorphism), controlling the distribution of metals to the role of subsequent geological processes (deformation) on ore-bodies that we exploit today.
Economic Geology; Tectonics; Geochemistry
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T117. Uranium in Groundwater: Biogeochemical Controls on Mobility and Persistence
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Philip E. Long, Kenneth H. Williams, Richard Dayvault, Richard Bush, David Peterson
The persistence of uranium groundwater plumes continues to challenge routine prediction of natural attenuation. This session explores emerging improvements in quantifying sources of uranium contamination and seeks promising approaches supporting accurate prediction of uranium plume behavior.
Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry; Geomicrobiology
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T118. International Development and the Geosciences
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; American Geological Institute; YES Network; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Association of Geoscientists for International Development; Affiliation of Christian Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Jeffrey Greenberg, Michael D. Guebert
Presentations will include a wide variety of case studies demonstrating the practical application of geoscience in serving the global needs of people and their environment.
Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology; Geology and Health
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T119. Sigma Gamma Epsilon Undergraduate Research (Posters)
Erika R. Elswick
The goal of this session is to highlight recent and ongoing undergraduate research in a student-friendly forum. The session is open to students and faculty co-authors working in any area of the geosciences.
Environmental Geoscience; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Hydrogeology
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T121. Uranium Ore Deposits: From Genesis to Mine Tailings and Mining Wastes
Ruizhong Hu, Chen Zhu, Mostafa Fayek
uranium ore deposits: from genesis to mine tailings and mining wastes
Geochemistry; Economic Geology; Environmental Geoscience
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T122. Sources, Transport, and Fate of Trace and Toxic Elements in the Environment
International Association of GeoChemistry
LeeAnn Munk, David T. Long, W. Berry Lyons
Relevant research dealing with trace and potentially toxic elements in the environment. Basic and applied research topics on trace elements in water, sediment, and rocks that relate to sources, transport and fate are encouraged.
Geochemistry; Environmental Geoscience; Geology and Health
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T123. Monitoring and Understanding Our Landscape for the Long Term through Small Catchment Studies: A Tribute to the Career of Owen P. Bricker
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Karen C. Rice, Pierre D. Glynn, Jill S. Baron
Small catchment streams have been studied for many decades and reasons. We solicit papers that examine catchment processes from an interdisciplinary perspective, such as those conducted by Owen Bricker during his career at USGS.
Geochemistry; Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology
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T124. Potentially Toxic Elements in the Environment: A Session for Students (Posters)
Geochemical Society
Jonathan Gourley, Douglas Allen, LeeAnn Munk
We encourage student (both graduate and undergraduate) poster presentations focused on the accumulation of potentially toxic elements, from both natural and anthropogenic sources, with an emphasis on the various pathways through which these elements accumulate.
Geochemistry; Environmental Geoscience
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T125. Assessing Potential Impacts of Geological Carbon Sequestration on Groundwater Quality: Geochemical and Hydrological Approaches (Posters)
Peng Lu, Katherine Duncker Romanak, Changbing Yang
This session encourages presentations of innovative geochemical and hydrological research relevant to monitoring, modeling, and accounting for CO2 sequestered in geological formations, especially risk assessment and remediation for CO2 leakage and potential groundwater quality degradation.
Geochemistry; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
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T126. Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development: Geology, Geochemistry, and Engineering
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Tracy Bank, Carl S. Kirby
This session will explore the geology, geochemistry, and engineered development of the Marcellus Shale—the largest natural gas field in the continental United States—and associated waters.
Geochemistry; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
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T127. Tropical Small Mountainous River Biogeochemistry: Terrestrial Losses, Internal Processing, Coastal Inputs, and Marine Burial
International Association of GeoChemistry
Steven Goldsmith, Ryan Moyer
We encourage contributions that examine biogeochemical cycling and fluxes, as well as paleo-records of temporal and spatial changes in fluxes and fate, of material delivered by tropical mountainous rivers and associated estuarine and coastal waters.
Geochemistry; Marine/Coastal Science; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
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T128. EARTHTIME Geochronology: Improving Age Interpretations through Integration and Intercalibration
Mark D. Schmitz, Linda A. Hinnov, Blair Schoene
High-resolution radiometric and astrochronological studies reveal complexities in both mineral dates and stratigraphic proxy records. We encourage contributions integrating diverse geological, geochemical, and geochronological methodologies to more robustly interpret the tempo of earth systems processes.
Geochemistry; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
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T129. Spectroscopy for the Geosciences in the 21st Century
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry
Russell S. Harmon, Nancy McMillan
This session will examine current geoscience applications and future possibilities of absorption, fluorescence, X-ray, emission, and other types of spectroscopy.
Geochemistry
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T130. Topics in Geoarchaeology: Reconstructions of Ancient Landscapes and Paleoenvironments
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Kathleen Nicoll, Laura Murphy
This session focuses on sediments analyses and reconstructions of landscapes and paleoenvironments in archaeological contexts. Papers related to applied science methodologies—including archaeological prospection, survey, excavation, lab analyses, stratigraphy, and cultural heritage management—are welcome.
Archaeological Geology; Geomorphology; Stratigraphy
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T132. The History of Humans and the Hydrologic System: Exploring Relationships between Cultures, Climate, and Hydrology through Time
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Gary Stinchcomb, Tim Messner
The focal points of this session are: (1) how modern/ancient cultures adapted land-use and subsistence strategies to cope with past climate and hydrologic changes and (2), how these adaptations may have affected the hydrologic system.
Archaeological Geology; Quaternary Geology; Hydrogeology
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T135. Quaternary Geology and Its Applications: In Honor of David M. Mickelson
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
William N. Mode, John W. Attig, Kent M. Syverson
This session honors the achievements of Dr. David M. Mickelson by showcasing current science about glacial landform and sediment genesis, geotechnical properties of Quaternary sediments, and hydrogeologic investigations in glaciated terrains.
Quaternary Geology; Geomorphology; Hydrogeology
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T136. Wind, Water, and Ice: The Geomorphology and Quaternary Geologic History of Great Lakes' Coasts
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Edward C. Hansen, Timothy Fisher
This session will focus on the processes that have shaped Great Lakes' coasts, including deglaciation, lake-level change, coastal erosion, and aeolian transport, as well as the history that has resulted from these processes.
Quaternary Geology; Geomorphology; Marine/Coastal Science
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T138. Honoring Maynard M. Miller, Founder of the Juneau Icefield Research Program
Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
P. Jay Fleisher, Guy Adema
This session honors Dr. Maynard M. Miller for his unparalleled impact on stimulating study of earth-systems science in the alpine and glacial environment and for mentoring dozens who now lead in the study of arctic sciences.
Quaternary Geology; Geoscience Education; Geomorphology
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T139. Extreme Climate and Weather Events: Past, Present, and Future
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; The American Quaternary Association; American Water Resources Association; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Union for Quaternary Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
George T. Stone, Andrew M. Buddington, Michael E. Mann, Mark A. Chandler
This session seeks scientists from many disciplines to examine extreme climate and weather events. Such events have increased significantly in frequency and intensity during the last four decades. Presenters are encouraged to interpret this trend.
Quaternary Geology; Hydrogeology; Public Policy
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T140. Glacial Lake Agassiz—Its History and Influence on North America and on Global Systems: In Honor of James T. Teller
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; American Quaternary Association; Canadian Quaternary Association; International Union for Quaternary Research
Steven Colman, Nat Rutter
New research on the history and influence of Lake Agassiz during the last deglaciation will be presented, including that found in the lake basin, downstream from the lake, in the oceans, and on other continents.
Quaternary Geology; Limnogeology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
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T141. Quaternary Paleoclimate Studies of the Western and Southwestern United States
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Joseph C. Liddicoat, Berry Lyons, Steve P. Lund, Joseph P. Smoot, Robert M. Negrini
This session will recognize research that Larry Benson has done on the Quaternary in the Lahontan and Mono basins and elsewhere that had advanced the understanding of the paleoclimate and archeology in western North America.
Quaternary Geology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Archaeological Geology
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T143. Glacial Geology and Cryogenic Processes
Anders Schomacker, Mark D. Johnson, Ívar Örn Benediktsson, Michael L. Prentice
This session will focus on Quaternary and glacial geology, Quaternary stratigraphy, chronology and climate history, cryospheric processes, and geomorphology. We welcome contributions on both past and modern glacial and periglacial environments.
Quaternary Geology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Geomorphology
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T145. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, Outreach, and Resource Management
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Bruce A. Heise, Tim Connors, Jason P. Kenworthy
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations are open to geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T146. Student-Involved Research Experience in Earth-System Science: An Effective Tool for Recruitment and Retention in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session will enable participating students to share their field-based earth-system science content knowledge by demonstrating research potential. Topics are wide open and may include global climate change, pollution, and natural hazards–related information.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T147. What Are Undergraduates Learning in/from Our Programs? (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Solomon A. Isiorho
Program review and information on learning outcomes are important in saving our programs.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; History and Philosophy of Geology
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T149. Virtual Reality in Geoscience Education (Digital Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Google Inc.; Oxford University Press; Minnesota Planetarium Society
Declan G. De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey
Showcase your geo-visualizations using the medium of the future - the digital poster session. Presenters will hook up their own PC/Mac laptops to one of 20 flat screens.
This session covers virtual reality in formal and informal geoscience education at all levels: Google Earth, OmniGlobe, LiDAR, GigaPan, full-dome digital planetaria, caves, and resources for handheld devices, such as iPads and smart phones.
Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Structural Geology
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T157. Innovative Hands-on Geoscience Lab and Class Activities for use in Undergraduate Teaching
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics
Kate S. Pound, Cathryn Manduca, Lee Schmitt
This session will serve as a showcase for active, hands-on, inquiry-based activities used in undergraduate teaching. Participants are required to make their hands-on activity available for the “Hands-on Gallery.” Participants can also upload instruction materials to the SERC website.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T158. Sense of Place, Geoparks and National Parks: Strategies for Improved Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
William I. Rose, Erika C. Vye, Mark F. Klawiter
This session investigates how sense of place affects our capacity to learn, drives advances in inquiry, and augments improved earth science literacy with existing National Park initiatives and the development of UNESCO Geoparks.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T159. Sense of Place, Geoparks, and National Parks: Strategies for Improved Earth Science Education (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
William I. Rose, Erika C. Vye, Mark F. Klawiter
This session investigates how sense of place affects our capacity to learn, drives advances in inquiry, and augments improved earth science literacy with existing National Park initiatives and the development of UNESCO Geoparks.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T167. Time, Events, and Places: Understanding Temporal and Spatial Learning in Geoscience Education
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center
Thomas Shipley, Steven Semken, Carol J. Ormand
Students have trouble learning about and reasoning with large temporal and spatial scales. This session will present geoscience education and cognitive science research on spatial and temporal thinking to offer possible ways to improve learning.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T169. Geo-Workforce Preparation for 21st-Century Challenges
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geophysics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Marilyn J. Suiter, Lina C. Patino, David J. Matty
This session will provide a forum for exploring geoscience programs in energy and climate change regarding student preparation for the workforce, gathering evidence of program outcomes, and sharing information about similar curricula and professional development.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
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T170. Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century
GSA Geoscience Education Division; On the Cutting Edge
Barbara Tewksbury, Brian M. Hynek
This session focuses on effective and innovative strategies for teaching geoscience using GIS and remote sensing at the undergraduate level and for better meeting the GIS and remote sensing needs of geology students.
Geoscience Education; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
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T171. Developing the Global Geoscientist through International Geoscience Networks and Research Projects
GSA Geoscience Education Division; YES Network; American Geological Institute; Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation; GSA Geophysics Division
Leila M. Gonzales, Sophie J. Hancock
This session will focus on best practices for cultivating global geoscientists through the use of international geoscience networks and cutting-edge technologies and the development of international research projects from these international networks.
Geoscience Education
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T174. Identifying and Addressing K-16 Student Misconceptions in the Earth-Science Classroom
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Laura A. Guertin, Tanya Furman, Jason Petula, Scott McDonald
K-16 student misconceptions range from factual and conceptual misunderstandings of content to the nature/process of scientific knowledge to what scientists are like. We seek presentations that highlight research and share classroom/laboratory activities addressing these misconceptions.
Geoscience Education
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T176. Innovative Methods for Broadening Participation in the Geosciences through In-Service Teacher Professional Development
GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geological Institute; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Carol Engelmann, William I. Rose, Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Mark F. Klawiter, Erika Vye, Stephen R. Mattox, Ann E. Benbow
This session presents geoscientists with innovative methods for working with K-12 teachers on campus and in the field and also provides guidance and support for planning geoscience professional development with teachers.
Geoscience Education
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T178. Reaching the Next Generation: Tales of Successful Strategies and Frustrating Challenges from Teaching Earth-Science Courses For Pre-Service Elementary Teachers
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Kyle Gray, Ann Bykerk-Kauffman
Content courses specifically designed for pre-service elementary teachers often present unique challenges for instructors. This session includes effective course designs, lessons, methodologies, and research findings on factors that improve student learning within this context.
Geoscience Education
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T179. Results from Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics
Diana Dalbotten, Karen M. Campbell
Participants are encouaged to present results from their undergraduate research experience in the geosciences.
Geoscience Education
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T182. Teaching Geoscience Online
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Karin B. Kirk, William H. Hirt
Teaching geoscience in an online format offers a new frontier for connecting with our students. This session will provide examples of successful courses, activities, and pedagogic strategies for teaching geoscience online.
Geoscience Education
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T184. The 21st Century Geoscience Classroom: Creating Learner-Centered Environments for Undergraduates (Digital Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Candace L. Kairies Beatty, William Lee Beatty, Jennifer L. Piatek
This session focuses on the innovative ways that instructors are using technology (Google Earth, gigapixel imagery, GIS, Web 2.0 tools, etc.) to create interactive environments that promote learning through experience rather than memorization.
Geoscience Education
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T188. Geologic Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic and Geophysical Maps (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of American State Geologists; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Richard C. Berg, Ralph F. Crawford, Michael W. Higgins, Linda Jacobsen, E. Donald McKay, Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Soller, Harvey Thorleifson
This poster session will highlight new geologic maps, mapping programs, and innovations in geological mapping, including data management, Web accessibility, 3-D, and applications in water and land management.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Hydrogeology; Engineering Geology
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T189. Geological Mapping: Key to Successful Management of Water and Land Resources
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of American State Geologists; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Richard C. Berg, Holger Kessler, Linda Jacobsen, E. Donald McKay, Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Soller, Harvey Thorleifson
This session will highlight new mapping and innovations in geological mapping, including data management, Web accessibility, 3-D, and applications in water and land management.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Hydrogeology; Engineering Geology
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T193. Complexity in Modeling: How Much Is Too Much?
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; American Water Resources Association - Wisconsin Section; Minnesota Ground Water Association; Australian National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Craig T. Simmons, Randall Hunt
Modeling is a state-of-the-practice tool. However, models - defined as being simplifications of reality - are often simplified subjectively, thus sub-optimally. This session focuses on methods to enhance application of model complexity to decision making.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Information/Communication; Hydrogeology
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T194. Decision Support for the Geosciences: The Interface between Public, Policy, and Science
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; U.S. National Chapter of International Association of the Hydrogeologists; Minnesota Ground Water Association; National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Suzanne A. Pierce, Tony Jakeman
Decision support for the geosciences can convey meaning and reveal patterns that are relevant for society. Pairing computational techniques and social processes expands understanding, access, and communication of science-based concepts for collaborative learning and informed dialog.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Information/Communication; Hydrogeology
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T195. Data Preservation and Management in the Coming Decade
GSA Geoinformatics Division; U.S. Geological Survey; Association of American State Geologists; Geoscience Information Society; GSA Geophysics Division
Frances W. Pierce, Brian J. Buczkowski, Betty M. Adrian, John C. Steinmetz, M. Lee Allison
This session explores integrating digital and physical information, future directions in geoscience preservation policies, and the challenges of sharing and managing data within the geosciences and among other entities, including libraries, data centers, and commercial publishers.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
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T196. Geoinformatics in Action (Posters)
GSA Geoinformatics Division; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.; IRIS Data Management System
Stephen M. Richard, Tim Ahern, Richard P. Hooper, Kerstin A. Lehnert
The purpose of this session is to bring together geologists and geoinformatics practitioners to learn about operational systems that utilize geoinformatics, as well as prototype systems exploring the next generation of geoinformatics applications.
Geoinformatics; Geoscience Information/Communication; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
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T197. Seeing the True Shape of Earth: Quantitative and Qualitative Applications of Airborne Lidar
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Ian P. Madin, D.E. Luman
This session will focus on new efforts and approaches to extract quantitative and qualitative geologic and environmental features from terrestrial and airborne LiDAR data.
Geoinformatics; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Quaternary Geology
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T198. International Collaboration and the Evolution of Geology
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
John Diemer, Kenneth R. Aalto
The impact of international collaboration (made possible by newly established scientific societies, journals, government surveys, and enhanced forms of travel and communication) on the rapid evolution of geology in the 19th century will be explored.
History and Philosophy of Geology
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T199. A Healthy Society, Geosciences, and Natural Resources
GSA Geology and Health Division; Society of Economic Geologists
Catherine Skinner, Eric Cheney
This interdisciplinary session stresses positive outcomes for some of the major environmental and medical issues for our society that are dependent on the availability and use of fuel, mineral, and water resources to be healthy.
Geology and Health; Economic Geology; Environmental Geoscience
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T201. Intersection of Geology and Health: Impacts of Geologic Materials on Public Health
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Geoffrey S. Plumlee, Jean M. Morrison
This session highlights the potential impacts of geologic materials (urban and natural soils, mine wastes, oil spills, smelter emissions, coal fly ash, wildfire and volcanic ash, etc.) on public health.
Geology and Health; Geochemistry; Environmental Geoscience
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T202. Coal Combustion Products and Impacts on the Society
GSA Geology and Health Division
Avner Vengosh
This session addresses the impact of coal combustion products on the environment and society through interdisciplinary evaluation of the science of coal ash, its disposal to the environment, and the social implications.
Geology and Health; Hydrogeology; Coal Geology
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T203. Climate, Water, and Health
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Saugata Datta, Syed E. Hasan, Hatim Sharif, Deon van der Merwe
This session will focus on the effects of drastic or abrupt climate changes on human and ecological health as they relate to water-quality issues.
Geology and Health; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
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T204. Advances in Characterizing Sources and Release of Naturally Occurring Trace Elements to Aquatic Systems and Groundwater
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Minnesota Ground Water Association; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Sarah L. Nicholas, Brandy M. Toner
The session will focus on characterizing sources andmechanisms of release of naturally occurring trace elements to waters. We encourage abstracts addressing elemental speciation and advancement in analytical techniques for trace-element concentrations in geologic matrices.
Geology and Health; Hydrogeology; Geochemistry
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T206. STEMming the Tide: How Can We Promote Science Literacy?
GSA Geology and Society Division; American Geological Institute; American Geophysical Union; Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Association of State Geologists; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
J.E. Fryxell, David W. Szymanski, James F. Davis
As geoscientists, we need to make communicating with the public a high priority to improve how scientific concepts and constraints are incorporated into wise education and policies to help America to thrive in coming years.
Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education
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T210. Impact Cratering: Geology's Latest Revolution
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Jay Melosh, Elisabetta Pierazzo
Impact cratering is the most recent revolution in geological science, it has brought catastrophic events back into mainstream geology. This session will review the importance of this new geologic process.
Planetary Geology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Environmental Geoscience
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T211. 30+ Years of Teaching about Planetary Geology: Past Lessons Learned and Future Possibilities
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Jayne C. Aubele, Eric J. Pyle
We encourage abstracts that analyze past, present, and potential future teaching of planetary geology through textbooks, curriculum, and lab exercises at the university, K-12, and informal science education levels for science and non-science students.
Planetary Geology; Geoscience Education
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T212. Impact Cratering on the Earth, Moon, and Planets: Remote, Field, and Lab Studies
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; International Continental Drilling Program
Christian Koeberl, Jeffrey Plescia
This session solicits contributions on any aspect of impact crater studies (terrestrial and planetary), including recent observations of lunar craters that constrain geologic aspects of craters and provide information on the modeling of impacts.
Planetary Geology; Petrology, Metamorphic; Geochemistry
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T213. Robotic Exploration of Planetary Surfaces: The G.K. Gilbert Award Session
GSA Planetary Geology Division
David A. Williams
This session celebrates the career and accomplishments of this year's recipient of the Planetary Geology Division's G.K. Gilbert Award. Oral presentations will be given by the awardee and by the awardee's former students and colleagues.
Planetary Geology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Geochemistry
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T214. Exploring Mercury by Spacecraft: First MESSENGER Results from Orbit
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Sean C. Solomon, Louise Prockter, David T. Blewett
In March 2011, MESSENGERis the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. This session will highlight early scientific results from orbital observations, with an emphasis on the planet's geology, geochemistry, and geophysics.
Planetary Geology; Structural Geology; Volcanology
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T215. Terrestrial Analogs in Solar System Studies
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn
This session focuses on terrestrial analog studies with application to understanding other solar-system bodies, their geological histories, the processes operating on them, and the potential for habitable environments.
Planetary Geology; Structural Geology; Volcanology
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T217. Dawn at Vesta: Initial Results from the Survey Orbit
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Debra Buczkowski
The Dawn spacecraft will go into Vesta orbit in August 2011. Results from analysis of the initial observations of the survey orbit will be presented.
Planetary Geology
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