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News Release

22 April 2005
GSA Release No. 05-17

Contact: Christa Stratton

Energy Issues, Water Quality, Earthquakes and Other Hazards, and More on Agenda at Joint GSA-AAPG Meeting Next Week

Information for Science and Environment Writers

Boulder, Colo. — Geoscientists are gathering 29 April - 1 May 2005 in San Jose, California, for a joint meeting of the Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Pacific Section. Approximately 800 geoscientists are expected to attend the meeting at San Jose's Fairmont Hotel, hosted by the Department of Geology, San Jose State University, and the Northern California Geological Survey.

Program highlights include:


Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions: Hydrogeology and Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay Region
7:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Gold Room
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Naturally Occurring Asbestos Hazards: Geology, Regulatory Issues, and Methods of Identification and Assessment
8:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:20-5:15 p.m., Atherton Room
View a.m. abstracts:
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Crowding the Rim: Dealing with Energy Needs, Food, and Other Living Resources and Natural Calamities around the Pacific
1:10-4:30 p.m., Sacramento Room
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Application of New Technologies to Petroleum Reservoirs: Implications for Exploration and Production
1:15-4:30 p.m., Crystal Room
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A New Three-Dimensional Look at the Geology, Geophysics, and Hydrology of the Santa Clara Valley, California: A Showcase of Urban Earth Science
7:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Crystal Room
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Earthquakes, Past and Future, in the San Francisco Bay Region
1:15-4:15 p.m., Crystal Room
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Keynote Address: 1906 Earthquake Centennial: A Century of Progress in Understanding Earthquake Science
Mary Lou Zoback, US Geological Survey
5:15 p.m., Crystal Room

Special Event: An Evening of Exploration - Geology and Wine
Hosted by David Howell (US Geological Survey) and Jonathan Swinchatt, authors of The Winemakers Dance: Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley 6:30 p.m., Club Regent (Cost: $85)


Alaskan Energy Resources: New Assessments and Related Geological, Geophysical, and Geochemical Studies (Posters)
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Market Street Foyer/Exhibit Hall. Note: Authors will be present from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.
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Journalists are invited to attend sessions of interest, interview scientists, and visit the exhibit area. Eligibility for complimentary media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2004 or 2005.
  • Public Information Officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Media must pay regular fees for paid luncheons, field trips, etc.

Media representatives may register at the main meeting registration desk located in the Imperial Foyer of the Fairmont Hotel. Registration will be open Thursday, 28 April, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 29-30 April, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 May, from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival.

Media registrants may arrange on-site interviews after attending the session in which the talk is given or by leaving a note at the GSA Registration Desk requesting an interview before or after the talk. Interested media unable to attend may telephone the Registration Desk at 408-947-6423 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 29 April, contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at 303-357-1056. During the meeting, 29 April - 1 May, contact the GSA Registration Desk at 408-947-6423.


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