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2014-04-16 23:07:15

Abstract submission is now open for The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition, to be held 19-22 October 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The meeting continues GSA’s 126-year tradition of excellence for scientific exchange, education, professional growth, and networking. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 Abstract submission is now open for The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition,...

2013-10-29 11:09:11

After 10 years of production, shale gas in the United States cannot be considered commercially viable, according to several scientists presenting at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver on Monday. They argue that while the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for "tight oil" is an important contributor to U.S. energy supply, it is not going to result in long-term sustainable production or allow the U.S. to become a net oil exporter. Charles A.S. Hall,...

2013-10-28 12:08:17

2013 GSA Annual Meeting U.S. National Parks are not just beautiful vistas and great family vacation destinations; they are also key scientific field laboratories and rich repositories of the record of Earth's history. Some recent discoveries to emerge from scientists working in U.S. National Parks will be presented in two sessions, Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management I and II, at the 125th Anniversary meeting of The Geological Society of America in...

Lessons From Hurricane Sandy: Put Parks, Not Houses, On the Beach
2013-10-28 09:25:19

The Geological Society of America Just days before Hurricane Sandy hit the New York and New Jersey coastline on 29 October 2012, scientists from the City University of New York's (CUNY) College of Staten Island had produced the most detailed model to date of the region's potential for damage from big storms. So naturally, the morning after the floods receded from Staten Island, CUNY geology professor Alan I. Benimoff was out mapping the high-water marks in the flooded neighborhoods. There...

Managing Nature's Runaway Freight Trains
2013-10-28 08:41:04

The Geological Society of America Last month's torrential rains and flooding in Colorado made headlines, but there's another, far more common and growing weather-related threat western states are facing in the wake of longer and worsening fire seasons: flash floods and debris flows. These runaway freight trains made of rock, mud, and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and take out roads, homes, and anything else in their path. Denuded, flame-dried soils of...

2013-10-01 08:32:52

NEW YORK, October 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Exploration research platform now contains more than 350,000 geological maps, with more content coverage in North America, offshore areas and other key regions worldwide Elsevier, [http://www.elsevier.com/?utm_source=Corporate_Markets&utm_medium=Press_Release&utm_content=release1&utm_campaign=OG_Geofacets_PressRelease_Q32013 ] a world-leading provider of scientific, medical and technical information products and...

2013-05-20 04:20:54

NEW YORK, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Addition of maps from prestigious journals and books dating back to 1934 brings total number of Geofacets maps to over 300,000 Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, medical and technical information products and services, today announced its collaboration with The Geological Society of America (GSA), one of the largest and most prestigious societies serving geosciences professionals worldwide....

2013-02-28 16:22:53

In the March issue of GSA Today, seven scientists from six countries, led by Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester, propose a realignment of the terms "geochronology" and "chronostratigraphy" in an attempt to resolve the debate of whether units of the Geological Time Scale should have a single (time) or dual (time and time-rock) hierarchy. In their system, which retains both parallel sets of units, with an option to adopt one or other when appropriate, geochronology refers to all...

Paleotempestology May Ease Storm Problems
2012-11-07 20:42:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online With the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy still being felt by millions of Americans across the eastern coast of the United States, scientists from the Geological Society of America are looking to paleotempestology to provide answers and solutions for the many problems tropical storms can cause. Several presentations at Wednesday´s GSA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina were focused on gathering evidence and data from...

2012-11-06 11:14:22

Climate change and extreme weather events grab the headlines, but there is another, lesser known, global change underway on land, in the seas, and in the air: acidification. It turns out that combustion of fossil fuels, smelting of ores, mining of coal and metal ores, and application of nitrogen fertilizer to soils are all driving down the pH of the air, water, and the soil at rates far faster than Earth's natural systems can buffer, posing threats to both land and sea life. "It's a...