Topical Sessions

Topical Sessions

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Discipline Sessions

These sessions are topically focused, with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. They are sorted by primary discipline, but most sessions are designed to be interdisciplinary. Related disciplines are listed with each session.


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Sessions where Discipline Category = Planetary Geology

T1. Curiosity at Gale—Past and Present Environments of Mars
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Kenneth S. Edgett, Juergen S. Schieber, Linda C. Kah
Mars exploration is revealing a wealth of information regarding the early evolution of the terrestrial planets. We encourage contributions focused on geology in Gale crater via data collected by the Curiosity Rover and orbiting spacecraft.
Planetary Geology | Sediments, Clastic | Geomorphology
T2. From the Sahara to Mars and Beyond: The History and Future of Aeolian Research (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Society for Aeolian Research; Society for Sedimentary Research; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division
Nicholas Lancaster, Alan F. Halfen
Ralph A. Bagnold explored the deserts of Libya more than 75 years ago and effectively created the field of modern aeolian science, which today extends millions of miles beyond the dunes of the Sahara to Mars. This session will explore the history of aeolian research and highlight current advances and future research avenues within the field through a mixture of presentations by internationally renowned career scientists, early-career scientists, and students.
Quaternary Geology | Sediments, Clastic | Planetary Geology
T4. Geologic Mapping of Planetary Bodies across the Solar System
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Debra L. Buczkowski, Danielle Y. Wyrick
We encourage abstract submissions related to the description of the geologic mapping (and subsequent analysis) of solid solar system bodies, including the terrestrial planets, moons, and asteroids.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | Stratigraphy
T5. Impact Cratering in the Solar System: Fire to Ice—Vacuum to Atmospheres
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Jeffrey B. Plescia, Christian Koeberl, Mark B. Boslough
This session focuses on the nature of impacts, with terrestrial craters providing ground-truth for the interpretation of planetary craters. Contributions regarding morphology, shock processes, materials, modeling, impactor evolution, and airburst phenomena are solicited. Comparisons of cratering among planets are encouraged.
Planetary Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geochemistry
T6. Landscape Evolution on the Terrestrial Planets: The G.K. Gilbert Award Session
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Robert C. Anderson
We encourage abstracts on the description and evolution of planetary landscapes related to fluvial geomorphic processes, meteorite bombardment, and sublimation, including modeling and terrestrial analogs. Oral presentations will be given by the awardee, colleagues, and former students.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | No Selection
T7. Lunar Water from Surface to the Interior: Origin and Distribution
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Y. Liu, Francis McCubbin, Lawrence A. Taylor
This session seeks to bring together diverse aspects of lunar water research and promote discussion of resent results of lunar water studies from surface to the interior.
Planetary Geology | Geochemistry | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T10. The Surprising Innermost Planet
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Carolyn M. Ernst, Brett W. Denevi
Orbital observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft have shown that Mercury is unusual among the terrestrial planets in many respects. This session will showcase findings from recent geological, geochemical, and geophysical investigations of Mercury's surface and interior.
Planetary Geology | No Selection | No Selection
T11. Topics in Planetary Geology (Posters)
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn, Robert C. Anderson
The wide diversity of solar system bodies encompasses a broad range of geological processes and histories. We encourage submissions of poster abstracts on topics of current interest in the field of planetary geology.
Planetary Geology | No Selection | No Selection
T12. Voyager to New Horizons: Exploring Surface and Interior Processes of Icy Worlds
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Emily S. Martin, D. Alex Patthoff, Simon A. Kattenhorn
We invite abstracts relating to surface processes, structural and tectonic processes, interiors, and thermal evolution of icy satellites, KBOs, and planetary analogs. This includes experimental, observational, and theoretical modeling approaches.
Planetary Geology | Structural Geology | Tectonics
T65. Lakes and Lake Deposits on Earth and Mars
GSA Limnogeology Division
Johan Varekamp, Nathalie Cabrol
Remote sensing and observer data indicate that lake deposits are common on Mars. We invite papers on comparative paleolimnology between Mars and Earth: sediment mineralogy, lake water geochemistry, and modern terrestrial analogs for Mars lakes.
Limnogeology | Planetary Geology | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T192. Volcanic/Tectonic Processes and Their Interactions on Rocky Planets and Moons
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn, Danielle Wyrick
We invite abstracts on the mapping or modeling of volcanic and tectonic features on rocky solar system bodies, including terrestrial analogs, emphasizing volcanic/tectonic interaction and resultant structural and geomorphological evolution of rocky planets and moons.
Tectonics | Volcanology | Planetary Geology