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The Society

The mission of the Geological Society of America (GSA) is to advance the geosciences, to enhance the professional growth of its 24,000+ members, and to promote the geosciences in the service of humanity. GSA provides geoscientists from all sectors - academic, government, and industry - with a vehicle for expressing core professional values of science, stewardship, and service. The Society is also a venue for establishing and maintaining professional relationships that span a lifetime.

Brief History of GSA

Founded in 1888 in Ithaca, New York, the Society is an offshoot of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). GSA was formed in recognition of the rapid growth of geology as a science, and the need for a forum dedicated to this new area of scientific inquiry. Its founders envisioned the Society disseminating results of geologic studies and conducting meetings for the presentation and discussion of geologic research. These activities remain the core of GSA's contemporary mission. The Society moved from New York to Boulder, Colorado, in 1967-68, where its operations and headquarters staff of about 60 people are housed.

GSA Programs, Services, and Products

The Society's primary activities are:

How GSA is Organized

The Society's elected officers provide overall governance of GSA. The seven geographic Sections have their own governance boards and meetings. In addition, 59 specialized geoscience organizations are formally associated with GSA; they assist in developing the extensive scientific program of the Society's annual meeting.

GSA Members have access to 17 GSA Divisions defined by scientific specialty: archaeological geology, coal geology, engineering geology, geobiology and geomicrobiology, geoinformtics, geology and health, geology and society, geophysics, geoscience education, history and philosophy of geology, hydrogeology, limnogeology, planetary geology, quaternary geology and geomorphology, sedimentary geology, and structural geology and tectonics. The International Division provides a forum for global scientific exchange. These divisions facilitate communication among scientists within disciplines and facilitate crossdisciplinary activity within the Society. They also help develop the technical program for GSA's annual meeting, facilitate student participation in meetings, and help fund student research.

How GSA is Supported

Member dues, meeting fees, and the sale of publications support the work of the Society. In addition, the GSA Foundation raises funds for research grants, achievement awards, special projects, and to support some GSA publications.

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GSA on the Internet:
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Geological Society of America
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