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Bees, Chicxulub & REEs: Geoscientists present diverse science and keynote sessions in Reston

Meeting of the Geological Society of America's Southeastern and Northeastern geographic sections

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colo., USA: On 20-22 March 2020, geoscientists from the southeastern and northeastern geographic regions of the U.S. and beyond will convene in Reston, Virginia, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. The meeting will host a broad diversity of technical sessions as well as field trips and career workshops.

The Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) is the sponsor of the keynote address by. Prof. Lynn Soreghan: "Loess as an Archive and Agent of Climate and Climate Change in Deep Time," on Friday, 20 March.

On Saturday, 21 March, Dr. David Kring will present a keynote address: "Drilling into the Chicxulub Impact Crater and a World-Wide Calamity 66 Million Years Ago."

Selected Session Highlights:

Friday, 20 March

Pardee Keynote Symposium: Radionuclides: Biogeochemistry, Transport, and Geological Applications

Saturday, 21 March

Pardee Keynote Symposium: The Appalachians, from North to South, from Crust to Mantle:

Pardee Keynote Symposium: From the Margins to the Deep: A Tribute to the Science and Art of A. Conrad Neumann:

Pardee Keynote Symposium: New Developments in Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences:

  • This symposium highlights efforts of various universities and schools to develop programs to encourage participation and retain underrepresented groups in the geosciences. The symposia as a whole may draw interest, but difficult to identify a single paper.

A Tribute to USGS Drillers Eugene "Big Gene" Cobbs, Eugene "Little Gene" Cobbs, III, and Jeff Grey, and Their Contributions to Geologic Research East of the Mississippi River

Sunday, 22 March

Shale Production in the Eastern U.S.--E3: Environmental, Economic & Energy System Impacts

Eastern Activities of the USGS Earth Mapping Resources Initiative

Deciphering Active Tectonics and Seismic Hazard in Eastern North America

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


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  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.
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The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 20,000 members around the world from academia, government, and industry. 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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