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10 October 2005
GSA Release No. 05-34

Contact: Christa Stratton

For Immediate Release

Geological Society of America Meeting in Salt Lake City Next Week

Boulder, Colo. - Approximately 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City 16-19 October for "Science, Learning, and Colleagues," the 117th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Geological Society of America. Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics of regional and national interest. A Public Forum on Monday evening, 17 October, will give the general public an opportunity to see recent images from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and ask questions of top mission scientists.

Regional media representatives are invited to attend and registration is complimentary. Interested journals unable to come onsite are encouraged to call the GSA Newsroom at the Convention Center to arrange for telephone interviews. Details on both options follow the science highlights below.


Talks in two sessions will address area issues of water, geology, and ecology. Area resources are under pressure from climate change and human manipulation, in response to population growth and changes in use. Specific topics include causes of fluctuating water levels in the Great Salt Lake, impacts of human behavior and urbanization of the arid West, and factors that have shaped area climate.

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn

A Pardee Keynote Symposium will explore the latest results and images from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Top mission scientists will also participate in GSA's third annual evening forum open to the public.

Hurricane Katrina

Late-breaking geoscience perspectives on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of the Gulf Coast will be presented in a special two-hour session on Tuesday, 18 October, 3:30-5:30 p.m. MDT, in Room 250D/E of the Salt Palace Convention Center. "An Eye on Katrina: Geoscience Perspectives on a Catastrophic Hurricane" will includes talks by scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS), University of New Orleans, and others.

Teaching Evolution

Two sessions bring together a variety of perspectives and tools to support geoscientists in teaching and speaking about evolution. Scientific, political, educational, and religious perspectives are included in this timely, comprehensive treatment of the subject.

* Pardee Keynote Symposium, Sunday, 16 October, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballrooms A/C
"Speaking Out for Evolution: Rationale and Resources for Supporting the Teaching of Evolution"
View abstracts:

* Session 81, Monday, 17 October, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SPCC Ballroom J
"Is it Science? Strategies for Addressing Creationism in the Classroom and the Community"
View abstracts:

The meeting also includes a number of field trips exploring area geology. Media representatives may participate in these trips but must pay the associated fees. To view field trips, visit


GSA will staff a fully equipped newsroom in Room 254C of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Hours of operation are:

Saturday, 15 October, 1-6 p.m.
Sunday-Tuesday, 16-18 October, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 19 October, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The telephone number for incoming calls is +1-801-534-4770. Media representatives unable to attend are encouraged to call in and arrange for telephone interviews.


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, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2004 or 2005.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to 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.

Eligible media may register onsite at the GSA Newsroom. For additional information or assistance, contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, at or +1-303-357-1056.

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3300 Penrose Place-Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140, USA


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