Geological Society of America 2004 Annual Meeting

August 27, 2004

Boulder, CO - More than 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in Denver Nov. 7-10 for "Geoscience in a Changing World," the 116th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Nearly 250 symposia, topical sessions, and discipline-specific sessions will cover a wide variety of topics.

I. Technical Program Highlights

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC Ballroom 2/3

Leading scientists associated with active Mars missions will present the latest findings and discuss wide-ranging impacts on education. Speakers include:In addition, the speakers will conduct a public forum, "The Latest (Red) Dirt from the Mission Makers," on Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC Ballroom 4

Pre-Mesozoic comet and meteorite impacts, many far exceeding in magnitude those at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary, produced extreme oceanic and climate changes, causing mass extinctions followed by rapid radiation of surviving organisms. Thus, they were a driving mechanism in early evolution of life on Earth. Glacial episodes and paleomagnetic changes also resulted from some major impacts. This symposium will explore impacts, as well as other extraterrestrial influences, on four major mass extinctions: the end-Precambrian, Late Ordovician, Late Devonian, and end-Permian. A new paradigm will be introduced, new evidence pro and con presented, and controversies explored. Speakers include: On Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, the speakers will hold an open forum, "The Role of Impacts on Evolution."

MEDICAL GEOLOGY (Pardee Keynote Symposium)
Sunday, Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC Ballroom 2/3

The developing field of medical geology deals with the impacts of geologic materials and processes on human and animal health. Hear broad perspectives on this evolving area of geoscience, as well as the latest findings on specific medical geology topics by leading experts from federal agencies and academia. GEOSCIENTIFIC ASPECTS OF HUMAN AND ECOSYSTEM VULNERABILITY (Pardee Keynote Symposium)
Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC Ballroom 2/3

Experts, analysts, and civil authorities tend to react to relatively short-term socio-political hazards. They are far less prepared to analyze and reduce the vulnerability of populations to longer scale geologic processes. Speakers include:A sampling of topical sessions includes:

Climate Change
*Frontiers in Understanding the Geologic Record of Climate Change
Monday, Nov. 8, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC 603
*Records of Late Quaternary Climatic Change from the America: Interhemispheric Synchroneity or Not
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC 103/105

Nuclear Waste Disposal
*Geologic Disposal of Radioactive Waster: Rising to the Challenge of Regulatory Requirements and Environmental Protection at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, and the Yucca Mountain Site, Southern Nevada
Sunday, Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC 203

Water Resources
*Hydrologic Impacts of Urbanization and Suburbanization on Water Resources
Monday, Nov. 8, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC 205
*Groundwater Depletion and Overexploitation in the Denver Basin Bedrock Aquifers Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC 207

Environmental Geoscience
*Assessment and Characterization of Geologic Formations for Long-Term CO2 Storage (Sequestration)
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC 207
*The Gulf of Mexico-Past, Present, and Future: Relating Ecology to Geology
Monday, Nov. 8, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., CCC 103/105

*Sustainable Management of Water Resources
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC 102
*The Science of Sustainability: How can we most Effectively Education Students, the Public, and Policymakers?
Monday, Nov. 8, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC 607

More on Mars
*Mars Mineralogy: The View from MER
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1:30-5:30 p.m., CCC 103/105

In addition, a special session on "Beer and Geology" will be hosted by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, former geologist and former owner of a popular Denver brewpub. Three invited talks on geology's impact on the taste and quality of beer will be followed by sampling of regional brews. Tickets for the Sunday evening session cost $10 (pre-registration only) and $15 onsite.

II. Media Participation

Onsite Newsroom facilities will be available at the meeting. Qualified media are invited to attend and registration is complimentary. Eligibility for media registration is as follows, all of whom have equal access: Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional information on eligibility and housing, and to register, visit Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, for assistance (

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