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News Release

14 July 2006
GSA Release No. 06-25

Contact: Christa Stratton

Geological Society of America 2006 Annual Meeting:
Philadelphia, PA, 22-25 October

Boulder, CO - More than 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia 22-25 October for "The Pursuit of Science: Building on a Foundation of Discovery," the 118th annual meeting and exposition of the Geological Society of America. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events.

Eligible media will receive complimentary registration (see below) and are invited to use GSA's Newsroom facilities while at the meeting.

 I. Scientific Program

Finalization of the scientific program is underway. Additional information will be made available when the technical program schedule is complete.


Topics addressed in these interdisciplinary, invited-speaker sessions include:

  • A post-Katrina assessment of sea-level change in North America
  • The controversy over long-term survival of microorganisms and preservation of DNA
  • Links among geologic processes, microbial activity, and evolution of life
  • Communicating the imperatives of sustainability
  • Geoscientists and health scientists working together in response to natural and human-produced disasters

These interdisciplinary sessions involve a mix of invited and volunteered papers. A sampling of topics includes:

  • Global climate and environmental change
  • Vulnerable shorelines: science and policy
  • U.S. energy resources
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Mass extinctions: land-sea process links

Trips range from one to four days in duration and some are physically rigorous. Trips include:

  • Coastal hydrology and processes of Atlantic barrier islands
  • Prehistoric and urban landscapes of the middle Atlantic region (geoarchaeology)
  • History and geology of Gettysburg National Battlefield
  • Rivers, glaciers, landscape evolution, and active tectonics of the central Appalachians, Pennsylvania, and Maryland
  • 135 million years of history in southwestern Philadelphia

 II. Media Participation

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized 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, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2005 or 2006.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional meeting information and to access media registration, visit Pre-registration deadline for media is Monday, 16 October 2006.

Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications/Marketing/Sales for additional information and assistance ().

For more information, please visit


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