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Geoscientists meet to discuss Rocky Mountain geology
Date:4/28/2009

Geoscientists will gather soon for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America, being held 11-13 May 2009 in Orem, Utah. Utah Valley University (UVU) is hosting the meeting in their new library building on the UVU campus. Brigham Young University is co-hosting.

The technical program, presented by academic and industry scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students, will highlight cutting-edge scientific research in themed sessions on a broad range of topics.

TECHNICAL SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

* Quaternary Tectonics and Earthquake-Hazard Characterization in the Rocky Mountain Region *

Topics in this session include kinematics of the Yellowstone Hotspot, and analysis of the 2008-2009 Yellowstone Lake Earthquake swarm, as well as seismic hazard and risk mitigation across the Rocky Mountain region.

* Geologic Hazards in the Rocky Mountain Region and Their Impacts on Development *

Topics include geologic hazards mapping to meet the needs of new and evolving geologic-hazard ordinances; seismic vulnerability of public schools along the Wasatch Front, and geological issues along a planned construction route for an electrical transmission line.

Other sessions address structure and tectonics, new discoveries in Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Paleontology, and hydrologic studies in the Rocky Mountains and Basin and Range area.

View the complete technical program at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009RM/finalprogram/

FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Utah Valley is located on the eastern edge of the Basin and Range and close to both the Colorado Plateau and Rocky Mountains provinces. The Wasatch Fault, a major crustal feature, forms the eastern margin of the valley. Field trips will include destinations to one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world; hot springs in Saratoga Springs, Diamond Fork Ca
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Contact: Christa Stratton
cstratton@geosociety.org
303-357-1093
Geological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

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