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News Release

13 February 2008
GSA Release No. 08-10

Contact: Christa Stratton

Seismic Hazards, Mineral Resources, and More on Agenda for Geoscientists in Las Vegas

Boulder, CO, USA – Approximately 500 geoscientists will gather 19-21 March 2008 for a combined meeting of the Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Sections of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, hosted by geoscientists from the UNLV Department of Geoscience and the Northern Arizona University Department of Geology.

Technical Session Highlights

* Mineralization in the western United States *
The Cordilleran-Rocky Mountain region holds ore deposits including gold, copper, and molybdenum, and increased metals prices have caused an upsurge in exploration. New challenges include innovative models for guiding exploration, exploration methods, and sustained productivity.

* Seismic hazards summit – Southern Nevada region *
Topics include state-of-the-art practices in earthquake hazard identification and characterization, seismic hazard maps, mitigation techniques for liquefiable ground, seismically induced landslides, and surface rupture potential.

Other sessions address structure and tectonics, paleoecology, and climate and environmental change in the Basin and Range area.

View the technical program.

Field Trip Highlights

Best known for its glittering night life, Las Vegas is also a geologic paradise. Field trips in the Basin and Range province will include destinations in the eastern Mojave Desert, northwestern Colorado Plateau, and northern Colorado River extensional corridor. Topics include active tectonics of the eastern California shear zone, dinosaurs of Nevada, northern Arizona's San Francisco volcanic field, and three of the best examples of Ediacaran and early Cambrian reefs in North America.

View a complete listing and detailed descriptions of field trips.

Registration and Housing Information

Information on registration and lodging is available on the GSA Web site.

Media Registration Information

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bone 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 2007 or 2008.
  • 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 new 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.

For additional information and assistance regarding media registration, contact GSA Director of Communications, .

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