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News Release

5 May 2006
GSA Release No. 06-19

Contact: Ann Cairns,
Director–Communications and Marketing
(303) 357-1056, fax 303-357-1074

Augustine Volcano Eruptions, Glacier Thinning, and More at Geosciences Meeting in Anchorage Next Week

Media Advisory

Approximately 600 geoscientists are expected to attend "North to Alaska: Geoscience, Technology, and Natural Resources" in Anchorage next week. This joint meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America, Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Western Region of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, takes place Monday-Wednesday, 8-10 May, at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage.

Geoscientists from the Alaska Geological Society and Alaska Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers will serve as hosts.

Journalists are invited to attend sessions of interest, interview scientists, and visit the exhibit area. Information on complimentary media registration and procedures for arranging onsite and telephone interviews during the meeting follow the program highlights below.


 Tuesday, 9 May

Volcano Hazards and Monitoring
8:00-11:30 a.m., Hilton Hotel Aspen/Spruce Room
A day-long series of talks and poster presentations focuses largely on Alaskan volcanoes from Augustine to the Aleutian chain. Speakers from the US Geological Survey, University of Alaska, and Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys will give a comprehensive overview of the January 2006 Augustine Volcano eruptions as well as details on monitoring techniques used.
View abstracts
A related poster session takes place 1:00-4:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Hilton Hotel Denali Room. Authors will be present from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
View abstracts
Tuesday evening, 5:30-6:30 p.m., an hour-long talk on the ongoing Augustine volcano eruption will be given by Michelle Coombs of the US Geological Survey and Alaska Volcano Observatory. The talk takes place in the Hilton Hotel Alaska/Aleutian Ballroom.
Glacial Lakes, Landslides, Landforms, and Climate Change
Poster Presentations - Hilton Hotel Denali Room
Authors present from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Two presentations address developments in Denali National Park and Preserve. Chad Hults will discuss retreating and thinning glaciers and Larissa Yocum will present a study of permafrost underlying a proposed new access route to the park.
View Hults abstract
View Yocum abstract

 Wednesday, 10 May

Active Tectonics of the Northern Cordillera
Poster Session - Hilton Hotel Denali Room
Authors will be present from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Samik Sil of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will discuss the impact of earthquakes on Alaskan groundwater resources.
View abstract

To view the entire technical program, please visit


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 2005 or 2006.
  • 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 on the Mezzanine of the Hilton Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage. Registration hours are: Sunday, 7 May, from 1:00-6:00 p.m.; Monday, 8 May, from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 May, from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, 10 May, from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival.

For additional information, contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at +1-303-357-1056, .

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