The Geological Society of America, in partnership with the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey, and the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologists, is proud to present TECTONIC CROSSROADS: Evolving Orogens of Eurasia-Africa-Arabia meeting in Ankara, Turkey, 3-8 October 2010.
We are very excited about this opportunity for learning and intercultural exchange, and we invite you to be a part of this extraordinary event.
Ankara is a very special meeting location. Turkey is situated at the junction of the Eurasian, African, and Arabian plates. The dynamic interplay of tectonics, sedimentation, metamorphism, and magmatism has created a geologic tapestry blessed with significant natural resources and a populace facing notable seismic and volcanic hazards. These characteristics have been developed into meeting session themes being chaired by world experts. See technical sessions..
Local hosts are Middle East Technical University (METU) and the Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration Institute. Presentations and dialogue among experts and students will examine the processes creating the region's geology. Four days of sessions are structured around mid-meeting field trips on Wednesday, designed to ensure that all international participants experience some of the geology and culture of central Turkey. Pre- and post-meeting field trips focus on various sectors of the region's tectonic geology. See field trips.
The Turkish geological community plans to host this meeting in as vibrant a fashion as the geological dynamism of the region. The spectacular METU conference center in the hills of Ankara will serve as the central venue, and local organizers have selected hotels that will ensure that attendees experience evenings spiced with diverse Turkish cuisine and entertainment at moderate expense.
Turkey is also a great cultural crossroads of history. Local organizers have planned an opening reception and closing dinner highlighting their traditions and culture. The Ankara International Airport is modern and spectacular, with direct airline connections to more than a dozen European and Asian cities. International travelers making a domestic air connection through Istanbul only require a well-marked walk to a nearby terminal. Visas are easily obtained on arrival in Istanbul or Ankara for about $US20 (U.S. dollars and Euros are accepted).
The lead organizers of the Tectonic Crossroads meeting are Yildirim Dilek of Miami University and Erdin Bozkurt of METU. They are heartily thanked for their work to make this meeting, the first sponsored by the new International Section of GSA, a great success.
Be sure to be a part of this meeting!
We are looking forward to seeing you in Ankara on 3 October 2010.
Mark Cloos, GSA International Secretary
Jack Hess, GSA Executive Director