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8 Oct. 2011
GSA Release No. 11-67
Contact:
Christa Stratton
Director - GSA Communications & Marketing
+1-303-357-1093

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Media Tip Sheet: The Anthropocene

Boulder, CO, USA –The Anthropocene — a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards) during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment. Term coined in 2000 by Paul Crutzen (born 1933), Nobel-winning Dutch chemist.*
*Dictionary.com: Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anthropocene (last accessed 27 Sept. 2011).

"GSA's 2011 Annual Meeting theme, Archean to Anthropocene, The past is the key to the future, captures the applicability of our work to society," says Harvey Thorleifson, Minnesota State Geologist and Local Planning Committee Chair. "Recent escalation of the visibility of the Anthropocene concept illustrates the scientific relevance of the meeting and our program will provide an opportunity for participants to make contact with and reflect on current influential thinking on this topic."

Below is a sampling of meeting sessions each day which relate to the Anthropocene time-scale designation and humans as a significant change agent of planet Earth.

SUNDAY

GSA Lunchtime Lecture 1 (panel discussion)
The Anthropocene: A Geological Perspective
Sunday, 9 Oct., 12:15–1:15
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101DE

While both the scientific community and the public continue to recognize evidence of human-driven changes to Earth’s systems, the International Committee on Stratigraphy is grappling with what it would mean to officially recognize the Anthropocene as a geologic time period. What does this mean for us as geologists? How can we, with our unique spatial and temporal perspective, contribute to the dialog and the events we see happening around us?
Moderator: Jonathan Foley
Panelists: Dorothy Merritts, Stanley Finney, Emlyn Koster, Richard J. Nevle, Paul Hoffman
Speaker bios: http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2011/events-LunchLectures.htm

Session 23
T203. Climate, Water, and Health
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28806.htm
Sunday, 9 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100BC

Session 60
T80. Environmental Problems in Karst Terranes/Terrains and Their Solutions: In Honor of James F. Quinlan
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28330.htm
Sunday, 9 Oct., 1:30 PM–5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100FG

Session 41
T124. Potentially Toxic Elements in the Environment: A Session for Students (Posters)
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28110.htm
Sunday, 9 Oct., 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Hall C

Session 42
T125. Assessing Potential Impacts of Geological Carbon Sequestration on Groundwater Quality: Geochemical and Hydrological Approaches (Posters)
 http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28706.htm
Sunday, 9 Oct., 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Hall C

MONDAY

Session 108 (poster component of Session 60)
T80. Environmental Problems in Karst Terranes/Terrains and Their Solutions (Posters): In Honor of James F. Quinlan
Monday 10 Oct., 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Hall C

Session 73
Special Session: The Past Yucca Mountain Project—Advancing Science and Technology for the Future: Was It Worth the Cost?
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28648.htm
Monday, 10 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 102BC

Sessions 93 and 141
T199. A Healthy Society, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, I & II
These sessions review a variety of important interdisciplinary abstracts covering research on some of the major environmental and medical issues for a healthy society that are dependent on the availability and use of fuel, mineral, and water resources.
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100BC

I: Session No. 93
Monday, 10 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28627.htm

II: Session No. 141
Monday, 10 Oct., 1:30-5:30 PM
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_29809.htm

Session 137
T122. Sources, Transport, and Fate of Trace and Toxic Elements in the Environment
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28251.htm
Monday, 10 Oct., 1:30-5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 102D-F

TUESDAY

Session 144
Special Session: Water and Sediment Dynamics in Agricultural Landscapes: Towards Prediction of Watershed Sediment Yield
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28883.htm
Tuesday, 11 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room L100FG

Session 181 (poster component of Session 144)
T68. Water and Sediment Dynamics in Agricultural Landscapes: Toward Prediction of Watershed Sediment Yield (Posters)
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28807.htm
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center: Hall C

Session.161
T132. The History of Humans and the Hydrologic System: Exploring Relationships between Cultures, Climate, and Hydrology through Time
The focal points of this session are how modern and ancient cultures adapted land-use and subsistence strategies to cope with past climate and hydrologic changes, and how these adaptations may have affected the hydrologic system.
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28521.htm
Tuesday, 11 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 101FG

Session 188
T104. Urban and Suburban Lakes: Paleorecords of Human Impacts and Opportunities for Geoscience Education
In “The land of 10,000 lakes,” these posters explain important research on human impacts to urban and suburban lakes and how such lakes can be used in geoscience education.
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28527.htm
Tuesday, 11 Oct., authors will be present from 9-11 AM, and 4:30-6 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall C

Session 166
T202. Coal Combustion Products and Impacts on the Society
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28707.htm
Tuesday, 11 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100BC

Session 162
T139. Extreme Climate and Weather Events: Past, Present, and Future
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28424.htm
Tuesday, 11 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room L100A-C

WEDNESDAY

Session 234 (oral component of Session 188)
T104. Urban and Suburban Lakes: Paleorecords of Human Impacts and Opportunities for Geoscience Education
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_29946.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 8AM-12 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100DE

Session 235
T123. Monitoring and Understanding Our Landscape for the Long Term through Small Catchment Studies I: A Tribute to the Career of Owen P. Bricker
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_27964.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100FG

Session 236
T126. Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development: Geology, Geochemistry, and Engineering
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28304.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 101H-J

Session 269
P8. Global Water Sustainability
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28626.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 101A-C

Session 278
T82. Impact of Winter De-Icing Chemicals on the Environment
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28370.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M101AB

Session 279
T83. Pathogens and Fecal Indicators in Soil, Groundwater, and Surface Water
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28358.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100DE

Session 282
T201. Intersection of Geology and Health: Impacts of Geologic Materials on Public Health
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/session_28414.htm
Wednesday, 12 Oct., 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M100BC

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