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November 2011

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 9, no. 11

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Membership Matters
Publications
Meetings
GeoCorps™ America

Government Affairs
Explore Antarctica with GSA!
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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2011 GSA Annual Meeting

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Renew Your 2012 Membership now at a Reduced Rate!
Discount applies through 15 December — don’t wait and chance missing the lower rate! Renew by 15 Dec. to save 15% on your 2012 membership. Discount applies to members from high income countries. Those from non-high income countries qualify for reduced dues.

It's also that time of year to update your membership by:
  • Subscribing to GSA's premier journals;
  • Joining any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions; and
  • Supporting students, research, and education by making a voluntary contribution to the GSA Foundation.
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PUBLICATIONS

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Seeking Science Editors
GSA’s internationally recognized journals Geology, Geosphere, and Lithosphere invite applications and nominations for science editors, with terms to begin in January 2013.
Learn more about [ Geology | Geosphere | Lithosphere | download flyer (PDF) ]

Available from the GSA Bookstore
The Field Description of Igneous Rocks, Second Edition
Designed for scientists and students to use in the field when information and resources may be difficult to access, this handy guide published by Wiley-Blackwell is now available through GSA.

Great Gifts for Only $9.95:
2012 Calendar: A Vibrant Earth: Through the Lens
Enjoy colorful images at all scales—from aerial views to photomicrographs—in this stunningly beautiful calendar.

From the Outside Looking In
Written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker: Introduce the children in your life to the science in your life with this captivating story of plate tectonics illustrated with detailed black-and-white pencil drawings.

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MEETINGS
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2012 Annual Meeting Call for Field Trip Proposals
Know of a great geoscience excursion near Charlotte, North Carolina? Teach your colleagues and peers about the ground-breaking research in this region. Submit your idea for a fun, interesting, and educational field trip for the 2012 Annual Meeting online. Trips can be anywhere from a half day to 5 days long. Contact: Beth Engle, +1-303-357-1006, .

FIELD TRIP PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 1 Dec. 2011

2012 Section Meetings — Abstract submittal systems are open
South-Central
7–9 March, Alpine, Texas
Chair: Kevin Urbanczyk
Abstracts Deadline: 6 Dec 2011
[ submit an abstract ]
Northeastern
18–20 March, Hartford, Connecticut
Chair: Jean Crespi
Abstracts Deadline: 13 Dec 2011
[ submit an abstract ]
Cordilleran
29–31 March, Queretaro, Mexico
Chair: Luca Ferrari
Abstracts Deadline: 10 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
Southeastern
1–2 April, Asheville, North Carolina
Co-chairs: Blair Tormey, Cheryl Waters-Tormey
Abstracts Deadline: 17 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
North-Central
23–24 April, Dayton, Ohio
Chair: Charles Ciampaglio
Abstracts Deadline: 24 Jan 2012
[ submit an abstract ]
Rocky Mountain
9–11 May, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chair: Laura Crossey
Abstracts Deadline: 14 Feb 2012
[ submit an abstract ]

2011 Annual Meeting
A big Thank You to everyone who had a part in helping to shape this meeting!
Lost & Found
Did you lose something at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis? An earring? iPhone? Power charger? Clothing, glasses, books? We brought several items back from the meeting. Please e-mail GSA Lost & Found at , and we'll let you know if we have what you lost.
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GEOCORPS™ AMERICA - 2012
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During the summer of 2012, GSA and its partner agencies — the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management — will be offering more than eighty paid geoscience internships on America’s most amazing public lands. All levels of geologists (students, educators, professionals, retirees, and others) are encouraged to apply.

Positions will be posted online by 1 Dec. 2011 when the application period begins. The 2012 positions will include Guest Scientist positions, GeoCorps Diversity Internships, and GeoCorps American Indian Internships.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 Feb. 2012.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
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Serve Geoscience & Impact Public Policy —
Be the 2012–2013 Congressional Science Fellow!

Application deadline: 1 Feb. 2012.
Put your expertise and experience to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill in concert with national and international leaders.
[ learn more ]
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EXPLORE ANTARCTICA WITH GSA

Antarctica

TIME IS RUNNING OUT
If you’ve ever thought about seeing the stunning and untamed Antarctic landscape, now is your chance to make the trip in the company of GSA experts. This experience will stay with you for the rest of your life!
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ON THE WIRE …
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A SAMPLING OF GSA IN THE NEWS
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2011 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
Science presented at GSA's 2011 Annual Meeting received an unprecedented amount of media coverage. Outlets include the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic, Science, and Our Amazing Planet.
[ see media coverage ]

Geology science on landslides on Tenerife by P.D. Harris et al. was covered by Yahoo! and The Landslide Blog.
[ Yahoo! News | The Landslide Blog ]

A.C. Cunningham et al.’s, Nov. Geology article, “Extracting storm-surge data from coastal dunes for improved assessment of flood risk” (first posted online 4 Oct. 2011), which talks about a record-breaking flood that hit the Dutch coast in the late 1800s, was covered by Live Science on 14 Oct.
[ Live Science | Discovery News ]

B. Lazar and M. Stein wrote about environmental conditions for migration across Saudi Arabia in their Geology paper, "Freshwater on the route of hominids out of Africa revealed by U-Th in Red Sea corals." This was covered by Haaretz.com.
[ Haaretz.com ]

"Initial burst of oceanic crust accretion in the Red Sea due to edge-driven mantle convection," by M. Ligi et al., Geology, Nov. 2011, was featured as the editors' choice this week in Science (vol. 334, 11 Nov.).
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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  1. What name is given to the aphanitic equivalent of granite?
  2. What is the mineral name given to clear transparent gypsum?
  3. During which geologic era did the Danian age occur?

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