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News Release

1 March 2007
GSA Release No. 07-09

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

Climate Change, Health and Environment, and More at 2007 GSA Northeastern Section Meeting

Media Advisory

Boulder, CO - Approximately 700 geoscientists will gather 12-14 March for the 42nd annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. Topics include climate change, health and environmental issues, archaeological geology, and Atlantic coastal processes.

The meeting will take place at the UNH Holloway Commons and adjacent Memorial Union and Huddleston Hall in downtown Durham. Hosts for the meeting are geoscientists from the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Dartmouth College, the Geological Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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 are provided below.


  • Climate issues figure prominently in a session titled "Atmospheric-Earth Surface Interactions: Solid, Liquid, and Gas." Topics include winter climate trends in the northeastern United States and effects of winter/spring transition on exchange of CO2 at Sallie's Fen, an NSF Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology site located in Barrington, NH. Posters will be presented Monday morning, 12 March, at 8:15 a.m. in the Holloway Commons Rotunda. Oral presentations take place Tuesday afternoon, 1:00-2:45 p.m., Holloway Commons Piscataqua Room.
    View abstracts: [ Monday | Tuesday ]
  • "Health and Geology in the Northeast" explores subjects ranging from integration of earth science and epidemiology to sugar maple decline disease. A forensic geology "who done it" focuses on polonium 210, the rare radioactive element found in the recent murder investigation of a Russian spy. The session takes place Monday, 12 March, 1:00-4:45 p.m., Huddleston Hall Banquet Room.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • An Archaeological Geology session on Tuesday, 13 March, includes the search for submerged archaeological sites in Maine's Damariscotta River and use of ground penetrating radar in locating the 18th century site of Commodore Walker's occupation of Alston Point, New Brunswick. Talks take place 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Holloway Commons Piscataqua Room.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • An all-day session on "Contaminants in Groundwater-Surface Water Systems: Sources, Pathways, and Toxicities" addresses many facets of arsenic, MTBE, uranium, and radon in the northeastern U.S. Talks take place Tuesday, 13 March, Memorial Union Building, Theater II, 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:45 p.m. Posters are presented Wednesday, 14 March, 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Holloway Commons Rotunda.
    View abstracts from this session: [ part 1 | part 2 | posters ]
  • "New Insights in Atlantic Continental Margin Processes" includes recent assessment of slope stability and potential for Atlantic coast tsunamis related to active faulting near the Cape Fear slide headwall. Oral presentations take place Tuesday, 13 March, 3:00-4:45 p.m., Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room. Posters will be presented Wednesday, 14 March, 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Holloway Commons Rotunda.
    View abstracts from this session: [ Tuesday | Wednesday ]
  • View the complete technical program.


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 2006 or 2007.
  • 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.

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 onsite in the Holloway Commons lobby. Registration will be open Sunday, 11 March, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 March, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, 14 March, 7:30-11:00 a.m. All media registrants will receive a name badge and the program/abstract book upon arrival. Journalists who wish to pre-register may contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at 303-357-1056 or for assistance.

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 GSA Registration Desk at +1-603-862-3574 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 12 March, contact Ann Cairns. During the meeting, 12-14 March, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-603-862-3574.

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Boulder, CO 80301-9140, USA


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