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News Release

6 July 2007
GSA Release No. 07-29

Contact: Christa Stratton

Media Advisory

Geological Society of America 2007 Annual Meeting:
Denver, Colorado, 28-31 October

Boulder, CO – More than 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver 28–31 October for "2007: Earth Sciences for Society," the 119th annual meeting and exposition of the Geological Society of America. This is the first of three GSA Annual Meetings tied to themes of the International Year of Planet Earth, organized under the auspices of the Internal Union of Geological Sciences and the United National General Assembly.

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media will receive complimentary registration (see below) and are invited to use GSA's Newsroom facilities while at the meeting.

 I. Scientific Program

Finalization of the scientific program is underway. Additional information will be made available when the technical program schedule is complete.


Topics addressed in these interdisciplinary, invited-speaker sessions include:

  • New data, models, and concepts of the San Andreas Fault system
  • New eyes and ears on Mars
  • Oxygen, evolution, and extinction
  • America's most vulnerable oceanfront communities

For more information on Pardee Keynote Symposia visit


These interdisciplinary sessions involve a mix of invited and volunteered papers. A sampling of topics includes:

  • Global climate and environmental change
  • Geology and aqueous history of Mars
  • The search for biomarkers in the solar system
  • Early Earth studies: coevolution of Earth and life
  • The emerging discipline of medical geology
  • Forensic geoscience
  • Energy resources
  • Geoarchaeology

For more information on the technical program visit Additional detail will be available following the abstract submittal deadline of 10 July 2007.


Trips of national and regional interest range from one to four days in duration and some are physically rigorous.
Topics include:

  • Volcanism and tectonism in the Yellowstone hot spot
  • The richest oil shale deposits in the world
  • Geoarchaeology of paleoindian sites
  • Bedrock aquifers of the Denver Basin
  • West Bijou Creek exposure of the K-T boundary
  • A walk through a late-Jurassic ecosystem
  • GeoMystery trip to the Anton Escarpment
  • Walking with dinosaurs (includes the only known ceratopsian trackways)
  • Bicycle trip exploring hydrology of the Boulder Creek watershed

For more information on field trips visit

 II. Media Participation

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.

To access media registration, visit Pre-registration deadline for media is Monday, 22 October 2007.

Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications/Marketing/Sales for additional information and assistance ().

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