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Find Your Science at GSA
6 October 2010
GSA Release No. 10-52
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
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Media Advisory 2

Earth Science Reaches New Peaks in Denver

Boulder, CO, USA – A robust geoscience program will draw thousands of curious minds to the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA, for the 122nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Geological Society of America, 31 October–3 November 2010. More than 3,700 technical presentations, in oral and poster formats, will illuminate geological and integrative science research of international, national, and regional interest.

Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, are cordially invited to attend and participate (details under III below).

To identify presentations in specific areas of interest, search topical sessions by discipline categories or sponsors using the drop-down menus at, or use your browser's "find" feature to search for keywords or convener names. Link to abstracts from each of 156 sessions from this page.

The complete technical program schedule by day is online at


Late-Breaking Session

"An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Where Is the Oil Now?"
Monday, 1 November, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
It is the biggest oil spill in U.S. History, so what happened to the oil? The Gulf disaster has all but disappeared from the news. How much oil is still out there? Where is it? Who is looking for it? What are the long-term impacts likely to be?
    Dawn Lavoie, U.S. Geological Survey Science Coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico, brings new information to bear on these and other questions as scientists and policy makers seek to understand the complexities of the situation and assess the damages. Moderator Rob Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University, will give an introduction and preside during questions from the audience.

Pardee Keynote Symposia

Eight interdisciplinary, invited-speaker sessions addressing broad, fundamental issues of interest to the geoscience community comprise the Pardee Keynote Symposia, which are an essential component of the GSA meeting program each year.

Topics include:

See complete descriptions, schedules, speakers, photos, and session abstracts at

Special Sessions

Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGVP) Division Special Session
Sunday, 31 October, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 203
GSA's new MGPV Division will present its first Distinguished Geologic Career Award to GSA Fellow Peter W. Lipman, who will present his 45-minute keynote talk, "Southern Rocky Mountain cookbook for the making of large ignimbrite eruptions." An international roster of speakers will present 30-minute geologic overviews of some of Earth's major volcanic belts, including the Chilean Andes, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Basin and Range, the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Columbia River Basalt Group.
View abstracts for this session

Cutting-Edge Geoscience Exploration: The Best of AAPG
Tuesday, 2 November, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 103/105
Three-dimensional seismic visuals, innovative structural geological applications, amazing application of the newest stratigraphic thinking—these concepts and more have captured presentation awards from a cadre of peers at the annual meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). This session is designed to expose GSA attendees to the latest in applied geoscience for the advancement of resource development.
View abstracts for this session

Structural Geology and Tectonics 30th Anniversary Symposium
Tuesday, 2 November, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 704/706
This special symposium is convened to honor the 30th anniversary of GSA's Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (SG&T) Division, one of GSA's largest. Keynote lectures will include Gary Axen of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology speaking at 1:45 p.m. on "The weak-fault paradox and slip on low-angle normal faults" and Kate Huntington of the University of Washington, speaking at 4:00 p.m. on "Plateaus to paleosols: clumped isotope thermometry of terrestrial carbonate."
View this session


Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture

World-famous mountaineer Conrad Anker will share his unique experiences on Mount Everest. 
Monday, 1 November, 6–7 p.m., Colorado Convention Center

Lunchtime Lectures

This popular series presents experts speaking on contemporary topics in a more informal "bring your own lunch" setting.
Colorado Convention Center, Room 103/105, each day from 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Learn more at

Gold Medal Lectures

GSA President Joaquin Ruiz will chair this event for 2010 award winners to reflect on their extraordinary careers and take questions from the audience.
Sunday, 31 October, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Colorado Convention Center, Room 605


Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media personnel will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA's newsroom facilities while at the meeting.

For more information on media eligibility and registration please visit

The pre-registration deadline for media is Tuesday, 26 October 2010. After that date, media may register onsite in the GSA Newsroom.

GSA will operate a full-service Newsroom in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 206. Computers with Internet and printer access, outgoing telephone lines, and space for interviews will be available. Continental breakfast and lunch are complimentary each day for journalists attending the meeting.

Newsroom Hours of Operation

Beginning Saturday, 30 October, the newsroom telephone number for incoming calls will be +1.303.228.8429.

Contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications & Marketing, for additional information and assistance.