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June 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 6

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Meetings
International Activities
Publications
Geology & Public Policy

Education & Outreach
Of Note
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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MEETINGS
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2012 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition:
Geosciences: Investing in the Future

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA • 4–7 November 2012
Please encourage your colleagues & students to submit abstracts and come to the meeting — Use this handy e-letter to get the word out!
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Come to LEARN and make time to PLAY. Charlotte's got a lot!
Make your "not to be missed" list of brew pubs, restaurants, and outdoor activities for a truly unique experience while you're in Charlotte.
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International Section Travel Grants
Coming from outside the U.S. to attend the GSA Annual Meeting? GSA's International Section offers travel grants to help international scientists and students participate in the annual meeting by offsetting a portion of the combined cost of travel, housing, and registration. Apply by midnight MDT, 1 July.
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Events/Space Requests
Did you know you can hold other committee meetings during the GSA Annual Meeting? Make the most of your and your colleagues' time in Charlotte by scheduling your meeting room through the GSA space request system. Meeting space is still available!
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INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
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OneGeology
Global Geological Map Data
OneGeology is an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of participating nations, the initiative has progressed rapidly toward its target: Creating dynamic geological map data of the world and making it available to everyone via the Web. We invite you to explore the website and view the maps.
[ OneGeology Portal ]

Countdown to IGC Australia
34th International Geological Congress (IGC), 5–10 August 2012, Brisbane, Australia
The IGC encompasses the interests of the global geoscience community — industry, academia, government, and beyond. This year's event will be the largest global geoscience meeting ever held in Australia!
[ learn more ]
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in the GSA Bookstore
2013 Calendar Now Available!
Earth's Beauty Captured
This 12-month, 11 × 14-inch calendar celebrates the beauty of nature with photographs selected from award-winning submissions to the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting Photo Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Special Paper 487
Mineralogical and Geochemical Approaches to Provenance
Edited by E. Troy Rasbury, Sidney R. Hemming, and Nancy R. Riggs
The authors use the following approaches to address provenance questions: (1) isotope and fission-track dating of minerals; (2) uses of heavy minerals, relative abundance, isotope fingerprinting, and compositions of minerals; and (3) automated point counting.
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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GSA Members on Capitol Hill
In April, GSA joined a host of science, engineering, and technology societies for Congressional Visits Day, which brought more than 200 scientists to Washington, D.C., to discuss the importance of research and development. After a day of briefings, scientists headed in teams to meet with Senators, Representatives, and their staff. Tanya del Valle, GSA's Geology and Public Policy Committee student member, participated for GSA and wrote a brief article about her experience. On 15 May, GSA joined other geoscience societies to participate in the Coalition for National Science Funding exhibition, highlighting geoscience research funded through NSF's Rapid Response Grants. Contact GSA Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White if you are interested in participating in similar upcoming events.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America Fall/Winter 2012–2013 Positions Now Open
Application deadline: 2 July (noon MDT)
We've posted fourteen fall/winter 2012–2013 GeoCorps positions online. All levels of geologists — students, educators, professionals, and retirees — are encouraged to apply.
[ learn more | Follow GeoCorps on Facebook ]

Kate Lodder, a new summer 2012 GeoCorps participant working at Bryce Canyon National Park, has developed a blog, "Obstacles and Opportunities," that includes posts about her work on Bryce Canyon's annual Astronomy Festival, for which she took some professional-grade photos of the eclipse.
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OF NOTE
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Our Amazing Planet Earth Quiz
Take this online quiz and find out how well you know your planet.

International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
"Some of science's most powerful statements are not made in words." Sponsored by NSF and AAAS, this annual contest finds the best science and engineering images in five categories: Photography, Illustrations, Posters & Graphics, Video Games & Apps, and Videos.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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A Geology article posted online ahead of print on 23 May, "Microbial nucleation of Mg-rich dolomite in exopolymeric substances under anoxic modern seawater salinity: New insight into an old enigma," by Stefan Krause and colleagues, received a good deal of exposure via press release outlets and was covered by Red Orbit on 8 June 2012.
[ Krause et al. abstract | Red Orbit ]

"Short-term episodicity of Archaean plate tectonics," a paper by Jean-François Moyen and Jeroen van Hunen, published in the May 2012 issue of Geology, is covered in the 2 June print edition of Science News (p. 11).
[ Moyen and van Hunen abstract | ScienceNews digital edition ]

"Airborne LiDAR analysis and geochronology of faulted glacial moraines in the Tahoe-Sierra frontal fault zone reveal substantial seismic hazards in the Lake Tahoe region, California-Nevada USA," a GSA Bulletin article by James F. Howle and colleagues posted online 18 May 2012, is detailed in a 23 May South Tahoe Now article.
[ Howle et al. abstract | South Tahoe Now ]

A 21 May Space Daily article discusses the Geology article by Niel H. Landman and colleagues, "Methane seeps as ammonite habitats in the U.S. Western Interior Seaway revealed by isotopic analyses of well-preserved shell material" (posted online ahead of print 10 April 2012).
[ Landman et al. abstract | Science Daily ]
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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 was the most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century?
  2. What is the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA?
  3. What is the state rock of North Carolina?

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