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February 2014

 THE E-NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA • v. 12, no. 2

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Publications News
Meetings
Government Affairs & Public Policy
Education & Outreach
GSA Foundation News
Of Note

Calendar Close-Ups
GSA's Connected Community
GSA Guest Blog: "Speaking of Geoscience"
On the Wire…
GSA Geoscience Trivia

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PUBLICATIONS NEWS
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Hell Creek
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NEW in the GSA Store
Special Paper 503
Through the End of the Cretaceous in the Type Locality of the Hell Creek Formation in Montana and Adjacent Areas
Edited by Gregory P. Wilson, William A. Clemens, John R. Horner, and Joseph H. Hartman
The story of Hell Creek continues in this comprehensive look at recent field and laboratory research activity from this fascinating locale.
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e-books
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E-Books Galore
The GSA Store now has hundreds of Special Papers, Memoirs, Field Guides, and Reviews in Engineering Geology volumes available in PDF for download for as little as $9.99 each.
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Still only $10!
Earth Scientist's Periodic Table of Elements and Their Ions
Compiled by L. Bruce Railsback
Get lost in the absorbing detail of this giant (36 × 76-inch) wall chart and read the accompanying article from Geology that walks you through it.
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MEETINGS
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2014 Section Meetings
South-Central
17–18 March
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
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Northeastern
23–25 March
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Southeastern
10–11 April
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Early registration deadline: 10 March
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North-Central
24–25 April
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Early registration deadline: 24 March
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Rocky Mountain & Cordilleran Sections Joint Meeting
19–21 May • Bozeman, Montana, USA
Online registration begins in early March.
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Great Basin
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Penrose Conference
Extensional Reactivation of the Thrust Faults, Coseismic Surface Rupture, and Crustal Evolution in the Eastern Basin and Range Transition Zone
4–9 August • Evanston, Wyoming, USA
Registration deadline: 4 April
Conveners: Michael W. West, Stephen A. Sonnenberg, Paul M. Santi, and Tarka Wilcox.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
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GSA Submits Testimony on Federal Travel Restrictions
On 28 Jan., GSA gave testimony to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on the benefits of scientific conferences.
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Science Sees Increases in FY14
The appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) was signed into law on 17 Jan. and provides increases for most science agencies over FY13 levels.
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"Energy from the Earth" Briefing Series
GSA has joined with a number of other scientific societies to hold a series of congressional briefings highlighting the vital geoscience information needed for effective policy making on topical energy issues.
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EDUCATION & OUTREACH
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mentors
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Mentor the Next Generation of Geoscientists
Are you an applied geoscientist? Our students need YOU!
Be a mentor in either the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geology or the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program for one or more GSA Section Meetings.
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ExxonMobil logo
Bighorn Basin Field Camp
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Get into the Field with GSA and ExxonMobil!
Application deadline: 18 April
Applications are now being accepted for our GSA/ExxonMobil Field Awards. You may receive a $2,000 scholarship toward your field camp, a $10,000 award to help operate your field camp, or a one-week, all-expenses-paid field seminar in the Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming, USA.
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GeoVentures
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GSA GeoVentures
Teaching Teachers to Teach Your Kids!
Do you have a child who is currently taking a K–12 earth-science class? Do their teachers know about the resources that GSA has available for them? GSA's GeoVentures and Field Camp programs offer teachers the opportunity get out into the field — this summer, we're going to Australia, Hawaii, the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Illinois Basin, and Mammoth Cave. Teachers earn CEUs, collect samples for their classrooms, and study geology in spectacular locations.
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GSA FOUNDATION NEWS
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On To The Future!
Success! The debut On To the Future program helped more than 120 students from underrepresented backgrounds attend their first GSA annual meeting! Your gift will ensure that On To the Future brings 125 more students to the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. Thank you!
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"On To the Future gave me an opportunity among the best learning and networking occasions I have had. The Pardee symposium lectures about spirit of exploration inspired me a lot because I know what adventures and answers await me after the hard work. … The diversity reception and Women in Geology meeting assured me I won’t be alone and there are people like me who are more than willing to help me." — Tanvi C
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OF NOTE
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InTeGrate
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InTeGrate
InTeGrate ("Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future") increases students' Earth literacy so they can apply new skills and knowledge to the resource and environmental issues faced by society. InTeGrate offers grants of up to $50,000 to institutions to develop programs modeling innovative ways of (1) increasing the number and diversity of students developing Earth literacy; and/or (2) preparing a diverse workforce to bring geosciences to bear in addressing societal issues (application deadline: 28 March). InTeGrate also offers numerous workshops, including a 14–16 May course, "Teaching about Risk and Resilience: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Earthquakes" (application deadline: 1 March).
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Yosemite Conservatory
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Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures
How does exploring geology in the world's best classroom, Yosemite National Park, sound? Since 1923, Yosemite Conservancy has been Yosemite National Park’s non-profit partner in education, fundraising, and research. Each year, they assemble a series of outdoor seminars that connect people to the park in order to help build an informed, literate constituency for Yosemite and other wild places.
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CALENDAR CLOSE-UPS
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2014 AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition
Ideas and Innovation: Fuel for the Energy Capital
6–9 April 2014 • Houston, Texas, USA
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International Petroleum Technology Conference
Innovation and Collaboration: Keys to Affordable Energy
10–12 Dec. 2014 • Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Abstract deadline: 28 Feb.
GSA is a partnering organization.
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View more upcoming meetings on our geoscience calendar page.
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GSA's CONNECTED COMMUNITY
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Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration
Complete your profile in the new GSA member directory, and invite your colleagues to do the same. Search member profiles and build your GSA network. Post questions and comments to the Open Forum discussion. Read member-contributed posts on a variety of topics ranging from public policy to geo-tourism. Log in to the community to get started.
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GSA GUEST BLOG: "SPEAKING OF GEOSCIENCE"
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New Blog Series
2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecturer
GSA is proud to announce the 2014 International Lecturer: Marjorie A. Chan. Chan is professor of geology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In the coming months, "Speaking of Geoscience" will feature a series of dispatches from Chan as she travels to India, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.

"Speaking of Geoscience" is GSA's guest blog. Learn more about becoming a guest blogger.
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ON THE WIRE …
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GSA IN THE NEWS
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Discover Magazine's Top Stories of 2013 includes #88: When continents collide, based on Geology science by J.C. Duarte et al., "Are subduction zones invading the Atlantic? Evidence from the southwest Iberia margin," which was first published online on 6 June 2013.

The Feb. 2014 GSA Today Groundwork article, "The geoscience community’s obligation to its 'Last Great Hope': Do geology graduates understand human transformations of Earth systems?," by K.E. Schmeisser and P.K. Doss, was featured in a 24 Jan. UANEWS article.

The Feb. 2014 GSA Today science article, "Boulders of the Vastitas Borealis Formation: Potential origin and implications for an ancient martian ocean," by L. Moscardelli, is covered in a 4 Feb. Science 2.0 post.

A 24 Jan. LiveScience article covers the Geology article, "Biomarkers heat up during earthquakes: New evidence of seismic slip in the rock record," by H.M. Savage et al., which as posted online ahead of print on 6 Jan. 2014. The LiveScience article was redistributed by Yahoo! News.

A 27 Jan. Science 2.0 article covers the Geology article. "Order of magnitude increase in subducted H2O due to hydrated normal faults within the Wadati-Benioff zone, by T. Garth and A. Rietbrock, which was published online ahead of print on 10 Jan. 2014. The paper was also covered by LiveScience, Yahoo! News, and the Latin Post on 28 Jan.

A 3 Feb. LiveScience article (redistributed by Yahoo! News Canada on 4 Feb.) and a 4 Feb. Scientific American online article cover Geology science by R.D. Storrar et al., "Increased channelization of subglacial drainage during deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet," which was posted online ahead of print on 10 Jan. 2014.

A 4 Feb. The Australian article highlights Geology science by S. Turner et al., "Heading down early on? Start of subduction on Earth," which was published online ahead of print on 6 Jan. 2014.

A 4 Feb. LiveScience article covers the Geology article, "Seismic evidence for a crustal magma reservoir beneath the upper east rift zone of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii," by G. Lin et al., which was posted online ahead of print on 10 Jan. 2014.

A 6 Feb. LiveScience article covers Geology science by A. Pérez-Fodich et al., "Climate change and tectonic uplift triggered the formation of the Atacama Desert's giant nitrate deposits," which was posted online ahead of print on 10 Jan 2014.
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PRESS RELEASES ISSUED BY GSA
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PRESS RELEASES RECEIVED
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GSA GEOSCIENCE TRIVIA
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trivia
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1. For a brief time, the Mississippi River flowed backward, due to what geologic event?

2. The La Brea Tar Pits, which is one of the greatest known fossil repositories in California, features many examples of California's state fossil. What is it?

3. In geology, to what do the terms "jelly sandwich" and "crème brûlée" refer?

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