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March 2010

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 8, no. 3

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Publications News
GSA Division and Section News
Government Affairs
Education & Outreach

Of Note
Touchpoints
Geoscience Trivia • Special Groundwater Edition
Archive

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Tectonic Crossroads:
Evolving Orogens of Eurasia-Africa-Arabia

4–8 October 2010 • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Abstract deadline: 25 May
This global geoscience meeting, brought to you by GSA and GSA's International Section, will be a forum for geoscientists to compare and contrast extraordinary regional geology and plate boundary processes together in one of the world's greatest natural geological laboratories.
[ learn more | submit abstract ]
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Publications News

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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
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Memoir 205
Jamaican Rock Stars, 18231971: The Geologists Who Explored Jamaica
edited by Stephen K. Donovan
The seven essays in this book detail the colorful history of geological exploration in Jamaica through the work of the notable researchers — rock stars — who uncovered the complicated geology of this Antillean island.

Field Guide 16
The Mid-Atlantic Shore to the Appalachian Highlands: Field Trip Guidebook for the 2010 Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern GSA Sections
edited by Gary M. Fleeger and Steven J. Whitmeyer
This guide reflects the theme of the meeting: "Linking North and South: Exploring the Connections between Continent and Sea." It is formatted to extend to all readers, not just those attending the 2010 meeting, the opportunity to explore the complicated and rich geologic landscape of the southeastern and northeastern regions of the United States.
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GSA Division and Section News

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2010 Section Meeting Schedule
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North-Central–South-Central Joint Meeting
11-13 April • Branson, Missouri, USA
Springtime in the Ozarks
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Rocky Mountain
21-23 April • Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
From Ancient Rocks to New Knowledge of the Universe:
Exploring the Geologic Diversity of the Black Hills and Rocky Mountain Region

Early registration deadline: 22 March
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Cordilleran (with Pacific Section, AAPG)
27-29 May • Anaheim, California, USA
From Mountains to Main Street
Early registration deadline: 26 April
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Northeastern-Southeastern Joint Section Meeting
13-16 March • Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Read about what happened at the meeting by following the links on the
NE-SE meeting Web page.
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Students: Section Meeting Mentor Programs Are For YOU
Find great advice, networking opportunities, potential employment contacts, and a FREE lunch.
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Do You Work in Applied Geology? Your Mentoring Skills Are Needed
Please consider volunteering to serve as a mentor for the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geology and/or the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program at GSA's Section Meetings.
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Structural Geology & Tectonics Division
New Award: The Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Research Award Fund
has now been established in the GSA Foundation. The award will be announced at the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, and graduate students, postgraduate, and faculty-level researchers are eligible to apply.
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Find Your Science!
Whether it's Climate-Environment-Hazards, Earth and Planetary Systems, Education and Public Policy, History of Earth and Life, or Natural Resources, you can find your science at GSA.
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Government Affairs

Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day
28–29 April 2010, Washington, D.C.
Raise visibility and support for science — all GSA members are invited to participate in Congressional Visits Day. To sign up, please contact Craig Schiffries.
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Education & Outreach

GSA-ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award
1–6 August 2010 • Application deadline: 1 April
The Bighorn Basin Field Award provides access to this all-expense-paid field camp, which seeks to energize and enhance the education of geology students and faculty by introducing them to the breadth and challenges of integrated basin and petroleum systems analysis.
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EarthTrek around the World
Are you looking for a great outdoor activity that helps scientists collect data? Then join EarthTrek! EarthTrek is your opportunity to become involved in a wide range of science projects and to share being involved in science with your friends, children, grandchildren, and spouses. It's free to participate, and you are rewarded for your participation. Current projects include the weathering of gravestones, the arrival of humming birds, and the location of an invasive species. Grab your GPS and get involved!
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Of Note

International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine created this challenge to celebrate the "grand tradition" of excellence in scientific illustration in "communicating science, engineering, and technology for education and journalistic purposes."
[ 2009 winners announced | 2010 entries now being solicited ]

Coastal Sediments '11, Bringing Together Theory and Practice
2–6 May 2011, Miami, Florida, USA. Abstract deadline: 1 April 2010.
This meeting, supported in part by GSA, is devoted to integrating theoretical and applied approaches to coastal sediment processes, which coastal engineers and scientists must consider in order to develop knowledge and capabilities to assist society in coast management.
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Call for Nominations: 2010 National Medal of Science
Deadline: 31 March
The National Medal of Science, which was established by the U.S. Congress in 1959, is presented by the President of the United States in recognition of "outstanding contributions to knowledge" in science and engineering.
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27 Feb. 2010 Chilean Earthquake Information
Several agencies, blogs, and Web sites put together excellent information on the recent earthquakes in Chile. Here's a sampling:
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Touchpoints

A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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A Discovery News article, titled "Copernicus Invented Geology, Study Claims," includes interviews with Walter Alvarez and Eldridge Moores regarding the March Geology W. Alvarez and H. Leitão article, "The neglected early history of geology: The Copernican Revolution as a major advance in understanding the Earth."
[ abstract | Discovery News article ]

J. Parnell et al.'s study, "Sulfur isotope signatures for rapid colonization of an impact crater by thermophilic microbes" (Mar. Geology), was highlighted on Scotland's "stv" Web site on 11 Mar. and in New Scientist and the German site "scienceticker.info" on 15 Mar.
[ abstract | stv article | New Scientist article ]

The Mar. Geology paper by M.P. Hijma and K.M. Cohen, "Timing and magnitude of the sea-level jump preluding the 8200 yr event," received coverage by Canwest News Service, with articles on the Canadian Global News Web site as well as the Dutch kennislink.nl.
[ abstract | Global News article ]

A study by G. Tanaka et al. (Feb. Geology) on the "Original structural color preserved in an ancient leaf beetle" was highlighted in a 22 Feb. Discovery News article and picked up by MSNBC.
[ abstract | Discovery News article ]

The Feb. Geology article by A.G. Liu et al., "First evidence for locomotion in the Ediacara biota from the 565 Ma Mistaken Point Formation, Newfoundland," which received quite a bit of media attention last month, was also highlighted in the 5 Mar. Science "Editor's Choice" feature.
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The March-April GSA Bulletin article by G.A. Mahood et al., "New 40Ar/39Ar ages reveal contemporaneous mafic and silicic eruptions during the past 160,000 years at Mammoth Mountain and Long Valley caldera, California," also received coverage by Discovery News (2 Mar.) and MSNBC, and was the subject of a 3 Mar. posting on "the volcanism blog."
[ abstract | Discovery News article | the volcanism blog article ]
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Geoscience Trivia • Special Groundwater Edition

In recognition of the NGWA's "National Ground Water Awareness Week" (last week), we put together a few groundwater-related questions. Enjoy!

  1. What kind of well is formed when groundwater flows to the surface under its own pressure in a bore hole?
  2. What do you call a confining layer of geologic material along an aquifer that has little or no permeability or hydraulic conductivity?
  3. What term is given to a natural depression in the water table around a well during pumping?
  4. Whose equation forms the scientific basis for studying fluid movement through porous material?
  5. What is the term for the level at which groundwater pressure is equal to atmospheric pressure, sometimes visualized as the "surface" of the groundwater in a given vicinity?

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