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December 2012

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 10, no. 12

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GSA's 125th Anniversary Antarctic Cruise
Meetings
Publications
Education & Outreach

Geology & Public Policy
Membership Matters
On the Wire…
Geoscience Trivia

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125th ANNIVERSARY ANTARCTIC CRUISE
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GSA 125th Anniversary Celebrations Begin
The adventure begins 27 Dec. 2012–20 Jan. 2013
GSA's 125th Anniversary year launches with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise aboard the Akademik Ioffe to Antarctica. Watch our 125th Anniversary website to learn more and track the ship's progress.
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MEETINGS
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Call for Proposals: 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Technical Sessions
Deadline: 15 January
Share your knowledge, experience, and research, and draw from a myriad of geoscience experts.
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Short Courses
Deadline: 1 February
Offer a short course to help your colleagues, peers, students, and K–12 teachers develop professional, teaching, and research skills at all levels, and be a part of the action.
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2013 Section Meetings
Northeastern
18–20 March
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA
[ technical program | register ]
Southeastern
20–21 March
San Juan, Puerto Rico
[ technical program | register ]
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
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 12 February
Cordilleran
20–22 May
Fresno, California, USA
Call for Papers:
Abstracts due 19 February
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PUBLICATIONS
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MCH103


Time Scale

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NEW in The GSA Bookstore
Map and Chart 103
Geologic Map of the West-Central Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa

Compiled by Donald R. Lowe, Gary R. Byerly, and Christoph Heubeck
This large (approx. 54.5" by 77") 1:25,000 map covers 500 square kilometers of Archean rocks in the Barberton Greenstone Belt (BGB), South Africa — the oldest, best-preserved sedimentary and volcanic sequence on Earth.

Geologic Time Scale Poster
Compiled by J.D. Walker, J.W. Geissman, S.A. Bowring, and L.E. Babcock
Use this colorful, poster-size version of GSA’s updated Geologic Time Scale (v. 4.0) to decorate your office or classroom. Includes an explanation of the chart’s history and updates.

Seeking Science Editors
GSA's internationally recognized journals Geology, Geosphere, GSA Bulletin, and GSA Today invite applications and nominations for science editors with terms to begin in January 2014.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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GeoCorps™ America
Summer 2013 Positions Now Open!
Deadline for applications:
4 February
Running evening astronomy programs under the dark skies of Bryce Canyon National Park; monitoring coastal geomorphology at Gateway National Seashore, which was recently impacted by Hurricane Sandy; assessing geohazards at Grand Canyon National Park — these are just a few examples of the paid short-term geoscience jobs offered this summer. Nearly 100 summer jobs include Guest Scientist positions, Diversity Internships, and American Indian Internships. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Matt Dawson, .
[ learn more & apply | GeoCorps Facebook page ]
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Death Valley
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GSA GeoVentures
Explore the Extremes of Death Valley National Park
11–17 March 2013 • Registration deadline: 28 January
Death Valley is known as the "Hottest, Driest, Lowest! A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snowcapped mountains, multicolored rock layers, and water-fluted canyons" (see NASA image, left). Join your fellow geology enthusiasts here for a one-of-a-kind GeoVenture adventure.
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GEOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY
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The Looming Fiscal Cliff
Congress and the Obama Administration remain in negotiations to find a solution to the nation's budget woes to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts at the beginning of 2013, including 8.2% across the board cuts for research. Learn more about the impacts and how you can become involved.

Four Updated GSA Position Statements Posted Online
GSA Council recently approved revised versions of the following Position Statements:
Geoscience Data Preservation
Open Data Access
Rewarding Professional Contributions
Teaching Evolution
In addition, Council endorsed an updated statement by AGU and SSA: Monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship
Deadline to apply: 1 February
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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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
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Renew Today!
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It's Time to Renew Your GSA Membership
Due 1 January
When you renew for 2013, you’ll have the opportunity to

• Subscribe to GSA's premier journals;
• Join any number of GSA's 17 specialty Divisions;
• Affiliate with another of GSA's seven regional Sections; and
• Support students, research, and education by making a year-end contribution to the GSA Foundation.
Renew My Membership
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Red Cross
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Thanks GSA Members!
GSA Members Help Hurricane Sandy Victims
Donations from The Geological Society of America to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of Hurricane Sandy totaled $3,740.00. Your support surely made a difference in the lives of many.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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The Geology article "Discovery of ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism in the Acadian orogen, Connecticut, USA" by J.J. Ague and colleagues, published online ahead of print on 13 Dec., was covered by Our Amazing Planet on 17 Dec.

"Precisely locating the Ordovician equator in Laurentia" by J. Jin et al., a Geology article published online ahead of print on 6 Nov., was included in the "Editor's Choice" section of the 14 Dec. issue of Science.

The Geology article by A.P. Webber and colleagues, "Golden plumes: Substantial gold enrichment of oceanic crust during ridge-plume interaction," published online ahead of print on 19 Oct., was covered by Our Amazing Planet and posted on LiveScience on 26 Nov.

The November 2012 GSA Today article by D.R. Montgomery, "The evolution of creationism," is discussed in a 13 Dec. Mountain Beltway blog post.

GSA's 125th Anniversary trip to Antarctica is covered in a 10 Dec. Longmont Times-Call (Colorado, USA) article, "Longmont hobby geologist readies for trip to Antarctic Peninsula."
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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1. What does the image at left portray?

2. What did the American Geological Society change its name to on 18 Dec. 1889?

3. Born on 26 Dec. 1780, this math and science pioneer wrote both Mechanism of the Heavens and Physical Geography. Name this person.

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