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News Release

23 April 2007
GSA Release No. 07-18

Contact: Christa Stratton

Mount Baker, New Geologic Fault Near Bellingham, and More on Geoscientists' Agenda at Bellingham Next Week

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Approximately 600 geoscientists will gather 4-6 May for the 103rd annual meetings of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at and is hosted by Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

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.


Engineering Geologic Challenges in the Pacific Northwest and Cordillera (Posters)
Saturday, 5 May, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Wade King Center, Room 127
This session highlights many geological hazards in the region. A presentation by Recep Cakir of the Washington Department of Natural Resources focuses on a new model for seismic hazards planning in Washington State.
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Pacific Northwest Paleoseismology and Neotectonics
Saturday, 5 May, 1:30-5:00 p.m., WWU Communications Facility, Room 120
Talks highlight new studies on active or recently active faults in the area. Presentations by Ralph Haugerud of the US Geological Survey and Elizabeth Barnett of Humboldt State University include information on a newly-discovered fault located near Bellingham.
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Holocene Volcanic and Glacial Geology at Mount Baker, Washington: Reports from On-Going Field Studies
Sunday, 6 May, 8:00-11:30 a.m., WWU Communications Facility, Room 110
This session includes a variety of studies on the volcano near Bellingham. Talks address changes in the magma body beneath Mount Baker (Brendan Hodge, Kristin Hill, Western Washington University), recent eruptive history (David Tucker, Western Washington University), and landslide hazards (David Lewis, Mount Baker High School science department).
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The Geology of Terroir: Techniques for the Evaluation of Viticultural Sites
Sunday, 6 May, 1:30-3:30 p.m., WWU Communications Facility, Room 105
The impact of geology and soils on wine production in the Pacific Northwest is examined.
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Should we Regulate Active Faults?
A workshop sponsored by the Association of Engineering Geologists
Sunday, 6 May, 3:30-5:30 p.m., WWU ES 100
This workshop focuses on issues related to land use planning and hazards mitigation for area active faults and fault zones.

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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 in the exhibits and poster hall, Wade King Center, Room 127. Registration will be open Thursday, 3 May, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4-5 May, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 6 May, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 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. Beginning Friday, 4 May, interested media unable to attend may telephone the GSA Registration Desk at +1-360-650-2270 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 4 May, contact Ann Cairns. During the meeting, 4-6 May, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-360-650-2270.

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