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November 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 11

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2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition Wrap-Up
Other GSA Meeting News
Publications
Education & Outreach

Geology & Public Policy
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia
125th Anniversary Celebrations
Membership Matters

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2012 ANNUAL MEETING & EXPOSITION WRAP-UP
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Total Attendance: 5,701
• Number of countries represented: 48
• Abstracts presented: 3,389
• Oral sessions: 173
• Poster sessions: 96
• Digital poster sessions: 3
• Exhibiting booths: 213
• Graduate School Information Forum: 68
• Short Courses: 29
• Short Course participants: 568
• Field trips: 12
• Field trip participants: 250
• Student volunteers: 256

Get More Annual Meeting News
GSA put together seven special e-newsletters for meeting attendees.
More than 70 news and blog articles were written about annual meeting science.
Quite a few press releases were also generated about the meeting by GSA and other organizations.

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OTHER GSA MEETING NEWS
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2013 Section Meetings
Northeastern
18–20 March
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 11 December
Southeastern
20–21 March
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 11 December
South-Central
4–5 April
Austin, Texas, USA
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 15 January
North-Central
2–3 May
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 5 February
Rocky Mountain
15–17 May
Gunnison, Colorado, USA
Abstracts due 12 February
Cordilleran
20–21 May
Fresno, California, USA
Abstracts due 19 February
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Joint Penrose/Chapman Conference
Coastal Processes and Environments under Sea-Level Rise and Changing Climate: Science to Inform Management
14–19 April 2013 • Galveston, Texas, USA
This joint GSA Penrose/AGU Chapman Conference is intended to increase scientific and public awareness of the realities of global change and its impacts on coastal environments. Accepting attendance applications through 23 January 2013.
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PUBLICATIONS
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NEW in The GSA Bookstore
Special Paper 489
Grand Canyon Geology: Two Billion Years of Earth's History

Edited by J. Michael Timmons and Karl E. Karlstrom
Illustrated with color photographs and accompanied by the most detailed geologic map of eastern Grand Canyon to date, this volume provides an easy-to-understand summary of the geologic stories encoded by rocks and landscapes of Grand Canyon.

Special Paper 490
Mima Mounds: The Case for Polygenesis and Bioturbation

Edited by Jennifer L. Horwath Burnham and Donald L. Johnson
The editors of this volume firmly believe that Mima (pimple) mounds, with a contentious explanatory history that has covered nearly two centuries, deserve a closer look.

Special Paper 492
Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research

Edited by Steven J. Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey, Declan G. De Paor, and Tina Ornduff
This volume synthesizes the development and current uses of Google Earth and related tools. Detailed "how-tos" make it a great classroom resource.

Field Guide 29
From the Blue Ridge to the Coastal Plain: Field Excursions in the Southeastern United States

Edited by Martha Cary Eppes and Mervin J. Bartholomew
Prepared in conjunction with the 2012 GSA Annual Meeting, this collection of papers highlights geology from the Holocene to the Precambrian with excursions along Carolina coasts, piedmont streams and floodplains, Blue Ridge highlands, the New Madrid fault system, and more.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America
Summer 2013 Positions to Be Posted 1 December!
Hunting down dinosaur tracks at Denali National Park; guiding visitors through a cave at Craters of the Moon National Monument; mapping springs in the Medicine Bow National Forest — these are just a few examples of the paid short-term geoscience jobs offered during the summer of 2013. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Matt Dawson, .
[ learn more | GeoCorps Facebook page ]
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GSA GeoVentures
Register Now for GSA's 2013 GeoVentures!
Trips for Everyone:
Explore the Extremes of Death Valley National Park
Trips for Students:
Geology of Dinosaur National Monument — Yampa River Trip
Trips for Teachers:
Ecuador and Galapágos Islands
Rocky Mountain Field Camp for K–12 Educators
Explore Hawaiian Volcanoes for Teachers and Families
Discover Iceland
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship
Deadline to apply: 1 February 2013
Put your expertise to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill — Work on staff for a Member of Congress or a congressional committee.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
Note: This is just news about GSA journals; CLICK HERE for more than 70 articles about the 2012 Annual Meeting.

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The October 2012 GSA Today Groundwork article, "Rebuilding Tohoku: A joint geophysical and economic framework for hazard mitigation," by J. Stein and S. Stein, was covered on 2 Nov. by e! Science News, on 3 Nov. by the "Carbon-Based" blog, and on 16 Nov. in a Brown Daily Herald article.
[ Stein & Stein article | e! Science News | Carbon-Based | Brown Daily Herald ]

The Geology article by B.B. Perren et al., "Twentieth-century warming revives the world's northernmost lake," published ahead of print on 18 Sept. 2012, was covered by National Geographic Daily News on 17 Oct.
[ Perren et al. abstract | National Geographic Daily News ]

"(U-Th)/He zircon and archaeological ages for a late prehistoric eruption in the Salton Trough (California, USA)," a Geology article by A.K. Schmitt et al., posted online ahead of print on 15 Oct. 2012, was covered by Scientific American on 25 Oct. and on 26 Oct. in a "Current TV" online article.
[ Schmitt et al. abstract | Scientific American | Current TV ]

"Legacy sediments and historic land use: Chemostratigraphic evidence for excess nutrient and heavy metal sources and remobilization," by J. Niemitz et al., a Geology paper posted online ahead of print on 15 Oct. 2012, was covered by Discovery.com on 19 Oct.
[ Niemitz et al. abstract | Discovery.com ]

The Sept.–Oct. 2012 GSA Bulletin article by M. Ortuño et al., "An exceptionally long paleoseismic record of a slow-moving fault: The Alhama de Murcia fault (Eastern Betic shear zone, Spain)," was covered in a 12 Nov. LiveScience article and picked up by various related news outlets.
[ Ortuño et al. abstract | LiveScience ]

The Geology article by A.-M. Desaulty and F. Albarede, "Copper, lead, and silver isotopes solve a major economic conundrum of Tudor and early Stuart Europe," posted online ahead of print on 6 Nov. 2012, has been covered by Inside Science (15 Nov.) and ScienceNews (20 Nov.).
[ Desaulty and Albarede abstract | Inside Science | ScienceNews ]

A 21 Nov. BBC NEWS Highlands and Islands story covers the October 2012 Geology article by J.A.G. Cooper et al., "Barrier islands on bedrock: A new landform type demonstrating the role of antecedent topography on barrier form and evolution." The paper was also covered by the Stornoway Gazette on 26 Nov.
[ Cooper et al. abstract | BBC News | Stornoway Gazette ]

The Dec. 2012 Geology article by T.R. Watters et al., "Extension and contraction within volcanically buried impact craters and basins on Mercury," was covered on SpaceRef.com on 16 Nov. and by Yahoo! News and related outlets on 21 Nov. (including the Huffington Post).
[ Watters et al. abstract | SpaceRef.com | Yahoo! News ]
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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1. When was the most recent M~9.0 Kamchatka "megathrust" earthquake?

2. What does the image at left portray?

3. When and where did the devastating "Big Thompson Flood" occur?

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125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
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Brush up on Your GSA Trivia
Beginning in January 2013 we'll be asking trivia questions that relate directly to GSA's 125-year history — GSA people, milestones, publications, meetings, outreach programs, and more. Learn about GSA by reading our Facebook timeline, the GSA Leaders page, and archived issues of GSA Today.

Watch our 125th Anniversary website grow, and find out how you can get involved in next year's annual meeting today.
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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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