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Inspiring geology for 50 years: Geoscientists to meet in Bretton Woods, N.H., USA

The Geological Society of America 2015 Northeastern Section Meeting

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Geoscientists from the Northeastern U.S. and beyond will convene in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on 23-25 March to discuss hot-topic science, expand on current findings, and explore the region's unique geologic features. This event is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from a variety of geoscience disciplines. Topics include climate change, coastal and glacial processes, paleo-archaeology, eco-hydrology, and the life cycle of water produced via hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus and Utica shales.

Field trips before the meeting offer (1) a trip to the observatory and summit of Mount Washington; (2) a Nordic ski tour of bedrock geology and tectonics of the Presidential Range; (3) an examination of landslides in the White Mountains, including examination of debris from a large snow avalanche that occurred on 13 Feb. 2010 in Ammonoosuc Ravine; (4) a demonstration field trip that will cover basic concepts of radio wave propagation in earth materials, of radar, what distinguishes ground-penetrating radar (GPR) from conventional surveillance radar types, and why New England is the best place to use GPR for surficial geology.

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into four symposia and 32 themed sessions plus an array of research in general discipline areas. Go to to learn more.


Session: Coastal and Glacial Processes from Alaska to New England: In Honor of Jon Boothroyd

Abstracts: Topics include: Rhode Island's Beach Special Area Management Plan--Managing in an uncertain future: Lead author: Grover Fugate, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, gfugate at


Session: Life Cycle of Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing of Marcellus and Utica Shales

Abstracts: Topics include: Impact of unconventional gas waste water disposal on surficial stream microbiology: Lead author: Adam C. Mumford, National Research Program, Eastern Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, amumford at

Session: Archeological Advances in the Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada


Topics include: A petrographic study of Paleo-American tool materials, Deerfield, Massachusetts: Author: Barbara L. Calogero, logero5307 at


Session: Ecohydrology Science and Sustainability Abstracts: Topics include: Soil water sources for non-native species Japanese knotweed, phragmites, and multiflora rose: Lead author: Mariya Guzner, Montclair State University, galsterj at

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at

Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.

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Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.

  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2014 or 2015.

  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they 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 and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 26,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

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