16 March 2007
GSA Release No. 07-13
Feathered Dinosaurs and Melting Glaciers Featured in Upcoming GSA GeoVentures
Boulder, Colorado, USA - Hands-on learning experiences in some of today's most exciting areas of geoscience research are available in July through Geological Society of America 2007 GeoVenture trips. The schedule includes paleontology expeditions in China's western Liaoning Province and Montana's Hell Creek Formation, as well as exploration of south-central Alaska's rapidly changing glaciers. Trips are open to scientists, journalists, and the general public with appropriate background as specified below.
Inquiries and requests for additional information may be directed to Wesley Hill, GSA GeoVentures Program Manager, +1-303-357-1005, . Media inquiries may be directed to GSA Director of Communications, .
- China's Feathered Dinosaurs - Paleo Expedition Western Liaoning Province, China
20-29 July 2007 (10 days)
Trip Leader: Hailu You, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
- Discoveries of well-preserved feathered dinosaurs in northeast China's western Liaoning Province began in 1996. They have provided a spectacular glimpse into life in the late Mesozoic, stimulating research into the relationship between dinosaurs and birds and the evolution of feathers and flight. This trip, geared for professional, amateur, and student paleontologists, includes visits to Beijing and Liaoning Province fossil museums, study of area geology, search-and-dig time in the field, plus sightseeing at the Great Wall and other areas of interest.
- Additional information on the trip leader, scientific program, itinerary, price, and registration is available at www.geoventures.org/professionals/2007/china.htm
- Deposit deadline: 14 May 2007
- Montana Dinosaur Expedition - Paleo Dig: Hell Creek Formation, Jordan, Montana
7-16 July 2007 (10 days)
Trip Leader: Joseph Hatcher, PaleoWorld Research Foundation and Garfield County (MT) Museum
- The Upper Cretaceous rocks of the Hell Creek Formation are the setting for this hands-on paleo dig. Find, collect, and preserve fossils, while learning or refining field techniques, methods of data analysis, and other aspects of museum work. Participants must have general working knowledge of paleontology.
- Additional information on the trip leader, scientific program, itinerary, price, and registration is available at www.geoventures.org/professionals/2007/montana.htm
- Deposit Deadline: 29 May 2007
- Alaska: Changing Glaciers-Changing Landscapes Southern and Central Alaska
21-28 July 2007 (8 days)
Trip Leader: Bruce Molnia, U.S. Geological Survey
- Witness first-hand the response of several dozen Alaskan glaciers to Earth's changing climate. This trip includes a general introduction to glacial processes and behavior, as well landscape evolution related to glaciers, permafrost, and Alaskan regional geology. Participants may be professional geologists, university or college-level geoscience students, and others with background in geology and/or glaciology.
- Additional information on the trip leader, scientific program, itinerary, price, and registration is available at www.geoventures.org/professionals/2007/alaska.htm
- Deposit Deadline: 1 June 2007
For more information on GSA GeoVentures visit www.geoVentures.org.