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Final Announcement

Northeastern Section, GSA

42nd Annual Meeting

12-14 March 2007 • University of New Hampshire • Durham, New Hampshire

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Geoscientists from the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Dartmouth College, the Geological Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey will host the 2007 meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting will be at the University of New Hampshire’s Holloway Commons and adjacent Memorial Union and Huddleston Hall, in downtown Durham. We will meet just upstream from the Great Bay estuary of seacoast New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Registration Fees Early Standard
Full One day Full One day
Professional Member $145 $95 $175 $115
Professional Member (70+) $75 $50 $100 $75
Professional Nonmember $165 $115 $195 $145
Student Member $50 $40 $70 $60
Student Nonmember $60 $50 $80 $70
K-12 Professional $50 $30 $60 $40
Guest or Spouse $30   $40  
Field trip or short course only   $30   $40
Fees noted are in U.S. dollars.


Register early to qualify for lower registration fees. Costs will increase after 5 February 2007. Full payment MUST accompany the registration form. Members of GSA and the GSA Associated Societies listed on the registration form receive registration discounts. Registration is required for those attending technical sessions, field trips, short courses, and the exhibits hall. Guest registration is intended for non-geologist spouses or friends and does not include attendance at technical sessions, field trips, or short courses. Students and K-12 teachers must show a current ID at check-in to obtain special rates. If you prefer to register by mail or fax, please download the paper registration form (PDF format).

Register only one person per form and retain a copy for your records. GSA will be distributing all badges at the meeting registration desk, so badges will NOT be mailed to you prior to the meeting.

New on your registration form

Now you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Northeastern Section Endowment Fund right on your registration form. Simply select the amount you'd like to donate to this fund, which provides student support for travel, research, field camps, etc. The GSA Foundation will provide a match to the NE Section Endowment Fund for all contributions received up to a total of $5000. All donations to the GSA Foundation are tax-deductible.

If you haven't already purchased Abstracts with Programs on your Membership Form, you can order a copy for on-site pickup on the meeting registration form.


All requests for additions, changes, and cancellations must be made in writing to GSA Headquarters and received by 12 February 2007. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after this date, and no refunds for on-site registration, Abstracts with Programs, and on-site ticket sales.


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A block of rooms at special rates has been reserved until 17 February 2007 at the New England Center, +1-800-590-4334, and at the Holiday Inn Express, +1-888-465-4329, both within short walking distance from the campus conference center. Reservations may be made directly by phone; you MUST identify yourself as attending the Northeastern GSA meeting when making reservations to get the special rate. Additional housing may be available at the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, +1-888-399-9777. Reserve early to be within walking distance. Details for other local hotels in the nearby towns of Dover, Newington, and Portsmouth, all less than 10 miles away, are posted online at Parking will be available on campus.

Accommodations for Registrants with Special Needs

GSA and the University of New Hampshire are committed to ensuring full participation for conference attendees with disabilities at all events at the 2007 meeting. Every attempt is made for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may indicate special requirements on your registration form, and you should inform the local organizing committee of these requirements at least one month prior to the meeting. Accessible hotel rooms are available, but it's best to reserve your room early. Requests for special accommodations should be received before 12 February 2007.

Location Map
Campus Map
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The University of New Hampshire is located in the town of Durham, NH, which is easily reached from I-95 North or South by traveling from Portsmouth, NH on Routes 16 (Exit 6W Concord-Durham) and Route 4 to Madbury Road or 155A exits to campus (see attached campus map for parking areas). From Concord, follow Route 4 East to the UNH/Durham exit; from Manchester. follow Route 101 to Route 125N, then east on Route 4 to the UNH/Durham exit. The UNH web site ( also provides directions to campus. In addition Durham is served from Boston by C&J Trailways; advance reservations are not required. For further information call +1-603-742-5111 or for outside NH, +1-800-258-7111, or the web at Amtrak's DOWNEASTER services Durham (on campus station) from Boston North Station and Portland, but there is no evening return train to Boston on weekdays. See for details.


Remember: Daylight Savings Time begins 11 March.

The K–12 Teachers program is sponsored by a grant from the Geological Society of New Hampshire and will provide reimbursement for part of teachers' workshop fees. On Sunday 11 March, two morning workshops will be offered, with a field trip in the afternoon. K–12 educational credit will be given, on site, for contact hours to participants requesting them. Cost for the two morning workshops, and afternoon field trip, is US$20 including lunch and transportation to Adams Point.

8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., James Hall, Rm 20
A. GIS for Earth Science Teachers. Derek Bennett of the NHDES will provide a 2-phase workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Earth Science teachers. Phase one of the workshop will cover the latest GIS technologies and how earth scientists currently employ GIS. Phase two will be a hands-on demonstration of ArcExplorer, a free GIS software package for every participant that may be taken and used in the classroom. Earth Science educators will leave the workshop with a copy of ArcExplorer, a few NH GIS datasets, and an understanding of how to use GIS in the classroom.
B. Google Earth. In 2005, Google launched the revolutionary map service called "Google Earth." Building on previous Keyhole technology, it permits ordinary web-users to study the planet with sophistication previously available only on high-end graphics workstations. Declan De Paor (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and Steve Whitmeyer (JMU) will introduce teachers to practical aspects of importing geoscience data into Google Earth. Topics will include virtual field trips, draping maps over the topography, adding text and graphics to place marks, and creating geological cross sections and 3D models integral with Google Earth.
2. K16 Advancing Understanding of Ground-water Concepts Using Simulation and Role-Play in the Plume Busters Software.
1-4:30 p.m., departing from James Hall.
Teachers will spend the afternoon on a Field Trip to Adams Point in New Hampshire's estuary Great Bay. UNH geologist, Peter Thompson will show participants how geologists "read" bedrock outcrops and record their observations to construct a geological map. Data collected will be related to GIS techniques, learned in Teachers Program Workshop 1.

K-12 Teachers are also urged to submit papers and participate in Theme Session 22, "Innovative Teaching Methods in the Earth Sciences (Posters)," and Theme Session 25, "Google Earth Science: Geological Applications of Interactive Web-Based Maps."


Reservation and Payment Deadline: 5 February 2007

Exhibits will be located in the Rotunda and Sizzle areas of Holloway Commons. Exhibit rates are US$100 for nonprofit organizations and US$200 for others. Booth space will include 8' × 10' of space with draped framing and one table. Wireless access is available throughout the exhibition area. Electric access for the duration of the meeting will be an additional US$35. For further information, to reserve booth space, or to make other arrangements, contact the exhibits coordinator, Stefanie Lamb, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Portland, ME, , +1-603-486-7606.


Corporate sponsors for this meeting will have their names published in the final meeting announcement and in the meeting program. Interested parties may contact the meeting sponsorship coordinator, Tom Shevenell, .


Franconia Notch
View to the south through Franconia Notch at the site of the "Old Man of the Mountain" above Profile Lake.after the rock fall of May 2003. Click on image for larger photo.


For information on the Mentoring Programs please contact Jennifer Nocerino at GSA Headquarters, .

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Co-sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon.-Tues., 12-13 March, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Check the registration desk on site for location.
This interactive and informative program for undergraduate and graduate students, led by professional geoscientists, will cover real life issues including professional opportunities and challenges that await students after graduation. Plan to attend both free luncheons to hear different presenters each day. Students will receive free lunch tickets in their registration packet to attend both Shlemon Programs, but space is limited: first come, first served.
The John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Co-sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon., 12 March, 5-6:30 p.m. Check the registration desk on site for location.
This early evening event presents mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates with interest in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career to interact and network with practicing hydrogeologic professionals. This program is a focused, small-scale event that features free pizza for participants. Every student will receive a free pizza dinner ticket in his or her registration packet to attend the Mann Program, but space is limited: first come, first served.


Application Deadline: 29 January 2007.

Travel Grant Application Form

Travel grants are available from the Northeastern Section of GSA in cooperation with the GSA Foundation. These grants are open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are GSA members, currently enrolled in NE Section schools [see boundaries], and are personally presenting oral or poster papers at this meeting. You must register for the meeting before applying for a travel grant. All grant recipients must pick up their reimbursement checks in person with photo ID at the meeting. For more information, please contact GSA Northeastern Section Secretary-Treasurer, Stephen Pollock, .


The Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Maine has a wide array of museums, parks, and other sites of historic and cultural interest. In addition to the information on the UNH Campus ( many other sites are described on;, and


GSA and the University of New Hampshire are committed to ensuring full participation for conference attendees with disabilities at all events at the 2007 meeting. Every attempt is made for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may indicate special requirements on your registration form, and you should inform the local organizing committee of these requirements at least one month prior to the meeting. Accessible hotel rooms are available, but it's best to reserve your room early.


Local Committee Chair Technical Program Co-Chairs
Wally Bothner
University of New Hampshire
Tim Allen
Keene State College
Jo Laird
University of New Hampshire
Or visit the UNH Department of Earth Sciences meeting Web site,