Flagstaff lies at 7,000 feet (~2100 m) elevation on the southern edge of the geologically world-class Colorado Plateau, near the southern margin of the young and active San Francisco volcanic field. The city is located just north of the Transition Zone and Basin and Range provinces, including the tourist destination of Sedona one hour away. The Grand Canyon is a 1.5-hour drive north of Flagstaff, and numerous geologically significant national parks and monuments are scattered across the region. We devised a diverse technical program and field trips that explore the geology of the Southwest and span from modern to ancient processes, and from environmental problems to tectonics, geophysics, paleontology, climate, education, and more. We include sessions on planetary geology and Southwest rivers that build on the strong legacy and current expertise of the local U.S. Geological Survey. Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University (NAU) and its School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. We are holding the meeting in mid-May immediately after the NAU school year, while the weather is good on the Plateau and in the Transition Zone. Weather in May in Flagstaff includes highs in the 60s and 70s (15–25° C) and cool nights; rain is unusual but can occur.
DoubleTree by Hilton
1175 West Route 66
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001, USA
Housing Deadline: 26 April
A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton, the meeting venue. The meeting rate is US$159 per night plus tax for single and double occupancy, US$143 for government rate. Reservations should be made by calling the DoubleTree directly at +1-928-773-8888 (local). Attendees should reference the group code “Geological Society of America.”