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Geology at every scale

2018 Meeting of The Geological Society of America's Southeastern Section

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colo., USA: Geoscientists from the southeastern U.S. and beyond will convene in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 12-13 April 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 750 attendees from a variety of geoscience and environmental disciplines.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Robert M. Hazen (Carnegie Institute for Science) will speak on "The Co-Evolution of the Geosphere and Biosphere: A "Big Data" Approach."

The meeting also includes several field trips described in the GSA Field Guide, Geology at Every Scale: Field Excursions for the 2018 GSA Southeastern Section Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, edited by Annette Summers Engel and Robert D. Hatcher Jr. The chapters in this interesting guidebook are organized according to major geologic themes, starting with field trips in the Knoxville area that highlight, in some way, local carbonates, and then ending with field trips focused on regional tectonics that include travel to the Carolinas and Georgia.

A pre-meeting field trip will cover "The Blue Ridge Basement Complex of the Eastern Great Smoky Mountains: New Insight into Old Rocks from U-Pb Geochronology." A post-meeting trip will be a "Geotraverse from the Great Smoky Thrust to the Inner Piedmont: Upper Crust to Lower Crust, Terranes, Large Faults, and Sutures."

Also of interest at the meeting is the undergraduate research poster session, which received more than 70 abstract submissions. These posters will be presented each morning and afternoon during the meeting.


Longstanding Problems and New Ideas About the Structure and Tectonic Evolution of the Southern Appalachians and Other Mountain Belts I: In Honor of the Career of Robert D. Hatcher Jr.

Thursday, 12 April, 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Talk: Detailed geologic maps, most quantitative data in geological science: an endangered species?,

Geomicrobiology of Microbes and Minerals: Influence across Ecosystem Scales

Friday, 13 April, 8 a.m. to noon.

Talk: In situ contamination of melt probes: implications for future subglacial microbiological sampling and icy worlds life detection missions,


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

Meeting website:


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 2017 or 2018.

  • 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.

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 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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