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June 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 6

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GSA Leadership
Education & Outreach
Meetings
Publications
Government Affairs

Of Note
On the Wire…
Once-in-a-Lifetime Exploration Opportunity
Geoscience Trivia

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GSA LEADERSHIP
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Nominate or Volunteer to Serve as a GSA Officer or Councilor
Deadline: 15 July
You have the power to determine the future of your Society: Nominate a colleague or volunteer to serve as GSA's vice president or treasurer. You can also help determine GSA's next group of incoming Councilors.
[ learn more | nominate ]

Call for Committee Service
Deadline: 15 July
GSA has openings on several standing Committees beginning in 2012–2013. Please nominate one of your esteemed GSA colleagues or volunteer to serve on a GSA Committee or as a GSA representative to other organizations.
[ learn more | nominate ]
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America
Fall/Winter Season: Sept. 2011–May 2012
Application deadline:
1 July
Seventeen GeoCorps positions for fall/winter are now posted on the GeoCorps website, and applications are being accepted through 1 July. GeoCorps is a unique program created and developed by GSA that coordinates paid, short-term geoscience jobs on public lands managed by the U.S. National Park Service, Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. All levels of geologists are encouraged to apply.

Job Opening in E&O: Program Officer — Teacher Advocate Program
The GSA Education & Outreach Dept. is seeking a geoscience educator to work part-time (32 hrs/wk) managing, designing, planning, budgeting, marketing, and evaluating GSA's K–12 teacher programs. Applications will be accepted through 15 July.
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MEETINGS
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GSA 2011 Annual Meeting
Download this Poster!
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2011 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
ARCHEAN TO ANTHROPOCENE: The Past is the Key to the Future
9–12 October • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Abstract deadline: 26 July
Registration and Housing are now open. Early registration and housing deadline: 6 Sept.
Use this preformatted letter to encourage your colleagues to submit abstracts and come to the meeting.
NEW in the Technical Program this year:
Petroleum Discipline Category
Digital Posters
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Munich skyline with Alps in the distance
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FRAGILE EARTH:
Geological Processes from Global to Local Scales, Associated Hazards & Resources

4–7 Sept. 2011
Munich, Germany
New! Registration deadline extended to 15 July
[ register | travel grants | learn more ]
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
2012 Calendar
A Vibrant Earth: Through the Lens, 2012
Colorful images at all scales — from aerial views to photomicrographs — were selected for this stunningly beautiful calendar from award-winning 2010 GSA Annual Meeting Photo Exhibition submissions. Only $9.95!

MCH100
Geology of the Stokes Mountain Region, Western Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Compiled by Diane Clemens-Knott
GSA's Map and Chart Series has reached a milestone with map no. 100!
This 1:24,000-scale geologic map depicts three elements of the Early Cretaceous batholith that are exposed in an ~325-square-km area of the western Sierra Nevada foothills: two gabbroic-to-granitic ring dike complexes that surround km-scale blocks of layered troctolite and intrude a newly recognized nonmarine, metasedimentary, and metavolcanic sequence, the Goldstein Peak formation.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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GSA Panel Seeks Input on Position Statement DRAFT:
The Importance of Teaching Earth Science

Please submit your comments and suggestions by 15 July.
[ read DRAFT (PDF) | add your comments ]

GSA Panel Seeks Input on Position Statement DRAFT:
Expanding and Improving Geoscience in Higher Education

Please submit your comments and suggestions by 15 August.
[ read DRAFT (PDF) | add your comments ]

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GSA student, professional, teacher, and affiliate members are invited to participate in the fourth annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day in Washington D.C. on 20–21 September. Help raise visibility and support for geoscience research and education during meetings with House and Senate offices. Contact Craig Schiffries, GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy, to sign up.
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OF NOTE
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Need to Contact a Geoscience Organization in Another Country?
See the Directory of Geoscience Organizations of the World. The directory is good reference material and includes major governmental and quasi-governmental organizations throughout the world.

Help Shape the Future of USGS Science
Offer your comments on USGS draft strategies and questions via the USGS Start with Science Web page.
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BBC Audio Slideshow: Volcano Visitors
This 8 June 2011 slideshow combines awesome images of Chile's Puyehue–Cordon Caulle volcano with GSA's digital map, Geologic Map of Santiaguito Dome Complex, Guatemala, by R. Escobar Wolf et al.
[ Map DMCH008 | BBC slideshow ]

GeoCorps™ America Geoscientist Blogs on the Job
Follow along as Western Michigan University geology graduate student Jennifer Lynn Trout carries out her duties as a paleontology technician in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Trout has been set to the task of creating a trail-monitoring guide of fossils on the Permian Reef and Bear Canyon trails. Her "Guad Blog" chronicles the daily ups and downs of this summer internship.
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ON THE WIRE …
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Feb. 2007 GSA Today science article by R.J. Davies et al., "Birth of a mud volcano: East Java, 29 May 2006," about the Lusi mud volcano in Indonesia, is the subject of a 31 May 2011 History of Geology blog post.
[ Davies et al. article (3.3MB PDF) | History of Geology blog post ]

The 4 June ScienceNews News in Brief section highlights a Geology article by C.R.L. Friend and A.P. Nutman, "Dunites from Isua, Greenland: A ca. 3720 Ma window into subcrustal metasomatism of depleted mantle," which was posted online 24 May.
[ Friend & Nutman abstract | ScienceNews article ]

A 5 June Vancouver Sun article, "Underwater coring technique allows archaeologists to go deeper than ever before," covers Geology science by E.P. Sonnenburg et al., "Quartz flakes in lakes: Microdebitage evidence for submerged Great Lakes prehistoric (Late Paleoindian–Early Archaic) tool-making sites," which was posted online 24 May.
[ Sonnenberg et al. abstract | Vancouver Sun article ]

A 7 June Yahoo! News / LiveScience article "700-Million-Year-Old Fossils: Oldest Armored Creature?" covers June Geology science by P.A. Cohen et al., "Phosphate biomineralization in mid-Neoproterozoic protists," which was posted online 4 May. The story was subsequently picked up by the Canadian Press, with articles in the Edmonton Journal, the Montreal Gazette, and Nova Scotia's The News.
[ Cohen et al. abstract | Yahoo! News article | The News article ]

Discover's 80 beats blog discusses Geology science (posted online 4 May) by J.-P. Goiran et al., "Piraeus, the ancient island of Athens: Evidence from Holocene sediments and historical archives," in a 7 June post titled "Ancient Greek knew geology thousands of years before his time."
[ Goiran et al. abstract | 80 beats blog post ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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Once-in-a-Lifetime Exploration Opportunity
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Antarctica!
27 Dec. 2012–20 Jan. 2013
Celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary (2013): Voyage onboard the Akademik Ioffe to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic.
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. What is the most common tin ore mineral?
  2. What is the name for the mining of alluvial deposits for minerals?
  3. Chloanthite is an ore of which metal?

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