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11 March 2014
GSA Release No. 14-16
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Home Valley Bluff near
Nail, Arkansas, USA.

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Geoscientists to Meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Discuss Triggered Seismicity, Urban Karst, Energy Resources, and More

The Geological Society of America South-Central Section Meeting

Boulder, CO, USA – Geoscientists from the south-central U.S. and beyond will convene in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, on 17-18 March to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Topics include induced or triggered seismicity and hydraulic fracturing, investigation of urban karst systems and karst hydrology, geothermal energy as a renewable resource, development of new energy resources (Mississippian Lime play) in Oklahoma and Kansas, and groundwater quality in gas production areas.

Four field trips are planned prior to and after the meeting. On Sat.-Sun., 15-16 March, conveners will run the popular HydroDays field trip through the southern Ozarks to view spectacular occurrences of mantled karst terrain, epikarst exposed by fluvial erosion, and the many caverns and springs of the region. Karst researchers, educators, students, and karst lovers of all persuasions are invited.


The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into three Pardee symposia and nine themed sessions plus an array of research in general discipline areas. Go to to learn more.

Investigating Urban Karst Systems
Douglas Gouzie of Missouri State University and Marcus Gary of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, presiding. 8 a.m. to noon (session 3).
• Paper 3-4 (9 a.m.): Quantifying the variability in Escherichia coli (E. coli) at a karst spring in northwestern Arkansas. Lead author: Katherine J. Knierim of the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas:
• Paper 3-6 (10:40 a.m.): Effects of urbanization on the Edwards Aquifer: Barton Springs segment. Lead author: John M. Sharp Jr. of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin:

Recent Induced/Triggered Seismicity in the Central and Eastern United States
Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey and Austin A. Holland of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, presiding. 3:40 to 5 p.m. (symposium 2/session 8).
• Paper 8-2 (4 p.m.): Potential case of induced seismicity from a water disposal well in south-central Oklahoma. Lead author: Austin Holland of the Oklahoma Geological Survey:

Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
Amanda Keen-Zebert of the Desert Research Institute and Stephanie L. Shepherd of Bloomsburg University, presiding. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (session 16).
• Paper 16-1 (1 p.m.): Habitation in lava tubes by early humans in the upper Pleistocene in the southern Armeno-Javakehet Volcanic Plateau in northwestern Armenia. Lead author: Miriam Belmaker of the University of Tulsa:
• Paper 16-4 (2 p.m.): Mississippi River islands and their potential to affect nitrogen cycling near Memphis, TN, USA. Lead author: John M. Koban Jr. of the University of Memphis:

Geological Mapping and GIS (Posters)
Angela Chandler of the Arkansas Geological Survey and Daniel Rains of the Arkansas Geological Survey, presiding. Authors will be present from 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
• Paper 18-7 (Poster): Mapping the upper Cretaceous Allocrioceras hazzardi zone, Boquillas Formation, Big Bend National Park, Texas. Lead author: Dee Ann Cooper of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin:

View the complete 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.
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Eligibility for media registration is as follows:
• Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.
• Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2013 or 2014.
• PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to Beth Engel 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 26,000 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, 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.