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14 June 2012
GSA Release No. 12-46
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
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GSA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open — 2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Charlotte

Boulder, CO, USA – Registration is open for The Geological Society of America's 124th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, to be held 4–7 November 2012 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The meeting, Geosciences: Investing in the Future, centers on a dynamic technical program yet distinguishes itself from other scientific conferences because of its accessible size and the added details: field trips, short courses, the exhibit hall, lunchtime and gold medal lectures, and award-winning scientists.

Find complete meeting information at, or browse the June Annual Meeting issue of GSA Today at

UNC-Charlotte Professor/Local Planning Committee Chair John Diemer says, "Located in the Piedmont, close to both the coast and the Appalachians, Charlotte was at the center of the first gold rush in North America. Now it is the largest city in the Carolinas. This is the first time in more than 25 years that the Annual Meeting has been held in the Southeast, so it is an opportunity not to be missed!"

Technical Program Chair Dick Berg, chief scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, adds that the experience of attending a GSA Annual Meeting with more than 6,000 geoscientists "is one of the few opportunities that truly enriches a person's career, broadens their perspective of the discipline, and provides the venue for their stories to be heard. … This year's program will exhibit outstanding pure science that is well balanced with applied science and education.

Charlotte features a mild climate, a broad array of cultural and sports venues, a vibrant music scene, and excellent hotels and restaurants. There are greenways, light rail, a comprehensive bus system, and bike lanes throughout the city. And getting to Charlotte is easy — via major highways and passenger rail service, as well as Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which won the 2010 Eagle Award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for "Best Airport."

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media personnel receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA's newsroom facilities while covering the meeting. Review eligibility requirements and access media registration at

Public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions are also invited to take advantage of complimentary registration at the GSA Annual Meeting to distribute press releases on presentations by their scientists and meet with media onsite.

Contact Christa Stratton at the address above for more information or assistance with media/PIO registration, including the complimentary registration code. Media may register securely online at


Field Trips, which members of the media may attend*, go to the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia; the North Carolina Piedmont; the epicentral region of the 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes; Congaree National Park; the Upper Hiwassee River Basin, which is one of America's youngest wine-producing locales; sites around Charleston, South Carolina, that still display damage from the 1886 ~7.0 Charleston earthquake, including Ten Mile Hill (now the Charleston International Airport); and to several other spots of geologic interest in the region. More field trip information is online at *Media personnel and PIOs must pay for the field trips in which would like to participate.

The Exhibit Hall, to which media registrants will have full access, features the latest geoscience publications and instrumentation. It also provides an intimate venue for discussing research and policy with members of GSA’s Divisions and Associated Societies and representatives of government agencies, such as the NSF and USGS.

Technical Sessions run Sun.–Wed., 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. All sessions will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, USA.

Posters will be on display 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Authors will be present either 9–11 a.m. or 2–4 p.m. and are encouraged to be at their posters during the 4:30–6 p.m. beer reception as well.

The Technical Program features 182 Topical Sessions (; search by discipline categories or sponsors from the drop-down menus, or use your browser's "find" feature to search for keywords or convener names) and an array of Discipline Sessions. More complete technical program information will be available after the abstract submission deadline of 14 August 2012.

The meeting features six Pardee Keynote Symposia ( on timely topics that may be of particular interest to the media:
1. Digital Geology Speed-Dating: An Innovative Coupling of Interactive Presentations and Hands-On Workshop;
2. Mars Rover Curiosity: Geoscience in Gale Crater;
3. Meltwater Production from Source (Ice Margins) to Sink (Ocean); Magnitude, Chronology, and Significance;
4. Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Water Resources in the United States;
5. Supercontinent Cycles through Earth History; and
6. Understanding Earth through Carbon.

In addition, three Special Sessions will be offered (
1. GSA BULLETIN: 125th Celebration Presentations
2. The Fluvial System: The Legacy of Stanley A. Schumm
3. Recent Advances in Carbonate Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: In Memory of Gerald M. Friedman

A meeting flyer, extracted from the June GSA Today, can be downloaded at