Pardee Keynote Symposia

Technical Program Schedule

Topical Sessions

Pardee Keynote Symposia

Special Sessions


GoogleEarth-based geologic map
Cover of April/May 2010 GSA Today: Westward-looking view of a Google Earth–based geologic map of the mountain of Knock Kilbride, Ireland. (Click on image to enlarge.)
1. Digital Geology Speed-Dating: an Innovative Coupling of Interactive Presentations and Hands-On Workshop (Digital Posters)
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Declan G. De Paor, Steven Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey
This is a new style of Pardee Keynote Symposium, where six simultaneous presentations will occur at adjacent digital poster stations. Presentation topics will include: digital field work, GigaPan imaging, KML and Google Earth API scripting, Digital data portals and dynamic digital maps, 3D COLLADA models and Google SketchUp, and Virtual field experiences and Google Earth tours. Six active participants will be invited to sit in front of each station with laptops and directly engage with the material being presented. Participants will rotate to a new station every half hour. Standing room for observers will be available behind the seated participants.
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Monday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Hall B
Gale Crater, Mars Mars Rover
Gale Crater, Mars. Oblique view with vertical exaggeration. (Click on image to enlarge.) Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS. Artist rendering of the new Mars Rover, Curiosity. (Click on the image to enlarge.) Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
2. Mars Rover Curiosity: Geoscience in Gale Crater
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Robert C. Anderson
This session will provide an overview of Gale Crater and provide new insights on the major advances in understanding the geologic histories of Mars.
Monday, 8 a.m.–noon, Ballroom Division B
Baffin Island

Sirmilik National Park, Baffin Island, Canada. The diverse geology in this park includes evidence of scouring by the Laurentide Ice Sheet. NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz of the MODIS Rapid Response Team taken 2 Oct. 2008. (Click on image to enlarge.)

3. Meltwater Production from Source (Ice Margins) to Sink (Ocean); Magnitude, Chronology, and Significance
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
B. Brandon Curry, Eric C. Carson
By affecting terrestrial landscapes, oceans, and climate, ice sheets are key components of the Earth System. Meltwater is an important connection between terrestrial ice and the sea, and yet little is known regarding the timing and magnitude of large deglacial floods and their relevance to sea level change, sea surface temperature, and salinity. Talks in this symposium will address the current understanding of meltwater from source to sink, including ice margins, proglacial lakes, rivers, and oceans. We will focus on the last deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet and its effects on ocean salinity, surface temperature, and eustatic sea level.
Tuesday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Ballroom Division B
4. Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Water Resources in the United States
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Avner Vengosh, Brian W. Stewart, Jennifer C. McIntosh, Susan L. Brantley
Advances in drilling technologies and production strategies such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have significantly improved the production of natural gas by stimulating the flow of gas and liquids to and from wells. Yet new research is highlighting the need to make shale-gas extraction as sustainable as possible. This Pardee Symposium addresses the key issues related to the possible impacts of shale gas development on water resources in the U.S and includes the key scholars from the academia and industry who will present their often debated prospective on the possible effects on the quantity and quality of water resources.
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–noon, Ballroom Division B
5. Supercontinent Cycles through Earth History
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
A. Krishna Sinha, Kent Condie, Robert D. Hatcher
Geologic framework of Supercontinent Cycles through Earth's history: Implications of tectonic, petrologic, geochronologic and biologic processes.
Monday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Ballroom Division B
Yukon River, Alaska
USGS scientists studying old organic carbon in the Yukon River, Alaska, USA. Image courtesy USGS: (Click on image to enlarge.)
6. Understanding Earth through Carbon
Deep Carbon Observatory
Craig M. Schiffries, Robert M. Hazen, Russell J. Hemley
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is an international, interdisciplinary, decade-long initiative to improve our knowledge of the deep carbon cycle and foster a fundamental understanding of Earth through carbon. This session addresses DCO's goals: (1) To improve our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions found in planetary interiors; (2) To identify the principal deep carbon reservoirs and fluxes and to assess Earth?s total carbon budget; (3) To document the nature, sources, and evolution of subsurface organic molecules, including hydrocarbons and biomolecules; and (4) To assess the nature and extent of the deep microbial biosphere.
Wednesday, 8 a.m.–noon, Ballroom Division B