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Final Announcement

Southeastern Section, GSA

55th Annual Meeting

23-24 March 2006 • Marriott Hotel • Knoxville, Tennessee

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Technical Program Schedule

Technical Program Logistics Events
Session Info Field Trips Travel / Accommodations Student Programs
Symposia Workshops Registration Exhibitor / Sponsor Info
Theme Sessions   Contact Info Meetings & Events


Knoxville is situated in the Appalachian Valley and Ridge of east Tennessee, in a region that has been the cradle of geoscience research for over a century. Several fundamental concepts have resulted from local and regional research, but the southern Appalachians remains an area where fundamental contributions continue to be made. Knoxville is no more than an hour from sites of classic stratigraphic-sedimentologic, paleontologic, petrologic, and structural contributions. The region is one of the world's former major zinc producers and is an area of active oil and gas exploration. There is a large geoscience community in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area, with geoscientists employed by the University of Tennessee, Tennessee Division of Geology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges, numerous environmental engineering companies, and small independent oil and gas producers.

The Knoxville metro area has a population of ~500,000, and the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, the TVA, and the university are the largest employers. A short driving distance from Knoxville are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the Cherokee National Forest, the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area, numerous state parks, and TVA reservoirs.

Weather in Knoxville in late March could be spring-like, or it could be more like late winter. We have already put in a request for good weather for all of the field trips so that everything goes well for the meeting.

Knoxville Map
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Knoxville is located at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 40 in eastern Tennessee and has air transport through the McGhee-Tyson Airport. McGhee-Tyson receives more than 75 incoming flights a day and is served by Delta, American Eagle, United, Northwest Airlines, Continental, US Airways, and Independence Air. Car rental is available through Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Taxi service is also available.

>> Visitor information for the city of Knoxville and the surrounding eastern Tennessee region

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Hotel registration deadline: 28 February 2006

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel at US$99 per night for 1-4 occupants. For reservations, please call the Marriott reservation line at +1-800-836-8031 and request a reservation under SEGSA 2006. The Marriott Hotel is located at 500 Hill Avenue SE, Knoxville, TN 37915. It is 20 minutes from McGhee-Tyson Airport, 45 minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a short walk to the University of Tennessee, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee River riverfront walk. The Marriott has high-speed Internet capabilities, an on-site fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and two restaurants. Additional restaurants are located a short walk from the hotel.

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Online registration is now closed, but registration will re-open on site (click here for hours). The early registration deadline was 20 February 2006 (cancellation deadline: 27 February).

Full Meeting One
Early Standard
Professional Member $170 $180 $90
Professional Nonmember $185 $200 $100
Professional Member (70+) $75 $85 $50
Student Member $60 $75 $35
Student Nonmember $75 $85 $45
K-12 Professional $35 $40 $20
Guest $35 $40 $20
Field Trip/Workshop Only
(Note new lower fees)
$20 $30 N/A
Prices noted are in US$

On-site registration will be available at the Marriott Hotel during the meeting.

Marriott Hotel, Knoxville Ballroom Lobby
Wednesday, 22 March 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, 23 March 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, 24 March 7 a.m. - noon

Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds

All requests for additions, changes, and cancellations must be received at GSA Headquarters by 27 February 2006. No refunds will be made on cancellation notices received after this date. Refunds will be mailed from GSA after the meeting. Refunds for fees paid by credit card will be credited to the card identified on the registration form. No refunds will be available for on-site registration and ticket sales.


Technical Program ScheduleThe deadline to submit an abstract (5 Jan.) has passed. Papers were invited from students and professionals for oral and poster presentations in general discipline sessions, theme sessions, and symposia. Only one volunteered paper may be presented by an individual; however, a person may be a co-author on other papers. Individuals invited to participate in symposia may present an additional volunteered paper.

Technical Sessions: Additional symposia, theme sessions, and field trips may still be accommodated. If you wish to propose an additional session, please contact technical and field trip program co-chairs Robert D. Hatcher, Jr.,, Linda C. Kah,, or Theodore C. Labotka, Session listings on this Web page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Oral Sessions: Oral presentations will be given in the convention headquarters Marriott Hotel. Conveners of all oral sessions are requested to keep their sessions on schedule. Each speaker will be allowed 20 minutes, which includes ~15 min for presentation and 5 min for questions.

Computer projectors will be provided for oral presentations. Personal laptops cannot be used for presentations. Authors should bring PowerPoint presentations on a CD-ROM or memory stick to the Speaker Ready Room at least 12 hours before their presentation. Zip drives will not be available.

Poster Sessions: Poster presenters have one 4-ft by 7-ft-5-inch horizontal ("landscape" view) display. Posters will be scheduled for half-day sessions. The use of tables is not encouraged, but can be arranged upon advance request at author cost. Electrical hookups will not be available; all computer equipment must be battery powered.


Technical Program Schedule1. New Geochronologic and Isotopic Approaches to Constraining Appalachian Tectonics. Sponsored by GSA Structural Geology Division.
Bob Tracy, Virginia Tech; Calvin Miller, Vanderbilt University; Brent Miller, Texas A&M University.
The development of focused geochronologic techniques, particularly in situ isotopic and non-isotopic methods and of new methodologies and approaches using isotopic tracers, has created new opportunities for constraining ages of deformational and thermal events and the origins of enigmatic terranes. This symposium will examine application of these methods to Appalachian tectonic problems.
2. Frontiers of Appalachian Tectonics. Sponsored by GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division.
Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; William A. Thomas, University of Kentucky.
This symposium is intended to present state-of-the-art concepts related to both Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt development and that of the more internal parts of the mountain chain. Several contrasting ideas have evolved recently about the timing of assembly of different components of the orogen. We hope to have all points of view represented to encourage discussion.
3. Grenville Terranes of the Appalachians and Their Boundaries. Sponsored by GSA Structural Geology Division.
Mervin J. Bartholomew, University of Memphis; Carl E. Merschat, North Carolina Geological Survey.
The theme of this symposium is to define and characterize dismembered terranes and their boundaries in the Grenville orogen, which are now found in the Appalachian orogen.
4. Impacts in the Field. Cosponsored by Planetary Geoscience Institute; GSA Planetary Geoscience Division.
Keith A. Milam, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This symposium will focus on field investigations of impact craters in the south and elsewhere. Presentations that include discoveries, observations, sample analyses, and field techniques of terrestrial (and even nonterrestrial) impact craters are welcome.
5. Paleontological Perspectives: A Symposium in Honor of Frank K. McKinney. Sponsored by Paleontological Society.
Steven J. Hageman, Appalachian State University.
This symposium will consist of talks that deal with observations of modern living organisms and ecology that are applied to Paleozoic taxa-faunas (and vice versa). Traditionally, most invertebrate paleontologists who work on Paleozoic faunas are trained in geology programs where their introduction to Phanerozoic diversity is from a paleozoological perspective. When these workers are eventually exposed to living organisms in modern faunas (marine laboratories or on research cruises), they bring a perspective of morphology and ecology that is not necessarily shared by neobiologists observing paleontological data. The epiphany of bringing modern insights to Paleozoic organisms (and vice versa) by classically trained paleontologists has led to great advances in our understanding of changing ecosystems through the Phanerozoic.
6. Symposium in Honor of Donald C. Haney.
John D. Kiefer, Kentucky Geological Survey; James C. Cobb, Kentucky Geological Survey.
This symposium will highlight two of the favorite endeavors of Don Haney: the role of geology in public policy and the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.
7. Magmatism in the Eastern U.S. and Beyond: A Symposium in Honor of Paul C. Ragland.
James S. Beard, Virginia Natural History Museum; Harry Y. McSween, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
This symposium is intended to honor the memory and career of Paul C. Ragland, whose research spanned the range of mafic and granitic rocks, petrology, and geochemistry. Papers will be welcome on any related topic suitable to honor Paul's work and life.


Oral Sessions
Technical Program Schedule1. Burial, Uplift, and Thermal History of the Appalachian Basin. Sponsored by GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division.
Christopher S. Swezey, U.S. Geological Survey; Elizabeth L. Rowan, U.S. Geological Survey.
The goal of this session is to bring together research focused on the burial, uplift, and thermal history of the Appalachian basin. Tools used to determine these histories include fluid inclusions, apatite, and zircon fission tracks, and indicators of thermal maturity (e.g., vitrinite reflectance and CAI), as well as regional structure and stratigraphy. This fundamental knowledge of basin history provides a framework within which to study relations between tectonic activity, diagenesis, fluid flow, and hydrocarbon and mineral occurrences.
2. Recent Advances in Western Blue Ridge Geology. Sponsored by GSA Structural and Tectonics Geology Division.
C. Scott Southworth, U.S. Geological Survey.
This session will highlight new research on the stratigraphy, structure, metamorphism, paleontology, geochronology, and surficial processes of the western Blue Ridge province of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
3. The Brevard Fault Zone: Physical Characteristics and New Perspectives. Sponsored by GSA Structural and Tectonics Geology Division.
Randy Kath, University of West Georgia; John Costello, Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Goals of this session are to define various characteristics within the Brevard fault zone from Alabama to North Carolina to better comprehend internal lithostratigraphy, structure, and the role of this conspicuous element in southern Appalachian orogen tectonic evolution. Topics including lithologic and mineralogic assemblages, metamorphic and macro- to micro-scale structural characteristics, topographic-physiographic characteristics, and hydrogeologic and mineral-resource potential are welcome. Additionally, data from three new metro Atlanta-area tunnels (Nancy Creek — strike-parallel to the Brevard; Chattahoochee — nearly strike-perpendicular to the north; and Atlanta West Combined Sewer Overflow — nearly strike-perpendicular to the south) will be presented.
4. Metamorphic Framework of the Southern Appalachians.
Theodore C. Labotka, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
The emerging picture of metamorphism in the southern Appalachians is one of superposed events formed in high- to medium-pressure environments. Evidence for the metamorphic history is gathered from elemental and isotopic compositions of porphyroblasts and inclusions in porphyroblasts. The various data are to be assembled into a coherent framework of the metamorphic development of the Appalachians.
5. Geology of the Cambro-Ordovician Section of the Southern Appalachian Basin.
Gary G. Bible, Miller Petroleum; Jeff Bailey, Tengasco Inc..
The purpose of the session will be to discuss the structure, stratigraphy, reservoir characteristics, source rocks, and facies distribution of the Cambro-Ordovician carbonate section in the southern Appalachian basin. Presentations are sought that cover either the present development of oil and gas fields or exploration trends within the Cambro-Ordovician section.
6. Origin, Evolution, and Resource Utilization of Planets and Planetesimals. Cosponsored by Planetary Geoscience Institute; GSA Planetary Geoscience Division.
James Day, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Eddy Hill, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Yang Liu, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This session aims to tie together disparate aspects of planetary science. Presentations on petrography, geochemistry, remote sensing, and in situ resource utilization of planetary materials are welcome.
7. New Views on Old Rocks: Insights on Biospheric Evolution from the Precambrian Sedimentary Record. Cosponsored by GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Linda C. Kah, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Chris Fedo, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This session will focus on both existing and emerging data sets that integrate sedimentologic and stratigraphic analysis with biological, geochemical, and chronological information to explore the evolution of the Precambrian biosphere. We welcome submissions of both local and global geographic focus.
8. Carbonates Then and Now: How Much Has Changed? A Session in Honor of Kenneth R. Walker. Cosponsored by GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Bosiljka Glumac, Smith College; Stan Dunagan, University of Tennessee at Martin.
This session will explore various approaches and techniques used in studies of carbonate sediment and rocks over the years. Modern investigations will be placed in their historical context to highlight recent advancements in carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis.
9. Developing Approaches to Terrestrial Paleoclimatology. Sponsored by GSA Sedimentary Geology Division.
Claudia I. Mora, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This session will consider the development and application of terrestrial climate proxies, including isotopic, sedimentologic, and tree-ring studies. We are particularly interested in presentations that consider the complex climate issues of the southeastern region, but encourage all related submissions.
10. Karst Feature Distribution in the Southeastern Region.
Yongli Gao, East Tennessee State University.
Many active karst areas are located in the southeastern United States. This session focuses on understanding controls of karst feature distribution, groundwater flow in carbonate aquifers, and karst hazard assessment.
11. Surficial Geology and Geomorphology in the Appalachians: Progress and Applications.
Hugh Mills, Tennessee Tech University; Mike Clark, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This theme session seeks to highlight recent developments in surficial geology and geomorphology in the Appalachian region, in particular applications of these fields to practical problems, including landslide hazards, river management, road construction, geoarchaeology, and ecology.
12. Landslides and Rock Falls — Investigation, Analysis, and Remedial Action.
Harry Moore, Tennessee Department of Transportation; Vanessa Bateman, Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Presentations on landslides and rock fall events and their effects on highways and other man-made structures as well as the natural landscape are welcome. In addition, presentations on remedial projects that involve landslide and rock-fall events are encouraged. Unusual occurrences, innovative treatments, and inventory and rating methods of landslides and rock falls are also welcome.
13. Coastal Management and Environmental Lessons from Recent Southeastern U.S. Hurricanes.
David M. Bush, University of West Georgia; Robert S. Young, Western Carolina University.
Recent (2003-2005) hurricanes affecting the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts include Isabel, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, and Rita. Each hurricane affords the opportunity to better prepare for the next one. This session will address hurricane physical interaction with the coastal zone, property damage mitigation, improved public awareness, and better management of coastal resources. Discussions of any physical, social, and engineering aspect of hurricane-coastal interactions are welcome.
14. Geology and Groundwater Resources in Carbonate and Crystalline Rocks of the Eastern U.S.: Methods, Geologic Controls, and Exploration Approaches.
Lester Williams, U.S. Geological Survey; Tom Crawford, University of West Georgia.
Specialized methods and knowledge of geologic controls are needed for assessing the availability, quantity, and quality of groundwater in carbonate and crystalline rock aquifer systems. This session seeks presentations that highlight methods and/or exploration approaches used to study groundwater in complex aquifer systems, as well as studies highlighting geologically significant features that influence groundwater recharge, flow paths, and contamination.
15. Groundwater Contamination: Transport, Fate and Remediation. Sponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division.
Ed Perfect, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Larry McKay, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
This session will cover the behavior of inorganic, organic, and microbial contaminants in a variety of geologic settings, including coastal sand aquifers, fractured rocks, karst, saprolite, and soils. Both fully and partially saturated conditions will be considered. Papers can be based on the results of laboratory experimentation, field observations, model simulations, or experience at contaminated sites. We are particularly interested in studies that combine approaches from a variety of disciplines to deal with contaminant problems over a range of spatial and temporal scales.
16. Applications and Innovations in Near-Surface Geophysics. Sponsored by GSA Geophysics Division.
Gregory S. Baker, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Edward W. Woolery, University of Kentucky.
The objective of this session is to bring together researchers who (1) are developing new techniques and new technology in near-surface geophysics, or (2) have applied examples of state-of-the-art technology used for constraining geologic, hydrologic, archaeologic, or other problems in the southeastern United States. Presentations may include innovations (in such areas as instrument development, survey design, data analysis, imaging, etc.) with or without associated case studies or specific near-surface geophysics case studies.
17. Paleontology, Paleoecology, and Paleoenvironments of the Gray Fossil Site, Gray, Tennessee. Sponsored by Paleontological Society.
Steve Wallace, East Tennessee State University; Blaine Schubert, East Tennessee State University.
The Gray Fossil Site was discovered in May 2000, during road construction in Washington County near Gray, Tennessee. The deposit provides a rare opportunity to study the Miocene paleoecology of southern Appalachia. This session will focus on emerging paleontological and paleoecological data from this extraordinary fossil site.
18. Hands-on Ichnology and the Union Chapel Track Site. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society; Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Andrew K. Rindsberg, Geological Survey of Alabama.
The Carboniferous ichnology of the Union Chapel track site (Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site, Alabama) will be showcased, and talks on any aspect of ichnology are welcome. Attendees are invited to bring a specimen or image for general discussion.
19. Bringing Research into the Undergraduate Classroom. Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Southeast Section.
Ben Tanner, Western Carolina University.
This session will focus on ways to integrate research experiences into the undergraduate classroom and to determine the value of research derived from undergraduate classes.
20. Current Status of K-12 Science Standards and Earth Science Education in the Southeast. Cosponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Southeast Section; GSA Southeastern Section Education Committee.
Michael A. Gibson, University of Tennessee at Martin; Doug Haywick, University of Southern Alabama.
Science standards for K-12 education in the southeast have undergone revision in response to test scores, national initiatives, and education reform movements over the past 20 years. What is the current status of earth science education in the southeast and what are the implications for higher education programs? State science coordinators from the southeast will be invited to report on the status of standards-based science education in their states, areas still in need of attention, and expected trends in earth science education.
21. Hydrology and Water Quality Issues in the Southeast. Sponsored by Southeastern Water Research Institute; GSA Hydrogeology Division.
Randy Gentry, University of Tennessee; Larry McKay, University of Tennessee.
This session invites papers dealing with a range of water supply, water quality, and aquatic habitat issues facing the rapidly growing populations of the southeastern United States. These include Total Maximum Daily Loads, wellhead protection, storm water discharges, water supply, water disputes, stream ecology and restoration, microbial contamination, etc. Papers can address these problems from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, including geology, engineering, microbiology, ecology, economics, and social policy.
25. Technological Advances in the Collection and Communication of Geologic Information.
Douglas C. Curl, Kentucky Geological Survey, +1-895-257-5500; Matthew M. Crawford, Kentucky Geological Survey, +1-859-257-5500.
This session will focus on how geoscientists are using technology to collect, manage, and distribute geological information. Presentations on topics such as global positioning system usage in the field, Internet mapping, the geographic information system and digital mapping techniques, and geological database management are welcome.
Poster Sessions
22. Geologic Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic Maps. Sponsored by GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division.
Ralph F. Crawford, The Geologic Mapping Institute; Michael W. Higgins, The Geological Mapping Institute.
Geologic maps are the most fundamental tool of geological science. State-of-the-art geologic maps (both classical and GIS-based) are welcome.
23. Undergraduate Research in Watershed Assessment.
Randa Harris, University of West Georgia; Curtis Hollenbaugh, University of West Georgia; Julie Bartley, University of West Georgia.
Watershed assessment is an important avenue for research in the southeast and provides many opportunities for undergraduate involvement. Frequently, such assessment is used as a training ground for undergraduate researchers and enables them to learn both field and laboratory techniques and to analyze complex interactions among water quality variables. This session will focus on both training methods and results of undergraduate research driven by watershed assessment programs.
24. Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Sponsored by Council for Undergraduate Research.
Brannon Andersen, Furman University; Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida.
The Council on Undergraduate Research will sponsor a poster session highlighting research performed by undergraduates in all areas of the earth sciences. First authors must be undergraduate students, and students must be responsible for the bulk of the research, preparation of posters, and presentation of results.



1. Geology of the Middle Proterozoic Basement and Younger Cover Rocks in the West Half of the Asheville 100K Quadrangle, North Carolina and Tennessee — An Updated Look. (Two days)
Carl Merschat, North Carolina Geological Survey, +1-828-296-4630; Bart Cattanach, North Carolina Geological Survey; Leonard Wiener, North Carolina Geological Survey, retired; Mark Carter, Virginia Division of Mineral Resources.
Tues.-Wed., 21-22 Mar. Depart 8 a.m., return 2 p.m.
Cost: US$60, including transportation, lunch, snacks, and field trip guidebook. Min.: 12; max.: 30.
This field trip begins and ends in Asheville, North Carolina. Lodging must be purchased separately by each participant. A block of rooms is reserved at the Holiday Inn Biltmore-East (+1-828-298-5611; Oteen Exit 55 on I-40). Lodging is also available in other parts of Asheville. The field trip focuses on the middle Proterozoic basement map units of the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina, northwest of Asheville. It addresses their age, mappable characteristics, and relationships with the overlying Ashe-Tallulah Falls and Ocoee Supergroup sequences. Evidence for high-grade Grenville metamorphism and subsequent Paleozoic overprints will be examined, with emphasis on the Alleghanian.
2. Geologic Excursion across Part of the Southern Appalachian Foreland Fold-Thrust Belt in Northeastern Tennessee. (One day)
Peter J. Lemiszki, Tennessee Division of Geology, +1-865-594-6200; Martin S. Kohl, Tennessee Division of Geology.
Wed., 22 Mar., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: US$70, including transportation, lunch and a guidebook. Min.: 8; max.: 20.
This one-day field trip will begin and end at the Marriott Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee. The field trip will traverse the northeastern part of the Tennessee Valley and Ridge to examine results from recent STATEMAP-supported geologic quadrangle mapping. Stops will include exposures of the Copper Creek and Town Knobs thrusts, folding and fracturing in the Martinsburg Formation and Sevier Shale (Ordovician), unusual sedimentary features in the Nolichucky Shale (Cambrian), and a visit to a farm where participants can collect small quartz crystals we fondly refer to as Tennessee field diamonds. At each stop, we will discuss the local structure, stratigraphy, mineral resources, and geohazards in a regional context. The trip is a great opportunity for professional geologists, academics, and teachers looking for an overview of regional geology.


3. The Formation, Denudation, and Natural History of Mount Le Conte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. (One day) Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
C. Scott Southworth, U.S. Geological Survey, +1-703-648-6385; Arthur Schultz, U.S. Geological Survey.
Sat., 25 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: US$40, including bus transportation, lunch, snacks, guide, geologic map, and video. Min.: 15; max.: 27.
This trip will originate and end at the Sugarland Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check out of your hotel and depart Knoxville by 8 a.m. to get to the Visitor Center by 9 a.m. Wear sturdy footwear, warm clothes, and bring rain gear. K-14 teachers, students, professionals, and guests are invited to participate. The trip will consist of four stops around Mount Le Conte: (1) Carlos Campbell Overlook; (2) a short, steep hike to Buckeye Cove; (3) lunch at the Chimneys picnic area; and (4) a moderate 4.5-mile round-trip hike to Alum Cave. We will highlight the origin of the rocks; the timing and conditions of deformation, metamorphism, and uplift; and erosion and surficial deposits that have contributed to the geomorphology.
4. Lessons from Limestone. (One day)
Don Byerly, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Michael A. Gibson, University of Tennessee at Martin.
Sat., 25 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: FREE (the costs of the trip are being funded by the Crushed Stone Producers of Tennessee-Rinker Materials, Inc., Rogers Group, Inc., and Vulcan Materials Corporation). Max.: 30.
This field trip begins and ends at the Marriott Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee. The trip will feature limestone as an instrument for teaching National Science Education Content Standards, including chemical reactions (Standard B), biological evolution (Standard C), geochemical cycles (Standard D), and natural and human-induced hazards (Standard F). Some of the topics covered by the trip include using fossils to develop concepts of paleoecology and evolution; using limestone to reconstruct ancient geography (including plate tectonics); the importance of limestone in our society as a natural resource; hazards associated with karst (caves and sinkholes); and where, how, and why limestone forms.
5. Diverse Mafic and Ultramafic Rock Sequences of the Central Blue Ridge, North Carolina–Georgia. (Two days)
Sat.-Sun., 25-26 Mar. Departs 8 a.m. and returns 2 p.m. Sunday.
6. Geotraverse: Geology of Northeastern Tennessee and the Grandfather Mountain Region. (Two days)
Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, +1-865-974-2366.
Sat.-Sun., 25-26 Mar. Departs 8 a.m.; returns 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: US$275, includes two nights lodging, transportation, two lunches, and guidebook. Participants will be responsible for breakfasts and dinners. Min.: 10; max.: 32.
This field trip will start and end at the Marriott Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee. The trip will consist of a traverse from the Johnson City-Elizabethton area in northeastern Tennessee, where the Shady Valley thrust sheet contains a complete section from Grenville basement through the Knox Group (Valley and Ridge or Blue Ridge), across the Mountain City window into the Stone Mountain thrust sheet and other Grenville and pre-Grenville (Mars Hill) terrane and rifted-margin igneous rocks (Bakersville complex) in western Blue Ridge thrust sheets, and across the Chattahoochee-Holland Mountain thrust sheet into eclogite bearing Ashe Formation rocks. We also will examine Grandfather Mountain Formation rocks inside the Grandfather Mountain window and the Linville Falls fault.
7. Lower Pennsylvanian Siliciclastic Rocks of the Northern Cumberland Plateau, Including Marine Margin Sandstones Crawling with Life. (One day)
Molly Miller, Vanderbilt University; Andrew Rindsberg, Geological Survey of Alabama.
Sat., 25 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: US$60, including transportation and lunch.
This field trip will begin and end at the Marriott Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee. Diverse trace fossils in a unique flagstone within the Fentress Formation in a small quarry near Jamestown, Tennessee, reflect deposition under marine conditions. In contrast, the overlying Rockcastle Conglomerate was deposited in braided streams. This trip affords an opportunity to observe biogenic structures in a well-exposed sedimentologic context, to discuss how and where the structures were produced and by what, to see the facies and facies relationships of the Rockcastle Conglomerate, to reconstruct the succession of depositional processes and environments, to consider tectonic-climatic scenarios reflected by the sequence, and to order rock for a lovely patio that will increase Earth awareness on your campus.
8. The Geology and Ecology of the Late Miocene to Early Pliocene Gray Fossil Site, Northeast Tennessee. (One day)
Sat., 25 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
9. Geological Controls on Fish Habitat in a TVA Reservoir (One Day)
Saturday, March 25, 2006. 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Measurement of Indoor Radon in Geologically Diverse Terranes. Sponsored by GSA Engineering Geology Division.
Sat.-Sun., 25-26 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Student Travel Grants

Travel grants are available from the GSA Southeastern Section and GSA Foundation to both undergraduate and graduate students who are presenting papers and are GSA Student Members. [ information and applications ]

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Mentor Programs
Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs.-Fri., 23-24 Mar., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location information will be available at on-site registration desk.
This is a chance for students to discuss career opportunities and challenges with professional geoscientists from multiple disciplines. 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. However, space is limited: first come, first served. For further information, contact Karlon Blythe.
John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs., 23 Mar., 5-6:30 p.m. Location information will be available at on-site registration desk.
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 a free pizza dinner for participants. Students will receive a ticket to attend the Mann Program event in their registration packets, but space is limited: first come, first served. For further information, contact Karlon Blythe.


Wednesday, 22 March
Thursday, 23 March
Friday, 24 March


Exhibit space will be available in a centrally located exhibit hall. For more information on exhibit rates and space reservations, contact Edmund Perfect,


Corporate and government sponsorship are welcome. Sponsors will be recognized during the meeting and with an acknowledgment in the printed program. Sponsors may designate their gift for a specific event or technical session, with recognition during that event. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Edmund Perfect,


For further information, please contact the local committee chair.

Local Committee Chair Technical and Field Trip Program Co-Chairs
Claudia I. Mora
Robert D. Hatcher Jr.
Linda C. Kah
Theodore C. Labotka
Accommodations For Registrants With Special Needs

GSA's Southeastern Section is committed to making every event at the 2006 meeting accessible to all people interested in attending. If you have special requirements, please contact the local committee chair, Claudia I. Mora,