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News Release

8 March 2007
GSA Release No. 07-10

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

GSA 2007 Southeastern Section Meeting Highlights

Boulder, CO - Approximately 700 geoscientists will gather 29-30 March for the 56th annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah on the historic riverfront of Savannah, Georgia. Topics include changes in sea level, coastal development, and a variety of environmental issues.

Hosting the meeting are geoscientists from the Department of Geology and Geography and the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory at Georgia Southern University.

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.


  • "Environmental Mineralogy in Coastal Plain Sediments and Other Environmental Issues," includes evaluation of saltwater migration into the Savannah-Hilton Head Island area's Floridan aquifer. Talks will be presented Thursday, 29 March, 8:00-11:30 a.m., Scarborough 3.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • "Sea Level in the Southeast: Past, Present, and Future" addresses a number of specific geographic areas as well as a new methodology for tracking sea level changes. The session takes place Thursday, 29 March, 1:20-5:00 p.m., Scarborough 4.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Orrin Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor of Earth Science Emeritus, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, will speak on "Global Barrier Islands in a Time of Rising Sea Levels." The keynote address takes place Thursday evening, 29 March, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ballroom ABC.
  • Topics discussed in "Coastal and Marine Sedimentary Geology in the Southeastern United States: A Session in Honor of Dr. V.J. 'Jim' Henry (Applied Coastal Research laboratory; Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)" include fetch-limited barrier islands as the final frontier for coastal development and the intriguing possibility that the Carolinas once had a fifth cape. The session takes place Friday, 30 March, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Ballroom A/B.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • "Geology in the Public Interest" includes challenges remaining in closure of the Savannah River site and a methodology for identifying and predicting natural and human-caused changes on coastal lands and shorelines. Talks will be given Friday, 30 March, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballroom F.
    [ view abstracts ]
  • 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 at the Hyatt Regency second floor lobby. Registration will be open Wednesday, 28 March, 5:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday, 29 March, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Friday, 30 March, 7:00 a.m. -12:00 p.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 +1-912-721-4753 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 29 March, contact Ann Cairns. During the meeting, 29-30 March, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-912-721-4753.

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3300 Penrose Place Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140, USA


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