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Find Your Science at GSA
15 March 2011
GSA Release No. 11-19
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach

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Field Guide 20

Geoscientists Meet in Pittsburgh to Discuss “the Shield to the Sea”

Boulder, CO, USA – Over 1500 geoscientists, including 500 students, will gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on 20-22 March, to present their earth-science research in a program themed “from the Shield to the Sea,” at the 46th/45th (respectively) joint annual meeting of the Northeastern and North-Central Sections of The Geological Society of America. Members of the media are invited to attend and cover technical sessions with complimentary registration (see below).

Issues of local importance such as the Devonian Marcellus Shale development and carbon sequestration will be discussed. The geosciences departments at Slippery Rock University, Kent State University and The University of Pittsburgh are hosting the meeting at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

A meeting highlight is the conference banquet program on Mon., 21 March, 8 p.m., in the Urban Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Why Geologists Aren’t Meteorologists: Deep Time Perspectives on Global Warming
Lee Kump, Pennsylvania State University, author of The Earth System and Dire Predictions—A Layperson’s Guide to Global Warming and the IPCC Report.

Charles Darwin’s Advice to Students: Conjectures upon the Likely
Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University

Technical sessions begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, 20 March, and end at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 March.

Pre-, concurrent, and post-meeting field trips will explore regional sites of geological significance, from glaciers to gristmills, shales to slides, and even Pittsburgh’s building stones.

The meeting field guide volume, From the Shield to the Sea, is available now, and features eight of the geological field trips offered during the Joint Meeting. Timely and topical trips highlight the region’s geology from eastern Ohio to the Central Appalachian Valley and Ridge and show how it has shaped the region—topographically, structurally, historically, industrially, and evolutionarily.

View the session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.

Find complete meeting information at


Marcellus—Exploration and Production
8:00 AM–12:00 PM, Sunday, 20 March, Omni William Penn Hotel, Conference A

Marcellus—Production and Disposal of Produced Water
1:30 PM-5:30 PM, Sunday, 20 March, Omni William Penn Hotel: Conference A

CO2 Sequestration
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Monday, 21 March, Omni William Penn Hotel: Conference A

Cultural Geology: Building Stones, Archaeological Materials, Terrain, and More
1:30 PM-5:30 PM, Tuesday, 22 March, Omni William Penn Hotel: Conference B


Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they 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.

For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 23,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 95 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.