Geological Society of Washington

Geological Society of Washington The Geological Society of Washington was founded in 1893 to promote the increase and dissemination of geological knowledge. Members represent a wide cross-section of the Washington, DC area's geologic community including geoscientists from federal (U.S.Geological Survey, NASA, NSF, military, DOE, EPA) and state government, Congress, Carnegie Institution of Washington, local universities, museums, consulting firms, earth science educators, and others interested in the geological sciences.

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For those of you who want to learn about science in the critical zone, including talks on stress fields, bedrock fractur...
03/29/2021

For those of you who want to learn about science in the critical zone, including talks on stress fields, bedrock fractures, hill slope structure and hydrology, please join us Wednesday, March. 31, for the fourth Geological Society meeting of the 2021 year. Any non-members who want to attend can email Mong-Hon Huang (mhhuang [at] umd.edu) for the Zoom link.

For those of you who want to learn about science in the critical zone, including talks on stress fields, bedrock fractures, hill slope structure and hydrology, please join us Wednesday, March. 31, for the fourth Geological Society meeting of the 2021 year. Any non-members who want to attend can email Mong-Hon Huang (mhhuang [at] umd.edu) for the Zoom link.

Flyer four our upcoming meeting next Wednesday (January 27). Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, please reach out f...
01/22/2021

Flyer four our upcoming meeting next Wednesday (January 27). Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, please reach out for the Zoom link if it didn't arrive in your inbox via the listserv. Hope to see you all there!

Flyer four our upcoming meeting next Wednesday (January 27). Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, please reach out for the Zoom link if it didn't arrive in your inbox via the listserv. Hope to see you all there!

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is presenting the America’s Geoher...
09/04/2020
NASEM Announcement - America’s Geoheritage II: Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is presenting the America’s Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series throughout fall 2020, many Tuesdays at 11:00 am EDT.

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is presenting the America’s Geoheritage II: Identifying, Devel

Hello friends! Our next meeting will be January 9. We've got a great set of speakers lined up: http://www.gswweb.org/ind...
12/14/2018
GSW 1537: Jan. 9, 2019: Landslides, silicic magma in Iceland, and oceanic ridge melt focusing | The Geological Society of Washington

Hello friends! Our next meeting will be January 9. We've got a great set of speakers lined up: http://www.gswweb.org/index.php/2018/12/14/gsw-1537-jan-9-2019-landslides-silicic-magma-in-iceland-and-oceanic-ridge-melt-focusing/
Mark your 2019 calendars now, and bring a friend!

__________________________________ Refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Formal program at 8:00 p.m. John Wesley Powell Auditorium 2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC www.gswweb.org

It's one week until GSW's biggest night of the year!! Join us at the Powell Auditorium of the Cosmos Club on Wed. Dec. 5...
11/28/2018

It's one week until GSW's biggest night of the year!!

Join us at the Powell Auditorium of the Cosmos Club on Wed. Dec. 5, at 7:30pm for: Dr. Karen Prestegaard, UMD, Presidential Address: How trees influence hydrological processes, weathering, and carbon fluxes in boreal forest soils

Dr. Karen Prestegaard is on the faculty of the University or Maryland Geology department; she studies streams, watersheds, and wetlands. She obtained her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She and her late husband, Jim Luhr, came to the D.C. area to end their family separation problem by taking positions at Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to Maryland, Karen taught at Franklin and Marshall College and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her 37 years of teaching, Karen has mentored over 35 M.S. and PhD. Students and over 65 senior thesis students. Karen has served as an officer and on the councils of AGU and GSA. She has been an associate editor for Geology, Reviews of Geophysics, GSA Bulletin, and Earth Science Reviews. She has served on advisory committees and many panels for NSF. She assisted in the early years of the NSF Surface Processes Program by serving as temporary program manager. Karen has served on National Academy of Sciences Committees, examining topics in water resources, wetland mitigation, and nuclear waste disposal. For the past several years, Karen has been collaborating with her UMD geophysics colleagues to use seismology to study hydrologic processes. Her GSW Presidential Address is a report on her collaborative research with an international team of scientists that is investigating controls on water and carbon fluxes in Boreal forest watersheds.

Our 2018 Presidential address will be by Dr. Karen Prestegaard of the University of Maryland, College Park. She will spe...
11/08/2018
GSW 1536: Presidential address & 126th Annual Meeting | The Geological Society of Washington

Our 2018 Presidential address will be by Dr. Karen Prestegaard of the University of Maryland, College Park. She will speak Dec. 5 on “How trees influence hydrological processes, weathering, and carbon fluxes in boreal forest soils.” Join us at 7:30pm for this important talk, to be followed by the Society's 126th annual meeting.
http://www.gswweb.org/index.php/2018/11/08/gsw-1536-presidential-address-annual-meeting/

The 1536th regular meeting will be followed by the 126th Annual Meeting of the Society. Members should review the draft minutes of the 125th annual meeting before attending, and send any corrections to Meeting Secretary Victor Zabielski at [email protected].

Draft minutes from the last meeting are available for review. There are some major details missing, though. Fill them in...
11/03/2018
Draft minutes of the 1534th meeting for review | The Geological Society of Washington

Draft minutes from the last meeting are available for review. There are some major details missing, though. Fill them in?
http://www.gswweb.org/index.php/2018/11/03/draft-minutes-of-the-1534th-meeting-for-review/

Here is a draft copy of the minutes from the last meeting of the Society for your review. Please share your corrects, missing details, and other feedback with meeting secretary Victor Zabielski prior to the 1535th meeting on Nov. 7.

11/02/2018

Slate of 2019 officers standing for election at the 2018 annual meeting in December:
President……………….Mike Purucker (NASA)
1st VP: …………………Ester Sztein (National Academy of Sciences)
2nd VP: ………………...Liz Cottrell (Smithsonian NMNH)
Treasurer: ……………..Carl-Henry Geschwind (again)
Council Secretary: ……Pat Carr (again)
Council Members: ……Nick Pyenson (Smithsonian NMNH)
Bev Walker (NSF)
Graham Lederer (USGS)
Meeting Secretary: ……Megan Holycross (Smithsonian NMNH)

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Jesse Reimink is!Jesse is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution fo...
11/02/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Jesse Reimink is!

Jesse is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington DC where he has been for three years. While at Carnegie he is working on a variety of problems including the genesis of continents on the early Earth as well as technique developments aimed at increasing the precision of isotope-ratio measurements. Before this he obtained a BSc in Geology (minor in Biology) from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and then his PhD from the University of Alberta while working on the geochemistry of the Acasta Gneiss Complex. Next fall Jesse will start as an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University.

Join us for his talk, "Probing the earliest continental crust-formation events known on Earth" on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30pm in the Powell Room of the Cosmos Club. More information can be found online at http://www.gswweb.org/

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Lorrie Coiner is! Born and raised in Virginia, Lorrie has a love for and commitment to a...
11/01/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Lorrie Coiner is! Born and raised in Virginia, Lorrie has a love for and commitment to all things Virginian. As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, Ms. Coiner's research focused on understanding the structural geometry and kinematics of a fault zones in the blue ridge province of Virginia. While earning her masters' degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN, Lorrie studied the petrology and emplacement of bi-modal extensional pluton in Nevada. A former earth science educator at the middle, high school and university levels, Ms. Coiner has experience making earth science practical and relevant to a broad audience. For the past 13 years, Lorrie has served the commonwealth in our state geological survey as a geologist for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy's Division of Geology and Mineral Resources. Some hallmarks of her tenure include extensive geologic mapping in the valley and ridge province of Virginia, reclamation of abandoned mineral mines and the establishment of the Mid-lothian Mines Park, and her most recent work customizing mineral resource data for localities to use in their comprehensive plans. Join us on Wednesday, November 7 for her talk on the mineral resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 7:30pm at the Powell Room of the Cosmos Club. Free & open to all.

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Michael Walter is! Carnegie Institution – Geophysical Lab. Michael J. Walter is the Dire...
10/31/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Michael Walter is! Carnegie Institution – Geophysical Lab. Michael J. Walter is the Director of the Geophysical Laboratory. His research focuses on how the Earth’s crust, mantle and core formed and evolved through time. Dr. Walter uses high pressure and temperature experiments to study the melting behavior of Earth materials and how chemical elements are distributed during melting and crystallization processes, and investigates how pressure, temperature and composition changes the mineral phases chemistry at depth. Dr. Walter also studies the origin of deep mantle diamonds and their mineral inclusions, and what these rare samples tell us about geodynamic and geochemical processes occurring at great depth.
His talk, "The Fate of Deeply Subducted Carbon" starts at 8pm on Nov. 7. Show up at 7:30pm for a drink and some camaraderie. Bring a colleague, a student, a mentor, or a friend!

10/27/2018

Next GSW meeting will be Wed. Nov 7 @ 7:30pm:
Michael Walter, Carnegie Institution - Geophysical Lab - The Fate of Deeply Subducted Carbon
Jesse Reimink, Carnegie Institution - DTM - Probing the earliest continental crust-formation events known on Earth
Lorrie Coiner, Virginia Dept. of Geology and Mineral Resources - The State of the Commonwealth: Virginia's Mineral and Energy Resources

Draft minutes from the last meeting (Bradley lecture) are now available for review. PLEASE check them over and let us kn...
10/18/2018
Draft minutes from the 1533rd meeting for review | The Geological Society of Washington

Draft minutes from the last meeting (Bradley lecture) are now available for review. PLEASE check them over and let us know if you can identify any of the people who remain without complete identities! Leave comments here or email your suggestions to our Meeting Secretary. http://www.gswweb.org/index.php/2018/10/18/draft-minutes-from-the/

Here is a copy of the Meeting Secretary’s draft of the minutes from the last GSW meeting. Please read through them and if you spot inaccuracies or can fill in the missing names (yellow highlights) then share your insights!

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Ryan Haupt is! Ryan attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for his undergradu...
10/18/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Ryan Haupt is!

Ryan attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for his undergraduate degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Geology. For his master’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences, he went to Vanderbilt University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming while also serving as a Research Fellow at Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on using proxy methods such as dental microwear and stable isotope analysis to compare the dietary ecology of modern animals, particularly mammals, to their fossil relatives. He has worked with Yellowstone’s reintroduced wolves, fossil crocodylians from the Panama Canal, and most notably, tree and ground sloths from all over the Americas. In addition to research, Ryan is passionate about science outreach, and in particular has been hosting and producing the podcast Science… sort of since 2009. The podcast provides researchers at all stages of their careers the opportunity to talk about their work in their own words and has garnered critical and popular support over the course of 300+ episodes. Through both research and outreach, Ryan strives to share his love and fascination of the natural world with everyone.

Join us for his talk, " pplying paleontological proxy methods to modern sloths: What can the odd mammal out tell us about their even odder fossil relatives?," on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30pm, in the Cosmos Club's Powell Auditorium. Free and open to anyone.

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Rosemary Killen is!Rosemary is a Research Scientist in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Cente...
10/17/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Rosemary Killen is!

Rosemary is a Research Scientist in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her PhD in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University, and, after stints at the Southwest Research Institute and University of Maryland, moved to NASA in 2009. Dr Killen has worked extensively on the exospheres of Mercury and the Moon. She was a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and is currently a Deputy PI on the DREAM2 node of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, and Co-I on STROFIO, a mass spectrometer to be flown on the Bepi-Colombo mission to Mercury.

Join us for her talk, "Mercury’s exosphere," on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30pm, in the Cosmos Club's Powell Auditorium. Free and open to anyone.

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Peter van Keken is! Peter is a Staff Scientist at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetis...
10/16/2018

Who's speaking at the next GSW? Peter van Keken is! Peter is a Staff Scientist at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science in NW DC. He received his PhD cm laude from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1993. After a brief postdoc at the University of Minnesota he became a Professor at the University of Michigan until he moved to Carnegie in 2016. van Keken is a computational geophysicist who studies how plate tectonics and mantle convection are intertwined. He uses his model predictions for hypothesis testing using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to develop a better understanding of the nature of subduction zones, mantle plumes, and the long thermal thermal and chemical evolution of the mantle.
Join us for his talk, "Linking metamorphic dehydration reactions with subduction zone earthquakes" on October 24 at 7:30pm.

10/11/2018

Of interest to GSW members, most likely:

The first George and Rosalind Helz Lecture will be by Dr. Gene Likens on Oct. 18 at 5:30 pm in room 2204 of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.
The talk will be "Acid Rain: A long and unfinished journey from discovery to political action."

Dr. Likens is a member of the National Academy of Science and is a recipient of the National Medal of Science. There will be a catered reception prior to the Helz Lecture at 5 pm in the new Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, 2nd Floor Lounge. A link with RSVP details can be found at: https://life.umd.edu/communications/cmns/helz.html . The RSVP is for planning and is not necessary to attend the reception and lecture .

10/08/2018

Next up - October 24:

PETER VAN KEKEN, Carnegie Institution
Linking metamorphic dehydration reactions with subduction zone earthquakes

ROSEMARY KILLEN, NASA
Mercury’s exosphere

RYAN HAUPT, Smithsonian Institution
Applying paleontological proxy methods to modern sloths: What can the odd mammal out tell us about their even odder fossil relatives?

See you at 7:30pm for beers, and 8pm for 3 excellent talks.
Bring a colleague, student, or friend!

Looking forward to this week's Bradley lecture! At our next meeting (October 3) we are honored to host Jane Willenbring ...
09/29/2018
2018 Bradley lecture: | The Geological Society of Washington

Looking forward to this week's Bradley lecture!
At our next meeting (October 3) we are honored to host Jane Willenbring of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Her talk will be:
“Not Feeling the Buzz: Tectonics – Not Climate – Limits Heights of Mountains” http://www.gswweb.org/index.php/2018/09/13/2018-bradley-lecture/

Jane WillenbringScripps Institution of Oceanography “Not Feeling the Buzz: Tectonics – Not Climate – Limits Heights of Mountains”

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We try to hold ~12 meetings per year, depending on schedule allowances. Meetings are always on Wednesday evenings with refreshments at 7:30pm and the formal program at 8:00pm. The Geological Society of Washington holds its meetings at the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue, NW, at the intersection of 22nd Street, Florida Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue. The main entrance to the Club is on Massachusetts Avenue, west of the Indian Embassy. The John Wesley Powell Auditorium is located toward the northwest side of the building. The preferred entrance is adjacent to the small, gated private parking lot on Florida Avenue. Guests are welcome!!

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INTRODUCTION TO GEOETHICS: DEFINITION, CONCEPTS, AND APPLICATION Video: https://youtu.be/NX7Gii5adKk Silvia Peppoloni, research geologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, introduces the audience to the definition and meaning of geoethics, also from a philosophical point of view; she highlights the main characteristics of geoethics and the concept of responsibility; illustrates the four ethical dimensions of geoethics; describes the themes of geoethics and the fields of its application. The video is part of the Intellectual Outputs (IO1) of the European Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning" (https://goal-erasmus.eu/). IAPG is official partner of the project GOAL. #geoethics #GOAL #IAPG #responsibility #geosciences #geoscientists #ethics #geoetica
NEW BOOK: Martin Bohle (Ed.). EXPLORING GEOETHICS - Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences. 2019, Palgrave Pivot, Cham, 214, ISBN 978-3-030-12009-2 - Addresses current debates around geoethics - Approaches geoethics from an interdisciplinary angle - Discusses the practical application of geoethics This book explores the potential of geoethics, as designed within the operational criteria of addressing the deeds and values of the human agent as part of the Earth system. It addresses three key questions: i) what should be considered 'geoethics' in an operational sense, ii) what is peripheral to it, and iii) is there a case therefore to establish a denomination, such as geo-humanities or geosophy, to capture a broader scope of thinking about geoscience and its interactions with society and the natural world, for the benefit of the geo-professionals and others. Chapters: Setting the Scene Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua Contemporary Geoethics Within the Geosciences Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Giuseppe Di Capua Exploring Societal Intersections of Geoethical Thinking Martin Bohle, Rika Preiser Humanistic Geosciences and the Planetary Human Niche Martin Bohle, Eduardo Marone Reframing Geoethics? Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Nic Bilham Read more about the book "Exploring Geoethics":
Ryan Haupt won both the Bradley Award for best paper and the Sleeping Bear award for best humor for his presentation at the Geological Society of Washington last year. Congratulations!
A GSW first? Jim Head narrates his informal communication on the Chinese lander via smartphone from Brown University, as President Mike holds the phone to the mike. Jim even took questions!
The GSW spring field trip to Catoctin Mountain yesterday was great! Our leader, Ann Wylie, shared her original mapping and new interpretations of the geology using lidar imagery--fantastic work. Thanks to Ann, and everyone on the trip! We barely escaped a pop-up t-storm, and managed to stay dry...
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Nineteen of the past and present Presidents of the Geological Society of Washington showed up for the 125th anniversary dinner and meeting last night at the Cosmos Club.
Odette James, the everlasting Treasurer of the Geological Society of Washington, at the 125th anniversary dinner/meeting.
The current President of the Geological Society of Washington, Karen Prestegaard from the University of Maryland at the 125th anniversary dinner and meeting.
The 125th anniversary dinner/meeting speaker Roberta Rudnick, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, from the University of California, Santa Barbara and previously the University of Maryland.
The assembled masses at the 125th anniversary dinner and meeting of the Geological Society of Washington at the Cosmos Club.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IAPG sessions on Geoethics at the RFG 2018 Conference IAPG is technical partner of the Resources Future Generations - RFG 2018 Conference (Vancouver, 16-21 June 2018), and organizes or supports 5 sessions on different issues of geoethics under the Theme "Resources and Society: Social & Ethical Values" (the extended description of each session is available at: http://www.geoethics.org/rfg2018): Session RS13 - Geoethics and Environmental and Social Responsibility: Doing the Right Thing to Develop Resources for Future Generations Meeting the resource needs of future generations is a great challenge facing global society in which geoscientists and engineers have a vital role to play. The conveners invite submission of abstracts on practical and theoretical aspects of geoethics, and environmental and social responsibility, and on case studies, by focusing on challenges of sustainably meeting future demand for georesources. This session is jointly organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, and by the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni, Peter Bobrowsky, Selina Tribe, Kim Bittman, Jan Boon, Karen Chovan, Édith Garneau, Carol Jones, Roberto Lencina, Isabelle Levesque. Session RS10 - Geoethics in geoscience education, communication and citizen science: experiences, approaches, and concepts Sharing experiences and insights from education, communication and citizen science, particularly with reference to natural resource case studies, this session will explore the ethical principles and practices by which the geosciences can advance the well-being and progress of society. The session is jointly organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and the GSL - Geological Society of London. Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Iain Stewart. Session RS9 - Geoethics in georisks management for a safer and more resilient society A geoethical approach to georisks management needs to combine ethical, social and cultural values with technical and economic considerations, and to increase the awareness of geoscience community and society about the importance of developing actions of prevention. Abstracts on the ethical issues, including case studies, in studying and managing georisks in the geo-resources field are welcome. This session is organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics. Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter Brobrowsky, Vincent Cronin, Silvia Peppoloni, Stefano Tinti. Session RS8 - Geoethics and the Responsible Conduct of Scientists This session is focused on the ethical behaviors of scientists that are based on trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, justice and exercise of power. Interpersonal relations impact the ability of all scientists to work in a safe, inclusive, and productive environment. Contributions are invited that explore the principles, case studies, strategies, and resolution of issues that relate to professional conduct in areas such as supervisor-worker, faculty-student, editor-author, individual-team interactions, and client-contractor relations, and situational ethics such as coercion to engage unethical conduct of research, sexual harassment, bullying, and other coercive or abusive behaviors. Convenership: David Mogk, Susan Kieffer, Cindy Palinkas. Session RS12 - Forensic Geology: Ethics, Communication, Regulation and Opportunities Recently, forensic geology has experienced global expansion and development, facilitated by the success of the IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology, established in 2006. We will explore: ethical issues of geoscience data and expert opinion communication; assessing the strengths and limitations of geoscience data in forensic investigations; sampling strategies and geostatistics; ground search resources; application of geoscience databases; accreditation and regulation in forensic geology; alignment with forensic science; and case studies, including the illegal trade in geological commodities and international wildlife crime. In addition, dealing with sensitive human issues and handling human remains and sensitive data will be discussed. Convenership: Duncan Pirrie, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, Lorna Dawson, Laurance Donnelly, Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua. Read more about these sessions at: http://www.geoethics.org/rfg2018 Start your abstract submission (Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2018): http://rfg2018.gibsongroup.ca/abstract-submission.php IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: http://www.geoethics.org