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30 April 2007
GSA Release No. 07-19

Contact: Christa Stratton
+1-303-357-1056
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Geoscientists Discuss Energy Resources, Groundwater Quality, and Fossil Finds in Utah

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Approximately 300 geoscientists will gather 7-9 May for the 59th annual meetings of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America. Hosting the meeting are geoscientists from Dixie State College, Southern Utah University, and the Dixie Geological Society. The meeting takes place at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah.

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.

 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

"Utah's Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation: Advance in Geology and Paleontology"
Oral presentations, a poster session, and a field trip will focus on 30 million years of early Cretaceous history in eastern Utah. The Cedar Mountain Formation between Green River and Hanksville contains an extraordinary record of dinosaur fossils and climate change. Topics of interest include the oldest bird tracks in North America and the challenge of balancing scientific discoveries with area energy resource development.
Field Trip: Friday through Sunday, 4-6 May
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Poster session: Monday, 7 May, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Dixie Center Ballroom C/D
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Oral presentation sessions: Tuesday, 8 May, 8:00-11:50 a.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m., Dixie Center Sunbrook C
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Western Energy Resources
Tuesday, 8 May, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Dixie Center, Sunbrook A
This session covers a variety of energy-related topics including uranium and oil shale deposits, petroleum exploration, geothermal resource development, and carbon sequestration.
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Hydrology and Environmental Geoscience
Tuesday, 8 May, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Dixie Center, Sunbrook A
Topics include groundwater quality and suitability of central Utah's Navajo sandstone for CO2 sequestration.
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Groundwater and Sustainable Hydrologic Systems
Wednesday, 9 May, 8:00-11:30 a.m., Dixie Center, Sunbrook C
This session covers issues including groundwater recharge in Utah and Nevada's Pilot River Valley and the Navajo Mountain Water Supply Project.
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To view the complete technical program visit http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2007RM/finalprogram/

 MEDIA REGISTRATION AND PROCEDURES

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 GSA desk in the Dixie Center. Registration will be open Sunday, 6 May, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, 7-8 May, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, 9 May, 7:30-10:00 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. Beginning Monday, 7 May, interested media unable to attend may telephone the GSA Registration Desk at +1-435-986-6644 and leave a message requesting a callback from the speaker.

For additional information before 7 May, contact Ann Cairns. During the meeting, 5-7 May, contact the GSA Registration Desk at +1-435-986-6644.

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