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Final Announcement

Northeastern Section, GSA

41st Annual Meeting

20-22 March 2006 • Camp Hill/Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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The 2006 meeting of the GSA Northeastern Section will be joined by the Association for Women Geoscientists, Council on Undergraduate Research, the Pander Society, the Northeastern Section of the Paleontological Society, and the Eastern Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Hosts are geoscientists from Dickinson College, Bloomsburg University, Franklin and Marshall College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg Area Geological Society, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Susquehanna University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The meeting will be at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, just across the Susquehanna River from downtown Harrisburg. We will meet in the heart of the classic Appalachian Ridge and Valley Province, in proximity to the Mesozoic basins and Piedmont in Pennsylvania.


Online registration is now closed. Registration will re-open on site in Harrisburg (click here for on-site hours).

Registration is required for those attending technical sessions, field trips, short courses, and the exhibits hall. Guest registration is intended for nongeologist spouses or friends and does not include attendance at technical sessions, field trips, or short courses. Students and K-12 teachers must show a current ID at check-in to obtain special rates.

GSA will be distributing all badges at the meeting registration desk, so badges will NOT be mailed to you prior to the meeting.

Registration Fees Early Standard
Full meeting One day Full meeting One day
Professional Member $135 $85 $165 $105
Professional Member (70+) $65 $45 $95 $65
Professional Nonmember $155 $105 $185 $135
Student Member $45 $35 $65 $55
Student Nonmember $55 $45 $75 $65
K-12 Professional $45 $30 $55 $40
Guest or Spouse $30 $15 $40 $25
Field Trip or Short Course Only $30 $30 $30 $30
Prices noted are in US$

On-site Registration and Badge Pickup Schedule

On-site registration will be in the Radisson Penn Harris Conference Center Lobby.

Radisson Penn Harris Conference Center Lobby
Sunday, 19 March4-8 p.m.
Monday, 20 March7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, 21 March7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, 22 March7-11 a.m.

All requests for additions, changes, and cancellations must be made in writing to GSA Headquarters and received by 20 Feb. 2006. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after this date, and no refunds for on-site registration, the Abstracts with Programs book, and on-site ticket sales.



The primary hotel (Radisson Penn Harris Hotel) is full for Monday night, and nearly full for Sunday and Tuesday nights.

Radisson Penn Harris should tell "overflow people" who call for reservations about the Hampton Inn Harrisburg West (717-691-1300). The Hampton Inn is about 4 mi S of the Radisson on US 15, just N of the PA Turnpike on the SE side of the Rossmoyne Exit from US 15 (click here for map).

The Hampton Inn has agreed to honor the rate we have with the Radisson, which is $102 + tax per night, and take up to 4 persons per room. You should identify yourself as attending the NE Geological Society of America meeting at the Radisson Penn Harris and tell them you are "overflow."

Let me know if there's a problem with this arrangement so that I can get back to Radisson folks. I recognize that this isn't good for those who haven’t reserved a room yet, but it bodes well for a good meeting.

Noel Potter
General Chair
NE GSA Meeting, 2006

A large block of rooms at a special rate of US$102 per night, excluding tax, has been reserved at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011-3734, USA. This rate is the same for up to four persons per room. Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations, which can be made by calling the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel at +1-717-763-7117 or +1-800-333-3333. You MUST identify yourself as attending the Northeastern GSA meeting to get the discounted room rates. The room block will be held until 17 February. Reserve early to be sure you have a room.

Conference organizers have attempted to keep costs as low as possible. In doing so, we have anticipated filling our reserved room block at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel as a way of minimizing meeting room costs. Please help us meet our budget, and make your own stay less hectic, by staying at the Radisson Hotel. If you stay at the Radisson Hotel, but do not reserve a room through the Radisson reservation phone numbers above, please make this known to Noel Potter so that we may count your room toward the room quota.

Save $$ on Travel and Housing — Use the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board to arrange carpools and/or roomates.

Accommodations for Registrants with Special Needs

GSA is committed to ensuring full participation for conference attendees with disabilities at all events. Every attempt is made for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have special requirements, please check the appropriate box on the meeting registration form. For more information, please contact Noel Potter ( or the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel. A limited number of especially accessible hotel rooms are available and can be reserved when making your reservation, but this is best done early. Requests for special accommodations should be received by 13 Feb. 2006.

Harrisburg Area Map
Click on image for interactive map.


The Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center is located at 1150 Camp Hill Bypass in Camp Hill, just across the Susquehanna River from downtown Harrisburg via the Harvey Taylor Bridge: exit at Erford Road and turn south to the hotel. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, use Exit 236 and follow US-15 north to the hotel; from the south on I-81, use Exit 59 to PA-581, and then exit north to Camp Hill via US-15 to the hotel; from the northeast on I-81, use Exit 65 south (Enola), and follow US-15 through four lights (~4 miles), turn right at the fifth light (Walnut Street), and go straight through two more lights to the hotel, which will be on the right.

Harrisburg is served by long-distance bus lines (Trailways and Greyhound) and Amtrak rail. Harrisburg International Airport is 10 miles (16 km) south of Harrisburg, and rental cars and taxis are available there. The Radisson provides complimentary van service to and from Harrisburg International Airport and the Harrisburg Amtrak station.

Save $$ on Travel and Housing — Use the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board to arrange carpools and/or roomates.



The abstracts submission deadline was 13 December 2005. Abstracts were submitted for theme and general discipline sessions in both oral and poster format. Volunteered papers are considered for any general discipline or theme session as listed on the GSA abstracts form. An individual may be presenter for only one volunteered paper (except for symposia and invited papers for theme sessions) but may be co-author on any number of abstracts. Those invited for symposia may present an additional paper. If you have questions regarding your abstract, please contact Nancy Carlson, Papers based on undergraduate research will be identified as such in the program, and both oral and poster papers by undergraduates will be merged with other papers on related topics.

Oral Sessions

Except in special sessions, speakers will have 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion. One laptop computer using Windows XP (no Macs available) and PowerPoint 2003, one LCD projector, and one screen will be provided for all oral sessions. Speakers may not use their own laptop computers for presentations. If a Mac was used to produce the presentation, the speaker should run it on one of the ready-room laptops to see if it works properly. Slide projectors, overhead projectors, and multiple screens will not be available. If you have any special requests you MUST contact the AV coordinator, Duane Braun,, by 20 Feb. 2006. PowerPoint presentations may be e-mailed in before or during the meeting or brought on CD or USB memory stick to the AV technician in the speaker ready room, Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center, Keystone Room A. Detailed instructions on how to load a presentation will be e-mailed to presenters with abstract acceptance notices.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions allow at least three hours of display time. Presenters must be present for two hours of that time. All posters must fit on a single 8' × 4' display board. Electrical and network connections will not be available. Display boards will accommodate either Velcro or push pins.

Technical Sessions

 top Symposium

1. Pander Society Symposium: Conodonts in Sequence Stratigraphy, Evolution, Deposition, and Correlation.
D. Jeffrey Over, State University of New York at Geneseo, +1-585-245-5291.

 top Theme Sessions

Technical Program Schedule1. Advances in Mineralogy: From Field Association to Phase Equilibria.
David Bailey, Hamilton College, +1-315-859-4142; Marian Lupulescu, New York State Museum, +1-518-474-1432.
2. Coastal Change: Natural and Anthropogenic Process-Response Systems. Sponsored by Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Allen Gontz, University of Massachusetts-Boston, +1-781-812-1684; Dan Belknap, University of Maine-Orono, +1-207-581-2159.
3. Meltwater Discharge Events from Proglacial and Subglacial Environments: Landforms, Deposits, and Processes.
Andrew Kozlowski, Susquehanna University,, +1-570-372-4215.
4. History of Geology: Evolution of Thought Regarding the Appalachians.
Sarah E. Newcomb, +1-301-622-0177; William R. Brice, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, +1-814-269-2942.
5. Forensic Geology: Practical Geologic Experiences that Helped CSIs. Sponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division.
Susan D. Halsey, Admiral Coastal Consulting,, +1-609-731-6380.
6. Paleosol Environments from Across the Landscape. Sponsored by Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Jennifer Elick, Susquehanna University, +1-570-372-4214; Todd D. Grote, Shippensburg University, +1-717-477-1509.
7. From Pleistocene to Present: Landscape Dynamics of the Susquehanna River Basin and Chesapeake Bay.
Chris Williams, Franklin and Marshall College, +1-717-291-3814.
8. Seismology of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.
John E. Ebel, Weston Observatory, Boston College, +1-617-552-3399; Frank A. Revetta, State University of New York at Potsdam, +1-315-267-2289.
9. Bringing Geoscience to the Community.
Laura Guertin, Pennsylvania State University-Delaware County, +1-610-892-1427.
10. New Developments in the Late Quaternary History and Climate of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.
Robert Dineen, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, +1-610-286-2888.
11. Time Slices Across the Appalachians: Tectonic and Depositional Settings of Cambro-Ordovician Rocks in the Appalachian Orogen.
Craig Dietsch, University of Cincinnati, +1-513-556-2547.
12. Time Slices Across the Appalachians: Tectonic Settings of Silurian-Devonian Igneous Rocks in the Appalachian Orogen.
Sandra Barr, Acadia University, +1-902-585-1340; Cees van Staal, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa; David Gibson, University of Maine-Farmington, +1-207-778-7402; John Hogan, University of Missouri-Rolla, +1-573-341-6935; David West, Jr., Middlebury College, +1-802-443-3476.
13. Time Slices Across the Appalachians: Role of the Rheic Ocean in the Development of the Appalachian Orogen.
Damian Nance, Ohio University, +1-740-593-1107; Duncan Keppie, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, +1-525-622-4288.
14. Time Slices Across the Appalachians: Tectonic and Depositional Settings of Alleghanian-Aged Rocks.
Rodger Faill, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, +1-717-702-2041.
15. Rates and Processes of Appalachian Erosion.
Milan Pavich, U.S. Geological Survey, +1-703-648-6963.
16. Applied Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology for the 21st Century.
Martin Helmke, West Chester University,, +1-610-436-2727.
17. Successes in K-16 Geoscience Education (POSTERS ONLY).
Jeb Baxter, Harrisburg Area Community College, +1-717-780-2395; Ron Dowey, Harrisburg Area Community College, +1-717-780-2393.
18. Oil and Gas in the Appalachian Basin. Sponsored by Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Langhorn "Taury" Smith, New York State Museum, +1-518-474-2469; Rich Nyahay, New York State Museum, +1-518-486-2161; John Harper, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, +1-412-442-4230.
19. Metamorphic Rocks and Shear Zones: Stitching Together Appalachian Terranes.
Gary Solar, Buffalo State University, +1-716-878-4900; David Valentino, State University of New York at Oswego, +1-315-312-2798.
20. Issues with Acid Mine Drainage in the Appalachians.
Ryan Mathur, Juniata College, +1-814-641-3725; Duff Gold, Pennsylvania State University, +1-814-865-7261.
21. Falling Ground: Landslides, Sinkholes, and Other Collapse Processes.
Robert Fakundiny, New York State Geologic Survey, +1-518-486-2002.
22. Contaminants in Groundwater and Surface Water of the Northeast: From Arsenic to Xylene.
Steve Peters, Lehigh University, +1-610-758-3957.
23. Current Applications of Geochemistry to Marine Paleoecology. Sponsored by Northeastern Section, Paleontological Society.
Lisa Amati, State University of New York at Potsdam, +1-315-267-3482.
24. Current Research on the Allegheny Plateau.
Rachel O'Brien, Allegheny College, +1-814-332-2875; Eric Straffin, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, +1-814-732-1574.


All short courses have been canceled. For more information, contact Noel Potter,


All field trips are now full.
Please call GSA Sales and Service (+1-888-443-4472, option 3) if you'd like to get on the waiting list.

All field trips will depart from and return to the front of the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center. Field trip coordinators are Andy DeWet,, and Zeshan Ismat,, of Franklin and Marshall College, but for detailed information, please contact individual field trip leaders. Fees include transportation, guidebook, and, for all-day field trips, lunch.

If the field trip is cancelled by the GSA NE Section, the fee will be refunded except for $15 for the cost of the Field Guide. Field Guides may be picked up at the Registration Desk.

1. Cambrian Microbial Reefs, LWB Quarry, York County, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Eastern Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Sun., 19 Mar., 12:30-5 p.m.
Carol de Wet, Franklin and Marshall College, +1-717-291-4388.
Much of the central Appalachian region's Cambro-Ordovician carbonate section is dolomitized or structurally deformed, but in York County, Pennsylvania, an exceptionally well-preserved microbial reef complex retains its original calcite mineralogy, revealing bedded microbial strata, stromatolites, and fibrous submarine cements filling a network of primary depositional cavities. Numerous features indicative of deposition on an active subtidal shelf margin will be shown (slump structures, truncation features, intraclast and breccia beds), and new mechanisms will be proposed to help interpret the formation and infill of the meter-scale cavities. Limit: 20. Cost: US$20 for professionals; US$15 for students.
2. Pleistocene to Present Landscape and Stream Evolution in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Implications for Restoring Streams.
Sun., 19 Mar., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
3. Nappe Mechanics and Changing Tectonic Patterns in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Sun., 19 Mar., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Don Wise, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, +1-423-253-5342; G. Robert Ganis, Consulting Geologist.
This field trip will examine the tectonic style, transport, and development of Taconic nappe structures from central Lancaster County northwestward into Dauphin County. Excellent exposures in three quarries (Prospect, Rheems, and Steelton) will be visited as well as several classic localities, including Chickies Rock. Limit: 80. Cost: US$50 for professionals; US$40 for students.
4. Karst Subsidence Problems along Bushkill Creek, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Sun., 19 Mar., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bill Kochanov, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, +1-717-702-2033.
This field trip will examine the karst geology of area around Bushkill and Schoeneck Creeks discuss incredible series events starting in fall 2000 that resulted failure two bridges as well damage to local community Brookwood; a classic case history. There also be stop Hershey an excellent exposure Ordovician-aged carbonates visit Chocolate World. Limit: 40. Cost: US$50 for professionals; US$40 students.
5. From Rocks to Roads: The Geology of a Mineral Aggregates Quarry, Rohrer's Quarry, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (for K-12 Teachers). Sponsored by Rohrer's Quarry Inc.
Sun., 19 Mar., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
6. A Sampling of Conodont-Bearing Strata in the Central Appalachians. Sponsored by Pander Society.
Sun., 19 Mar., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
John Repetski, U.S. Geological Survey, +1-703-648-5486.
This trip will visit stops in the folded Appalachians, about a two-hour drive west of Harrisburg, in the following intervals: (A) upper Lower to Upper Ordovician, (B) Upper Silurian and Lower Devonian, and (C) upper Mississippian, with an opportunity to examine a broad variety of Laurentian carbonate lithofacies and collect conodont samples from these strata. Limit: 20. Cost: US$50 for professionals; US$40 for students.
7. Acid Drainage Problems at Skytop, Pennsylvania.
Sun., 19 Mar., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Duff Gold, Pennsylvania State University; Ryan Mathur; Larry Mutti, Juniata College, Pennsylvania; Arnold Doden, GMRE, Inc., State College, Pennsylvania, +1-814-641-3725.
On this trip, we will visit outcrops containing epigenetic and syngenetic pyrite (along with other sulfide minerals) in Paleozoic rocks between Lewistown and State College. The leaders will discuss how mineralization may have occurred and the current problems of and possible resolutions for these acid-generating rocks. Limit: 40. Cost: US$50 for professionals; US$40 for students.



Mentor Programs
Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon.-Tues., 20-21 Mar., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Veranda Room, Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center.
This is a chance for students to discuss career opportunities and challenges with professional geoscientists from multiple disciplines. Plan to attend both free luncheons to hear different presenters each day. Students will receive FREE LUNCH tickets in their registration packet to attend both Shlemon Programs. However, space is limited: first come, first served. For further information, contact Karlon Blythe.
John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon., 20 Mar., 5-6:30 p.m. Veranda Room, Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center.
This early evening event presents mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates with interest in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career to interact and network with practicing hydrogeologic professionals. This program is a focused, small-scale event that features a free pizza dinner for participants. Students will receive a ticket to attend the Mann Program event in their registration packets, but space is limited: first come, first served. For further information, contact Karlon Blythe.
Student travel grants

Application deadline: 1 March 2006

Travel grants are available from GSA's Northeastern Section in cooperation with the GSA Foundation. Grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are GSA Members, currently enrolled in Northeastern Section schools, and are presenting oral or poster papers at this meeting. Applications are available through Stephen Pollock, secretary-treasurer of GSA's Northeastern Section,


Click on "Area Information" on the Radisson Penn Harris Web site, to view a wide variety of Web links to area attractions, including Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster County, and Gettysburg.


Reservation and payment deadline: 20 February 2006

Exhibits will be located in the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom South. This space is centrally located with considerable exposure to meeting crowds. Exhibit rates are US$100 for nonprofit organizations and US$200 for others. Booth space will include an 8' × 10' space with draped framing, one table, one chair, and a header sign. Electricity is US$60 extra for the meeting. To reserve booth space and to make other arrangements, contact the exhibits coordinators: Michelle Curry,, or Anne Lutz,


The organizing committee is actively seeking sponsorship for this conference from government and corporate agencies. Sponsors will be recognized during the meeting and acknowledged in the printed program and on meeting Web sites. Those interested in sponsoring an event, AV equipment, coffee breaks, or making a donation to the general fund of the conference should contact Bob Ganis, treasurer,


More information can be found at the Dickinson College Department of Geology (click on the 2006 NEGSA Meeting link).

You may also contact the general meeting chair, Noel Potter,