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Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- media advisory 2

Geological Society of America's 125th Anniversary Meeting in Denver

Geological Society of America

Boulder, CO, USA - A record number of papers on a broad range of topics will be presented at GSA's 125th Annual Meeting & Exposition, 27-30 October in Denver, Colorado, USA. Scientists from around the world will share new findings and insights on issues such as climate change; critical aspects of shale gas development; coastal development, including lessons to be learned from Hurricane Sandy; the search for water in our solar system; meeting long-term needs for mineral resources; key aspects of the behavior of rare earth elements in Earth systems and the policy challenges ahead; EarthScope research that has advanced our understanding of Earth structure and process; and much, much more.

A late-breaking session on the devastation of the recent flooding along the Colorado Front Range, organized jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Colorado Geological Survey, will be held Tuesday morning from 8󈝷 a.m. in Ballrooms 2AB/3AB at the Colorado Convention Center. Details will be posted on the meeting website as they become available.

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and cover the meeting (eligibility and registration details are outlined in section III below). Public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions are also welcome to represent their organizations to members of the media at the meeting.


Presentations are organized into several categories, including

  • Pardee Keynote Symposia, which include invited speakers on topics of broad, general interest.
  • Topical Sessions are submissions organized on a thematic basis.
  • Discipline Sessions are grouped according to research conducted in specific scientific disciplines (e.g. archeological geology).

In addition, Special Sessions are structured by the individual organizer(s) each year to extend and enhance opportunities for diverse learning and presentation modes within the technical program.

Access each session type from:

An overarching theme of this anniversary year is to emphasize the accomplishments of the geological sciences and the Society over the past 50 years as we look to the future.

The complete technical program schedule with abstracts is searchable online. Find sessions in your areas of interest by browsing at

Click on a day to view all sessions for that day.
Click on a session title to view all presentations within that session.
Click on an abstract title to view the abstracts text.
You may also search for particular presentations by typing in key words, an author's name, or title.

To identify presentations in specific areas of interest, you may also search the Topical Sessions by discipline categories or sponsors using the drop-down menus, or use your browser's "find" feature to search for keywords or convener names.


See for a full listing.

Sunday, 27 October
Presidential Address & President's Award (Suzanne Mahlburg-Kay, George H. Davis)
(noon-1 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB)

Monday, 28 October
GSA Awards Ceremony (Suzanne Mahlburg-Kay, Harry (Hap) McSween)
(noon-1 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB)

GSA Gold Medal Lectures
GSA's 2013 medalists will deliver brief talks reflecting on their extraordinary careers: Penrose Medalist Steven M. Stanley, "Living in the Past for Half a Century: From Paleontology to Paleobiology to Geobiology"; Day Medalist Richard W. Carlson, "Understanding Earth"; Donath Medalist Naomi E. Levin, "Stories from the Field."
(2-3:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB)

Astronaut Dorothy (Dottie) M. Metcalf-Lindenburger will talk about her experiences as a mission specialist on Discovery flight STS-131 to the International Space Station, "Geology from 200 Miles Up to 65 Feet Below."
(Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture -- 6:30𔃅:30 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Room 205)

Tuesday, 29 October
Michel T. Halbouty Lecture (Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper)
(noon-1 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB)

Wednesday, 30 October
Colorado River Management: The Economy, Environment, and Science Disconnect (Bradley Udall)
(noon-1 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2AB/3AB)


Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions, may participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media personnel will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA's newsroom facilities while at the meeting. Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

For information on media eligibility and registration, go to

The media pre-registration deadline is Friday, 18 October 2013. After 18 October, media may register onsite in the GSA Newsroom.

Preregistered media attendees should pick up badges and programs in the Newsroom. Wifi Internet access will be provided in the Newsroom, along with beverages, continental breakfast, and light snacks throughout the day.

Newsroom: Room 608 in the Colorado Convention Center.

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday, 27 Oct., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday, 28-29 Oct., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 30 Oct., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Telephone +1-303-228-8431


Contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications & Marketing, for additional information and assistance.

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