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Rocking the fall zone

The Geological Society of America's Southeastern Section Meeting

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Geoscientists from the southeastern United States and beyond will convene in Richmond, Virginia, on 30-31 March to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Topics include the tectonic history of the Blue Ridge and Piedmont, geology and the Civil War, karst geology and hazards, and coastal processes of the southeastern United States.

Field Guide: From the Blue Ridge to the Beach: Geological Field Excursions across Virginia. Field Trips include "Industrial Minerals and Mines in the Arvoinia Formation of the Chopawamsic Terrane, Buckingham County, Virginia"; "Fossil-Collecting from the Middle Miocene Carmel Church Quarry Marine Ecosystem"; and "Geology and the Petersburg Campaign in the American Civil War."

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into 4 symposia and 20 themed sessions covering an array of geoscience disciplines.

Karst Geology and Hazards in the Southeastern U.S.
Thursday, 30 March, 1 p.m.
Session Highlight
Automated Mapping of Sinkholes in Karst Topography using Airborne LiDAR-Derived DEM. Contact: Jacob Alexander Gochenour, Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University,

Beaches, Barriers, and Marshes of the Southeast Coast: Dynamic Systems in a Changing Climate
Thursday, 30 March, 1 p.m.
Session Highlight
The Influence of Sea Level, Climate, Geology and Humans on South Florida Ecosystems. Contact: G. Lynn Wingard, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston,

Geology and the Civil War
Friday, 31 March, 1 p.m.,
Session Highlight
Geography, Geology, and the American Civil War. Contact: Francis,Galgano, Geography and the Environment, Villanova University,

View the complete session schedule

Complete meeting information (including local contacts):


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 2015 or 2016.
  • 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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