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Final Announcement

South-Central Section, GSA

40th Annual Meeting • 6-7 March 2006

School of Geology and Geophysics and Oklahoma Geological Survey  • University of Oklahoma - Norman

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Technical Program Schedule

Technical Program Logistics Events
Symposia & Theme Sessions Travel Student Programs
Workshops & Courses Accommodations Business & Social Events
Field Trips Registration Exhibitors / Contact Info

Thank you to Devon Energy Corporation - a sponsor of the meeting.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is the largest public university in Oklahoma, enrolling over 24,000 students from more than 100 countries. The South-Central Section meeting will include two days of technical presentations (oral and poster) and student activities, plus a very active premeeting program — six field trips and five workshops (two designed especially for teachers) are planned. Three "less"-technical tours of campus geoscience collections also will be held. In addition, GSA Members and guests will want to visit the Fred Jones Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of French Impressionist paintings ever donated to a public university. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History displays the largest dinosaur skull (Pentaceratops) ever found and the oldest piece of art found in North America. Bizzell Library houses a world-class history of science collection. The Geologic Gallery of the School of Geology and Geophysics and the Laurence S. Youngblood Energy Library in Sarkeys Energy Center contain superb mineral and fossil displays. Finally, no visit to Norman would be complete without visiting the Barry Switzer Center, celebrating the seven-time national football champion OU Sooners. For more information on what to see and do on the OU campus, visit

The school of geology and geophysics (SGG) currently has 15 academic faculty members, 78 undergraduate students, and 75 graduate students. The vision of the SGG is to be "a preeminent center of excellence for study and research in geology and geophysics, with emphasis in applied areas such as energy. Students shall be provided with a high quality education that stresses the fundamentals of science within a creative, interdisciplinary environment, and that prepares them for success in their professional careers by instilling knowledge, skills, confidence, pride, principled leadership, and the ability to contribute to the wise stewardship of the earth and its resources."

The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) is an applied-research and public-service agency authorized by the state constitution. Its charter is to investigate the land, water, mineral, and energy resources of the state and to disseminate the results of those investigations. The OGS engages in a wide variety of field investigations throughout the state either independently or with other state and federal agencies.

Oklahoma Map
Click on image for interactive map.


Norman is located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City (OKC) near the boundary between the Cherokee Shelf and the Anadarko Basin. Surface strata consist of Leonardian (Lower Permian) redbeds overlain by Quaternary deposits associated with the Canadian River. Outcrops of the Garber-Wellington aquifer, a principal source of water for the OKC metro area currently being studied because of its locally high arsenic content, occur on the east side of Norman.

OU is located just south of the center of Norman and is easily accessed by Interstate 35. The meeting will be held at the Oklahoma College of Continuing Education (OCCE) just south of the main campus. Registration parking will be immediately south of the OCCE Forum building and north of Timberdell Avenue. [ map of OU campus ]


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sooner Hotel and Suites, located next to the OCCE. Rooms cost about US$55 per room (1-2 beds per room) per night at the hotel and about US$91 per cottage (2 rooms; 1 bed per room) per night. To obtain these rates, you must phone the hotel at +1-405-329-2270 or +1-888-777-0477 and state that you are affiliated with OU/GSA. The deadline for reserving rooms is 1 February 2006.

All other Norman motels require driving; none are within walking distance of campus. [ complete list and map ]

Accommodations for Registrants with Special Needs

GSA is committed to making all events at the South-Central 2006 meeting accessible to all people interested in attending. Special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, dietary concerns, etc.) should be indicated on the registration form.


Assist a student in attending this years' section meeting by donating to the Student Travel Fund. You also have the opportunity to support your section by donating to South-Central Section Endowment Fund when you register. Both these options are available on the registration form.

Registration Fees Early Standard
Full meeting One day Full meeting One day
Professional Member $100 $65 $120 $75
Professional Nonmember $120 $75 $140 $85
Student Member $50 $35 $55 $40
Student Nonmember $60 $45 $65 $50
K-12 Professional $30 $30 $40 $40
Guest or Spouse $25 $20 $35 $30
Field Trip, Short Course, Workshop only $20 NA $20 NA
  All fees are shown in US dollars.

Admission to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is free to registrants with their OU/GSA name tags. The museum will conduct a limited number of small-group, behind-the-scenes tours on a first-come, first-served, sign-up basis. Registrants will also be able to tour the History of Science Collections at Bizzell Library on a small-group basis. Reservations for these tours can be made at the registration desk during the meeting.

On-site registration will be available at Sarkeys Energy Center late afternoon and early evening on Sunday and at Oklahoma College of Continuing Education (OCCE) during the meeting.

On-Site Registration Hours
Sunday, 5 March 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Sarkeys Energy Center
Monday, 6 March 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OCCE
Tuesday, 7 March 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. OCCE



Technical Program SchedulePapers were submitted for symposia, theme sessions, and general sessions, in oral and/or poster formats. The Abstract deadline was 6 December 2005. Abstracts not included in symposia will be scheduled for appropriate theme or general sessions.

For more information contact Neil Suneson,, +1-405-325-3031.

 top Symposia

1. Sequence Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Carboniferous and Permian Strata of the Northern and Southern Mid-Continent.
Darwin Boardman, Oklahoma State University, +1-405-744-6358, fax +1-405-744-7841.
This symposium will focus on the stratigraphic, sequence stratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and paleoecologic aspects of the mid-continent and north-central Texas Carboniferous and Permian succession. Of particular interest, this session will focus on Upper Mississippian Barnett and Caney Formations, as well as sequence stratigraphy of the Cherokee, Council Grove, and Chase Groups of Oklahoma and Kansas.
2. Geological and Environmental Issues of the Tar Creek Superfund Site, Picher Mining District, Northeastern Oklahoma.
Ken Luza, Oklahoma Geological Survey, +1-405-325-3031, fax +1-405-325-7069.
This half-day session will focus on the many challenges and issues that are associated with the Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma. Some of these challenges and issues include size (>41 mi2), land ownership, legal issues, elevated blood-lead levels, data availability, a large number of mine and mill-waste sites, ongoing subsidence, and oversight and accountability.

 top Theme Sessions

1. Drivers of Regional Water Management: Who's Stopping to Ask Directions?
Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State University, +1-405-744-6358, fax +1-405-744-7841.
Sound water management requires an integration of scientific, political, and social expertise in order to derive long-term management plans. Most water management is reactive, based on lack of supply due to drought or population increases. This theme session examines ways that are being employed to make water management follow a coherent map toward sustainable supplies on a regional scale.
2. Geology and Public Policy.
Melanie Barnes, Texas Tech University, +1-806-742-3204, fax +1-806-742-0100.
Over the last year, the Gulf of Mexico has weathered three major hurricanes (Ivan, Katrina, and Rita) that have had a direct impact on our energy infrastructure. With this theme session, we would like to initiate a dialogue about the role geologists have, can, and should play in the crafting of a sound energy policy. An integration of scientific, political, and social expertise is required in order to derive a sound long-term energy policy for our nation. Papers on all aspects of this issue are welcome. We plan to design the session to encourage interaction between the presenters and the audience.
3. Undergraduate Research Poster Session.
Sponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research, Geosciences Division; GSA Education Committee.
Wendi Williams, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, +1-501-569-3546.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a special poster session highlighting activities by undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate students involved in independent, team, or class-related research are highly encouraged to submit abstracts regarding their research projects, activities, techniques, internship experiences, and/or preliminary results for this session. The presenter and first author must be an undergraduate student, but co-authors may include faculty sponsors and/or graduate students and/or high school students.
4. Addressing the Pseudoscience of Intelligent Design in the K-16 Classroom.
Iris Totten, Kansas State University, +1-785-532-6724, fax +1-785-532-5159.
This session will focus on issues of educating the K-16 population on evolution and intelligent design (ID) in the classrooms and communities. States including Kansas and Georgia are experiencing great controversies in their schools regarding equal time for creationism and ID and evolution. In August 2005, the Kansas School Board of Education voted 6-4 to include greater criticism of evolution in its school science standards. This session is intended to engage the audience in a discussion regarding the consequence of these controversies to our K-16 science programs, to share strategies for promoting the understanding of evolution in our classrooms and communities, and to further define the role of the geosciences with respect to this controversial national issue.
5. Igneous Petrology: What the Rocks Are Telling Us.
Charles Gilbert, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, +1-405-325-4501; David London, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, +1-405-325-7626, fax +1-405-325-3140.
Papers on all aspects of igneous petrology are welcome, with especial emphasis on textures, descriptions of field sites, estimating conditions of crystallization, and on any general principles used in explicating igneous processes.


See Student Support for possible sponsorships.

1. The Role of Trace Fossils in Interpreting Depositional Sequences.
Sun., 5 Mar., in Norman. James R. Chaplin, Oklahoma Geological Survey, +1-405-325-3031, fax +1-405-325-7069.
This workshop will focus on the importance of trace fossil analyses in recognizing ichnofacies, identifying key stratal surfaces, reconstructing depositional environments, and determining and using ichnofabric indices as an aid in reservoir characterization. Hands-on trace fossil exercises will be used to demonstrate important trace fossil applications in recognizing and interpreting depositional sequences.
Min: 10; max. 25. Cost: US$30 (students: US$15), includes snacks, lunch, and workshop manual.
2. Basics of the Petroleum Geology of Deepwater Depositional Systems.
Sun., 5 Mar., in Norman. Roger M. Slatt, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, +1-405-325-3253, fax +1-405-325-3140.
This workshop will focus on deepwater depositional systems, including recent deepwater exploration and production history, architectural elements, and related reservoir performance. A written text will be provided for follow-on with lecture material.
Min: 5; max.: 25. Cost: US$70, includes lunch and a copy of "Petroleum Systems of Deep-Water Settings" by P. Weimer and R.M. Slatt (2004).
3. Hands-On Geology Projects for Group Learning.
Sat. morning, 4 Mar., in Norman.
4. Earth and Space at Your Fingertips: Infusing Technology-Rich Resources into Your Lessons.
Sat. afternoon, 4 Mar., in Norman.
5. Measurement of Indoor Radon.
Sat.-Sun., 4-5 Mar., in Norman.


1. Hydrogeology and Water Management of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, South-Central Oklahoma.
Sat., 4 Mar. Noel Osborn, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, +1-405-530-8800, fax +1-405-530-8900.
The Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer, which underlies more than 500 mi2 in south-central Oklahoma, is the source of several springs and streams, including those in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Blue River, Pennington Creek, and Honey Creek. The field trip will examine the geologic histories of the Arbuckle and Hunton anticlines, and how the different structural and geologic frameworks can affect aquifer characteristics and groundwater flow. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from various agencies and universities will discuss the techniques they are employing to understand the highly fractured carbonate aquifer and associated springs and streams. Field stops will include outcrops, streams, a climatic station, an artesian well, and scenic Turner Falls.
Min: 10; max.: 40. Cost: US$50, includes transportation, water, soft drinks, and a field guide. Lunch will be at a restaurant; participants are responsible for their own lunch expenses.
2. Environmental Stratigraphy of Permian Garber-Wellington Red Beds: Context for Groundwater and Land-Use Issues.
Sun., 5 Mar.
3. Tar Creek Superfund Site and its Many Challenges.
Sat.-Sun., 4-5 Mar. (two-day trip).
4. Interpreting Textures of Granitic and Gabbroic Rocks, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma.
Sun., 5 Mar. Charles Gilbert, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, +1-405-325-4501; David London, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, +1-405-325-7626, fax +1-405-325-3140.
Petrologists utilize or sometimes rely on texture to infer the conditions and history of crystallization in igneous rocks, but our knowledge of textural interpretation comes mostly from two sources: (1) what we were taught as students, and (2) intuition. A third source of understanding is available from a rather small number of important experimental studies on the crystallization of silicate melts at compositions and conditions relevant to natural igneous systems.
The purpose of this one-day trip is to view a variety of textures in granitic and gabbroic rocks exposed in the Wichita Igneous Province, southwest Oklahoma, and as individuals, to evaluate the geologic history of each texture based on (1) our existing knowledge base, and then (2) on the basis of several pertinent experimental summaries that will be distributed at the beginning of the field trip. Each participant will be encouraged to develop and present his or her own interpretation of the rock texture, which may include the history of crystallization, the structural environment or rheology of the melt, qualitative estimates of intensive (e.g., P, T, aH2O, aO2) and extensive variables, and so forth. Some of the textures we will see and evaluate in granite include hypidiomorphic granular, linear or cuspate patterns of quartz and feldspar, orbicular, pegmatitic, granophyric, spherulitic, miarolitic. Those in gabbro include lamination (trachytic/compaction) and ophitic and heteradcumulate textures.
Min: 5; max.: 20. Cost: US$60, includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and a field guide.
5. Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Upper Mississippian Barnett Shale of Texas and the Caney Shale of Southern Oklahoma.
Fri.-Sun., 3-5 Mar. (three-day field trip). Darwin Boardman, Oklahoma State University, +1-405-744-6358, fax +1-405-744-7841, James Puckette, Oklahoma State University, +1-405-744-6358.
The purpose of this field trip is to examine the stratigraphy and paleontology of the Upper Mississippian shale formations of the southern mid-continent (Barnett Shale of Texas, Caney Shale of Oklahoma). The Barnett Shale has become the largest nontraditional gas play in the United States yet detailed lithologic and paleontologic analysis remains to be completed. Additionally, the Caney Shale (roughly Barnett equivalent) is equally lacking in detailed analysis. This field trip will focus on both lithic analysis along with ammonoid and conodont biostratigraphy.
Min: 10; max.: 40. Cost: US$300, includes transportation, two nights lodging, two breakfasts, and guidebook. Participants are responsible for lunches and dinners.
6. Facies Architecture of a Middle Pennsylvanian Incised Valley Fill: The Bluejacket (Bartlesville) Sandstone of Eastern Oklahoma.
Friday through Sun., 3-5 Mar. (3-day trip).
During Meeting
7. OU Campus Walking Tour.
Mon., 6 Mar., ~4:30 p.m. Stan Krukowski, Oklahoma Geological Survey, +1-405-325-3031, fax +1-405-325-7069.
This walking tour will focus on earth resources materials used to build structures on the University of Oklahoma (OU) campus and showcase the various classical architectural styles. The campus tour is designed as an example of an educational or outreach activity on college campuses, city centers, or historical sites.
Free; no participant number limit.


Mentor Programs
Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon., 6 Mar., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; location available at GSA's on-site registration desk.
This is a chance for students to discuss career opportunities and challenges with professional geoscientists from multiple disciplines. Students will receive a FREE LUNCH ticket in their registration packet to attend the Shlemon program. However, space is limited: first come, first served. For further information, contact Karlon Blythe, GSA.
John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon., 6 Mar., 5-6:30 p.m.
Student Support

Travel grants are available from the South-Central Section in cooperation with the GSA Foundation for students who are presenting oral or poster papers. To be eligible, students must be GSA Student Members or Student Associates. Please visit the SC home page for details regarding application instructions. For more information, contact Matthew W. Totten, Sr.,


Social Activities
Business Meetings


Exhibit booths will be available for universities, government agencies, and companies at the meeting. Those providing information on graduate school or employment opportunities are especially encouraged to attend and exhibit.


Local Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Neil Suneson

Rick Lupia

GSA is committed to making all events at the 2006 South-Central Section meeting accessible to all people interested in attending. Special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, dietary concerns, etc.) can be indicated on the registration form. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Co-Chairs.