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News Release November 1, 2001
GSA Release No. 01-45
Contact: Christa Stratton

The Geological Society of America
2001 Annual Meeting:

Boston 2001: A Geo-Odyssey

Technical Program: November 5-8, 2001

I. Schedule of Briefings and Related Events
II. Wine and Cheese Reception
Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
III. Additional Information for Public Information Officers

(I) Schedule of Briefings and Related Events

All briefings will be held in Hynes Convention Center Room 109. Briefing details are subject to change. Please check with Ann Cairns or Christa Stratton in the GSA Newsroom (HCC Room 108, 617-954-3214) for updates.

If you are interested in these or other topics from the technical program but are unable to attend the meeting, call the GSA Newsroom for assistance with arranging telephone interviews.

  • MONDAY, NOV. 5
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Briefing -
      America's Coastal Crisis: Providing the Geoscience Information Needed to Conserve and Protect Coastal Resources. (HCC Room 109)
      • Jeff Williams, US Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
      • Asbury (Abby) Sallenger, US Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL
      • W. Roland Gehrels, Univ. of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
      • Shea Penland, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
      • William C. Schwab, US Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
      • Mark Crowell, FEMA, Washington, DC
      • Cornelia Dean, New York Times, New York, NY
      • Christopher Hallowell, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY

      This briefing will offer a summary of new results in coastal science, including new technology for imaging the seafloor and cutting edge work in high-resolution reconstruction of sea-level change. It will also include discussion of making coastal science and related information accessible to the public.


    • 10:00-11:00 a.m. Briefing -
      Fossil Fuel on Federal Lands and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (HCC Room 109)
      • Christopher J. Potter, US Geological Survey, Denver, CO
      • David W. Houseknecht, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
      • David Applegate, American Geological Institute-Government Affairs, Washington, DC

      Potter and Houseknecht will discuss available resources and Applegate will provide an update on public policy considerations and status of legislation. Then hear arguments for and against development at:

    • 12:15-1:15 p.m. Hot Topic -
      Should Energy Resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Be Developed? (HCC Room 210)
      • David W. Houseknecht, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
      • Mark Myers, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources
      • Adam Kowlton, Arctic Refuge Campaign, Alaska Wilderness League



      10:00-11:00 a.m. Briefing -
      Evaporite Systems: The Geology, Paleontology, and Biology of Evaporite and Near-Evaporite Systems in Both Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Environments

      • Susan Wentworth, Lockheed Martin, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
      • Carl Allen, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
      • Wolfgang E. Krumbein, Univ. of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
      • Jack Farmer, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

      This briefing will relate discussion of evaporite systems to the search for life on Mars. Substances that crystallize out in the low-temperature process of evaporation hold important clues as to what the previously existing water was like. Discussion will include the significance of evaporite systems, how Earth and planetary studies in this area are informing one another, and the role they play in helping us understand Mars.

    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Briefing -
      Water's Many Forms in the Solar System: Implications for Geology, Exploration, and Life
      • Susan Sakimoto, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
      • Jim Garvin, NASA/Mars Exploration Program, Washington, DC
      • Kenneth Nealson, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA
      • Bruce Jakosky, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO

      Topics for discussion include the link between metabolically active life and the presence of water, water and climate on terrestrial planets and implications for life elsewhere, and water as a geologic resource in support of planetary exploration.

In addition to the briefings above, Pat Lahey, Associate Director of Geology, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA, will be available Wednesday morning, 10:00-11:00 a.m., in the Newsroom. During the meeting, Lahey will be discussing the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), a nationwide network of 7000 + shaking measurement systems. This year ANSS will add strong-motion instruments in Boston and New York City. Contact Ann Cairns, Christa Stratton, or Carolyn Bell (USGS Public Affairs) in the Newsroom regarding one-on-one discussions with Pat on ANSS and other topics.

I. Schedule of Briefings and Related Events II. Wine and Cheese Reception III. Additional Information for Public Information Officers

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