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Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- Vancouver, B.C.

Geological Society of America media advisory 2

Geological Society of America

Boulder, CO, USA - More than 7,000 geoscientists will gather in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to present 4,500-plus papers at The Geological Society of America's 126th Annual Meeting & Exposition on 19-22 October 2014. Special talks will cover such topics as the transportation of crude oil, earthquake prediction problems, and how to land on Mars. A dedicated field guide, Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone, details field trips in and around the Vancouver area.

A broad range of topics will be presented as scientists from around the world share new findings and insights on issues such as

  • Our growing understanding of the mechanisms by which impacts and volcanic activity affected mass extinctions;
  • The importance of the mineral apatite across several sciences -- and its essential role in the propagation of life;
  • How energy resource development is impacting deep and shallow groundwater resources;
  • Assessment of the Cascadia subduction zone, arguably one of the biggest seismic hazards in North America; and
  • The Cordilleran Ice Sheet and its legacy for modern civilization.

Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions are cordially invited to attend and cover the meeting. View media eligibility and registration details at


Presentations are organized into several categories, including

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 a session title.

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


All of the following talks will take place in Ballroom B of the Vancouver Convention Centre-West.

Sunday, 19 October

Monday, 20 October

Tuesday, 21 October

Wednesday, 22 October


Nine field trips are detailed in this GSA field guide, Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone, published specifically for the meeting. Chapters include "Urban geology and geoheritage of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia"; "Mount Baker lahars and debris flows, ancient, modern, and future"; and "Holocene human interaction and adaptation to geological and climatic changes in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Canyon, and Coast Mountain area of British Columbia: A geoarchaeological view."


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.

The media pre-registration deadline is Friday, 10 October 2014. After 10 October, media may register onsite in the GSA Newsroom.

Preregistered media attendees should pick up badges and programs in the Newsroom. Wi-Fi Internet access will be provided in the newsroom, along with a continental breakfast each day and light afternoon snacks.

Newsroom: Vancouver Convention Centre-West, Room 103/104
Phone: 1-778-331-7625
Hours of Operation:
Saturday, 18 October: 3 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 19 October: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday, 20-21 October: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 22 October: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Contact Christa Stratton, GSA's Director of Communications & Marketing at the address above for additional information or assistance.

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