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GSA 125th Anniversary Celebration, 27-30 October 2013

published Nov 16, 2012 3:10pm
The Geological Society of America will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2013 with a yearlong series of events focusing on Celebrating Advances in Geosciences – Our Science, Societal Impact and Unique Thought Processes. The geosciences have evolved greatly over the last 50 years, let alone 125 years, in terms of science and relevance to society and are posed to make informed predictions for the future. During our celebratory year, we want to look back at how far we have come since 1963, but also look forward with predictions for the future:
What scientific advances have we made over the last 50 years? What new disciplines do we have now? How has our impact on society changed, our importance? What critical geoscientific issues have we addressed? Where do we stand on resolving controversial questions of 50 years ago? Is the way geoscientists think unique and how have these thought processes changed?
We will have a series of events celebrating the 125th anniversary of GSA throughout 2013, starting with Fieldtrip to Antarctica and culminating in the 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver (October 27–30, 2013).

We are asking Divisions, Associated Societies and Section members to sponsor Pardee and Topical Sessions at the 2013 Annual meeting following the overall theme for topics relevant to their fields. Proposal submission deadline: 8 Jan. 2013. We also encourage sponsoring of fieldtrips in conjunction with the Annual meeting and throughout the year. If you are having a meeting separate from GSA's Annual meeting, we ask that you consider having a session or event that helps celebrate GSA's 125th anniversary. When you meet with your members, either at GSA in Charlotte or elsewhere, please encourage them to submit proposals for these sessions or fieldtrips.
Additionally, please alert your members to these scheduled 2013 Anniversary celebration events.

  • 28 December 2012 –20 January 2013 "Antarctica and the Scotia Arc: Tectonics, Climate and Life" (begins year celebration – full with waiting list); sponsored by GSA & Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin; there will be a live blog following this expedition linked to GSA's website.
  • 27 May - 1 June 2013 "The Great British Tertiary Volcanoes: Exploring the Palaeogene centres of Skye and Rum"; Primary Fieldtrip Leader: Dougal Jerram; sponsored by Geological Society of London (contact
  • 2 - 7 June 2013 "Structure and tectonics of the NW Highlands of Scotland: From deep crust to hydrocarbon reservoirs"; Primary Fieldtrip Leader: Rob Butler; sponsored by Geological Society of London (contact
  • 14–19 April 2013 Joint Penrose/Chapman Conference: "Coastal Processes and Environments Under Sea-Level Rise and Changing Climate: Science to Inform Management Galveston, Texas, USA." Conveners: John B. Anderson, Margaret Davidson, John W. Geissman, Gary J. Hampson, Denise J. Reed, Torbjörn E. Törnqvist. Apply by January 23rd, 2013; joint GSA & AGU meeting cosponsored by GSL & SEPM.
  • 17-19 June, "Roof of the World" Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China". Joint meeting of the Geological Society of China (GSC) and the Geological Society of America (GSA) Brought together by the GSA International Section: athree-day conference and post-meeting field trips investigating the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, intra-continental deformation and mineral resources, and unique sites for the end-of-Permian mass extinctions.
  • August 25-29, 2013 MEDGEO 2013. 5th International Conference on Medical Geology
    "The Natural Environment & Health: Hidden Dangers, Unlimited Opportunities", Hilton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Section Meetings: Each will have special events and/or sessions to celebrate the occasion. (check for more information)

Call for participation:
Maps & mapping tools through time: We want to showcase how geologic maps of interesting areas have changed through time. We will start at Section meetings and selected ones will be shown at Annual meeting in Denver along with State Survey, USGS and international submissions.

Other things of note:
  • 2013 Commemorative Calendar can be purchased at the GSA Booth
  • GSA Bulletin with have 125th anniversary review articles in each issue.
  • Three 125th book volumes are being produced. Volume 1: "The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, and Interactions" edited by Pat Bickford. Volume 2: "The Impact of the Geological Sciences on Society" edited by Pat Bickford. Volume 3: Rethinking the fabric of Geology edited by Vic Baker delves into the philosophy and thought processes of the geosciences. These should be available by the 2013 Annual meeting.
We will alert you of other opportunities as they are confirmed. Thank you for your help.


Sharon Mosher
Chair, 125th GSA Anniversary Celebration Committee