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T1 top The Peopling of the New World: Geology, Archaeology, and Paleoenvironments
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Society for American Archaeology
Vance T. Holliday, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The session will focus on the environments, landscapes, and archaeology of North and South America in the late Pleistocene (ca. 30,000-10,000 years B.P.) as they relate to the earliest arrival of humans on both continents. ORAL
Archaeological Geology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T2 top Geoarchaeology of Historic and Urban Sites
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
David L. Cremeens, GAI Consultants, Inc., Monroeville, PA; Julie K. Stein, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The goal of the session is to bring together geoarchaeologists, historical archaeologists, and historians to discuss geoarchaeological concepts and practices as applied to historic and urban archaeological sites. ORAL
Archaeological Geology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Engineering Geology
T3 top Impending Disaster-The Impact of Population Growth on Water Availability and Quality
U.S. National Committee for the Geological Sciences; U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Grant Heiken, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM; Patrick Leahy, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA; Farouk El-Baz, Boston University, Boston, MA
This session will provide the framework in which geoscientists work to support supplies of potable water to the world's cities. ORAL
Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology; Hydrogeology
T4 top Mathematical Modeling of Earth Surface Processes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Robert S. Young, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; Orrin H. Pilkey, Duke University, Durham, NC
Mathematical models are heavily relied upon for public policy decision making, but decision makers are often unaware of model shortcomings. This session aims to provide a forum for discussion of similar problems in widely varying fields, approaches for overcoming model shortcomings, and practical limits of model applications. ORAL
Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology; Public Policy
T5 top Terroir, Geology, and Wine: A Tribute to Simon J. Haynes
Society of Economic Geologists
Lawrence D. Meinert, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Papers are encouraged on any aspect of Terroir-the interplay of wine and geology, including the impact of soils, bedrock, hydrology, GIS, and climatology. This session follows a premeeting field trip to examine outstanding vineyards, wineries, and terroir of Washington State. ORAL
Economic Geology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T6 top Geology of Salmon
David R. Montgomery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The geology of salmon ranges from paleontological evidence for their evolution and radiation to changes in their abundance due to climate change and habitat loss, and the role of geomorphological disturbance processes in population dynamics. ORAL
Environmental Geoscience; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Paleontology/Paleobotany
T7 top Geologists in the U.S. Peace Corps: The Contribution of Peace Corps Geologists to International Development and the Contribution of the Peace Corps Experience to the Development of the Geosciences in America
GSA International Division; Association of Geoscientists for International Development; U.S. Peace Corps; Ghana Geological Survey; U.S. Geological Survey
Robert A. Levich, Las Vegas, NV; R. Stephen Saunders, NASA, Arlington, VA; Ernest W. Kendall, Seabrook, TX
Contributions of American Peace Corps geologists to developing nations and the international community and the effect of Peace Corps service on the careers of American geologists and the geologic profession. This session will also explore whether the U.S. Peace Corps should continue to send geologists to serve in the developing world. ORAL
Public Policy
T8 top The Role of Geology in the Management of Public and Private Western Temperate Forest Lands
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Wendy J. Gerstel, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA; Matthew J. Brunengo, Portland, OR
This session assembles current research and case studies on the application of geologic and geomorphic mapping and modeling as tools in habitat assessment and locating and designing structures, recreational facilities, and resource extraction activities on forested lands. ORAL and POSTER
Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Engineering Geology; Environmental Geoscience
T9 top The Proposed Deep Geologic Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Attributes of the Natural System
U.S. Department of Energy
Ronald M. Linden, Las Vegas, NV; Robert A. Levich, Las Vegas, NV; Ardyth Simmons, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
Aspects of the natural system relevant to the siting and safe operation of the proposed high-level waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Topics include regional geology, site geology, tectonics and tectonic hazards, climate, unsaturated zone hydrology, saturated zone hydrology, rock geochemistry, and factors affecting radionuclide transport. ORAL
Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience
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