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Find Your Science at GSA
3 November 2012
GSA Release No. 12-86
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
uranium 238
1 oz. uranium 238 under oil. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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Uranium a Top Subject at Geological Society of America Meeting

GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 4–7 November 2012

Boulder, CO, USA – More than a dozen papers to be presented next week at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in North Carolina touch on aspects of uranium mining, environmental contamination, leakage, sorption, geochemistry, and mineral dating. Two studies focus on the Coles Hill uranium deposit in nearby Chatham, Virginia. Another discusses environmental contamination near a uranium mine, while a fourth focuses on potential nuclear repository conditions.

The following highlighted papers will be presented on Sunday and Monday at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Session 2: Environmental Geoscience I
When: Sunday, 4 Nov., 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Charlotte Convention Center, Room 212AB
Highlights include
• Paper no. 2-7, Uranium in the floodplains of the Mulde River, by Stefan Bister and colleagues (9:30 a.m.),
• Paper no. 2-8, Environmental contamination nearby a uranium mine, by Phoenix Baldez and colleagues (9:45 a.m.),
• Paper no. 2-13, Baseline studies for the Coles Hill uranium deposit, Chatham, Virginia, by Joseph G. Aylor Jr. and colleagues (11:15 a.m.),

Session 70: T7. Progress in Forensic Geochemistry
When: Monday, 5 Nov., 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Charlotte Convention Center, Room 212AB
Highlights include
• Paper no. 7-4, CO2 leakage impacts on shallow groundwater: Application of uranium isotope composition to track the origin and mobility of uranium at a natural analog site, Chimayo, NM, by Thai T. Phan and colleagues (8:45 a.m.),

Session 82: T128. Investigating the Future of Uranium in the Geosciences: An Examination of Environmental Studies and Applications
When: Monday, 5 Nov., 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Charlotte Convention Center, Room 208B
Highlights from this 14-paper session include
• Paper no. 82-7, Stream sediment geochemistry at the Coles Hill uranium deposit, Virginia, by Denise M. Levitan and colleagues (9:35 a.m.),
• Paper no. 82-12, Sorption of uranium(VI) to graphite under potential nuclear repository conditions, by Gary S. Cerefice and colleagues (11:10 a.m.),

Find out what else is new and newsworthy by browsing the complete technical program schedule at

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.

Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, may participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events at the Annual Meeting. Eligible media personnel will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA's newsroom facilities while at the meeting. Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

For information on media eligibility, go to Media personnel may register onsite in the GSA Newsroom (room 204) at the Charlotte Convention Center. Wireless Internet access and a quiet space for interviews will be provided in the newsroom, along with beverages and light snacks throughout the day.

Newsroom Hours of Operation
• Saturday, 3 Nov., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, 4 Nov., through Tuesday, 6 Nov., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, 7 Nov., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Newsroom telephone number (incoming calls): +1-704-339-6207 (starting Saturday afternoon).

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

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 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, USA, 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.