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P1. Erosion: Processes, Rates, and New Measuring Techniques

Hickory Run Boulder Field
Hickory Run Boulder Field, western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Click on photo for larger image and detailed caption (55KB).

Sponsored by GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Mon., 23 Oct., 8 a.m.-noon

Frank Pazzaglia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Paul Bierman, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Milan Pavich, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The number and importance of erosion rate studies is growing rapidly as new and established techniques are applied to the study of tectonics, climate change, sedimentary budgets, and human impacts on the landscape. Geological studies of landscape evolution are becoming increasingly diverse, generating a growing need for members of diverse disciplines to speak directly to one another about how rocks raised above sea level erode, and at what rates. Approaches ranging from investigations of the role of microbial activity in mineral dissolution to the influence of glaciation on erosion rates and sediment budgets will be encompassed in this Pardee Keynote Symposium that combines an oral session with invited speakers, a poster session of contributed papers, and a one-day field trip during the meeting to the nearby Hickory Run boulder field.